Christmas Yard Decorations on a Budget
On this economic downturn to have a yard full of gorgeous Christmas decorations seem pretty hard. It's hard maybe, but it is not impossible. The Christmas yard decoration is one of special thing you could do for this Christmas. A friend of mine who had been graduated from one of US College said that the most attractive thing to enjoy during Christmas in United States was the Christmas yard decorations on the American houses. It's different and just amazing. Here are some ideas to decorate the yard on a budget :
Start with the Lights
Lighted Christmas decorations are not so expensive, you may use your old collections and decorate the trees. Juniper and similar bushes in your yard make perfect outdoor Christmas trees and are cheap to decorate. String lights suitable for outdoor use on your juniper bush, the same as you would on an indoor tree. The electric bulbs on Amazon are pretty cheap and have many color collections, but you have to consider the electricity consumption too. I think the low-watt electric bulbs are great.
You may decorate all over the yard or just a part from the yard. Consider the neighborhood too, if the lights disturb their bed-time, you'd better not forget to turn off the lights on time, or just use a timer.The most common color combination suitable for the Christmas yard decorations include red, white, copper and green lights that signify festivity; for more sober arrangements blue and green combination look well; for innovative, new look arrangements such as blue and red lights; and mauve and copper lights work effectively. Make sure you cover all the lights connection with tape for the safety of kids or other people.
Decorate your fences with lighted garland. If your yard has fences, you may arrange the lighted garland on it. Lighted garlands are cheap and definitely will bring the holiday effect to your yard. Lighted garlands are a cheap way to bring Christmas festivity to your yard and stair rails.
For a cheaper lighted garland, I found the interesting DIY lighted garland project in this blog. They made a DIY Lighted Paper Pendant Garland and those are beautiful, creative, and of course cheap. You may add your own lighted paper garland style and have fun with the entire family member.
You may add DIY candy canes on your yard using a PVC pipe and ribbons (red, green, golden). Or in my place, we just use a styrofoam and shape it like a candy cane, wrap it with red cloth and add green or golden ribbons as the stripe. After done, you may insert the candy canes into the ground or place them over the sturdy plant stakes.
Giant Gifts Boxes
Add the giant gifts boxes under the outdoor Christmas tree as ornaments. Use the used boxes and wrap them with colorful paper and ribbons. Place them under the Christmas tree on the yard. We made a lot of gifts boxes to decorate the stage on Christmas celebration and it's cheap, we also add some decorated pine cones. Find pine cones as many as you can, wash them, after dry, apply your favorite holiday color paints like green, red, silver, gold, etc. For a fresh snow-kissed effect, use white paint mixed with just a touch of very light blue. Apply paint to the whole cone, or just the tips, whichever you prefer.
I never experienced snow yet, but in the snowy area the Snowman decorations are cheap ideas to decorate the yard. Make a whole family of Snowman (Dad-Mom-and Kids) put some ornaments on them like hat, carrots (classic), pine cones, sticks, branches, hays, etc
Welcoming Door Wreaths
You can make it yourself. Use any flowers in the yard, thick metal wire, and branches. Wrap thick metal wire around something circular to make the wreath's shape. You can use a bucket or a pail, for instance. And you may arrange the ornaments as you like (dried plants, holy, berries, pine cones, ribbons, etc)
For me, I prefer to decorate the yard with poinsettia plants. Poinsettia represents Christmas and has a red bright color that bring colorful and cheerful accent to the yard, beside it cheap and abundance here.
Happy Holiday everybody!
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