For many people, decorating the outside of their homes for the Christmas holidays is the highlight of their year. People love making their homes look better than the neighbors and getting compliments on the lovely artistic creations. Decorating a home tastefully with lights can give the residence an entirely new look. Here are some simple design ideas to provide you with inspiration.
You will need:
- Outdoor holiday lights (clear or colored- in strands, nets, or icicles)
- Lighted outdoor garland
- Lighted outdoor decorations
- Inflatable or animated lawn decorations
Step 1: Decorate in traditional style by framing the street-facing windows and front door with light strands. Wrap the railings of front porches with lights or use lighted garland. If the porch has columns or posts, wrap the lights to form a candy cane design, alternating clear and red colored strands.
Step 2: Decorate the yard. Run lights along a front fence. Wrap trees and shrubs in lights- net lights are an easy way to do this. Some people opt to wrap lights up the trunk of a tree and hang lighted decorations from the branches. Adding lights to the yard makes the house more of a focal point and creates an inviting feeling.
Step 3: Add animated or inflatable lawn decorations. Lighted grapevine deer that are stationary or move are very popular. A small holiday inflatable added to the front yard can also be nice. Consider a snowman, reindeer, or snow globe. These may have internal lights or can be lit by a spotlight. Do not go overboard with these or the yard will look cluttered- just one or two should do the trick.
Step 4: Build a holiday frame to contain decorations like a manger scene or winter wonderland. Lights can be permanently attached to the frame, which can be used every year. The frame keeps the decorations confined to a certain area of the yard, creating a tasteful display.