How to Decorate Your Outside for Christmas

How to Decorate Your Yard

Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Many people work to decorate more than just the lines of their house when they make outdoor decorations. They like to use the full breadth of what is available to turn their yard and house façade into a scene comparable with any commercial display. But what is the best way to do so, and are there any tips? Let’s take a look to see what might work, and make a few suggestions.

A common trick in yard decoration is to outline the walkway from the driveway to the house(and the driveway as well). There are plenty of ways to do so. Lawn stakes are a common one. Choose from a wide variety of staked lights and decorations that can be placed in the ground to make the edges of your lawn pop. Alternately, there are several types of lights, such as the large C9 style, or specialized lights on stakes, that can be placed there in their midst. Miniature Christmas trees or tree yard art often makes a good walkway liner as well.

Trees growing in your yard are an excellent source of decorative ideas and should never be overlooked. They can be strung with lights much like the roof of a house or an indoors tree. Branches and greenery should be wrapped loosely, starting at the top and spiraling downwards. If you have large sturdy ornaments or hanging decorations, arrange them to hang from the bottom of the tree branches in the open space around the trunk for maximum visibility. A very effective high end option, for example, are the Snowfall cascade lights. These tubes of LED lights make for an excellent effect, flowing downwards to imitate falling snow or melting icicles. Hang them from the tree to make for an animated display.

The trunks can be lit with either strings of lights spiraled around the circumference, or with our specialized Net Lights, which are a large square of lights that easily wraps around it. Bushes and hedges also benefit from net lights, which can be easily placed over the surface to make a fast outlining. It is advised to use fewer lights on outdoor trees, since rather than a full glowing effect it will be most effective to outline and accent the tree’s shape. If the area of the tree you plan to cover is less than 10 feet tall, you won’t need more than 400 total mini bulbs to cover it.

Fences can be covered in a few ways. The most common is to either outline them with lights, or drape them with garlands, lit or unlit. The choice is whether you wish for more light fencing in the yard, or would like to display a greater amount of greenery. For garlands, you will want to have enough slack in the attachments for the green stands to dip, creating a draping effect.

When talking decorating the outside of your house, you never want to forget about yard art decorations. They come in many shapes. Lighted figures, two dimensional pictures, inflatables, topiary and woven style instead of plastic, and so much more. But there are a few tips to consider when working with large decorations like these. First, you want to select a theme and stick to it. Nothing can be as disruptive as figures that just don’t work together. You don’t want a multitude of different style Santa figures, for example, and more cartoony or stylized figures might go poorly next to artistic woven or realistic looking figurines. A second consideration is spacing. A cluttered yard is not a visually pleasing one, and yard art figurines can take up a lot of space, so you want to use them selectively and with great consideration. A tastefully put together tableau will always be better than a showcase of 50 items in a 20 x 40 yard.

Finally, don’t forget that the face of the house itself is an opportunity to add to the decorations. Wall hanging lights like snowflakes or other large shapes can go up as well as lighted window shapes. Most houses like to put a wreath on either the front door or the garage, so that might be a good consideration as well.

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