Ideas for an Outside Windowsill for Christmas

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Ideas for an Outside Windowsill for Christmas
Natural elements used to decorate interior windowsills can be repeated outdoors. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

When you take into consideration the hardiness of the materials you select, you can decorate the exterior of your home for Christmas to match the festive drama of your indoor decor. As you ponder the possibilities for making your outside windowsill part of the Christmas picture, consider decorations that illuminate, provide festive natural elements and images that tell a Christmas story.

The Holly and the Ivy (and the Pinecones)

If you have a flat surface windowsill whose ledge juts out from the house, build a festive evergreen decoration on top of it. Gather together branches with pinecones and/or berries attached as well as greenery from evergreen trees and holly bushes. Using the densest evergreen branches as a base, build upon them with the branches featuring pinecones, winter berries and other colourful accents. Ivy draping down from the sill's evergreen arrangement adds a nice final touch. Consider securing the arrangement with string or wire to keep it in place during blustery conditions.

Swag It Up!

Stringing and swagging dried fruits, herbs and sturdy ornaments from the sill can provide a festive view for those in and outside the house. Consider a length of dried apples, quince and citrus fruits strung on a simple household string or fishing line. You will need a small nail, hook or some other means of holding up each end of your swag. Other swagging options include sturdy cards or wooden blocks that spell a holiday message or hardy tree ornaments, especially those that sparkle when hit by the sunlight.

A Christmas Nativity

Why not remind those who approach the front of your house about the true meaning of the holiday with a nativity windowsill arrangement? If you have a number of windows lining the front of your house, use each to depict a different moment in the Nativity story. For example, one window can show Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem, one the newborn baby Jesus, one depicting the shepherds and one the arrival of the Magi. While you can show off a variety of Nativity pieces, first make sure that they will stand up to December weather conditions in your area.

Illuminate the Night

An easy, store-bought, decorative option is to swag electric or solar-powered lights meant for exterior use across the bottom of each exterior windowsill. When paired with lights hung around your front door frame, you home will provide a cheery glow on dark December nights. If you prefer the look of candles, opt for battery-powered, faux candles placed inside or outside of the window for a traditional effect. Your window lighting choice can be added to any of the other suggested decorative ideas to create a light-filled Christmas effect.

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