Gorgeous Outdoor Christmas Decorations: 32 Best Ideas & Tutorials

32 beautiful outdoor Christmas decorations & ideas on DIY lights, wreaths, garlands, wood signs & ornaments for the yard, porch & front door!

If you want to instantly feel the joy and magic of the holiday season, just by a home with festive outdoor Christmas decorations!

 giant candy outdoor Christmas decorations

Today  we will look at some of the most beautifully decorated Christmas porches, front doors and backyard. Try these ideas to decorate your own front entry and bring a big smile to you, your guests, and those lucky ones passing by!

This is part 4 of our Favorite Christmas Decorating Ideas For Every Part of Your Home series! This 4-part series is all about the best Christmas decorating ideas you can apply to your own home easily and quickly! You can check out the rest of the series below :

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32 beautiful Christmas porches & front doors: how to create gorgeous and playful DIY outdoor Christmas decorations such as garlands, wreaths, lights, ornaments, Christmas pots, and more! - A Piece of Rainbow

Part 1: 30+ Gorgeous Christmas decorating ideas for the entryway, living room, and stairs.

Part 2: 30+ Best Christmas decorating ideas for the kitchen, dinning room, bedroom, and bathroom.

Part 3: 27 Easy and beautiful Thanksgiving and Christmas table decorations and centerpieces.

Let’s start with the secret success formula for a gorgeous Christmas front porch!

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Outdoor lighted Christmas decorations

 lighted Christmas garland around the front door

A simple lighted garland around the front door can add so much magic to your outdoor Christmas decorations. (via BHG )

 trio of wreaths flanked by two planters with string lights to create outdoor lighted Christmas decorations.

Use a trio of wreaths flanked by two planters with string lights to create outdoor lighted Christmas decorations. ( Via Decor and the Dog )

Christmas porch outdoor decorations

Christmas porch outdoor  decorations

One garland, one wreath, and two pots. There are infinite variations on this basic formula for a gorgeous Christmas porch and front door, which you will see throughout this article! ( via Setting for Four )

Christmas chalk board, banner  and  a star door wreath

Add a banner to the garland, and use a metal Christmas star in place of a door wreath. ( Via Life Love Larson  )

DIY Christmas planters and pots

DIY Christmas planters and pots

You can create stunning and long-lasting Christmas planters easily with branches and berries. 24 tutorials and inspiring Christmas planter ideas here!

Easy DIY outdoor Christmas wreaths and swags for the front door

Wreaths and swags are favorite essentials in outdoor Christmas decorations.

Easy DIY outdoor Christmas wreaths and swags for the front door

Both the DIY Magnolia Wreath and the easy Christmas swag take no time to make and are practically free!

porch christmas decoration hanging on patio light

A Christmas swag can also be used to decorate outdoor lanterns, mailboxes, and railings. Here’s a super smart tutorial by Diane at In My Own Style  on how to add some floral foam and keep your Christmas swag fresh longer!

Make a wreath trio for Christmas door decor

Make a wreath trio for extra Christmas cheer! Tutorial here.

DIY painted outdoor Christmas wood signs

painting JOY Christmas wood sign

Use recycled paper as stencils to paint the classic “JOY” wood sign for Christmas decor. ( via  DIYnetwork )

JOY Christmas wood sign

Another way to create the Christmas “JOY” wood sign and hang a wreath as the letter O. ( via Fynes Designs)

Here’s a detailed tutorial on 3 ways to whitewash wood and create weathered paint finishes on wood!

How to whitewash wood and create weathered paint finishes on wood, 3 easy ways!

Make pallet Christmas tree for outside decorations

DIY  pallet Christmas tree ideas

Paint a tree shape on a pallet, add some lights and ornaments. Now you have a pallet Christmas tree perfect for porch decor! Tutorial here.

For more pallet Christmas tree ideas check out our 48 creative DIY Christmas trees here!

hang Christmas lights on a pallet in the shape of a tree

You can even skip the painting and just add some nails to hang Christmas lights on a pallet in the shape of a tree! ( image )

If you are wondering where to find pallets or how to work with pallets, here’s a detailed guide all about pallets-

All about finding and using pallets!

Outdoor Christmas decorations by the front door

Wood lanterns filled with Christmas ornaments make beautiful decorations for the front porch

Wood lanterns filled with Christmas ornaments make beautiful decorations for the front porch. ( via Dimples & Tangles )

Stacked pots Christmas decor

Stacked pots filled with greenery and ornaments are festive and very easy to DIY. Tutorial here.

