Dreaming Of A White Christmas: 23 Brilliant Outdoor Decor Ideas


Tis’ the season to start planning your outdoor Christmas decor ideas to create a fun and festive aesthetic to welcome your guests. There are plenty of DIY projects below to help get your creative juices flowing. Even the simplest of decorations can help to add a festive touch to the front door.

Have a look below at our incredible collection of ideas to help get you inspired this holiday season. Below each of the images is further details on each of the projects and links to the full tutorials on how to re-create each of them. So grab a cup of your favorite holiday beverage and get ready for some holiday cheer.

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1. Wood Pallet Christmas Tree. This simple-to-make design will add a little Christmas magic to your yard this holiday season. All you need is an upcycled wood palette, white paint, an old towel, a staple gun, ornaments, a piece of wood (for the trunk), and Christmas string lights. Use the towel to apply the paint to make it appear weathered. Staple the lights into the shape of a tree. Add a stump of wood for the trunk. Use metal stakes to secure the pallet to the ground, or lean it up against a wall on a tree or your front porch. Use ornament hooks for the decorations. Finish with a star and be sure there is an outlet nearby! (via Melanie Gets Married)


2. Winter Sleigh Theme. Adorn an old sleigh with glittery snowflake ornaments and balls of yarn that mimic snowballs. To make the snowballs, use styrofoam balls wrapped in yarn. The colors for the yarn are white, heathered gray, and aqua. Click the provided link for the full how-to tutorial. (via Laura Bloomquist)


3. Joy Outdoor Christmas Display. Paint three hurricane candle holders in a Christmas red hue (if you don’t have any laying around, source them from a thrift store). These are painted in BEHR’s PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA® Exterior Matte in 100 Mph (P170-70). You can add plastic or wood letters and paint them white. Attach with hot glue. Fill the vases with wintry seasonal picks from your local craft supply store, such as Michaels, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn’s. Add florist foam to the bottoms to help properly balance your display. Add the vases to your front porch or outdoor steps. (via Frugal Mom Eh!)


4. Outdoor Christmas Porch Decor. This cozy front porch features seasonal decor of birch, evergreen, snowflakes, plaids, and Christmas hues of reds, greens, and whites. A pair of vintage cross country skis next to the door adds a cabin-esque vibe. The sign next to the door can be sourced from places such as Etsy, Kirkland’s, and Wayfair. Don’t forget to add a wreath for the finishing touch. (via White Arrows Home)



5. Holly & Ivy Christmas Swag. A shabby-farmhouse-style treble clef is affixed to a simple grapevine and boxwood swag. These items can be found at your local craft stores such as Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnn’s. Layer a large faux Fraser fir and pine cone garland behind it. Add in some fresh holy sprigs for color, faux would also work well. A Christmas tree is set in the corner adorned with red bulbs, a plaid ribbon, and a red wooden bead garland. A pair of boots are filled with seasonal clippings for a fresh look. (via Follow The Yellow Brick Home)


6. DIY Evergreen Christmas Gnomes. A popular trend right now, greet your guests with these DIY gnomes to add to your outdoor Christmas decor. All you need for this fun and festive project is a tomato cage, evergreens (from a tree lot or Home Depot), red mitts (found at the Dollar Store), red fabric, needle, and thread or sewing machine, floral wire, nude pantyhose, cotton stuffing, and an elastic. Get the full tutorial at the provided link. (via Holly Grace)



7. Christmas Porch Light Decoration. Collect cuttings from your local Christmas tree seller. Bundle the greenery and hang under your outdoor light fixtures next to your front door to welcome your guests. Aside from your front porch or entryway, you can also use them in place of a door wreath, hang in a window, from a gate, carriage house light, or fence post. This swag also features some fresh clippings from a boxwood. To make this, you will need a foam block, a wire coat hanger, 4 green chenille stems, u-shaped florist pins or paper clips, tree branch snippers, and a ribbon. Get the DIY tutorial at the provided link. (via In My Own Style)


8. Rustic Porch Christmas Sign. To create your own holiday sign for your front porch, you will need a scrap piece of wood, sandpaper, paint, a paintbrush, craft paintbrush, chalk, pen, hook, and a wreath. The paint colors used for this project are BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Exterior Satin Paint – Carbon N520-7 and BEHR Satin Enamel Paint – Polar Bear. Get the full instructions on how to re-create this festive sign at the provided link. (via Mountain Modern Life)


9. DIY Painted Wood Snowman. This fun DIY project is made using a large piece of scrap plywood, a Ryobi jigsaw, and some fresh paint. Be sure to add some branches for the arms and an old scarf to keep him warm! Set the snowman atop a vintage sleigh for some extra height. A decorated Christmas tree provides a festive touch to this porch decor. TIP: If you are not crafty, you can create a similar look with a wood snowman on Kirkland’s, Plow & Hearth, Home Depot, or Etsy. Get the tutorial for the snowman at the provided link. (via The Frugal Homemaker)


