Easy holiday outdoor decorating
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some families that just seem to naturally play up their home’s best features every year with holiday lighting and outdoor decorating. If you’ve given holiday lighting a pass, it might be time to dress up your outdoors to create a holiday retreat. These quick, easy tips will transform your house into a winter wonderland ready to greet the holidays and your guests in style.
Think of your front door as the entryway to your holidays. Focusing on your front door is an easy way to decorate for the holidays without breaking out ladders and worrying about falls.
Try looking at your doorway the same way as a fireplace mantle. Create a full garland to swag over the front door that’s pinned up at the corners. Be sure to choose full garlands of greenery that will make the look lush and elegant. You can either make the garlands drape all the way to the ground on either side of the door or simply top the door, draping down about one foot on either side.
Wrap the garlands in lights then, using inexpensive mesh webbing, weave webbing through the garland. You can also top the webbing with another ribbon to give the mesh more dimension.
Poke in floral picks and Christmas balls and your door is ready. Layer in as many decorations as you feel up to using. Too much trouble? A 9-foot decorated and lit garland that’s ready to hang is as easy as buying and tacking it up on your door (HomeDepot.com). A small, lighted Christmas tree in an urn surrounded by a lighted gift set are available at your home center, and set-up is simply unboxing and plugging it in. Or, flank the doorway with two trees for a more symmetrical appearance.
Holiday lighting doesn’t necessarily mean you need to outline the entire roofline of your home. Try placing colored floodlights on a blank wall, a chimney or either side of the front door for a splash of color. If you have a single small tree or bush, wrap it in white lights and add a star or lighted ornaments. Outlining walkways and the driveway is simple, welcoming, and doesn’t require tall ladders.
If you have small bushes or trees in planters at the front of your house, give them a wrap with some twinkle lights. Do the same with your lamppost and finish with a big bow. Give all your lighting fixtures some attention too. Hang wreaths over outdoor sconce lamps, or add a mistletoe ball with a red bow and draping ribbon to hang from a pendant lantern.
Don’t overlook your outdoor living areas, whether they are on the street or backside of the house. This is an easy place to add some holiday inspiration. Add a lighted wreath on a patio wall, and a candle and greenery on a patio table. Drape a wreath over a front porch rocker, add a basket overflowing with oversized pinecones, tuck berry or red branches into potted plants. The mailbox is also a perfect place to add a merry touch. Tie a red ribbon on the mailbox door pull, top the mailbox with greenery or wrap it in lights.
For more information, contact Kathryn Weber through her website, RedLotusLetter.com.
© 2015 Kathryn Weber. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.