The roses at each end of my rose arbor are very young and have not climbed over the rose arbor so therefore at holiday times I decorate the arbor to reflect the holiday. At Christmas time I made a plywood ornament and the word Joy and then put other items to commemorate the holiday. It is near the end of our driveway so people driving by can enjoy it.
This small cedar tree sprouted in our side yard a few years ago, I decided to put a small red Christmas ornament on it and call it my Roscoe Beagle Christmas tree. We had a Beagle named Roscoe. It is a "take-off" of the famous Beagle cartoon series with his friend Charlie!
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! I added a small amount of water to the bottom to freeze the branches in place in the bottom.
I may add a dish of seeds in the middle as winter goes on. It provides just a nice, natural view to enjoy looking out my window during the cold winter.
I decorated my bird bath for Fall with small pumpkins, gourds,, pine cones and colorful fall leaves. I placed the pumpkins and gourds in the birdbath first then secured the leaves and other greenery or dried materials beneath the edge of the gourds and pumpkins.
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.
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.
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
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! :)
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.