How to Decorate Outdoors for Christmas on a Budget

Christmas is almost here and the decorations need to go up. If you’re wondering how to decorate outdoors for Christmas on a budget, we’re here to help with that.

So, how do you decorate outdoors for Christmas on a budget? It’s not Christmas without the decorations; if you’re on a tight budget, it may be time to explore your creative side and make DIY decorations you can put up outside.

So how do you decorate outdoors while staying within your Christmas budget? Read on to find everything you need to know about decorating your yard.

How to Decorate Outdoors on a Budget

Christmas is the most fun time of the year for everyone; the food, gifts, snow, the beautiful decorations, the Christmas cheer, and everything else that comes together to make it a fabulous season. It’s arguably the best holiday of the year, and you want to give it your best. That’s why decorating only the interior of your home isn’t enough; you need to take it outside.

Decorating outside your home is the perfect way to finish your holiday decor and spread Christmas cheer to everyone who passes by your house. You don’t have to put on an entire Nativity scene. A few simple outdoor Christmas decorations are all you need to bring the festivities to your yard.

If you’re looking to save money while sprucing up your yard with Christmas cheer, here are some things we highly recommend:

1. Shop at the End of the Season for the Following Year

You know how chocolate gets silly cheap after Valentine’s? It works the same way for Christmas decorations. Stores have all these out of season items, so to get rid of them, they slash the prices. There are some terrific deals to be found this way.

2. Use Decorations You Already Have

Repurposing things you already own is an excellent way to save money. If you have some planters or old vases lying around in your store, bring them out. Place them on your porch and walkway, add some fresh pine, and some ornaments to give it some pizzazz, and you have yourself some outdoor decorations. Alternatively, you can attach ribbon bows to your outdoor lights, put wreaths on your door and windows, and decorate your mailbox with some pine and a big now.

3. Make Some DIY Decorations

Another great way to stay within your budget is to make your decorations. So, put on your creative hat and get to work. You’ll need a few supplies, loads of inspiration, and some elbow grease. It’ll be a lot of work, but it’s fun and gratifying. Plus, many of the things you’ll need are already in your craft room, so it’s cheap.

Going the DIY way is also a great way to sneak in a little extra family fun time. It’s an activity the whole family can participate in; to make it more fun, turn it into a competition. The person with the best decorations gets to pick the dessert for Christmas dinner.

How to Find Good DIY Ideas

So you’ve decided to take the DIY route, but you need ideas. That’s alright, we’ve got you covered. Everyone needs help getting ideas from time to time, and that’s why we’ve outlined a few places to get good DIY Christmas decorations.


Pinterest is unarguably the best place to find ideas for pretty much everything? So if you’re looking for ideas for DIY decorations for your home’s exterior, this should be your first stop. With thousands of profiles offering holiday decor advice, you’re sure to find something that suits your taste, skill level, and budget. Plus, some Pinterest users have affiliations with brands and can get you discounts.


YouTube is another great place to find DIY ideas. Whether you’re looking for something simple and elegant or you want to go all out and win the ribbon for best porch decorations on your street, there’s something for everyone. Our favorite thing about YouTube is that it’s all video content, so it’s easier to follow the tutorial and avoid mistakes.

Lifestyle Blogs and Websites

Lifestyle blogs are an often overlooked source of DIY ideas. With lifestyle blogs, you’ll be getting advice from people who have been in the same boat as you, people who can see things from your point of view. What’s more, you can find tips from lifestyle bloggers near you who’d take into account the weather, general landscape, and resources available to you.

Turn DIY Decor Into a Fun Family Activity

If you’re thinking of a way to make DIY decorating more appealing, bringing your whole family into it will do the trick. Ask your family for help setting your outdoor scenes, and you can have a swell time in your craft room by forming a big circle in the family room. To add something extra to it, you can make some seasonal snacks and drinks then play Christmas carols.

The key to having a productive family DIY time is to have everyone brainstorm ideas beforehand. Doing this will ensure there’s a bit of everyone’s personality in the decorations. Here are a few steps to take to get your family involved:

  • Step 1: Pick a day when everyone is available. Announce the date and send out multiple reminders so you don’t have any surprise absences.
  • Step 2: Get everyone involved in the creative process. Everyone wants a chance to explore their creative side, giving them that will ensure they’re excited about the activity. Let them know there are no limits to their expressions and watch them burst with excitement.
  • Step 3: Put a prize on it. We all love some healthy competition, and so do your kids. Give prizes for the most creative ideas and best craftsmanship; this will give your kids the push they need to give their all. Everyone loves to win, so they’d do all it takes to get the prize.

Secure Your Outdoor Decorations

Outdoor decorations need to be secured as they are prone to blowing over (or away), being knocked over, or stolen. So, how do you secure your outdoor decorations? We discuss some methods below.


You can fasten lights to trees, bushes, or other structures using lightweight wires. Loop the wire around the lights and the structure they’re draped on then twist the ends. To further secure it, squeeze the ends of the wire with pliers.


These can be secured by looping a piece of lightweight chain or heavy gauge wire around the ornaments hanger and fastening it to a thick branch or other structure. Alternatively, you can drill a hole in the ornaments themselves to pass the chain if you’d rather secure the decoration directly and drilling the hole won’t ruin it.

Larger Ornaments

You can weigh larger ornaments down with concrete bases or sandbags. If you make a concrete base, be sure to paint the bucket and concrete, so they match the decoration or keep them out of view behind some shrubbery or other decorative items. Alternatively, you can nail them to trees or other structures, or hook them with chains and a padlock.


Decorating for Christmas can be hard, and it gets even harder when you have to do it on a budget. However, it can be fun and rewarding. If you’re looking to take the festivities outdoors this Christmas, the tips here will help. Don’t limit yourself, be creative, and don’t be afraid to try new things.

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