Outdoor Christmas decorations can be quite expensive. Making your own decorations can be fun and save you money. This is a guide about homemade outdoor Christmas decorations.
Our do-it-yourself outdoor Christmas decorations began as a way to recycle things that our college age children had left at home. With three teenagers away at college, you can imagine all of the items that I had been stuck with. The do-it-yourself projects began as a way for me to actually use some of the items they had "forgotten" for years. As a seasoned parent, I knew that some things could not be donated to the Goodwill store, for fear they would be a treasured part of their childhood and want back some day. Yet, it was very tempting to give the twelve foot poster of Boys2Men away.
Each of our three daughters had left their exercise balls in their rooms. They are the three foot high air filled balls, that they were going to die if they didn't have. I am pretty sure, two have never been used. Covering each ball in paper mache, spray painting them white, and hot gluing them together became the first step in our nine foot tall snowman. A top hat from the magic faze in 1994, with a matching scarf and mitten set from the Hello Kitty era, glued on red covered rock buttons from the 90s, and our snowman was dressed. His face was made of various felt scraps found in the scrapbook box. Yes, the same scrapbook box that they just had to have, and I have yet to see a single scrapbook page. Our snowman sits under the four oak trees in our front yard. He looks welcoming and festive.
Oh man, you are funny. I can feel your pain. :)
Your writing was so clear that I can picture your wonderful snowman and snowflakes. I enjoyed your article you really should be published. I used to go to Branson often when I lived in Ozark, MO.It is very pretty there.
Annie Columbia, MO
For years I have cleaned out old toy boxes in the children's rooms and retrieved all the little toys-Happy Meal Prizes, tiny stuffed animals, even a few small lego creations and added a ribbon to them and hung them on the Family Christmas Tree. They continue to bring back fond memories every year, from their first ABC building blocks to the favorite Beanie Babies.
The lighted Christmas decorations for your yard can be pretty expensive but here is a way to decorate with little money. Take your tomato cages from your garden, clean with the hose and then tie the tops together with electrical tape. Get yourself one 50 light set and run it up and down around your cone. Attach with baggie ties. Clustered together these look beautiful and simple. When Christmas is over you can disassemble and use your tomato cages over again. Or since this is the end of the gardening season you might find some on Clearance that you can set aside for just this use.
By Debra in CO
Excellent Idea! Do you have any more?
Wow! That's really a great idea! Some of the things people think of! Wish I were more creative! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for reminding me of this one! I have four tomatoe cages just waiting for some lights! Thanks a bunch Debra! :) Merry Christmas to you & yours!
When I originally made these about 20 years ago, I used clear plastic food containers which I can no longer can find. It also works over small clear plastic bowls stapling 2 together.
I always set up a fall display, which also included an old rocker. I thought what a waste of pumpkins and hay after Thanksgiving. So after that holiday, I removed the leaves and fall flowers. My pumpkins were of different sizes...
Here are a couple pictures of the yard art that my husband and I make. They are hand cut from birch plywood and handpainted. The figures in the Charlie Brown Christmas display are about 24 inches tall, and the Grinch who stole Christmas is 48 inches tall.
By Harlean from Arkansas from Hot Springs, Arkansas
You are both very talented! Good luck with your business.
One of my neighbors put some yard art in their yard year 'round with a phone # for orders (free advertising). Check with your local laws first.
They have since moved, so I can't ask any questions.
Looks very nice, my wife and I make just for ourselves as no one wants to steal them. We haven't been able to access the web site for some reason. You don't happen to have a catalog that we could buy patterns?
Your work looks really great! I did my very first plwood cut out Charlie Brown Christmas made of 1/2" MDO plywood and gave it to one of my bosses from work. I did a Charlie Brown, a Linus, a Snoopy kind of like yours except without the boots, several trees like the one on the cartoon and Snoopy's dog house with all the trimmings and a large sign with white letters on a blue starry background with Luke 2:8-14. You don't probably remember me but we were emailing each other for a time. My wife thinks we should also try to make some extra money doing this and I hope we shall this summer. Have a very Happy New Year! :)
Rather than pack up our birdbath and planter this year, I decided to add some evergreens, holly branches, pinecones, and berries that I had on my property and around in my woods!
This may look like a star with white lights, it's actually, 2 open old crab cages. I saw these at a resale shop, not thinking of using them for crabbing, but immediately saw that these old cages when open formed a perfect star.
You might consider it a decoration idea. My husband and I make and sell yard art. We also give yard art to our friends as Christmas gifts. This picture is one of my friend's snowman after a rare snowfall here in central Arkansas. By Harlean from AR
That's really cool, I love that idea!! Who knew pumpkins would make a cool decoration for more than just Halloween!
Holiday Decorations - Water Feature. My water feature holiday decorations. I placed 3 lighted Christmas gifts in front of the pond; I put silk poinsettas on the water fall and a Santa in the center...
* If you live in an area with frequent winter frosts, choose a "faux" terracotta pot. These plastic pots are cleverly designed to look like terracotta and, because they are synthetic, they will not crack due to frost. They are very convincing frauds and are available at most garden centers.
Have the kids or grandkids make you a chain of silver for the tree. Mine made me enough to decorate my dwarf peach tree when they were in grade school. Now they are grown and it is still used. They made a "paper chain" using foil.