 10. DIY Moss JOY Letters. This project is inspired by the clothing and home decor company Garnet Hill. This outdoor Christmas decor will bring festive warmth to any front door. You will need wooden letters in J-O-Y, forest green DecoArt Crafter’s acrylic paint, 2 packages of moss sheets, burlap ribbon, foam paintbrush, spray adhesive, glue gun, and glue sticks, scissors, Command adhesive hooks, small screw eyes, and picture hanging wire. For detailed instructions, click the provided link. (via Uncommon Designs)


11. Gift-Wrapped Front Door. This holiday season, skip the traditional wreath and adorn your front door with ribbon and a large greeting card. To re-create, use two strips of candy cane ribbon, one that runs vertical and one that runs horizontally. Wrap around the edges of the door and tape them. Make a large bow for the center and affix it with a pipe cleaner. For the gift tag, use a thick piece of black card stock — 15″x20″, attach with Command strips. Use a chalk marker for the holiday message. Get more instructions at the provided link. (via Liz On Call)


12. DIY Log Snowman. The perfect addition to your outdoor holiday decor, this charming wooden snowman project comes with a full tutorial at the provided link. (via Inspirational Momma)


13. Reclaimed Wood Christmas Tree. To make this alternative Christmas tree project you will need reclaimed wood planks, a tape measure, orbital sander, miter saw, cordless drill, and screws. After creating this beautiful DIY tree, decorate it with some festive holiday flare, including mini string lights, garland, hooks for ornaments, and ribbon. The garland on this tree is a mason jar pine cone twig garland. Get the full tutorial at the provided link. (via Funky Junk Interiors)


14. DIY Mason Jar Light. Add some festive lights to your front porch with mason jars and string lights. To make this, you will need five wide mouth mason jars and 100 tiny white string lights. Use grapevine wire to hang the mason jars and burlap ribbon to tie around the handles. Hang the lights with a cast iron swivel hook. To create the hangers for the jars, twist the grapevine wire around a pencil. For more detailed instructions, click the provided link. (via All Things Heart & Home)



15. Festive Front Porch. This Christmas decorated porch features large black urns filled with pine branches and ornaments. In front of the door, lanterns are brimming with red, silver, and gold ornaments, a simple DIY to greet your guests for the holiday season. (via Dimples & Tangles)


16. Pallet Wood Christmas Trees. These festive wood trees are made using pallet wood, mod podge, napkins, buttons, and some milk paint. Alternatively, you can use new wood and apply milk paint to make the wood appear weathered. The wood stars on the top of the trees can be found at Hobby Lobby in their wood craft section. The buttons are used as ornaments, affixed with hot glue. If you are not a DIY’er, you can also order these by emailing the designer: wildflowersandpistols@yahoo.com. Get the full tutorial at the provided link. (via Wildflowers & Pistols)


17. DIY Oversized Ornaments. This creative DIY project uses light globes, tuna cans (two large and two small), eye hooks, drill, silver leaf rub n buff or metallic spray paint, LED battery operated lights, and stencils and paint for the Christmas decals on the globes.  The light globes come from Lowe’s, using two 8 inch and two 6 inch frosted white globe shades. Small wreaths are used as a base to display each of the ornaments. Get detailed instructed on how to re-create at the provided link. (via Home Stories A To Z)


18. Christmas Sled With Skates. Adorn a vintage sled with a pair of thrift store skates. Fill the skates with some evergreen sprays and sparkly sprays that can be sourced from your local craft supply stores such as Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or JoAnn’s. Wrap an old scarf around the sleigh for softness and texture. (via Laura Bloomquist)


19. 3D Wood Christmas Tree. This cool wooden Christmas tree will add some dimension to your holiday decor. To make this, you will need plywood, paint brush, outdoor paint, a jigsaw, and an orbital sander. You can also add mini lights or garland for a festive touch. Get more detailed instructions at the provided link. (via The DIY Dreamer)


20. Gift Wrapped Presents. Greet your guests for Christmas with this simple yet festive project. Simply gift wrap presents, tie with a ribbon, and set atop an urn. All you need to re-create this project are three different size boxes. Punch a hole through them with an ice pick and use rebar to set them atop each other. Get the tutorial at the provided link. (via That Village House)


21. DIY Wood Reindeer. This beautiful wood reindeer and Santa’ sleight are fun DIY projects to bring a ton of creativity to your yard or front porch. Add some festive light-up trees to create the perfect Christmas outdoor decor scene. Get the full DIY project tutorial at the provided link. (via Her Tool Belt)


22. Snowman Pallet. Upcycle an old pallet with some paint and turn it into an adorable snowman to adorn your front porch. Add a ribbon for a festive touch. For the paint, you will need exterior paint such as Benjamin Moore in blue, red, black, and white. To find recycled pallets, try going to The Home Depot, Craislist, and Etsy. (via Pinterest)


23. Hand-Painted Vintage Sign. Use a salvaged wood board (about 70″ to 75″ x 20″ to 24″) or an upcycled cabinet door to paint your favorite holiday message “JOY”. For the paint, use a sample size (Lowe’s Valspar Claret) and shellac (all-natural sealer). Get the full DIY tutorial at the provided link. (via DIY Network)

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