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50+ Easy DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorations for Your Yard in 2022

Elaine is an avid crafter who enjoys celebrating beautiful DIY decorations.

See some fun outdoor decorations to make for Christmas this year, like this cute little reindeer made from logs and twigs!

See some fun outdoor decorations to make for Christmas this year, like this cute little reindeer made from logs and twigs!

Get Your Yard Ready for Christmas!

When winter approaches, it's time to turn your thoughts to decorating for the season. Prepare for the holidays by making your yard the most festive one in the whole neighborhood with these awesome outdoor Christmas decorations! It's possible to create DIY decorations that are both creative and cheap to make. From upcycling old sleds to turning pallets into Christmas trees, you will love these ideas.

Log and Twig Reindeer

Log and Twig Reindeer

Log and Twig Reindeer

How cute is this little reindeer made from scrap wood? For this project, you'll need some glue, a saw, lots of wood pieces, two branches for the antlers, googly eyes, and a red bauble for the nose. If you're making a whole bunch of reindeer, you could do 11 with black noses and one with a red nose (for Rudolph, of course). Line up the whole herd in your front yard!

More Reindeer Examples

See more of these cute reindeer below! This is a great way to use up leftover bits of logs after chopping firewood or trimming tree branches.

Lichen-Covered Log Reindeer

Lichen-Covered Log Reindeer

Herd of Log and Twig Reindeer (So many Rudolphs!)

Herd of Log and Twig Reindeer (So many Rudolphs!)

"Joy" Sign

"Joy" Sign

"Joy" Sign

Make this sign by purchasing wooden letters from a craft store and painting them red. Buy some cute ribbon, like the black-and-white check pictured in the photo, and use it to hang the letters on your wall. If you don't have a handy wall, you could also glue the letters onto wooden stakes and place them in your flower bed or into individual flower pots.

Candy Cane Christmas Tree

Candy Cane Christmas Tree

Candy Cane Christmas Tree

This is a great idea for a gingerbread house theme! Simply screw or glue old candy cane stakes together, and then cover the ends with fake plastic lightbulbs. If you don't have any candy cane stakes, you can simply use old walking canes instead; you'll just need to paint them white and add red stripes before you glue them together.

Wooden Train

Wooden Train

Wooden Train

No Christmas décor is complete without a little train! To make this cute miniature train set, you will need wooden crates and spray paint, plus some round wooden plaques for the wheels. When Christmas is over, you could turn the train into a storage idea for a child's playroom.

DIY Welcome Signs

DIY Welcome Signs

DIY Welcome Signs

Welcome guests to your home with these adorable signs that can be placed on your porch. You can use old wooden boards or pallets and transform them into friendly, festive signs with some paint and a little imagination. Here are some holiday messages to consider:

  • Merry Christmas!
  • Believe
  • Jingle Bells
  • Let It Snow
  • Peace and Joy
  • Season's Greetings From the [Your Last Name]s
  • Ho Ho Ho!
  • Peace on Earth
  • Happy Holidays!
  • Happy New Year!
  • Waiting for Santa

More Wooden Christmas Signs

Below are some more examples of lovely signs you can make, mostly using scrap pieces of wood—fence pieces, pallets, even old shutters! Add some paint and a merry message, and you have a wonderful way to welcome guests to your home for the holidays.

"Let It Snow" Shutter Sign

"Let It Snow" Shutter Sign

"Joy" and "Noel" Signs

"Joy" and "Noel" Signs

"Let It Snow" Snowman Sign

"Let It Snow" Snowman Sign

"Merry and Bright" Snowman Sign

"Merry and Bright" Snowman Sign

Plaid "Joy" Door Hanger

Plaid "Joy" Door Hanger

Plaid "Joy" Door Hanger

Christmas wreaths are the perfect way to decorate your home for the holidays, but you don't have to stick to the traditional evergreen wreath. Try this fun and colorful set of message wreaths!

You can make this unique-looking door hanger by filling three embroidery hoops with plaid fabric, then adding the letters and other decorations. You could also use circular wooden plaques to get the same look; consider painting them red or gold first so you get a pretty border. Why not carry the whole theme inside and purchase matching plaid cushions for your couch?

Evergreen Christmas Gnomes

Evergreen Christmas Gnomes

Evergreen Christmas Gnomes

What a fun way to decorate the front porch! You can transform a mini tree into this little gnome with a floppy hat and mittens. Try adding boots and a cute scarf, too! You could give these little gnomes to your neighbors as gifts as well as making some for yourself.

Scrap Wood Snowmen

Scrap Wood Snowmen

Scrap Wood Snowmen

Use up scrap wood by making these cute snowmen. You'll need various sizes of wood slices for the body and a small log for the top of the hat. Use markers or paint to add the faces and buttons. If you want to add arms, use twigs! Finish the look by tying on little scarves made from ribbon or felt.

