The Christmas holidays find shops full of decorations for inside and outside the home. Cut expenses this holiday season by creating a few do-it-yourself outdoor Christmas decorations. Use materials on hand to decorate outdoors.
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Decorate fences and porch railings with fresh-cut pine boughs. Wire the pine into place with florist wire instead of hammering in nails. Add a decorative bow every few metres. Create interesting visual effects by filling in bare spaces with over-size ornaments or large pine cones and berry sprigs.
Baskets and presents
Fill large baskets or flower pots with pine and poinsettias. Paint the flower pots before filling, if you desire. You can also choose to wrap the pots in colourful plastic bags instead. Add ribbons and bows to finish the project. Place the Christmas bouquets along walkways and on benches or outdoor tables. Set Christmas presents around the baskets to create a Christmas scene. Make the presents by wrapping cardboard boxes like Christmas presents. Cover the entire wrapped package with clear contact paper or cling film, to keep out moisture. Add a bow to finish the look.
Soak grape or other vines in water to soften them. Wrap the pliable vines around to form a ball. Allow the vines to dry. Paint the vine balls in Christmas colours with spray paint. Hang the outdoor ornaments in trees and along the porch. Create interest by making the vine balls varying sizes.
Create a display of faux candles made from 7.5 to 10 cm (3- or 4-inch) white PVC pipe, chicken wire and orange or red fabric. Cut the PVC into different lengths to simulate the different height of a group of candles. Cut a 10 cm (4 inch) square of chicken wire and form it into a cone. Slightly bend the top of the cone to make the "flame" more realistic. Cover the chicken wire with fabric to represent the fire. Stand three PVC candles in two or three pine boughs. Add a red ribbon to the pine. This is an oversized recreation of an indoor centrepiece.
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