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!
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.
Or brush up on your compound cuts and build a forest of mini 3D wood trees:
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.
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!
If you like twinkle lights this oversized Christmas star is fast way to add a big pop of festive outdoor Christmas lights.
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.)
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.
We also have a beautiful string art Joy sign to try which is so fun and works both outdoors and indoors.
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:
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)
You can also build your own version of those lighted Christmas presents to place in the yard, using this tutorial from DIY Vintage Chic
or create a different kind of holiday gift decoration using a cinder block! (so creative!) from Club Chica Circle
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.)
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 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
- holly berries
- outdoor Christmas lights
or add a lighted lantern and winter wreath (from Amanda Carol at Home)
Boxwood is a great winter look, plus Christmas lights with simple wire stars make these window boxes so festive (and so easy!) via BHG
and mini evergreens in pots? Simple and you can keep it up all winter! (via BHG)
Happy decorating and Merry Christmas!
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( Originally published 12.01.2014 // Updated 11.30.2019 )
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.