Giving your home a seasonal touch these holidays isn’t just the perfect way to get into the spirit of Christmas, but it’s a great activity to do with the family.

Regardless of their ages, kids absolutely love festive decorations and getting the home prepped for Santa’s arrival.

And there’s something pretty spectacular about walking around the neighbourhood to see houses lit up with pretty lights and Christmas trinkets to get you excited for the big day.

It’s also a great way to enhance your home’s kerb appeal for the holiday season and get the backyard ready for festive celebrations and family feasts.


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From handmade wreaths, miniature frosted trees, Christmas colours and seasonal plants; there’s so much you can do to get your yard festive ready.

Here’s a few ideas you can try with the kids to get you started.

1. Luxe lanterns

Lanterns can make your home look inviting and merry by using them to light up walkways.

The soft glow of the candlelight encourages a warm Christmas feel to your home’s exterior and can be used to decorate your porch, pathways and for outdoor entertaining in the backyard.

Get the kids to help glue Christmas decorations to the top of the lantern to give it that festive look. Use beautiful red bows, joyful ornaments and greenery to stick with the theme and create striking kerb appeal.

If you have a patio or deck area out the back, use lanterns around the space to for an impressive festive lighting system. Arranging a group of lanterns by the front door or back entryway can make for a quick-and-easy holiday style too.

If you don’t have any lanterns, you can use glass holders with brightly lit candles, fake snow and red berries or fresh cranberries.

2. Festive fence, gates and front door

Fence areas and the front door of your home offer the ultimate places to put up your Christmas decorations. Make your property the talk of the street with cheerful entryways, DIY wreaths, mistletoe, decorative lights and colourful ornaments.

Brighten up white picket fencing with green and red bows, thread green Garlands along the steel and aluminium fencing and hang a tradition wreath from your driveway gates and door.

To bring your home to life at night, you can weave Christmas lights through the Garlands or fencing posts to make the decorations sparkle.

Include garden-inspired Christmas decorations by your fence and door using pinecones, branches, brightly coloured ribbons, lush green leaves and red berries – whatever the kids can find!

3. Tasteful decorations and lighting

Tasteful decorations will add to the festive spirit without your home’s exterior looking tired and tacky. Keep Christmas trinkets classic, with the use of natural materials and accent features to create a welcoming appeal.

Coloured lights and stars are notorious to the season so include some in your outdoor design without going too over the top.

Make use of the current landscaping and thread Christmas lights into trees or potted plants. Get the children to collect a bunch of dead tree branches from the garden and place them in large pot with a pretty Christmas bow tying them together.

Add some bunched lights around the base and a few small hanging ornaments and you have yourself a tasteful outdoor Christmas tree.

4. Light-up and snowman mason jars

A great project for the kids to make themselves, light-up and snowman mason jars can be a fun festive edition for any home’s exterior.

Using the right paints, get your children to coat the surface of the jar and draw a snowman (or any other Christmas character they like!). Decorate the top of the jar with a Christmas bow and drop a candle or clear light in to illuminate the design.

Perfect for outside walkways, porch decorations or backyard table features, they’re add a whimsical and fun touch. You can even make snow globes with miniature Christmas ornaments inside the jar.

Use extra-large lighted mason jars for outdoor festive lighting. Add a string of lights bunched up inside of the huge mason jars for an instant Christmas charm. Surround with greenery as porch decoration, hang from outdoor trees to create a magical look or sit on fence posts to brighten up your home’s exterior.

5. Pretty porch decorations

The porch, patio or deck are one of the best places to show off your Christmas decorations.

Give your space a winter Christmas feel by adding miniature frosted trees and snowflakes cut out of white cardboard. You can make the trees by cutting a white bottlebrush cleaner to shape of a small tree and sit 2-3 in a planter box. If you have leftover hanging Christmas balls from the inside tree, use them to sit in planter boxes on the porch surrounded by greenery for a natural festive touch.

Arranging greenery, pine cones and sparkling Christmas balls on a bench is a quick way to dress up the space too. A light dusting of fake snow will give it a winter Christmas flair for something a little different. If you want to stick with the winter theme, make a fake snow sled out of wood and hang a pair of old ice skates over it.

Add a Santa to the porch space or on the inside of your fenced area too for the neighbours to see.

What decorations do you use at your house to make it festive for Christmas? Please SHARE in the comments below.

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  • Another vote for Kmart. Fabulous to decorate the house inside and out.

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  • I agree with the Mum who said a trip to Kmart. Their Christmas decorations are second to none this year and extremely cheap without being tacky. I ditched all of my traditional decos, even our decades old tree and opted for different decorations. I did a lot of my Kmart shopping online. I bought many of their decorations that are battery operated as well as the wooden decorations. This year I’m tinsel free, bauble free and loving the new clean look.

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  • A quick trip to Kmart (if there is such a thing…lol) would help people stock up on items for many of these suggestions.

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  • My Mum goes really over the top lol, I am much more low-key

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  • Alot of great ideas for Christmas,love the lanterns and mason jars!

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  • oh, I love the jars filled with lights – they look amazing!

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  • Those pictures are just so beautiful.

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  • You can use mason jars for so much! I love the idea of a jar with lights in it. This year was our first attempt at Outside decorations.

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  • I hang Christmas panels on the inside of my windows. I love them.

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  • Some lovely ideas. I particularly love the light up jars; so easy and cheap but so effective. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Love it ! A delight for the eye to look at, however I never get myself so far to do it at our own garden lol.

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  • I will try the mason jars for next year as our house lets the area down. Lovely festive decorations around but we are too old to go climbing around to decorate the roof, etc. These tips mean that we can show something on our patio to be a part of the community light festival.

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  • i love the tips about using what you can find in the backyard.

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  • I love the mason jars. They are absolutely cute.
    I don’t decorate the outside of the house, except a couple of things on the door. Maybe next year.
    Thanks for the lovely ideas!!

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