Decorating the outside of your home is a one way to share the Christmas spirit and add a little festiveness to the neighbourhood. Aside from lights, making homemade Christmas ornaments to decorate the trees and feed the birds, hanging garlands, wreaths and ribbons from your porch, doors and windows and decorating with fresh flowers are ways to make decorations outside. When decorating outside it is important to consider the effects your ornaments and actions will have on the environment.
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Trim your garden trees. Decorating trees in your yard is one of the easiest and most festive ways to decorate outside. Decorating outdoor trees is also a green way to decorate for the holidays without chopping down a tree for the inside. The best ornaments for the outdoors are environmentally friendly items that won't harm animals or litter if transported by a bird. Salt dough ornaments, popcorn balls, fresh holly, metal bells, cloth ribbons and even energy-saving LED lights are environmentally safe yet festive ways to decorate outdoor trees.
String lights along the house, walkways and fences. Christmas lights are the most common sort of lighting decoration during the holidays and can be strung virtually anywhere in the yard. When decorating the outdoors with lights, turn off all lights during daylight hours and before you go to sleep to help reduce energy waste.
Place wreaths and garland on doors, windows, banisters and railings. Natural wreaths are classic holiday decorations for doors and windows. They can be purchased or made by hand with tree branches. Decorate wreaths with lights, fresh holly or ribbons. Wreaths can be mounted on a hook or hung from a clip or string.
Plant poinsettias on your front porch or along the walkway. Flowers are a universal outdoor decoration year round, and poinsettias are the classic floral symbol of Christmas. Place potted poinsettias outside on your porch lining the entrance way or along the walkway leading to your front door. If you live in a cold climate only artificial poinsettias can be placed outside as real flowers require a temperature of 18.3 degrees C or more to bloom.
Wrap your pillars with red and white lights or red ribbon to make candy cane pillars. If your house entrance is decorated with white columns or pillars, you can transform them into large candy canes by alternately wrapping red and white lights or ribbons.
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