15 Festive Outdoor Decorating Ideas to Make Your Home Shine

Deck out your outdoor space with gorgeous greenery, festive colors and cozy accents.

'Tis the season to bring out the tree, garland and wintry wreaths to celebrate the holidays. With the outdoors looking a little less colorful and winter quickly approaching, your yard deserves a dose of festivity.

Take a look at a few of our ideas to get your outdoor spaces looking fresh and ready to greet your family and friends for the season.

Life-Sized Advent Calendar

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Here's how to make a lighted outdoor Advent calendar on a stepladder frame.

Go big this holiday season. This oversized Advent calendar using a ladder, garland and address numbers would be the perfect addition to your outdoor sitting space.

Chalkboard Reindeer Silhouette

Holiday Chalkboard Buck Head

Holiday Chalkboard Buck Head

Display a holiday greeting with this DIY chalkboard reindeer display created by Brian Patrick Flynn. Carved to resemble a reindeer's silhouette this decoration brings holiday cheer while allowing for some creative freedom.

Greet your guests with this cheerful chalkboard sign shaped like a buck’s head. To make, trace a reindeer silhouette onto a piece of plywood, cut out with a jigsaw and apply two coats of chalkboard paint. After it's dry, use chalkboard pens to write a custom holiday message.

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Front Entryway

Exterior entryways offer an excellent opportunity to get personal with holiday decor. This entryway, created by Dan Faires, features candelabras made from discarded wine bottles, garland made from nautical rope and lanterns and evergreens placed in galvanized metal buckets.

Front Entryway at Night

Once the sun goes down, the entryway instantly becomes more intimate thanks to the glow created by the candlelit wine bottle candelabras and interior and exterior lights of the house.

Holiday Outdoor Decorations

To create visual interest outside of your home, consider breaking the front yard up into different zones — each with its own holiday-centric feature. Designer Britany Simon and designer Brian Patrick Flynn broke this front yard up into three zones: left, center of yard and entrance. The left side of the house features a 10-foot tall Christmas tree structure made from reclaimed barn siding, the center of the yard is outfitted with an arbor created with vintage ladders and the entrance is decorated with various repurposed items including wine bottle candelabras and rope garland.

Moss Wreaths

Add graphic punch and organic style to your front doors with square moss wreaths. To create these, you'll need square wreath forms, bagged moss, ribbon and approximately three hours of crafting time. In addition to their texture and color, the square shape of the wreaths offers a fresh new take on an old holiday classic.

Lantern Garland

To add a unique, textural touch to the home's front doors, Dan created one-of-a-kind, farmhouse-inspired garland with lanterns attached to nautical rope. In order to attach the garland to the house, Dan screwed C-hooks directly into the exterior trim on which to lay each section of rope.

Chalkboard Buck Head

Create a festive welcome sign for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's with a chalkboard buck-head silhouette. To make this, trace a reindeer shape onto a 24 x 24 piece of plywood, cut it out with a jigsaw and apply two coats of chalkboard paint. Write messages to coordinate with each holiday.

Bucket Planters

Although grass tends to dry up during the winter months, you can still add a pop of green to your holiday curb appeal with potted evergreens — particularly juniper and cypress bushes. Dress them up with organic style by planting them in galvanized metal buckets and decorating them with burlap ribbon.

Snowflake Silhouettes

Add holiday flair to basic galvanized metal buckets with perforated snowflake silhouettes. To create the silhouettes, use a black marker to make an outline directly on the surface of the bucket, then punch holes with a Phillips-head screwdriver tapped with a hammer or rubber mallet. For an extra layer of decoration, add a piece of outdoor fabric in holiday colors behind the punched holes.

Wine Bottle Candelabra

Bring a soft glow to any outdoor area with candelabras made from old wine bottles updated with matte black spray paint. To ensure visibility from the sidewalk or street, choose white pillar candles. The high contrast between the white and the black is classic, graphic and easy to read.

