53 Best Outdoor Christmas Decorations Ideas & Tutorials

53 easy DIY outdoor Christmas decorations & best ideas for the yard, lawn, porch & front door, such as hanging Xmas lights, wreaths, garlands, wood signs, ornaments & planter pots!

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 some extra holiday cheer to you, your guests, and those lucky ones passing by!

Christmas choir decorations for front porch and backyard

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 :

 giant candy outdoor Christmas decorations

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DIY fresh Christmas wreath

A fresh wreath is one of the easiest and most timeless Christmas decorations you can make! Tutorial here.

Outdoor Christmas light spheres

Outdoor Christmas light spheres

If you have a front porch, or some nice trees in your backyard, these hanging light spheres will look so pretty at night! Remember to use an outdoor extension cord!

make Outdoor Christmas light balls with chicken wires

You can buy these large Christmas light balls or make them for the holidays with chicken wires as in this video tutorial below-

These 12 ft outdoor Christmas lights that come in many colors are perfect for larger light balls, and these 8 ft lights are great for smaller spheres.

Hanging Christmas light balls made from grapevine

Hanging Christmas light balls made from grapevine

These lighted spheres are easy to make from grape vines or honeysuckle vines. Via Lynne Knowlton. They are great not only for Christmas but for the entire holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Year!

DIY Christmas porch chandelier

DIY Christmas porch chandelier

This DIY Christmas chandelier looks so natural and elegant on the front porch! Tutorial on Urban Cottage Living. Can’t find a large vine wreath form? Here’s a tutorial on how to make grapevine wreath for free!

DIY Reindeer Christmas lawn decorations

DIY Reindeer Christmas lawn decorations

This reindeer Christmas lawn decoration is made from plywood. Tutorial on Eclectic Recipes. If you live in a rainy winter climate, keep it under a covered patio or porch or make it from solid wood boards (see next tutorial).

Wooden Reindeer Christmas yard decorations

Amy at Her Tool Belt made this wood reindeer from 1×8 boards. Wood is very durable and you can use this reindeer for Xmas outdoor decorating year after year.

DIY Nativity Christmas outdoor decorations

DIY Nativity Christmas outdoor decorations

This charming nativity scene is easy to make, and looks magical in your front yard or back garden. All you need are some wood, outdoor paint, a jigsaw, and some fabric scraps. ( Original source lost, please let me know if you find it! )

Christmas choir decorations for front porch and backyard

Christmas choir decorations for front porch and backyard

A similar way to use wood boards such as 2x6s to create outdoor decor for Christmas! (Original source lost, please let me know if you find it! )

Large DIY ornaments Christmas porch decorations

Transform some old sports balls into oversized hanging ornaments

Transform some old sports balls into oversized hanging ornaments for a festive Christmas porch decor – see below! Via TMH

Large DIY ornaments Christmas porch decorations

The secret success formula for a gorgeous Christmas front porch or back patio: frame the windows and doors with garland, hang some festive ornaments and wreaths, voila!

Oversized Christmas ornaments outdoor decorating ideas

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!

Plastic balls and cups are transformed into these oversized ornaments for a Christmas porch for extra holiday cheer, video tutorial below!

Christmas door decorating ideas

 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 )

Decorating the front door with Christmas wreaths

 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 artificial Christmas trees and 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 oversized Poinsettia wreath

DIY oversized Poinsettia wreath

Nothing says Merry Christmas more than Poinsettias! See how easy it is to make these colorful mesh Poinsettia wreaths in this video tutorial by The Sits Girls on Youtube below-

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!

DIY Christmas street sign yard decor

making Christmas street signs with wood
DIY Christmas street sign yard decor

From Santa’s workshop to Elf village, this delightful street sign makes such unique yard and lawn decor for Christmas! Via Wedfest

DIY snowman Christmas painted wood sign

DIY snowman Christmas painted wood sign

Snowman is a wonderful them for outdoor holiday decorations from Christmas through New Year. Painted wooden sign tutorial here.

Nutcrackers Christmas door banner decor

Nutcrackers Christmas door banner decor

No time to paint wood signs? These festive Nutcrackers Christmas door banners are only around $10 for a set of 2. What a fast and easy way to decorate doors, windows, and even garage doors!

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-

Outdoor lighted Christmas decorations

Outdoor lighted Christmas decorations

A very easy lighted outdoor Christmas decorating idea is to hang string light strands in the shape of a Christmas tree! You can hang them from outdoor trees, wall or a porch roof.

lighted outdoor Christmas tree DIY

You can also buy these lighted outdoor Christmas tree DIY kits in warm white or mixed colors, and an outdoor extension cord that is long enough.

DIY outdoor Christmas tree

DIY outdoor Christmas tree

Make an easy and festive outdoor Christmas tree with 3 sticks and string lights to decorate your front lawn or backyard. Here’s a DIY kit to make it even easier!

Christmas lanterns 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 Christmas planter pots

Stacked pots Christmas decor

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

Large presents Christmas decorations by the door

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.

Lighted gift boxes Outside Christmas decorations

Lighted gift boxes Outside Christmas decorations

These DIY Lighted Christmas presents are made from plastic boxes. Customize your design with your favorite light colors, and add festive holiday bows! Tutorial here.

You can also make them from a wire frame and colorful fabrics, like in this video tutorial above.

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 )

DIY large outdoor Christmas decorations

 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.

Which ideas are your favorite? I personally love those oversized Christmas ornaments and giant holiday candies!

Oversized Christmas ornaments outdoor decorating ideas

Happy decorating! See you soon!

29 Comments

  1. These Gorgeous Outdoor Christmas Decorations Best Ideas & Tutorials are amazing, super excited to try these unique decoration tutorials, thanks for sharing this one with us . Will definitely gonna try this one

  2. Love this Gorgeous Outdoor Christmas Decorations, these decoration is so amazing unique. Christmas is not far , going to apply this decoration.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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. :)))

  8. 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!

  9. 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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