Let’s get started at the Front Entryway…
Exterior entryways offer an excellent opportunity to get personal with holiday decor. You can use what you already have around the home. No need to break the bank. You can features candelabras made from discarded wine bottles, garland made from nautical rope and lanterns and evergreens placed in galvanized metal buckets for that rustic-refurbished look that is all the rage right now.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star….
Once the sun goes down, the entryway instantly becomes more intimate thanks to the glow created by the candlelit wine bottle candelabras and interior and exterior lights of the house.
Section it off…
To make it interesting and not cluttered, consider breaking the front yard up into different zones, each with its own holiday-centric feature. For example, you could do; left, right, center of the yard and your entrance.
Not your traditional Wreaths…
Try a more organic style to your front doors with square moss wreaths. To create these, you’ll need square wreath forms, bagged moss, ribbon and approximately three hours of crafting time. In addition to their texture and color, the square shape of the wreaths offers a fresh new take on an old holiday classic.
Light it up!
To add a unique, textural touch to the home’s front doors, create some one-of-a-kind, farmhouse-inspired garland with lanterns attached to nautical rope. In order to attach the garland to the house, you can screw C-hooks directly into the exterior trim on which to lay each section of rope or even try some shepherd’s hooks plugged in the ground for a real entrance to your front door or up the sides of the Driveway.
Chalkboard Buck Head
Create a festive welcome sign for the holiday season with a chalkboard buck-head silhouette. To make this, trace a reindeer shape onto a 24 x 24 piece of plywood, cut it out with a jigsaw and apply two coats of chalkboard paint. Write messages to coordinate with each holiday, making this cute idea versatile and timeless.
Although grass tends to dry up during the winter months, you can still add a pop of green to your holiday curb appeal with potted evergreens, particularly juniper and cypress bushes. Dress them up with organic style by planting them in galvanized metal buckets and decorating them with burlap ribbon. Rustic, fun and will really pop against the back drop of your yard and snow, depending on where you live.
Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow…
Add holiday flair to basic galvanized metal buckets with perforated snowflake silhouettes. To create the silhouettes, use a black marker to make an outline directly on the surface of the bucket, then punch holes with a Phillips-head screwdriver tapped with a hammer or rubber mallet. For an extra layer of decoration, add a piece of outdoor fabric in holiday colors behind the punched holes.
Wine Bottle Candelabra
Bring a soft glow to any outdoor area with candelabras made from old wine bottles updated with your favorite holiday color spray paint. To ensure visibility from the sidewalk or street, choose white pillar candles. The high contrast between the white and the color of your choice is classic, graphic and easy to see.
In a one-horse open sleigh…
Sometimes the best holiday decorations weren’t necessarily meant as decor. Create a personal vignette near your entrance with a collection of objects with winter flair. Upon arrival to your home, guests can be greeted with a weathered sled, a pair of ice skates and a bucket filled with faux snowballs. Think old-school, refurbished and be creative!
To turn this basic mailbox into a showstopping focal point. You can surround it with giant candy canes made from plywood and burlap as well as lollipops made from PVC, small bouncy balls, colored burlap and twine. If you don’t have the availability or access to do that, wrap your post with some burlap & garland for that added flair to last the winter months.
To put an updated spin on candy canes, consider wrapping them in natural-toned burlap for a textural touch, then punch the overall look up with colored ribbon.
Lollipop, lollipop oh… lolly lolly pop!
Over-sized holiday lollipops are both easy and fun to create. Pick up a small rubber bouncy ball from the toy store, colored burlap, twine and PVC pipe. Attach the rubber bouncy ball to the top of the PVC pipe with duct tape, wrap the ball with colored burlap and tie it tightly around the bottom of the ball with twine. Next, stake the PVC into the ground either free-handed or dig a small hole with a trowel.
Reclaimed Wood Tree
Make a big statement this holiday with a reclaimed wood Christmas tree sculpture. You may create this from reclaimed barn siding cut in different lengths and attached it to a 10-foot 4 x 4 with wood screws. Or… you can take a wood pallet and cut A-Frame shape from top to bottom in the correct direction on where the boards are connected to the pallet and wa-lah you have a rustic tree. You can paint it and/or add lights, done!
Holiday Window Box
Bring holiday cheer to your window boxes with bright-red botanical accents. Amaranthus is a Christmas classic, which adds great texture and is easy to care for. If amaranthus is not indigenous to your area, it can be ordered online and shipped almost anywhere.
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