Stacked large gift boxes tied up with ribbons

Stacked gift boxes tied up with ribbons, these are a few of my favorite things. Tutorial here.

Outdoor Christmas decorating ideas for the front porch

Outdoor Christmas decorating ideas for the front porch

Reindeer, sleighs, ornaments, and jingle bells make happy outdoor Christmas decorations by the front door! ( via Dimples & Tangles )

Vintage buckets and crates as outdoor Christmas decorations

Christmas decorating steps with vintage style galvanized tin vases

A great looking and easy idea for decorating steps for Christmas is to use vintage style galvanized tin vases filled with conifer branches and lights. ( via Finding Home Farms |

Christmas porch decor with vintage crate

Beautiful Christmas porch decor with vintage crate and winter boots by Home Stories A to Z .

Farmhouse outdoor Christmas decoration ideas

Vintage style galvanized tin buckets with conifer branches and pine cones as  farmhouse Christmas outdoor decorations

Vintage style galvanized tin buckets are filled with natural elements like conifer branches and pine cones to create these farmhouse Christmas outdoor decorations. ( via Liz Marie )

fixer upper Farmhouse outdoor Christmas decoration ideas

Another elegant farmhouse Christmas porch idea perfect for fixer upper fans, from Love Grows Wild.

Country style Christmas outdoor decorating on the porch

Country style Christmas outdoor decorating on the porch

A garden wagon with an old watering can and snowy branches are full of Christmas charm! ( via Hospitality Designs )

Beautifully styled tables and shelves for outdoor Christmas decor

black, white and neutrals  Scandinavian farmhouse Christmas decorations

Use black, white and neutrals to create Scandinavian farmhouse Christmas decorations! ( via Vibeke Design )

A rustic ladder is transformed into a Christmas display shelf

A rustic ladder is transformed into a Christmas display shelf by Ribbons and Glue.

Use a table to display Christmas candles and pine cones on the front porch

Use a table to display Christmas candles and pine cones on the front porch. ( via BHG )

Creative large outdoor Christmas decorations.

Creative large outdoor Christmas decorations.

Plastic balls and cups are transformed into these giant Christmas ornaments, video tutorial below!

 giant candy outdoor Christmas decorations

These giant lollipops made from pool noodles or paper plates are pure holiday magic! Here‘s a tutorial on the paper plate lollipops, and a video below on how to make the giant pool noodle lollipops!

upcycle pool noodle for DIY outdoor Christmas decorations

Up-cycled and re-purposed Christmas decor

create oversized Christmas ornaments for outdoor decor using old tires

Here’s another wonderful idea to create oversized Christmas ornaments for outdoor decor using old tires! Tutorial by Katie at Addicted to DIY.

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23 Comments

  1. Thanks for the great ideas! Will have nicer outdoor Christmas decor this coming Christmas. Nothing is better than a bright and cheerful garland to say holiday spirit, or a cute snowman with Terra Cotta pots for our front door decoration for this Winter season.

  2. We make the paper plate candy Christmas decorations and everyone loved it! Wonderful Blog.Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. Really excited to try some of these creative ideas this Christmas, and make our front porch a happy festive place!

  4. Some great ideas for outdoor Christmas decorating we are going to try this year. Our kids will love the giant candy ones!

  5. These were some really inspirational Christmas decoration ideas. I really love beautiful wreaths and big Christmas ornaments made from beach balls!

  6. Christmas decorating is something that you’ll either love or you’ll hate, people will take out the lights, tinsel, inflatable Santa’s etc from the previous year, and, in a lot of cases, they’ll just want to put them right back into storage again. These creative ideas really make is so much easier to decorate!

  7. I already planning my home Christmas decoration on weekends. and this is such a great ideas for home Christmas decor. It will help me a lot, you gave me the best ideas. Will definitely check this out.

  8. This is seriously getting me excited to start decorating for Christmas. Being a Filipino we start celebrating the holiday season at the start of August. We go all out with our decorations but will definitely remember the secret success formula: One garland, one wreath, and two pots. :)))

  9. This is my favorite time of the year and the only season I’m willing to make crafts! Some of these ideas are wonderful, I wish I could make then all!

  10. It’s so much nicer when you decide to decorate outdoors as well. I think these are all lovely ideas and since I haven’t started yet, I’d love to keep this post as a resource! Thanks!

  11. Love these ideas! We are having Christmas at our house for the first time this year so I really do want to get a lot of decorations up and have the house feeling as Christmasey as possible

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