Christmas is one season that is so much fun for people who love to decorate their home. The inside of many homes are festively arrayed with colorful ribbons, garlands of fresh evergreen, sprigs of holly and candles. Home exteriors and yards are also treated to some decorating magic. If you are on a budget this year this article has some helpful suggestions that can show you how to decorate with some easy outdoor Christmas decorations without going broke.
As those holidays quickly approach many people can feel the levels of stress begin to rise.. Preparing for the arrival of family and other out of town guests can take a toll on you. With so much to worry about, your Christmas decorations shouldn't be one of them. There are several cost efficient ways to decorate the exterior of your home without spending a bundle.
Ask yourself this question. What will be my theme? If you chose a traditional theme there may be items around your house for you to use. Items such as ribbon, scissors, tape, garland, and other materials are usually scattered about in drawers, closets and cabinets.
Try to use nature to help you decorate whenever possible. You can find holly berries, pine cones, branches and mistletoe almost everywhere. These items are free, earth friendly and they are so much fun to work with.
* Make your own evergreen trim; this requires a little bit of patience and practice. It will still beat paying $20 or more to purchase a living garland from the store. Just consider yourself to be the "Martha Stewart of the Forest".
Other items that you may need for your Christmas decorating projects can be found at your local dollar store. You can also check out discounters and garage sales for necessities such as construction paper, artificial flowers, glue, lights, wreaths, bows, markers, colored pencils, paint, paper plates, glue sticks, Christmas bulbs, glitter, and all sizes of Styrofoam balls.
Make decorating fun. Make kid friendly decorations that are both eye- catching and cost efficient. Recruit the kids and family to join in on the project. Here are some easy to make crafts the whole family can enjoy doing.
* Make some life size ornament cutouts from posterboard and use them to decorate your door or porch. You can trim these cutouts with material from the craft store.
* Decorating shrubs and trees with bows is also fun and inexpensive. Using bows that are one color is usually the best choice. It gives the yard a more "pulled together" appearance.
* Make some ornaments from pine cones and ribbon to hang on the trees. If you add peanut butter and bird seed to the pine cones the birds will appreciate it.
* You can make your own luminaries at home. All you need for ice luminaries are some empty quart size milk containers or some large buckets. You can even make Christmas luminaries from some plain tin cans.
Tin Can Luminaries
1. Use clean tin cans of different sizes for this project. Make sure the cut top is smooth and safe. Remove any labels and fill the cans with water.
2. Place them in the freezer. The frozen water in the cans will prevent them from denting or collapsing as you create Christmas designs on their surfaces.
3. When the water is frozen you can make designs on the tin cans with a hole punch, or use a hammer and nails.
4. Be creative with your design and make sure the light will be able to shine through.
5. Remove the ice, place votive candles inside the cans and decorate your front walk, yard or porch.
Here is another idea that can be used to decorate the exterior of your home for Christmas.
Decorative Door Greeting
Garland in the following colors: green, silver, gold, red
Ribbon (red, green, silver, gold)
Tape (or thumb tacks)
Fun and festive wrapping paper (Christmas themed)
Color pencils (or markers)
Trim a piece of colorful wrapping paper so that it will fit the length of your front door.
Use tape or thumb tacks to hold the wrapping paper in place.
Next you will need to cut two pieces of red and silver garland the width of the door.
Twist the garland together.
Cut ¾ inch green ribbon and tie the ends of the garland.
Cut two pieces of green and gold garland together. Cut ¾ inch silver ribbon and tie both ends of the garland.
Use thumb tacks to secure the garland on the door.
Cut four pieces of garland, (your choice of colors) the height of the door.
Twist the first two pieces of the garland together.
Now you can twist the next two pieces of garland together.
Use thumb tacks to secure the garland in place on the door.
Making a Greeting Card for the Door
Fold the construction paper in half.
* Use the color pencils (markers) to write a seasons greeting wish to your pending visitors.
* For an added touch, use a glitter pen or glue to trace the words of your greeting.
* Once you have finished the card, place it at the center of the door.
* You may also create several cards to cover the whole door.
Learning how to decorate the exterior of your home for Christmas does not mean that you have to spend a lot of money. This should be a fun project that lets you add your personal style statement to the season's festivities.
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