Ideas for decorating a yard for Christmas can help you transform your home into the most festive house on the block!
Four Ideas for Decorating Your Yard
Whether your taste in outdoor décor is simple and understated or slightly outlandish, there are ideas to esnure you have a memorable holiday.
If you're a traditionalist with small children at home, seek out decorations that feature Santa, snowmen, and other iconic holiday images.
Consider the following:
- Lighted Penguin Set
- Peanuts Snoopy
- Kneeling Santa
- Peppermint Pathway Christmas Lights
For those who are fascinated with technology, Christmas provides many opportunities for creative yard decorations.
From inflatable snow globes to animated lighting displays, the totally high-tech yard is guaranteed to be the talk of the town. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
For a classic, sophisticated look, try decorating with all white lights and twinkling snowflakes.
If you're the crafty type, there are many projects you can make to help decorate your yard for the Christmas holiday.
Decorating on a Budget
Being on a tight budget doesn't mean you have to be a Grinch for Christmas. Simply remember the following frugal decorating tips:
- Purchase used decorations at garage sales, thrift shops, and consignment stores. Since Christmas decorations are only used for a short time each year, used decorations should still be in fairly good condition.
- Choose outdoor LED lights over the larger C7 lights. You'll have the same sparkle, but save considerably more on your electricity bill.
- Shop online. Sites like eBay make it easy to find great bargains on both new and used Christmas decorations. Just remember to check the seller's previous feedback before making your final purchasing decision.
- Plan ahead. After Christmas, stores will slash prices on their leftover decorations by 50-to-75 percent or more. With a little advance preparation, you can be well on your way to planning a beautiful display for the following year.
- Organize a swap. Many people like to put up different holiday decorations each year. Ask you friends if you can trade or borrow to take advantage of their unneeded decorations.
Putting Up Your Holiday Display
If this will be the first year you've decorated your yard for Christmas, keep in mind these helpful tips as you're putting up your holiday display.
- Plan ahead. Before you start decorating, take the time to think about what you want the finished display to look like. If necessary, make a few sketches and take measurements to make sure large decorations will fit in the appropriate spaces.
- Put safety first. Read the directions on your decorations carefully to make sure you're following all necessary safety precautions. It's especially important to make sure all your decorations are labeled as safe for outdoor use.
- Avoid overcrowding. If you have a small yard, keep your decorations to a minimum. Too much clutter can turn an otherwise festive display into a tacky monstrosity.
- Ask for help. Putting up Christmas decorations can be a big undertaking. Make the job easier by enlisting family and friends for assistance. In the process, you may even be able to start a new holiday tradition.