DIY Outdoor Decor for Winter

 Try these durable and festive DIY winter decorations for your outdoor decor. They’ll hold up to winter weather and most of them you can use year after year! 

We can help you with all things Christmas! Try our 5 different wooden stars video tutorial, our farmhouse advent calendar, and how to decorate your mantel for Christmas.

DIY Outdoor Winter Decor Featured On Remodelaholic

DIY Outdoor Winter Decor for your front door and porch…

Use up some old wood you have laying around! Use our tutorial to make these simple trees for outdoor winter decor.

How To Build DIY Rustic Herringbone Wood Christmas Trees From Old Fence Boards @Remodelaholic

Or brush up on your compound cuts and build a forest of mini 3D wood trees:

Krista Fuhriman Remodelaholic 3d Christmas Trees Photo On Table (1)

A fresh evergreen wreath is classic outdoor decor and withstands the elements well. This evergreen swag and oversized wood gift tag combo lets you give your guests a welcome message too! Get the tutorial over at That’s My Letter.

wood gift tag door decor with fresh pine swag - That's My Letter via @Remodelaholic

Or learn to fake hand-lettering for a simple wintry welcome sign here from AD Aesthetic:

DIY Painted Wood Sign For Welcome Santa Christmas Wreath, Remodelaholic

Most of us put up lights around our front door and porch — but Opaque Canvas made it even more magical by stringing up twinkle lights on the ceiling to give that glow to her whole porch!

build a frame to hang christmas lights on the porch, Opaque Canvas via @Remodelaholic

If you like twinkle lights this oversized Christmas star is fast way to add a big pop of festive outdoor Christmas lights.

16 Foot Diy Giant Christmas Light Star For Outdoor Holiday Light Display Remodelaholic 600x400 1
DIY Christmas Swag Apieceofrainbowblog Tutorial 12 600x394 1

And you can save a bundle and get just the look you want by creating your own swags to hang from your porch or garage lights — it’s easy with this tutorial from Piece of Rainbow.

Sweet and simple DIY winter decorations: Snowflake banners around your winter porch! Use this tutorial and templates from Martha Stewart. (This might not be totally wind-proof, but using waterproof paper and securing the strings at the top and bottom should be sufficient for most smaller winter storms, I imagine.)

snowflake porch banners - Martha Stewart via @Remodelaholic

And if you need a big impact, combine a large wooden sign with a fresh greenery wreath to spread JOY! from Fynes Designs, and the burlap ribbon bow and cute skates the perfect winter addition. Or you can try this mini Joy sign tutorial.

oversized JOY sign for the porch - Fynes Designs via @Remodelaholic

We also have a beautiful string art Joy sign to try which is so fun and works both outdoors and indoors.

String Art Tutorial Joy Sign Christmas Art @remodelaholic Christmas Art 2

DIY Outdoor Winter Decor for around the yard….

A large wooden Christmas tree would be at home on the front porch or standing up around the yard, too. Learn to build this rustic reclaimed wood tree from Her Toolbelt:

build an outdoor rustic Christmas tree - Her Toolbelt via @Remodelaholic

or take the same idea and make a different look by using nails to spell out a holiday message for your outdoor Christmas decorations! (via HGTV)

outdoor nailhead wood Christmas tree - HGTV via @Remodelaholic

You can also build your own version of those lighted Christmas presents to place in the yard, using this tutorial from DIY Vintage Chic

how to make lighted outdoor gifts for Christmas porch decor - DIY Vintage Chic via @Remodelaholic

or create a different kind of holiday gift decoration using a cinder block! (so creative!) from Club Chica Circle

cinder block holiday gift porch decor - Club Chica Circle via @Remodelaholic

And I just LOVE how simple and cute these cut log Santas are! (And actually, they are Danish nisse, which are more like gnomes — it’s a really cool Scandinavian tradition, so get the tutorial and more about the tradition here at Smart Girls DIY.)

diy cedar log christmas nisse santa elf gnome - Smart Girls DIY via @Remodelaholic

Add to your collection of DIY outdoor decor with this large star. It’s so cheap and our super simple tutorial is available here. This start is a great way to add some warmth and holiday spirit to your living room during the cold winter!

Diy Extra Large Wood Star With Lights For Christmas Decor Remodelaholic

DIY Outdoor Decor for your planters and window boxes…

Since nothing much is growing in those window boxes, porch pots and planters in December, you can add winter decor really quickly by making a festive arrangement (from Salisbury Green House).

Some great options to add to your winter arrangement include:

  • juniper berries,
  • evergreen boughs,
  • pretty little pine cones
  • birch branches
  • Curly willow branches
  • moss
  • holly berries
  • outdoor Christmas lights
winter planter how-to - Salisbury Garden Center via @Remodelaholic

or add a lighted lantern and winter wreath (from Amanda Carol at Home)

lantern in outdoor planter for winter, Amanda Carol at Home via @Remodelaholic

Boxwood is a great winter look, plus Christmas lights with simple wire stars make these window boxes so festive (and so easy!) via BHG

use lights and wire stars in outdoor window planter boxes - BHG via @Remodelaholic

and mini evergreens in pots? Simple and you can keep it up all winter! (via BHG)

mini Christmas trees in outdoor planter window boxes - BHG via @Remodelaholic

And every catalog house has windows festooned with wreaths… Ever wondered how to hang wreaths on windows? Try these tricks from Bova Goods and Between Naps on the Porch.

how to hang a wreath on the outside of a window - Bova Goods via @Remodelaholiceasily hang wreaths on outdoor windows - Between Naps on the Porch via @Remodelaholic


Outdoor Decorating for Winter @Remodelaholic

Happy decorating and Merry Christmas!

Add to your holiday cheer with more Remodelaholic Christmas ideas such as:

Christmas Printables

DIY Giant Lighted Star

Christmas Wassail Recipe

( Originally published 12.01.2014 // Updated 11.30.2019 )

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Lorene has been behind the scenes here at Remodelaholic for more than a decade! She believes that planning projects and actually completing them are two different hobbies, but that doesn't stop her from planning at least a dozen projects at any given time. She spends her free time creating memories with her husband and 5 kids, traveling as far as she can afford, and partaking of books in any form available.

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