Outdoor Sled Vignette

Sometimes the best holiday decorations weren't necessarily meant as decor. Create a personal vignette near your entrance with a collection of objects with winter flair. Upon arrival to this home, guests are greeted with a weathered sled, a pair of ice skates and a bucket filled with faux snowballs.

Mailbox Decor

To turn this basic mailbox into a showstopping focal point, Dan surrounded it with giant candy canes made from plywood and burlap as well as lollipops made from PVC, small bouncy balls, colored burlap and twine.

Mailbox Garland

Add life to your mailbox with garland. In order to do this without impeding mail carrier pickup and delivery, keep the garland around the back of the mailbox. For graphic punch and a pop of color, intersperse accents, such as faux berries, in with the green garland.

Burlap Detail

To put an updated spin on candy canes, consider wrapping them in natural-toned burlap for a textural touch, then punch the overall look up with colored ribbon.

Red Ribbon Detail

Add candy striped detail to your mailbox base with red ribbon. Not only will the contrast between the ribbon and the post add graphic impact, but choosing ribbon in the same color as your garland's ornamentation will also help in creating a sophisticated, cohesive palette.

Life-Sized Lollipops

Over-sized holiday lollipops are both easy and fun to create. Pick up a small rubber bouncy ball from the toy store, colored burlap, twine and PVC pipe. Attach the rubber bouncy ball to the top of the PVC pipe with duct tape, wrap the ball with colored burlap and tie it tightly around the bottom of the ball with twine. Next, stake the PVC into the ground either free-handed or dig a small hole with a trowel.

Reclaimed Wood Tree

Make a big statement this holiday with a reclaimed wood Christmas tree sculpture. Dan created this from reclaimed barn siding cut in different lengths and attached it to a 10-foot 4 x 4 with wood screws.

Holiday Arbor

Give your guests a grand entrance this holiday season with an entry arbor made from repurposed wooden ladders. Dan created this chic arbor by painting three ladders with matte black paint, wrapping them with industrial globe lights and softening the overall look with garland.

Arbor Pinecones

For an extra layer of visual interest, consider hanging mistletoe or pinecones along the center of the top of the arbor. Dan created this cluster by dipping pinecones into white paint, then bundling them together with twine.

Holiday Window Box

Bring holiday cheer to your window boxes with bright-red botanical accents. Amaranthus is a Christmas classic, which adds great texture and is easy to care for. If amaranthus is not indigenous to your area, it can be ordered online and shipped almost anywhere.

Snowy Walkway Votives

Candles Deliver Warmth to Snowy Steps

Candles Deliver Warmth to Snowy Steps

The warming glow of these glass-enclosed candles sets a peaceful, relaxing tone. Enjoy your handiwork, set out some milk and cookies and get ready for the man in the red suit to make an appearance.

Illuminate the pathway to your front door with these glowing votives. With only a few supplies needed, these are easy to make and budget-friendly, too.

Letters for Santa

13 Ways to Add Holiday Flair to Your Front Porch in Ten Minutes: Holiday Cards

13 Ways to Add Holiday Flair to Your Front Porch in Ten Minutes: Holiday Cards

Keep your outgoing holiday cards ready to go outside your door in a wall mounted mail sorter. Your outgoing cards can double as decor before you drop them off at the local post office. A similar idea can be used for keeping all of your received holiday cards together for personal charm.

An outdoor mail sorter next to the front door is a cute way to display your holiday cards (and letters to the North Pole).

Rustic Star Garland

Twig Star Garland

Twig Star Garland

Garlands can really enhance your holiday décor adding that extra layer that brings everything together. This handmade version is stunning on its own or against a backdrop of evergreens indoors or out!

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Using twigs from your backyard, make a charming garland for the porch or mantel. String together with jute twine for an all-natural aesthetic.

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Festive Mailbox Decor

Holiday House Garland Mailbox Decor

Holiday House Garland Mailbox Decor

To turn this basic mailbox into a showstopping focal point, it was surrounded with giant candy canes made from plywood and burlap. Simple holiday lollipop decorations complete the festive display.

