3 Clever Christmas Decorating Ideas for Windows

Inexpensively add major wow factor to your windows and bring a smile to your neighbors' faces this holiday season with our easy-to-craft outdoor Christmas decorating ideas.

Christmas Village Made From Poster Board in Window

Paper Village Cutouts Displayed in a Window for Christmas

This Christmas village display that is seen across the bottom of this paned window is cut out of poster board and secured using double-sided tape. Above the cut out buildings and trees are delicate dots of snow that have been added using a white window paint pen.

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

One of the simplest ways to make a huge holiday statement is to deck out your home's windows. These budget-friendly decorating ideas use both recycled and low-cost items to create window decor that looks like a million bucks but costs next to nothing to craft.

Window Box Christmas Tree

Christmas Decorations and Greenery Filling Window Box Planter

Window Box Filled With Greenery and Christmas Decorations

This window box planter is overflowing with Christmas decorations and foraged greenery. Battery-powered outdoor Christmas lights are tucked into the greenery to make it look like a Christmas tree. Outdoor ornaments are utilized to top off the DIY Christmas decor.

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Materials Needed

  • window box planter
  • floral foam
  • water
  • plastic bin
  • foraged greenery
  • battery-powered outdoor lights
  • outdoor ornaments
  • floral wire

If your home is already outfitted with window boxes, you’re in luck. You can easily overhaul your planters for Christmas with a few simple items. To begin, remove any old plants. Stack a few blocks of soaked floral foam in the window boxes, keeping the blocks below the top lip of the box (Images 1 & 2). Next, poke foraged greenery into the floral foam in a layered manner that spills over the side of the box (Image 3). Tuck battery-powered outdoor lights into the greenery and finish off the Christmas window box by placing a few shatterproof outdoor ornaments on top and securing with floral wire (Images 4 & 5). Just like that, you’ve created a window box Christmas display the whole neighborhood can enjoy.

Coffee Stirrer Stars

A Window Filled With Christmas Stars Made From Coffee Stirrers

DIY Coffee Stirrer Stars Hanging In a Window for Christmas

This window is adorned with minimalistic golden stars made from coffee stirrers. The DIY Christmas decorations utilize ordinary wooden coffee stirrers and hot glue to create a slender silhouette that can be enjoyed from both the inside and outside of the house.

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Materials Needed

  • coffee stirrers
  • hot glue gun + sticks
  • metallic gold spray paint
  • thin ribbon
  • appropriate mounting hardware

These minimalistic stars are loaded with Scandinavian charm that will fit right in with your existing Christmas decorations. The slender silhouette they cast in the light of the window will beautify your house both inside and out. To make, simply hot glue four wooden coffee stirrers together at their centers to create a shape similar to an asterisk. Next, glue stir sticks on each tip at an angle, joining in a "V" shape with the stir stick next to it to create a point (Image 1). The end result will be a star with eight points (Image 2). Once the glue has set, place the star on a protected surface, spray with gold metallic spray paint and let dry (Image 3). To hang the stars, simply knot ribbon through one of the star's points (Image 4). Finally, add suction cup hooks, small nails or clear tape to fill your windows with falling stars. The choice is yours!

Snowy Paper Village

Christmas Village Made From Poster Board in Window

Paper Village Cutouts Displayed in a Window for Christmas

This Christmas village display that is seen across the bottom of this paned window is cut out of poster board and secured using double-sided tape. Above the cut out buildings and trees are delicate dots of snow that have been added using a white window paint pen.

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Materials Needed

  • poster board
  • ruler
  • magic marker
  • scissors
  • craft knife
  • self-healing cutting mat
  • double-sided tape
  • white window paint pen

Many people’s favorite Christmas tradition is to set up the miniature Christmas village with family. While fun and oh-so-charming, these displays tend to take up a lot of precious real estate in the home. To get around this, we’ve thought up an easy and fun craft that makes use of the vertical space on your window. To create this adorable paper village, start by tracing Christmas trees and houses onto posterboard using a magic marker and a straight edge (Images 1 & 2). Cut out the shapes using scissors, but for windows and details, you may find it easier to place the posterboard on a protected surface and cut using a craft knife (Images 3 & 4). Once you’ve cut out your designs, place them across the bottom of your window using double-sided tape. Use a white window paint pen to fill the rest of the window in with dots of snow, then step back and enjoy your work (Image 5). The glow from your interior lights around the village makes for a can’t-miss visual on the exterior of your home.

Pro Tip: Feel free to exercise as much creativity as you like, but keep in mind the amount of cutting you’ll want to do. For these silhouettes, the simpler the shape the better.

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