Giant Scrap Wood Snowman

Giant Scrap Wood Snowman

Giant Scrap Wood Snowman

Got some larger pieces of wood handy? Maybe a tree came down in your neighborhood. Turn those big rounds of wood into a gigantic snowman for your porch or patio! For a snowman this big, you might consider using painted wood pieces for the face and buttons, especially the carrot nose. Lend the snowman one of your own scarves to keep it warm!

DIY Giant Cupcake

DIY Giant Cupcake

DIY Giant Cupcake

For a gingerbread theme, these decorative cupcakes are perfect. Here's how to make them!

Supplies

  • Plant pot (a bright, Christmassy color like red or green is best)
  • A cone-shaped object, like a second plant pot (upside-down) or a sheet of plastic you can bend into a cone shape
  • Small rocks, gravel, sand, or something else to weigh down the pot
  • Expanding foam spray
  • Red ornament
  • Felt in various colors

Instructions

  1. Fill your plant pot with your chosen weight, whether that's small rocks, gravel, or something else.
  2. Place the cone-shaped object on top of the pot. This will help you shape the top of the cupcake.
  3. Spray the expanding foam all over the cone-shaped object to create the frosting.
  4. Place the red ornament on top for the cherry.
  5. Cut little rectangular shapes out of the felt and add it to the frosting to look like sprinkles.
Flocked Trees

Flocked Trees

Flocked Trees

Add drama to your porch décor with a group of flocked trees. You can make this decoration look modern and impressive or rustic and cozy! You can purchase pre-flocked trees or buy artificial trees and spray them with flocking yourself. Adorn the trees with LED lights to really brighten your entryway. To add more comfort, place a nice thick welcome mat in front of the door.

Outside Christmas Trees Made From Pallets

Outside Christmas Trees Made From Pallets

Outside Christmas Trees Made From Pallets

Pallet Christmas trees are a great way to upcycle unused wood. Cut tree shapes from pallets, and then color them with dark green spray paint. You can also try white spray paint or alternate between red and green on the slats, like in the photo above. Add clear LED lights for a warm glow. This recycled project is beautiful, durable, and kind to the environment!

Candy Christmas Garland

Candy Christmas Garland

Candy Christmas Garland

Be the envy of the neighborhood with this whimsical and fun front door Christmas garland. You can use mesh ribbons in red and green and add LED string lights. Decorate the ribbons with red and white swirled ornaments, fake candy canes, sparkly green ornaments (to represent gumdrops), glittery snowflakes, and anything else you can think of!

Stacked Presents

Stacked Presents

Stacked Presents

Similar to the porch welcome signs, these stacked presents are made from wood and really look amazing as part of your yard décor. You could cut plywood into custom shapes or just use square scraps of wood to form the presents. (If you don't have any wood, you could make this out of cardboard, too—just make sure it doesn't get wet outside!) Paint the squares so they look like wrapped gifts and add real or cardboard ribbons and bows. You could also add lights to make the presents stand out in the dark!

Lit Sled

Lit Sled

Lit Sled

If you happen to have an old sled lying around—even a broken one—you can transform it into a festive piece for your porch with just a few supplies. Here are some cute ideas for decorating the sled:

  • Hang ice skates on it (like in the photo above).
  • Hang a wreath on it.
  • Add a sign with a Christmas message, like "Let It Snow!"
  • Surround it with fake snow.
  • Wrap it in colorful lights.
  • Hang a hat, mittens, and scarf on it.
  • Add some lit garland to the top.
  • Place a big bow on the top.
  • Hang sparkly snowflakes all over it.

More Ideas for Decorating Your Porch With a Sled

Scroll through the photos below to see lots more ways to style your sled! I love this decoration idea because it's so simple yet so effective.

Red Sled With Skates and Lantern

Red Sled With Skates and Lantern

"Let It Snow" Sled With Frosty Sign

"Let It Snow" Sled With Frosty Sign

Sled With Wreath and Plaid Bow

Sled With Wreath and Plaid Bow

Sled With Skates and Jingle Bells

Sled With Skates and Jingle Bells

Sled With Skates Filled With Evergreen Boughs

Sled With Skates Filled With Evergreen Boughs

Sled With Skates, Wreath, and Snowflakes

Sled With Skates, Wreath, and Snowflakes

Sled With Skates and Matching Lanterns

Sled With Skates and Matching Lanterns

Rustic Milk Can Decoration

Rustic Milk Can Decoration

Rustic Porch Décor: Milk Cans, Buckets, Crates, Barrels, and More

The rustic look is totally on-trend, and it's an excellent choice for Christmas because it's such a warm, cozy style. There are tons of ways you can arrange some homey items on your porch to create a cute holiday display!

