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Get your yard ready for the holidays with an array outdoor decorations you'll love! Ring in the season with giant silver bells, turn your house into a gingerbread house, and find other ways to light up your outdoor space!

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DIY Giant Holiday Bells
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DIY Giant Holiday Bells
Level:
Intermediate
How-To:
Outdoor Decor, Christmas Decor
Seasonal Event:
Christmas

Materials

  • Plastic planters
  • 5" plastic ornaments
  • 1/2" x 8" eye bolt with nut
  • Rope
  • Silver spray paint

Directions

  1. Drill ½" hole in bottom of planter
  2. Insert eyebolt into hole and secure with a knot
  3. Spray paint planter silver
  4. Use rope to attach ornaments to bottom of eyebolt
  5. Hang and enjoy!

Go big with these DIYs! Oversized Ornaments, Oversized Gift Tags, or Pool Noodle Lollipops

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DIY Christmas Hedge Boxes
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DIY Christmas Hedge Boxes
Level:
Intermediate
How-To:
Outdoor Decor
Seasonal Event:
Christmas

Materials

  • Fruit Box, Plastic Milk Crate, or Plastic Storage Bin
  • Artificial Turf
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Garden Shears or X-Acto Knife
  • Permanent Marker
  • Ribbon

Directions

  1. Lay out your artificial turf with the turf side facing down
  2. Place your fruit box or plastic bin on the tuf and trace with permanent marker
  3. Repeat this for all sides. *TIP: For the top of you bin cut true to size. For the sides of the box, give yourself an extra ½ inch at the top
  4. Use garden shears or an X-Acto Knife to cut artificial turf to fit each side of your crate *TIP: If you want a larger hedge gift, combine two milk crates together with hot glue prior to making measurements.
  5. Hot glue each piece on by one, with the turf spears facing up
  6. Use a thick ribbon and wrap gift with a large bow on top

Note: For outdoor hedge gifts make sure the base you use is weatherproof ex. plastic milk crate, wooden crate, plastic bins. For indoor hedge gifts you can use a cardboard box, as long as the artificial turf is lightweight and won’t weigh it down

Get more green in your outdoor decor with DIY Christmas Tree Gnomes and a DIY Living Holiday Wreath

Download Home & Family's Christmas Workbook here>>

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DIY Santa’s Mailboxes
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DIY Santa’s Mailboxes
Level:
Intermediate
How-To:
Christmas Decor
Seasonal Event:
Christmas

MATERIALS:

  • 18x18x36 Cardboard box (or any size rectangular box you have)
  • 10” by 40” Full length sonotube
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Strips of cut of file boxes
  • Packers tape
  • Exacto knife
  • Paint
  • Foam Core
  • Vinyl lettering

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Lay box horizontally with flaps opening up and down.
  2. Cut half of the top of the box off (don’t throw away this piece will create the door to the mailbox).
  3. Cut 6, 2 ½” strips from you bankers’ box horizontally.
  4. Tape first strip in an arch from one side to the other starting at the top of the box. Reinforce strip with a second strip, to make it more sturdy. Repeat this step until you have three arches starting from the beginning of the box and moving to the back.
  5. Cut corrugated cardboard (this will be top of your mailbox) big enough to go from bottom side of the mailbox to the other side of mail box. You may have to do this in two strips to cover entire box.
  6. Take corrugated cardboard strip and tape it to the bottom of the box. Before draping it to the other side of box, spray adhesive to the inside so it will stick straight to the sides of boxes. Drape adhesive onto the other side and secure it with tape at the bottom.
  7. Take previous scrap you put to the side in step 2 and use tape to attach it to the bottom front flap of your box. This will create door.
  8. Fold flap up and trace an arc so your door will fit your mailbox. Cut off excess material.
  9. Take your mailbox and center it onto your sonotube and trace the circle. Cut out circle (save this circle for later use).
  10. Cut out strips of corrugated cardboard, wrap it around tube about 2” from the top a couple of times to create a lip for the mailbox to sit upon. Set your mailbox on tube.
  11. Take your circular cut out and tape it to the top of the sonotube inside mailbox.
  12. Paint and decorate to your liking.

Add more to your yard with DIY Signposts or Santa Sleigh

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DIY Christmas Outdoor Snowflakes
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DIY Christmas Outdoor Snowflakes
Level:
Advanced
How-To:
Outdoor Decor, Christmas Decor
Seasonal Event:
Christmas

Materials:

  • PVC Pipes
  • Angle joints (T’s and Elbows)
  • Glitter or Glitter paint
  • Spray Paint (color of your choice)
  • Glitter snow

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Start by creating the center piece
  2. You will need 6 T joints and 6 Elbow pieces
  3. Connect the angle joints using PVC pipes
  4. Once you create the center, begin assembling the arms
  5. Be creative with the design of the arms, no two snowflakes are alike
  6. Attach the arms to the 6 points of the center piece
  7. Spray with color of your choice
  8. Spray snowflake with glue and dust glitter snow and glitter
  9. Let dry
  10. Display and enjoy

Instead of PVC pipes, reuse some wood for these Snowflakes!

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DIY Light Up Peppermints
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DIY Light Up Peppermints
Level:
Advanced
How-To:
Home Decor, Outdoor Decorations, Christmas Decorations
Seasonal Event:
Christmas

MATERIALS:

  • Food storage tubes
  • White spray paint
  • Red taillight tape
  • Led fairy lights
  • X-acto knife
  • Wire
  • Wire snips
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Spray paint the inside of each tube white. Allow to dry.
  2. Wrap the tube diagonally with the taillight tape. To create the thinner stripe, use an X-acto knife to cut thin strips and wrap them on in between the large stripes.
  3. Add the wire ties. Cut about 8” lengths of wire and use hot glue to adhere them to the center of the back of each tube.
  4. Funnel the fairy lights into each tube.
  5. Hang as desired, turn the lights on and enjoy!

