Durable Outdoor Decor for Winter
There are few things more picturesque than home covered in snow and all decked out in holiday cheer. But the winter elements aren’t kind to many types of decorations, and you don’t want to spend up your whole Christmas budget on decorating your home’s exterior! Try these durable and budget-friendly ideas in your outdoor decor for winter. (Bonus: most of them you can use year after year!)
For your front door and porch…
A fresh evergreen wreath is classic 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 to give that glow to her whole porch! Read how to make the frame to hang the lights here.
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 In My Own Style.
Sweet and simple? Snowflake banners around the porch, with 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 wreath to spread JOY! from Fynes Designs.
For around the yard….
A large wooden Christmas tree would be at home on the 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! (via HGTV)
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.)
For your planters and window boxes…
Since nothing much is growing in those window boxes and planters in December, you can add berries and evergreen boughs for a festive arrangement (tutorial from Salisbury Green House)
or add a lighted lantern and 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!