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Homemade Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Updated on February 14, 2012

Homemade Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Homemade gingerbread house.
Homemade gingerbread house.

Homemade Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Homemade Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Are you thinking of decorating your yard with lights this Christmas? Tired of the same old store bought Christmas decorations that you see every year? On every lawn? Well I may have a few ideas that could help you out in this wonderful season. First I’d like to share how we started and how we came to be doing what we do and why we continue.

We started this hobby back in the year 2000. We had two reindeer and some old strands of lights passed down from my mother in law. The neighbours loved them so much that we decided to add to our display. Buying some plastic blow mold decorations for a nativity scene, and a few other little things. Our neighbour was selling his house, and his realtor mentioned to us about a local Christmas light contest. We entered the contest and came in second in our category. More and more people were beginning to look at our display. We entered the second year and came in first and that was it, we were hooked. We are currently up to over 30,000 lights with some very unique decorations.

We have hundreds of people by our house every year. Including bus tours. Most people get out of their cars and walk through our laid out path marked by an old carpet from a restaurant renovation, and icicle lights are strung to plastic candy canes, which are placed in the ground lining the carpet. This is a full walk through display. Every year there are some changes, so you never know what it will look like, or what new item we’ve bought or made.

. Our first original piece is a gingerbread house. The idea for our gingerbread house came from another Christmas display; it was so cute we made our own version of it. What makes ours special, first of all, is the working fireplace inside the house. You can see it glow as you look through the front door or the windows. My son put it together using 2 MR11 clear lights with an orange film on them and a CPU fan with gold tinsel tied to the cage surrounding the fan. When the fan is turned on the tinsel blows and the lights shine to make a fire appear in the fireplace. Secondly c-7 lights are stapled to the roof in three rows of 5 or 6 lights. Each light is covered with an opaque plastic container to look like giant jube jubes on the roof. In between the containers we glued white pop bottle caps to the roof, to give the look of snow. The rest of the house is decorated with little toys; coloured pop bottle caps and clear mini lights.

Another popular hand crafted item we have is our signature, 15 feet high by 13 feet wide arch at the entrance to our driveway. The arch idea came from Canadian Tire, we wanted to buy it but it was not for sale so we made our own. First we had to make two concrete posts 8 inches round by 4 feet high, and 1-½ feet in the ground. We added electricity to the posts so we could put a light on them and use them all year. We used 8-inch drainage pipes, placed over the concrete posts, for the pillars. We then wrapped the pillars with clear ribbon lights. The top of the arch was framed with 2 x 2’s then we covered them with white corrugated plastic. We had to use a drill to make holes in the plastic so we could poke small red LED lights through. We wrote “WELCOME TO TINSELTOWN’ on the front and ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’ on the back.

Homemade arch over the driveway.
Homemade arch over the driveway.


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    • Eiddwen profile image


      8 years ago from Wales

      Hi this is an amazing hub, and as well as bookmarking I have to vote up up and away.

      It is so easy to follow as well.

      I now look forward to reading many more by you.

      Take care


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      8 years ago

      Even after all these years I never knew the full story behind your Christmas display. Keep up the good work and thanks for filling me in! Can't wait to drop by in person. Merry Christmas!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Wow! This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos and ideas.

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! Just follow this link to see how the Hubnuggets team made our Advent wreath...and then be sure to read and vote: Happy Holidays and Advance Merry Christmas!

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      8 years ago from Chilliwack

      Thank you so much for your comments. As I am new to Hub Pages, I am very happy to know people are enjoying my article. Knowing people can enjoying our light display even though they aren't in town, is another wonderful way to spread Christmas cheer. Thank you Hub Pages for the opportunity, the recognition and the nomination.

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      8 years ago

      These instructions are so easy to understand and the pictures are beautiful. Excellent article.

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      Shasta Matova 

      8 years ago from USA

      Wow, I am impressed at all the work you have done to make your house so festive for yourself and your neighbors. Congratulations on your HubNuggets nomination.

    • christine111 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Chilliwack

      Thank you Simone Smith. With a little imagination they are easy. We have more ideas we will share with everyone so be on the look out, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Your decorations ROCK! I hope I might be able to construct such impressive displays someday!!

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      8 years ago

      The instructions on here were very good and the pictures very clear.


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