One idea is decorate an old metal milk can, like in the photo above. You can drape it with garlands and faux berry sprays or tie on some jingle bells and a big bow. Consider arranging some pretty twigs, faux flowers, and light-up branches in the can! This would look good on its own or paired with other simple items, like a decorated barrel or crate.

Ideas for Arranging Your Rustic Holiday Porch

Use the photos below to get inspired to create your own porch display! Start by finding a few old, weathered items, then glitz them up with festive decorations.

Weathered Shutter With Evergreens and Pinecones

Weathered Shutter With Evergreens and Pinecones

Whitewashed Shutter With Dangling Ornaments

Whitewashed Shutter With Dangling Ornaments

Red Planter Draped With Greenery

Red Planter Draped With Greenery

Rustic Arrangement of Cans and Buckets

Rustic Arrangement of Cans and Buckets

Cute Red Bike Wheel Decoration

Cute Red Bike Wheel Decoration

Snowman and Mini Tree in Metal Bucket

Snowman and Mini Tree in Metal Bucket

Crate Filled With Lights and Greenery

Crate Filled With Lights and Greenery

Firewood Table With Bucket and Lantern

Firewood Table With Bucket and Lantern

Rustic Arrangement of Barrels, Lanterns, and a Pallet Tree

Rustic Arrangement of Barrels, Lanterns, and a Pallet Tree

Metal Box Filled With Greenery

Metal Box Filled With Greenery

Crate and Milk Can Filled With Branches and Boughs

Crate and Milk Can Filled With Branches and Boughs

Basket With Evergreen Branches and Lantern

Basket With Evergreen Branches and Lantern

Basket With Birch Logs

Basket With Birch Logs

Milk Can With Light-Up Branches

Milk Can With Light-Up Branches

Milk Can With Berries, Branches, and Plaid Ribbon

Milk Can With Berries, Branches, and Plaid Ribbon

Bucket With Logs and Branches

Bucket With Logs and Branches

Wooden Plank With Mini Tree and Snowmen

Wooden Plank With Mini Tree and Snowmen

Pretty Upcycled Dresser Planter

Pretty Upcycled Dresser Planter

Twig Chair With Festive Display

Twig Chair With Festive Display

Little Red "Let It Snow" Chair With Wreath

Little Red "Let It Snow" Chair With Wreath

White Chair With Logs and Plaid Ribbon

White Chair With Logs and Plaid Ribbon

Simple Planter With Birch Branches

Simple Planter With Birch Branches

Overflowing Planter With Jute Star

Overflowing Planter With Jute Star

Planter, Lantern, and Sled Display

Planter, Lantern, and Sled Display

Stately Planter With Berry Sprays

Stately Planter With Berry Sprays

Weathered Planter With Evergreens, Birch Branches, and Berries

Weathered Planter With Evergreens, Birch Branches, and Berries

Make a Merry Yuletide Yard or Garden!

Best wishes for your outdoor Christmas decorations this year! Whether you decide to make a multi-piece display or focus on one big item, like a painted wooden sign, I'm sure your guests and neighbors will be impressed. Holiday décor doesn't have to be complicated. Start with something simple, like a cute sled, then add some garland and lights and go from there! I hope these ideas have inspired you to deck out your porch, yard, and garden with yuletide flair.

More Ideas for DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorations

  • DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorations
    It's so simple and inexpensive to make outdoor decorations from bits of shrubs and berries you have right on your property.
  • Natural Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Home
    Have a frugal Christmas using common items found around the house to decorate your home for the holiday season. Natural elements like pine cones and evergreen add an attractive and sustainable touch.

Comments

Elaine Byers (author) on October 07, 2020:

Thanks for visting Risha, yes we all need something to look forward to :)

Risha on October 07, 2020:

I'm so glad to see others already dreaming about Christmas.

Elaine Byers (author) on September 11, 2020:

Thanks for commenting Charlene !

Charlene Gallant from Cape Town, South Africa on September 10, 2020:

Christmas is coming to town! so thank you for a good read...some great ideas in here:)

Elaine Byers (author) on August 29, 2020:

Thank you !!

Elaine Byers (author) on August 29, 2020:

Thank you so much !

Elaine Byers (author) on August 29, 2020:

very kind, thank you !

Elaine Byers (author) on September 24, 2019:

Thanks renee21 so do I !

Tori Leumas on September 24, 2019:

I love Christmas. This is a very interesting article.

Elaine Byers (author) on September 09, 2019:

Thank you Nisha!

Nisha Nair04 on September 08, 2019:

very interesting hubs

Elaine Byers (author) on September 07, 2019:

Thank you RTalloni !

RTalloni on September 05, 2019:

These are such cute DIY ideas. Thanks for easy projects to save time during the busy season!