Giant candy canes made from plywood and wrapped with burlap add fun holiday flair to an ordinary mailbox. Pretty garland, red ribbon and faux lollipops made with bouncy balls, colored burlap, PVC pipe and twine tie the merry theme together.

Luxe Entry

Traditional Entryway Decorated for Christmas

Traditional Entryway Decorated for Christmas

Simple red-and-silver ornaments are hung from the roof's eave and used in planters and on a wreath to create a festive, traditional entryway for Christmas.

Ornaments are not just for decorating the tree. Hang them from the porch, put them in planters and use them to craft a wreath. Choose a color palette that complements your exterior, like this home's classic red-and-silver color combo.

Charming Wooden Trees

Outdoor Silhouette Christmas Trees Add Charm to Your Holiday Decor

Outdoor Silhouette Christmas Trees Add Charm to Your Holiday Decor

Add some rustic charm to your yard with tree silhouettes made from plywood and nail heads. These attractive trees, designed by Brian Patrick Flynn, are fun in the daytime but look breathtaking when silhouetted at night by outside lighting.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

You don't have to be an expert woodworker to master this trio of wooden tree silhouettes. Made from plywood and nail heads, you can easily tackle this project in a day or two. Display them in the front yard for your neighbors to admire.

Seasonal Throw Pillows

13 Ways to Add Holiday Flair to Your Front Porch in Ten Minutes: Floor Cushions

13 Ways to Add Holiday Flair to Your Front Porch in Ten Minutes: Floor Cushions

Impromptu guests are always fun to have around the holidays, but supplying enough seating to accommodate them can be a stressor. Make it easy by keeping oversized pillows and floor cushions around, then stack them in your covered porch for no-fuss lounging.

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Outdoor pillows paired with cozy blankets create an inviting place to relax on the porch. For those chilly evenings, keep guests extra warm and comfy with a nearby portable fire pit.

Decorative Pallet Sled

DIY Decorative Sled

DIY Decorative Sled

Repurpose an old wooden pallet into a charming vintage sled.

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Flynnside Out Productions

Add vintage style to your exterior with a fun DIY sled made from an old wooden pallet. Paint it red or choose a color that coordinates with your exterior and other holiday decor.

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Chic Outdoor Dining

12 Ways to Add Warm and Cozy Vintage Style for the Winter

12 Ways to Add Warm and Cozy Vintage Style for the Winter

Keep your table scape budget-friendly and classic with a mix of vintage objects, cut greenery and pine cones. Here an outdoor dining area is packed with texture, shape and contrast with a mix of organic touches found in the yard paired with a clear glass cake stand and masculine black drink ware and dinner ware.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Dress up your outdoor tablescape for the season with fresh greenery, pinecones and vintage decor. Black dinnerware adds an elegant touch that can be used throughout the season.

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Seasonal Style

A combination of classic prints mixed with warm, wintry fabrics keeps this outdoor living room cozy throughout the season. And if you're looking for a timeless, less-is-more look, mix neutrals (like gray, charcoal and tan) with organic textures and tree cuttings.

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Outdoor Holiday

Put your covered outdoor spaces to good use during the holiday season by adding warmth with wool throw rugs or blankets. You can also add warmth underfoot with an indoor/outdoor rug with a thick pile weave.

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Layered Greens

Keep your table settings cost-efficient and classic with a mix of vintage decor, cut greenery and pinecones. Here, the outdoor dining area is packed with texture and contrast with a mix of organic accents paired with a glass cake stand and black dinnerware.

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Unconventional Centerpiece

Add height to your outdoor table by repurposing a vintage sled as a food riser or centerpiece. Here, a wooden sled adds a fun mix of texture with its metal base and wooden slats.

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Winter Soiree

Bring cold-weather parties outside with a s'mores station. All you need is a tiered serving tray, plates, chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows. Put a rustic spin on this classic treat by using twigs instead of skewers.

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Jingle Bell Rock

Ground your outdoor space with classic style by suspending oversized iron or bronze jingle bell decorations with sisal rope. This adds a unique shape to the area and pulls in a touch of metallic.

