Homemade Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas

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Homemade Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas
Turn your outdoor space into a winter wonderland with wooden candy canes. (candy cane lineart image by Roslen Mack from Fotolia.com)

Outdoor Christmas decorations, especially those with lights and moving parts, can be expensive and difficult to set up. So instead of incorporating these generic, mass-produced items into your yard's holiday decor, try taking a more original approach and making your own decorations. In addition to being frugal, homemade outdoor Christmas decorations allow you to put your own creativity on display.

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Tree Toppers

You can transform virtually any tree in your backyard into a verdant, homemade masterpiece using the right outdoor decorations. According to the Christmas resource website World of Christmas, one of the best options is to cut out sturdy, cardboard stars that you can cover with wrapping paper and glitter. If you live an area with particularly rainy or snowy winters, consider wrapping your stars in aluminium foil instead, as this will provide your homemade decorations with a higher resistance to water. Of course, you don't have to stick solely to star shapes. One option is to hang stars at the tops of the trees in your yard, and then adorn the rest of their branches with other homemade cardboard ornaments, such as bells, bulbs and doves.

Wooden Candy Canes

To transform your outdoor space into Santa's headquarters at the North Pole, try setting up an arrangement of large, model candy canes. You can line them up along a walkway or patio perimeter, or simply scatter them throughout your yard. While manufactured plastic candy canes are an option, you can create a more rustic and natural style using homemade wooden candy canes. As the homemade crafts and projects resource website Make Play Dough notes, craft stores often have precut wooden candy canes on sale during Christmas time, some of which can reach up to 3 feet tall. You can pick up a bundle of these canes and then get to work sanding and painting them in the patterns and colours of your choosing. Alternatively, if you want this to be a true do-it-yourself project, you can cut out your own candy cane shapes from wood using a jigsaw.

Shopping Bag Snowmen

If you are looking for a way to put all of the plastic grocery bags you have been collecting over the years to good use, consider building a synthetic snowman with them. According to Make Play Dough, start by stuffing the bags inside of one another until your form three dense balls of plastic that increase incrementally in size from one to the next. The smallest ball, at the top, will be your snowman's head, which you can adorn with differently coloured cotton balls for creating its eyes, nose and mouth. Use a metal wire or string to hold your three sections together. You can use the top of the wire for hanging your plastic bag snowman from a tree or other outdoor feature.

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