As temperatures turn chillingly fierce and snow silently blankets the ground, we warm up with excitement for the season ahead. Get into the holiday spirit and makeover your house into a beautiful winter wonderland. Take inspiration from the following four outdoor decor ideas that will transform your home into a storybook.
Evergreen Red Berry Garland
Make your home sparkle among a white blanket of snowfall and brisk wintry darkness with twinkling garland sweeping from corner to corner. Evergreen garland, accented with clusters of red Christmas lights to create the illusion of red berries, creates a simplistic, yet charming look for the holidays. Drape garland over your windows, around your doorway or from column to column. Don’t be afraid to hang garland asymmetrically to give it an unpredictable aesthetic effect. And for extra holiday flair and a traditional warm touch, pin a classic red bow at points where the garland is secured.
MarthaStewart.com provides a two-step guide covering how to design outdoor evergreen garland with “wild red berries.” Materials include three strands of red pearl lights, rubber bands, 12-foot garland, floral wire and U-pins. With a smidgen of DIY skills and an abundance of holiday spirit, you can create sparkling festive garland that’ll drape beautifully and look traditionally elegant.
Whimsical Yard Ornaments
Illuminate a vintage bicycle with Christmas lights to creatively brighten your home with holiday cheer. An old-fashioned bike decorated for the holidays can add aesthetic whimsical flair to an unassuming space near a tree or along a fence and give character to a porch or patio. Fill the bicycle’s basket with evergreen, pine cones and mini-wrapped presents, and wrap the seat using festive fabric. You can even paint the bike a bright lime green or fire engine red if you’re feeling extra merry! Surround the bike with even more wrapped gifts and a holiday floral arrangement. Accessorize the display with a red poinsettia basket (if the weather permits) or a silk holiday poinsettia plant for colder areas with wintry weather.
A rustic wooden sled, wheelbarrow or birdcage can also make creative whimsical decorations for your outdoor holiday-scape. Hang ice skates from the sled with some pine and plaid ribbon. Fill it with various greenery like western cedar and red huckleberry. Throw in pine cones, birch twigs, a metal watering can and terra-cotta planters filled with hearty fruit.
Golden Door Dressings
Turn your front door into the festive focal point of your outdoor winter wonderland by adorning it with a striking, yet understated golden cedar wreath. Sprigs of golden cedar create a subtle magical glow without being too over-the-top glam. Decorate the wreath with mini golden bells as simple lustrous embellishments. Hang the wreath with a satin bow in a soft yellow gold.
Along with your golden-cedar wreath, accessorize your modernly designed entryway with metallic door dressings. Create a holiday festive ornament using a vintage metal bucket filled with over-sized metallic bulbs, decorative pine cones, lighted branches and twigs and a shimmering gold ribbon. Set the golden glowing display at the corner of your front door to enhance the metallic palette of your modern alfresco display.
Plaid-Themed Outdoor Living
Dress your porch or backyard patio furniture in plaid to winterize the outdoor space. A red and black pattern create a casually cozy and warm environment that invites friends and family to snuggle up and relax during this holiday season. Embellish furniture with a plaid covering or throw pillows and design a table setting using a plaid tablescape. Baskets filled with evergreen, frosted pine cone cones, wildflowers and faux cranberries can also add a wintry touch.
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