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Cozy Up

Transform everyday chairs for the holidays by tossing faux wool throw rugs over the backs. This introduces warm texture and a touch of wintry cabin style.

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Rustic Accents

If you're looking to add a woodsy touch to your holiday decor, consider hanging cast resin antlers. These man-made creations are animal-friendly and instantly add a rustic touch.

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Go Bare

Sometimes the less-is-more look is the way to go. If your living room is casual and lived-in, simply add a few bare wreaths to your doors or windows for a small, seasonal touch.

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A Lush, Rich Touch

If you're looking for quick and easy ways to add holiday charm with little commitment, try accents of lush greenery and rich woods. This dining room and kitchen is transformed by adding a pair of potted pine trees, tree cuttings and vintage wooden objects.

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Cool Combo

A classic but somewhat unexpected color pairing for the holidays is brass and green. When setting up your table, combine brass elements in different finishes with layers of lush green tree cuttings or cut flowers to create a look that's full and festive.

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Chimney Planter

Elevate evergreens with planters and containers that evoke holiday style. Here, a pair of pine trees is planted in cast resin planters that look like brick chimneys and can add a touch of wintry charm inside or outside of the home.

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Perfectly Purple Wreath

Outdoor Holiday Front Yard Decor

Outdoor Holiday Front Yard Decor

Get creative with your front door decor by making wreaths from repurposed or upcycled materials. For an industrial touch that carries on throughout the interior of the 2014 HGTV.com Holiday House, its front doors are dressed with a pair of wreaths made from PVC pipe. For a decorative update, PVC pipes in different diameters were cut to size with a hack saw. Next, the pieces were secured together with hot glue, then hung with decorative ribbon inserted along the top after drilling a hole with a drill bit.

Holiday decorations can certainly be different colors other than red and green. Construct this fabulous purple wreath for your front door out of PVC pipe and purple ornaments.

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Chic Upcycling

PVC pipe comes in a variety of sizes and can be purchased for less than $5 in most cases. Once you choose the sizes you want, you're ready to get started on your front door display.

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Tools + Materials

You'll need: PVC pipe in assorted sizes; 14 inches of rope or twine; spray paint; hot glue gun; hot glue sticks; ball ornaments; hack saw; drill; 1/4-inch drill bit; measuring tape; marker; door hanger.

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Measure + Mark Pipes

PVC pipe wreaths work best with depths between 2 and 1/2 inches and 4 inches. Use a measuring tape and a marker to mark the PVC pipe accordingly.

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Cut PVC Pipe

Once marks are made, cut all diameters of the PVC pipes to the chosen thickness using a hack saw.

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Arrange Different Diameters

After all diameters have been cut to size, arrange them on a flat, level surface, creating a random yet circular look.

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Fasten Pipes Together

With the final look of the wreath decided, begin securing all sections together using a glue gun.

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Add Hole for Hanger

Use a drill and a 1/4-inch drill bit to add a hole directly into one of the larger diameter cut outs.

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Attach Hanger

Loop a 14-inch strip of twine or rope through the drilled hole, then knot it at the top.

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Add Spray Paint

For a more unfinished, utilitarian look, the wreath can be left as is. But for a more personalized approach, add color and uniformity with spray paint. To spray paint evenly, hold the can 8 inches from the surface of the pipe, moving back and forth in slow, controlled spurts. Let dry.

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Add Ornaments

To break up the look of the cut PVC pipe, secure ball ornaments inside some of the cut-outs using a glue gun.

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Hang Wreath

Add a door hanger inside of the door, then loop the wreath over it with the rope or twine hanger.

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Reindeer Food

13 Ways to Add Holiday Flair to Your Front Porch in Ten Minutes: All About the Kids

13 Ways to Add Holiday Flair to Your Front Porch in Ten Minutes: All About the Kids

A day or two before Christmas, create a reindeer feeder to get kids excited about Santa. This can be as simple as finding an old rustic bucket or basket and leaving carrots or fresh root vegetables out along with a cute sign.

