Outdoor Balcony Christmas Decorating Ideas

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Outdoor Balcony Christmas Decorating Ideas
Christmas Decor (Christmas decor image by Antonio Oquias from Fotolia.com)

For homes or apartments with a balcony, this area can be more than just a place to sit or relax; it can also provide a place to showcase your holiday decorating skills. An outdoor balcony can become a focal point from both the outdoors and the interior of the home. Make a statement by combining different looks for a dramatic effect. Stick with classic holiday colours, such as reds and greens, or showcase your favourite colour.

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Live Greens

Begin decorating your balcony by displaying live greens as the backdrop. The natural beauty of live greens adds flavour and festivity to the balcony area. This also stands in for a live Christmas tree; especially of you are unable to add one to the balcony. Visit your local nursery or greenhouse to obtain garlands, swags or wreaths, or gather greens from your property. For an eco-friendly design, use faux greens from a department store.

Begin by draping the greens on the rails of the balcony in a large U pattern. Trail the greens at the base of the balcony as well. Hang natural wreaths on French doors and also on the railings of the balcony. Create a large swag out of greens to hang over the door and allow it to trail down the sides. Secure greens with dark-coloured zip ties.

Lights

Adding light to the greens and the balcony area will incorporate colour and attraction. Choose clear lights for a subtle look or use a colour that matches the theme of your Christmas ornaments or accents. Choose to light all of the greens or just the trim area of the balcony. Carefully intertwine them with the greens and use green zip ties for support if needed. Keep all lights the same colour. Avoid using LED lights because they can overwhelm the surrounding Christmas decor on the balcony.

Decorative Accents

Place the finishing touch on your balcony by adding decorative accents. Purchase or use large pine cones to accentuate the corners of the balcony. Tie French ribbon in your choice of colour to the top points of the garland ropes and swags. Add a rustic Santa Claus to a corner or use it as a focal point. Wrap various sizes of weighted boxes with Christmas wrapping paper and bows for a festive look. If the temperature is below freezing outdoors, freeze milk jugs filled with water--add twigs and cranberries while freezing to create ice luminaries to light up the balcony. Add an old child's sled or wooden toboggan to the balcony--accent with greens and ribbon with presents at the base.

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