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 Outdoor Reindeer Display

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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Snowy Walkway Votives

Votive Candles on 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

Christmas Card Display

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

Christmas 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!

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

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 Mailbox Post Decor With Candy Cane Design

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 Christmas Home Entryway With Red Door

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, rustic, DIY Christmas tree, using plywood and nail heads.

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

Floor Cushion Pillows

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.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

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

Pallet Transformed into Decorative Holiday Sled

DIY Decorative Sled

Repurpose an old wooden pallet into a charming vintage sled.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

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.

Make This: DIY Pallet Sled

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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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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Reindeer Food

Christmas Reindeer Feeder

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

Christmas Window Decor

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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Picture-Perfect Porch

Outdoor Entertaining Area With Rustic Chandelier and Holiday Accents

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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