Leading up to Christmas, put together a basket of reindeer treats on the porch to get the kids excited for Santa's arrival.

Elegant Window Decor

13 Ways to Add Holiday Flair to Your Front Porch in Ten Minutes: Window Layers

13 Ways to Add Holiday Flair to Your Front Porch in Ten Minutes: Window Layers

Elaborate window decor is often dreamy but can also take a lot of time to complete. Keep it simple with an extra long strand of garland draped from the top of your windows along with a bare wreath in the center. To keep it all lit up, stick with a strand of frosted globe lights tacked up around the outside edge of the window trim.

Create a beautiful vignette with garland, an evergreen wreath and white bulb lights to decorate your exterior windows. You can create this same effect indoors with an old window frame.

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Here Comes Santa Claus

This traditional front porch was given a holiday reboot with potted evergreen trees, globe lights, cozy seating and kid-friendly "North Pole" decor. We've got 16 ways to steal the look for your own home.

Set the Scene

Since the holidays are all about entertaining friends and family, set the scene on your front porch with weather-resistant furnishings. From the bean bag chairs to the rich, wooden bar cart, all of these pieces are easy to move around and can be easily stored out of sight in the winter months.

Window Layers

Elaborate window decor is dreamy but can take a lot of time to set up. Keep it simple with a long strand of garland draped from the top of your windows along with a bare wreath in the center. Light it up with a strand of frosted globe lights tacked up around the outside edge of the window trim.

Wrap the Columns

Skip the string lights and stick with a simple garland complete with natural embellishments like pinecones and berries.

Potted Evergreens

If you want to add live greenery on your porch but want little upkeep, try arborvitae in ceramic pots. As long as your porch receives direct sunlight most of the day, the trees will thrive for at least a month leading up to the end of the holiday season. After that, it’s best to plant them outside in full sunlight.

Multipurpose Bar Cart

Roll a weather-resistant bar cart onto your covered porch and throw in some decorative holiday touches to keep it festive.

Tabletop Trees

If the size of your porch doesn't allow for life-size Christmas trees, create a similar look with a grouping of tabletop trees ranging in heights and colors. This collected look will appear more eclectic.

Versatile Seating

Keep your porch decorated for the holidays with lightweight bean bag chairs that simply stack and store away when not in use. These neutral chairs were dressed up for the holidays with woven throw pillows.

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Frosted Window Art

Give your windows a wintry update with frosted window film that adds the perfect snowy effect. All you need is a utility knife and burnisher.

Knock, Knock

For an extra layer of holiday cheer, add a fun message to the frosted window film with vinyl sticker letters. Or, use a stencil and spray paint before applying it to the inside of the window.

Holiday Cards

Your outgoing cards can double as decor in a wall-mounted mail sorter right outside your front door.

Door Decor

Create a conversation starter with your door knob or lever with DIY decor. This snowman figure was made by tying three woven grapevine forms together and hanging from the lever.

Dressed-Up Bench

Transform your bench for the holidays with a quick pillow swap. If you have open space below, fill it with seasonal elements like firewood, tree cuttings or winter boots.

Floor Cushions

Make outdoor entertaining a breeze by keeping oversized pillows and floor cushions stored nearby, then stack them in your covered porch for no-fuss lounging.

Grouped Lanterns

Add some Old World-charm to your porch with a grouping of different glass-front lanterns ranging in size and finish. The flames will add instant ambience and warmth to your entry.

Extra Blankets

A practical way to keep guests feeling warm while also adding color, pattern and texture to your front porch is to keep comfy blankets on display in baskets or crates.

All About the Kids

A day or two before Christmas, create a reindeer feeder to get kids excited about Santa. This can be as simple as finding an old basket and leaving carrots or fresh root vegetables out, along with a cute sign.

Picture-Perfect Porch

White Traditional Porch With Rocking Chairs and Holiday Decor

White Traditional Porch With Rocking Chairs and Holiday Decor

This porch is sparkling with the holiday spirit. A chandelier made from mason jars, basic lumber and tree trimmings adds rustic ambience to the space. By changing year-round bulbs with low-wattage bulbs, twinkle lights will overpower the yearlong fixtures and create a soft glow.

