Making your own outdoor Christmas decorations can be a great way to get your house in the Christmas spirit without spending a lot of money. Fortunately, a lot of decorations can be made with items found around your house. Many of these projects can also include your children.
Start with the most basic of winter time decorations, the snowman. After a good snowfall, make a family of snowmen in your front yard. Dress your snowmen family in last year’s outgrown or worn out Christmas clothes. You may even want to make a nativity scene out of the snowmen (although this will require a lot of work and a lot of snow). By grouping the snowmen close together in a shady spot, they will last longer if temperatures start to rise, but you will still need to reshape the sculptures every couple of days.
Old boxes can be reused to make a couple of different decorations. One of the simplest decorations is fake presents. For faux presents that will be displayed indoors or on covered porches, simply wrap several smaller boxes of different sizes in wrapping paper. If you want to display the boxes outdoors, however, wrapping paper won’t work. Vinyl backed contact paper, however, can be used to cover boxes and protect them from moisture.
Another option is to use a waterproof sealer spray on boxes wrapped with standard wrapping paper. Use the presents by stacking them in the yard. Many people choose to keep them by the front door, on the front porch, near the garage door, or next to the mailbox.
If you have large appliance-size boxes, consider turning them into a gingerbread house. Have the kids get creative to find household objects to turn into the candy decorations. To start them off, show them how a paper plate can be painted to look like a peppermint or how plastic drinking cups could be made to look like gumdrops. If you want to display the gingerbread house in an outdoor area, remember to spray your entire creation with sealant.
Finally, tie the whole display together with a Christmas tree. An old artificial tree may no longer look good enough to be used indoors in close-up family Christmas photos, but they can still be utilized outdoors. After setting up the tree outside, use plastic ornaments as decorations. You could turn an existing tree into a Christmas tree as well. Besides plastic bulbs, consider making edible garland out of popcorn and berries. This can attract birds and squirrels, which will make your Christmas display literally come alive. Use outdoor lights as a final touch to decorate. If desired, stack some of the fake packages from the previous step underneath the tree.