Add some more sweetness to your yard. Try Candy Cane Picket Fence, Gingerbread House, or Cookie Cutter Gingerbread Man

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DIY Life-Size Nutcracker
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DIY Life-Size Nutcracker
Level:
Advanced
How-To:
Christmas Decor, Home Decor, Outdoor Decor
Seasonal Event:
Christmas

DIY Nutcracker Materials

  • 1 4ft concrete tube (12 inches around)
  • 12 inch plywood round
  • 14 inch plywood round
  • 4 inch PVC pipe - 8 ft.
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Large round Christmas ornaments
  • Brush-on paint
  • Masking tape
  • Expanding foam glue
  • White craft fur
  • Embellishments of your choice for eyes, clothing, accessories

DIY Nutcracker Instructions

  1. Create your base by gluing PVC pipe legs to base (14 inch plywood round).
  2. Create the body by gluing 12 inch round to bottom of tube, reinforce with screws.
  3. Glue the body onto the legs.
  4. Take PVC pipe for arms, glue on and reinforce with screws. Place half-way down from top of tube.
  5. Paint the legs white, the body red, the top black. Let dry.
  6. Add embellishments of your choosing. Craft fur for the beard, and hair. Stick-on facial features from print out on transfer/adhesive paper. A template can be downloaded at homeandfamilytv.com
  7. Use rope or fabric to decorate epilates for the jacket. Form epilates with an ornament ball glued to a deli cup, spray-paint gold.

Download Nutcracker PDF

Upcycle your fall decor and make snowmen or add some elves!

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Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter Door Hang
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DIY Gingerbread man Cookie Cutter Door Hang
Level:
Advanced
How-To:
Outdoor Decor
Seasonal Event:
Christmas

Materials

  • Aluminum Flat Bar
  • Butcher Paper
  • Marker
  • Clamp
  • Dowel
  • Bucket
  • Paint Can
  • Scrap Wood
  • Measuring Tape
  • Automotive Edge Trim
  • Screws
  • Drill/Drill Bit
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun

Directions:


  1. Trace gingerbread man on a large piece of butcher’s paper. Be sure to make all of the edges round and not sharp.
  2. Mark one of the 8 foot aluminum flat bars at the halfway point (4 feet)
  3. Use bucket to shape head of gingerbread man
  4. Measure 231/2 inches from top of head, down both sides. Mark.
  5. Use wood block and clamp to bend where you marked on both sides. This will be the neck/shoulder area of the gingerbread man.
  6. Use clamp to squeeze together inside of head and inside of arm.
  7. Place metal on top of sketch. Mark where head need to bend in. Use dowel attached to something stable to bend.
  8. Use paint can to bend arms
  9. Take your second piece of 8 foot flat bar. Mark 4 inches, place on wood block with clamp, and bend.
  10. From the bent point mark 9 ½ inch. Bend the same way.
  11. Use paint can to bend the foot. Use dowel attached to something stable to bend.
  12. Once you are at center, use clamp to bring legs together.
  13. Repeat on the other side.
  14. Connect the top and bottom of gingerbread man. Pre-drill two holes where the flat bars overlap. Screw in nails. Repeat on the other side
  15. Tip: IF sharp end of screw is sticking out a bit, cover with hot glue for a protective barrier
  16. Unscrew gingerbread man to attach the automotive edge trim to gingerbread cookie cutter.
  17. Once the edge trim is completely attached, screw the gingerbread man back together.
  18. Tie a bow with decorative ribbon on top of the gingerbread man’s head.
  19. Hang from hook on your front door using the ribbon.

More hanging decor! Picket Fence Snowflake, Christmas Wreath, Ribbon Wreath

DIY Picket Fence Snowflake
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DIY Picket Fence Snowflake
Level:
Intermediate
How-To:
Outdoor Decor, Christmas Decor
Seasonal Event:
Christmas

Materials

  • 8 wooden fence pickets
  • Dremel/saw
  • Nail gun/Hammer and nails
  • Nails
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Wood glue

Steps

  1. Using a saw cut each piece of fence in half
  2. Take 4 bottom fence pickets and form a square (this will act as your base
  3. Glue and nail into place
  4. Lay 4 of the top fence pickets onto the corners of square
  5. Glue and nail in place
  6. Take the remaining 4 top fence pickets and lay them in the middle of each cornerpiece
  7. Glue and nail together
  8. Paint snowflake and let dry

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Alternate Outdoor Christmas Lights
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Alternative Outdoor Christmas Lights
Level:
Intemediate
How-To:
Outdoor Decor, Christmas Decor
Seasonal Event:
Christmas

Materials

  • 4ft round wood disk (¾in thick)
  • 4 inch round wood disk (¾in)
  • 6ft galvanized pipe (½ – ¾in diameter)
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Nails and screws
  • 2, galvanized flanges
  • 4 boxes of Christmas lights (100 per box)
  • Black paint

Steps

  1. Position the tree/pole where you want it
  2. Drill holes and nail spikes into ground or place black sprayed cinder blocks on base to keep in position
  3. Unravel Christmas lights
  4. String from top to bottom, hooking around nails

Some tips on the Christmas Lights Do's & Don'ts!

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