Twinkling lights, a pair of rocking chairs and a joyful color palette of red, white and green creates an ideal outdoor space that sparkles with holiday cheer.

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Dress Up Your Outdoor Space for Christmas

From tree cuttings used around the door to decorations made from cranberries and burlap, this front porch is packed with all-natural holiday style.

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Go Square

Holiday guests are greeted with a square tree-cutting wreath hung on the front door. To make your own, clip Christmas tree branches using floral shears, then wrap the cuttings around a square foam wreath form and attach with twine. To create the heart, spray-paint twigs red and attach to the wreath form with twine.

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Add Splashes of Color

To add graphic shapes as well as color and texture to the entry, lanyards were made using felt, strands of burlap and thick card stock. First, make a template by tracing the shape of a silhouette to acetate or thick paper, then cut out with a utility knife. Next, trace the template directly to sheets of felt, then cut out with scissors. To add structure and keep the felt snowflakes from curling up, cut card stock with the template, then add to the back of each felt snowflake using a hot glue gun. Lastly, cut strips of burlap and attach snowflakes with glue.

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Layer Up

To help frame the arched window above the door, a bundle of pine sprigs was attached to the exterior with lightweight picture nails. Drastically darker in tone than the tree-trimming wreath, the different greens add a layered effect to the entry.

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Create an All-Natural Ambiance

To add a twinkling light effect around the entry, a birch log was cut down into groupings of luminaries. First, cut a birch log into five different lengths with a circular saw. Next, drill holes inside the tops of each log and place battery-operated votives inside. At night, the votives will cast a twinkling glow into the logs.

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Use a Tree Alternative

Rather than using Christmas trees, the front entrance is flanked by a pair of lush boxwood topiaries which lay the foundation for the green, red and white color scheme.

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Dress With Delectable Accents

Instead of dressing the topiaries with twinkle lights, a more organic approach was taken with garland made from candied cranberries and burlap ribbon.

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Make Everyday Items Seasonal

One of the easiest and most effective ways to add holiday charm to any furnished space is with throw pillows and blankets. By simply adding red linen pillows and red-and-white striped fleece blankets to the year-round rocking chairs, they instantly take on a seasonal vibe.

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Insert Holiday Flair

This year-round dining set was updated with holiday style thanks to comfy throw pillows and table settings featuring red and neutral tones. To add a touch of holiday flair overhead, a do-it-yourself chandelier was made from rustic wood, rope and Mason jars. Get step-by-step instructions.

Add Winter Touches

To bring the same rustic appeal seen in the chandelier to the table below, antlers were incorporated into the tabletop decor.

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Get Creative

Add a touch of whimsy to your front steps with a grouping of boots used as vessels for greenery. Here, red rain boots used in multiples create a striking focal point. A similar approach can be taken using weathered boots in different finishes.

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Be Whimsical

A side door off the porch is dressed with a wreath alternative made from rope, ribbon and wire. To create this, shape the rope into letters spelling out "Fa La La," then intertwine bailing wire between each strand of rope to structure the letters. Next, tie ribbon to each rope letter and suspend over the door top.

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Create Rustic Decor

Add wow factor with rustic flair by making a North Star from yardsticks and twine. This star was made by spray-painting five wooden yardsticks matte black, then attaching to one another in a star formation. Shaped twigs and twinkle lights add layers of texture and whimsy. Get step-by-step instructions.

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Light the Way for Holiday Guests

For a safer alternative to the traditional paper-bag-style Santa's runway, add a layer of rock salt or Epsom salt to glass vases or mason jars then nestle a glass votive candle in the center of each. Depending on the size votive you use, the candles will safely provide hours of illumination. When one burns low, simply replace with a fresh candle.

