20 Deck Decorating Ideas for ChristmasBy Dave Kile
You decorate your house for Christmas, so why not your deck? Making your house festive, including your living room, kitchen, and outside spaces, will spread the Christmas cheer! In my years of experience, I have seen some fun and creative ideas to “deck the deck” this upcoming holiday season.
1. Pretty Pinecones
This fun DIY Christmas idea can be done in a few different ways. Spray paint pine cones (you could do either white or silver) and place them in a large festive holiday basket or vase. You might also lay decorative pinecones around some holiday ornaments or orbs. This is an easy way to spread the holiday cheer.
2. Sport it Up!
Do you have old ice skates lying around? What about snow skis? Admittedly, sometimes the skates or skis will collect dust. I put them to good use by repurposing them into decorations. Perfect for porch decorating – hang up your skates with colorful ribbon or prop your skis up and slap on a big red bow.
3. Time-honored Tradition
In my family, using outdoor Christmas decorations, like the standard Christmas lights, a Christmas garland, or a Christmas wreath, is a beautiful and conventional way to show your holiday spirit. String lights and greenery décor go a long way, making your front porch or entryway look joyous.
4. Door Décor
You’ve driven by homes with Christmas decorations that are large presents? How about morphing your front door into a shiny gift-wrapped present? This is a nice and easy solution for a smaller porch decorating idea. After carefully wrapping your door, seal it with a glittery oversized bow.
5. Rustic Regalia
We like this idea because it is a little bit of both worlds. Incorporate rustic decorations and something regal. What do we mean? Pair up a wintery birdhouse with a small tabletop Christmas tree. Another idea is mixing red berries and a lush, thick, felt gold ribbon to create a gorgeous centerpiece.
6. Scented Swag
Fresh greenery can give you an aromatic holiday makeover. There is nothing like the smell of balsam or the aroma of birch permeating in and around your house. Dress up your porch or deck with a beautiful holiday wreath, garland, or a door swag of crisp evergreens.
7. Sliding Down Memory Lane
Yes, with a sled! We like this because it’s so nostalgic. Have an old wooden sled? Is it a Flexible Flyer? We got you. Decorate it with a few jingle bells – or a large Christmas bow – and put it next to your front door. It’s sure to be a conversation starter. Imagine all the Christmas joy it’ll spread.
8. Wintry Wonderland
Do you live in an area where it doesn’t snow much? We have a decorating plan for you. Hit your local craft shop, buy some fake snow, and wrap it around holiday lanterns. Obviously, take care that the fake snow will not get hot if you light the lantern. Safety first always.
9. Creative Candles and Flowers
Place some holiday pillar candles around your patio, porch, or deck. If you want to elevate the candles, choose a holiday-themed candle holder. Candle holders with retro Santa or reindeer designs are all the rage now. Add some winter flowers, like magnolias or holly berries and holly leaves.
10. Christmas Tree Motif
We’re back to the traditional. If you have a pine tree in your yard or want to put a smaller one on your deck, orchestrate a Christmas project. You can use classic Christmas decorations or be original and decorate your tree exactly how you like. A blogger wrote in that they did a cute dog-toy-themed tree!
There is nothing like poinsettias. Originally available only in red and white, they are now available in almost any color. A trend we’re seeing now is bright orange poinsettias. Get a few colorful poinsettia plants and decorate your porch, deck, or patio corners. They will add a huge pop of color.
12. Snowflakes and Snowman Theme
This one is ideal if you want to create some whimsical vibes. Your local craft store probably has some material for putting together a snowman or snowwoman. Assemble a few and cut out some paper snowflakes. (Remember those?) This transforms your deck or front porch into a dreamy winter scene.
13. Dress Up a Tree or Bush
Breaking from the Christmas tree tradition, think about the other medium-sized trees or hedges you might have around the outside of your house. Use some fun Christmas ornaments and lights to decorate them, and voilà – you now have a Christmas bush or perhaps a holiday palm tree.
14. Placid Planter
In keeping with the plant décor theme, there is nothing prettier than a holiday-themed planter. Now is the time to either paint or dress up medium to large plant pots and use mini ornaments to decorate the plant. Use extra Christmas ornaments to place around the pot, and you’ve got some very merry decorations.
15. Little Trees, Big Gifts
We like this idea because it pairs the natural elements with the gift of giving. In addition, this uses cardboard boxes you may have lying around the house. Wrap some of those boxes with holiday-themed gift wrap and a bow. Place by your doorway or deck. The little fir trees, often wrapped with burlap, are perfect for pairing with these large present boxes.
16. North Pole Nuance
What’s this? This is open to your creativity and interpretation when you makeover your patio or deck into Santa’s workshop. For Santa’s headquarters, a sleigh, presents or toys, elves, and Santa (of course) are needed. Some craft stores will have tutorials on how to make sleighs. Also, you can use a wagon and fill it with toys. The possibilities for this are endless!
17. Coordinated Color Scheme
This is another suggestion where creativity counts. I’ve seen lots of porches that are the traditional Christmas colors of red and green. I have seen decks with metallic décor. Go ahead and utilize some other colors. Don’t be afraid to mix hues like gold and purple, terra-cotta and turquoise. Another beautiful, timeless color scheme is black and white.
18. Tinsel Town
No, we don’t mean Hollywood when we refer to this! Tinsel can be quite effective when used as an accent. This is a subtle yet powerful way to capture the attention of guests. Use pine clippings laced with shiny tinsel and hang near your entryway. If you want a hint of seasonal color, some red Christmas ball ornaments will do just the trick.
19. Wild Wreaths
Nothing quite spreads the Christmas cheer like wreaths do. There are many types and sizes, and the material you use to create wreaths is 100% up to you. Wreaths aren’t constructed just from pine greens anymore. Some of the most original wreaths I’ve seen are made from small toys, shoes, (like flip-flops), and recycled cans. (Yes, you read that right.) The more creative, the better.
20. Peppermint Party
Your holiday decorating doesn’t have to just be about sight, it can also be about taste. A red and white striped theme can be translated into celebrating candy canes. They’re a Christmas staple that everyone recognizes and loves: candy canes. They’re universal for awaiting Santa’s arrival. Integrate real and large prop candy canes to make your patio, yard, or deck look and “taste” alive with the holiday spirit.
All of these Christmas decorating ideas are fun and expressive ways to enjoy the holiday season. Make the most of your deck, patio, porch, or entryway with bright décor. It adds curb appeal to your house and creates a good mood for your neighbors, friends, and family.