DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorations

10 Simple DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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The holiday season is a time for warmth, joy, and togetherness. It’s the perfect occasion to infuse any home with the spirit of Christmas, both inside and out. With the right touch, your living spaces can transform into a cozy winter wonderland.

In this article, we’ll explore how to achieve this magical ambiance through interior and exterior design, all while highlighting the charm of what a Christmas outdoor set and other DIY Christmas decorations can do.

I. Bringing the Outdoors In

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Interior design during the holiday season is all about creating a welcoming and cozy atmosphere. By incorporating elements inspired by the outdoors, you can achieve a festive yet comfortable living space. One key aspect of that is to bring the beauty of the outdoors inside. Here are some ideas to achieve this;

1. Add a Classic Christmas Decor

Start by adorning your home with natural elements like pinecones, branches, and holly. These can be used in wreaths, centerpieces, and table decorations. Their earthly textures and colors instantly infuse a touch of the season into your space.

Choose a color scheme that resonates with the festivities. Traditional colors like red, green, and white are always a safe choice. Soften the look with touches of gold and silver to add some elegance.

Don’t forget about textiles, either. Swap out your regular textiles for cozy, warm ones as the temperatures drop. Think fluffy blankets, plush cushions, and soft, festive throws. They keep you warm and add to the holiday vibe.

2. Add Classic Christmas Tree

You can get a DIY Christmas tree made from reclaimed wood or branches. This rustic touch not only adds a unique flair to your outdoor decor but also gives a nod to the beauty of nature.

Consider crafting a rustic pallet Christmas tree for your front porch. Use reclaimed wood to create layers that mimic the branches of a traditional tree. Add DIY Christmas porch decorations and oversized Christmas ornaments made from materials like chicken wire or scrap wood.

These eye-catching pieces not only serve as statement decor but also provide a perfect opportunity for a family-friendly crafting project. Add a touch of magic with fairy lights wrapped around porch columns or draped over bushes, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

3. Light Up Your Indoor Space

Last but not least, lighting plays a crucial role in setting the right atmosphere. Consider string lights, candles, and holiday-themed lanterns to create a warm and inviting glow. Place them strategically around your living spaces.

This DIY project not only adds a touch of nostalgia but also provides a warm welcome to all your holiday guests.

II. A DIY Christmas Outdoor Oasis

Interior design can set the stage for a beautiful holiday indoors, but exterior design can make your home a welcoming sight for all who pass by. There are many ways to achieve this with a playful and elegant style.

4. Add Outdoor Christmas Decorations

A Christmas outdoor set is the heart of your design. Start with a beautiful wreath on your front door. This timeless piece is the first thing guests see and sets the mood for the entire experience. Your wreath can be an opportunity to craft DIY outdoor Christmas decorations. 

Make a statement in your yard decorations with DIY giant outdoor Christmas ornaments. Using materials like large plastic balls or even inflatable beach balls, cover them with a festive fabric or paint them in classic holiday colors. These oversized ornaments can be hung from tree branches or placed strategically throughout your yard to create a playful and eye-catching display. Get creative with patterns and designs to make your outdoor space truly unique.

You can also incorporate outdoor Christmas decorations in your front yard. Think about charming figurines of reindeer, snowmen, or Santa Claus. These cheerful accents bring joy to all who pass by. Another option is adding some elegance by using vintage objects such as crystal pieces, retro ribbons, and feathers. 

Don’t forget about uniformity. Carry the same color scheme from your interior to your exterior holiday home decor. This creates a harmonious, unified look that’s sure to impress. Consider the same red and green accents, and don’t forget to add some holiday plants like mini Christmas trees.

5. Personalized Door Decorations

The entrance to your home sets the tone for the holiday spirit. Personalize your door with DIY Christmas door decorations. Craft wreaths using a variety of materials like pinecones, ornaments, and even candy canes. Create a stunning door swag using festive ribbons, greenery, and fairy lights. For a unique touch, consider painting oversized ornaments or crafting a DIY gingerbread door hanger. These personalized door decorations not only welcome guests with warmth but also showcase your creative flair.

6. Light Up Your Outdoor Space

Illuminate your outdoor space with the enchanting glow of Christmas lights. Consider creating DIY light balls using string lights and chicken wire. These whimsical creations can be hung from tree branches or placed strategically around your yard. For an extra touch of elegance, craft oversized lanterns using simple materials like PVC pipes and fairy lights. Line your walkway or porch with these DIY lanterns to guide visitors to your festive outdoor wonderland.

Consider investing in some outdoor lighting to add an extra dose of magic. String lights along your porch railing or wrap them around your trees. This sparkling display not only illuminates your outdoor space but also creates a festive ambiance.

7. DIY Lighted Candy Decorations

Add a sweet touch to your outdoor decoration with DIY-lighted candy decorations. Craft oversized candies using foam board or wood, and wrap them with string lights. These delightful creations can be placed in your yard or near your Christmas porch to add a whimsical and festive element. Get the whole family involved in the process, and enjoy the magical ambiance created by these illuminated candy decorations.

8. Outdoor Christmas Gift Boxes

Transform your Christmas front porch into a gift-giving extravaganza with DIY outdoor Christmas gift boxes. Using plywood or repurposed shipping crates, craft oversized gift boxes in various sizes. Paint them in festive colors and add bows or ribbons for an authentic gift box appearance. Arrange these charming presents on your porch or lawn to create a visually appealing and inviting outdoor space.

III. A Seamless Transition of Outdoor and Indoor Decorations

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Unfortunately, discordance between interior and exterior design during Christmas time is a common sight. And it’s a shame because a perfect transition is what truly captures the magic of the festive season. Fortunately, you can achieve a perfect transition with powerful yet easy Christmas decorating ideas.

9. Decorate the Windows

First, consider decorating your windows with holiday-themed curtains, blinds, window candles, or even temporary window stickers. This way, the holiday spirit extends to the outside of your home, too.

10. Clear a Path From Your Front Door to the Sidewalk

This not only ensures safety but also provides an inviting entryway for guests. You can place Christmas decorations along this path, which will work as a preview of what to expect inside.

Create a stunning entrance by crafting a Christmas wreath made from pool noodles adorned with ornaments and lights. Add a personal touch with a DIY wreath doormat made from natural materials and painted with holiday greetings. These simple yet impactful projects will make your home's entrance a focal point of holiday cheer.

If you do so, you can incorporate a specific concept to make it more successful. For instance, you can start small and make it more festive as you get closer to the front door. You can create clusters of decorations as if telling a story or depicting a festive scene. The possibilities are endless.


The magic of design during the holiday season can transform your home into a winter wonderland. You can create a warm and inviting indoor atmosphere by coordinating your color scheme, incorporating natural elements, and infusing cozy textiles.

Meanwhile, your exterior decor can bring joy to everyone passing by with beautifully lit pathways, outdoor lighting, and welcoming decorations. While it sounds like a lot of work for just a seasonal theme, it’s not so difficult or time-consuming to achieve.

Remember that a little effort can create a festive atmosphere that’s sure to warm hearts and spread holiday cheer. So, if you want your home to be a beacon of the Christmas spirit, inside and out, test these easy DIY outdoor Christmas decorations ideas for yourself. Let the world enjoy the magic of the season along with you.

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Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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