Festive Up Your Front Porch

In place of a standard topiary, bring a bit of your indoor decorations out with a mini fresh or faux Christmas tree. To create a sturdy, weather-proof base, skip a fabric tree skirt and instead place the tree in a wicker basket weighted down with a few rocks. Burlap garland, shatterproof ornaments, pinecones and a few handmade twig stars wired onto the branches are sturdy enough to stand up to the elements.

Add an Orb

Our how-to explains the steps for creating these illuminated grapevine sphere topiaries for your front porch. The waterproof lights ensure they'll brighten up your entry even during stormy winter weather. 

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Make a Fabric and Evergreen Swag

For a trendy twist on a standard holiday wreath, dress up your front door with a holiday swag made from fresh greenery, fabric branches and glittering pinecones. Craft your own with our step-by-step instructions.

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Make Ice Lanterns

Get an assist from Mother Nature (or your freezer) to turn plastic cartons filled with water into magical ice lanterns to display either indoors or out. Make your own with our tips.

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Turn Lumber Into Hip Trees

Basic woodworking skills, plywood and nails are all you need to create modern Christmas tree silhouettes that you can display year after year. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Go Big With Ornaments

Light up the night with these ginormous Christmas tree ornaments. A few supplies from the hardware and craft store are all you need. Learn how to make your own with our step-by-step instructions

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Craft a Monogrammed Doormat

Spruce up your entryway with this personalized budget-friendly doormat that looks like a pricey catalog find but is actually an easy DIY project. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Craft a Snowy Wreath

Add faux greenery, flowers, berry sprigs and glittered pinecones to a grapevine wreath then cover with faux snow to give your front door a cheery update during winter months. Learn how to make your own

Add Some Sparkle

These gorgeous, glittering votives only look expensive. Using glitter, glue and an empty jar, you can easily craft them yourself on the cheap. 

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Treat Forest Friends

Delight wildlife with frozen fruit ornaments that are both beautiful and beneficial. Get the details on our tutorial

Make a Melt-Proof Snowman

A sturdy wooden support + 3 faux evergreen wreaths = a friendly outdoor snowman who won't melt, making him the perfect decoration for snow-free climates. Plus, using faux wreaths, rather than fresh, means you can display him year after year. Get started with our tips and step-by-step instructions.

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Craft Woodsy Luminaries

Add a woodsy glow to your entryway with a grouping of birch log luminaries. To create them, cut the branches into varying heights with a circular saw. Next, drill holes into the top of each log using a 1-1/2" paddle or spade bit just deep enough to accommodate a votive. For kid- or pet-proof illumination, pop a battery-operated votive into each.

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Freshen Up Your Wreath

Cover a straw wreath form with moss and garlands of fresh cranberries for a colorful holiday decoration that can be used as either a traditional front door wreath or, laid flat on the table, as the base for a Christmas centerpiece. Learn how to make your own.

Make a Twig Garland

Give a real or faux evergreen garland a rustic, woodsy touch by layering on a twig garland. Making one is easy, just gather small branches from your yard, use clippers to cut them into sections that are approximately the same length, then knot the twigs together with jute twine or yarn.

Craft This Cute Wreath

Create a wintry forest scene for your front door by adding bottlebrush trees and mini ice-skating figures to a foam wreath that's been wrapped in holiday fabric. Our step-by-step instructions will make crafting this cute wreath a snap. 

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Repurpose Old Jars

Expecting guests? Use assorted glass jars to give your front porch banister a festive glow. For an opaque, frosty look, add a mercury-glass effect by first misting the jars' interiors with water then immediately spraying on looking-glass paint. Check out these step-by-step instructions to learn more about this faux-painting technique.

Upcycle Your Way to a Funky Front Yard Sculpture

If you have a stack of old lumber or shipping pallets hanging around, this project is a clever way to upcycle them into a modern take on an illuminated tree. Use paint in assorted colors or just one color but various patterns to make your tree truly one-of-a-kind. Check out our step-by-step instructions for tips on achieving the staggered look.

Glitz Up a Wreath

Add sparkle to a foam or straw wreath form with an assortment of glass ornaments in various sizes. To attach them, remove any hanging hooks then hot-glue them to the surface, starting with the largest ornaments then filling in any gaps with the smallest. Photo by HGTV fan Laura Bruen.

