Outdoor Christmas Yard Decoration Ideas

Light Stakes for Outlining Walkways

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Christmas yard decorations welcome others into your home by means of drawing the eye from the road to your doorstep. When someone arrives at your home, the first thing they see is the area near the road. Making this a welcoming space is very important. Decorate with lights, garland, and bows to really draw the eye to your home and welcome those who have come to visit you for the holiday season.

Mini Lights on Fences: String decorative light strings or icicle lights along fencelines to convey a sense of gently falling snow. Create an attractive border to the property, or use garland lights draped in swag display.

Outline Walkways with Light Stakes: Walkway lights are great for outlining, a practice which takes bulbs and equally spaces them in the ground with Christmas light stakes to hold the light string steady. Since light stakes range from 4.5" to 15", take into consideration the weather around the home and purchase accordingly. Areas with lots of snow will need the 15" stake, while areas without snow will only need the 4.5" size.

Hang Garland on Fences: Artificial garland works well on fencelines, gates and entrances. The rich green coloring matches evergreen trees in the yard and works to add color back to a yard during winter. These garlands can be prelit or wrapped with mini lights to continue the warm, welcoming theme to the fence. This kind of Christmas greenery is best when used in long lengths, allowing the garland to drape slightly in between fence posts. Add red Christmas bows and mount matching prelit wreaths on posts, windows, or doors.

Add Walkway Trees: There are several versions of these miniature Christmas trees on the market, including small green trees and spiral trees made up of Christmas lights. Walkway trees range in height from 2 to 4 feet, while animated LED light show trees can extend all the way up to 9 feet in height. A wide selection of light colors allows these trees to fit the theme of the rest of your Christmas lights display.

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Decorating in the Yard

Decorating in the Yard

Grand Cascade LED Lights: To add beauty to any trees in the yard, consider stringing with some of the LED Grand Cascades. These double sided plastic tubes hold up in any weather and are very sturdy. With falling LEDs that point in two directions, the LED Grand Cascades are intriguing animated bulbs great for any yard design. Complement any Grand Cascade with C9 bulbs on the same string, choosing a similar color, such as Cool Whites or Blues.

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Decorated Outdoor Christmas Tree: If your yard has evergreen trees, consider creating an outdoor Christmas tree. This lightens up the entire yard and catches the eye of every passerby by displaying a centerpiece of the Christmas home outdoors for all to see. Like an indoor Christmas tree, string mini lights throughout the branches, choosing a color theme based out your outdoor decorations. String into the tree instead of just draping on the exterior branches to make it brighter, and add ornaments to reflect light. For a very unique look in your Christmas tree, nestle starlight spheres within the tree to have large balls of light that act as both ornament and illumination.

Stars and Snowflakes in Trees: For trees that lose their leaves in the winter, lights are a necessity. A style that is becoming very popular is to hang outdoor Christmas decorations from these trees such as stars or snowflake motifs. Snowflakes in trees look like snow frozen in motion, while stars appear like the night sky has grown closer to home. With the bright lights against the dark tree branches, it creates beautiful negative space that is intriguing to watch. Hanging these and Moravian stars in your trees will create a new layer of interest to your overall yard design.

Animated Motifs: Increase excitement in the neighborhood with an animated Christmas motif. Many large motifs have animation, pulling the eye and holding attention with rolling wheels, waving Santas, or billowing train smoke. Animated motifs are great for lightshows and are used in professional installations as well as home. For large yards, consider an animated motif such as the elves stuffing gifts into Santa's stocking, or perhaps Santa riding a motorcycle. Motifs come in all shapes and sizes with various theme.

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Yard Decorations Near the House

Yard Decorations Near the House

Consider your yard's decoration from a visitor's perspective. Now that the entire yard is behind them, what do they see near your house? Hedges and trees are still part of your lawn and thus should be decorated accordingly. Use plenty of these ideas for a very bright Christmas.

Wrapping Trees in Lights: Like the trees in your yard, many trees near the house may have lost their leaves and thus are in need of some Christmas cheer. Mini lights are a simple solution for these bare trees and are available in such a diversity of color that they can truly bring your trees to life. Start by wrapping from the trunk up to the limbs. Not every limb needs to be covered, but wrapping a majority of the branches will illuminate the tree in the darkness. When wrapping up, making sure to leave enough space in between bulbs so that you can wrap down as well and connect each light string end to end.

Walkway Trees and Mini Christmas Trees: Wrap any small trees or bushes in multicolor LEDs for a bright theme that pulls the eye. For those with walkways and no natural hedges, add walkway trees along the sidewalk to complement staked lights. Mini Christmas trees are small but festive and offer great wrapping material. Take into consideration the rest of your yard's colors and wrap the walkway trees with complementary lights. Multicolor lights look great on walkways and complement cool whites. The bright colors also work as great attention grabbers. For those who really like to pack a punch in their design, try multicolor LEDs on their mini Christmas trees and walkway trees

Net Lights on the Bushes: For houses with hedges near the porch, try net lights to best cover these bushes. Net lights are 4' by 6' rectangles that are netted by their wires and come in colorful themes, both LED and incandescent bulbs. With ends that connect together, these net lights help you to best fully cover your bushes. For the best results, make sure the net lights are pressed randomly into the bush so that it is illuminated from the interior as well as the exterior. String lights also work well for this and help to fill in any gaps you may see. Net lights are available in mini light form as well as LED wide angle lenses and M5 mini ice bulbs.

Topiary Animals: Topiary animals placed next to trees and nestled near bushes depict the warmth of nature during the holiday season. Create a group of wild, grazing deer with these lighted creatures made of either wireframe, grapevine, or artificial greenery. Position them in a row to illustrate Santa's reindeer team that pull his sled. Topiary animals are available in warm light colors and in several differing heights so that they suit any area near your home. With deer that stand, graze, and lie down, you can also decorate throughout the yard with the animals to symbolize nature visiting your home.

Add Twinkle and Color Change Lights: Spruce up any area by adding interest with color changing or twinkling lights. Twinkle and color change lights are available in bright LEDs or traditional incandescent bulbs. Multicolor, warm white, and cool white are all options when considering color change and twinkle bulbs.

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