Holiday Up Your Outdoor Rug

Does your outdoor living space need a holiday update? It's a snap to add a festive touch to a plain sisal rug with a basic tree-shaped stamp made from a baking potato. Our step-by-step instructions show you how. 

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Deck Out the Landscape

Craft these oversized twine ornaments to brighten up your evergreens. Made from inexpensive materials, it's easy to make a whole bunch while binge-watching your favorite show. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions

Craft Woodsy Stars

Get the kids to help you out with this easy project for turning inexpensive yardsticks and backyard twigs into large, rustic stars. Get crafting with our tips and step-by-step instructions.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Spell It Out

Try this playful twist on a standard holiday wreath. Just wrap sections of rope with fine-gauge wire, working it between the rope's twists, then shape into letters to spell out a favorite holiday sentiment.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Turn Summer Souvenirs Into a Wreath

Tired of traditional holiday decorations? Go coastal and embellish a fresh evergreen wreath with shells gathered at the shore. To attach them, add a short length of wire to each shell with quick-dry epoxy then just wire them on. Instead of a ribbon bow, wrap the bottom of the wreath with textural yarn or rope and top with a few starfish.

Wrap It Up

Craft a colorful holiday decoration by painting lightweight wooden boxes (available at your local craft store) in assorted colors with acrylic paint. Once they've dried, top with ribbon bows then secure in a grouping with metal L- or flat braces and add a sawtooth or D-ring hook for hanging.

Turn Every Day Into Holiday

Designer Erinn Valencich gives her front porch lanterns a wintry update with artificial sprigs of berries and snowflakes she applied using a craft-store stencil and spray snow.

Easy Holiday Update for Planters

Galvanized metal buckets are handy for oh-so many reasons -- and here's one more: they make a great cover-up for plain pots. To add a wintry touch, first add a punched snowflake design using a hammer and nail.

Turn Craft Store Supplies Into a Snowman

Small, medium and large grapevine wreaths stacked, then held together with twine or wire form a woodsy snowman you can make in a jiffy to add holiday cheer -- indoors or out.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Craft a Chalkboard Silhouette

Welcome holiday guests with this trendy chalkboard sign. To make it, trace a reindeer silhouette onto a 24" x 24" piece of plywood, cut it out with a jigsaw and apply two coats of chalkboard paint. Add screw eyes and a wire to the back so you can display your finished sign either indoors or out.

Light Up the Night

Turn hardware store wire mesh and vellum into these high-end looking luminaries to light the way to your front door for holiday guests. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Whip Up an Outdoor Pillow

Cozy up a front porch chair or bench with this adorable reindeer pillow. With a few basic supplies and our free printable template, you can stitch up one of your own in just a few steps.

Photo By: Picasa ©ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer

Craft a Colorful Tree Silhouette

Painted wooden dowels and a bit of wire or twine are all you need to make this minimalist Christmas tree that can withstand winter's wet weather. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Give Topiaries a Holiday Makeover

Festive up your front porch by flanking the door with a pair of faux or fresh boxwood topiaries embellished with wired burlap ribbon and garlands of fresh or faux berries.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Make It Personal

Ice skating is a popular pastime in HGTV fan autumnlady18's home state of Washington. For a twist on a standard front-door wreath, she creatively layered fresh greenery with a pair of vintage children's ice skates, glittered chipboard letters and ribbon.

Rethink Wreaths

Evergreen wreaths aren't just for your front door. A small wreath laid flat is a great way to add more holiday color around the base of a small outdoor planter or lantern. This trick also works indoors, where a wreath around the base of a pillar candle or centerpiece adds a festive touch.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Give It a Quick Holiday Fix

Blogger Jo-Anna Rooney proves that just a few colorful updates are all you need to make-over your entryway for the season. Using bare branches painted red and items available at her local craft store, she created a warm holiday welcome in just a few hours. Get her tips for choosing a color palette and more.

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