How to Decorate a Garden for Christmas

Christmas is coming, and there’s no better way to get into the festive spirit than decorating your garden. You can take your garden from dreary to cheerful with a little help from us. Outdoor Christmas decorations are ideal for creating a stunning outdoor space, and whatever your budget is, there are plenty of things you can do. Let’s get started. 

The Wreath

Never forget that your front garden matters too, and while you might not want to display expensive decorations, you can still spread some Christmas spirit with a front door wreath. You can go for a traditional design, choose something different or even make your own. Here are some ideas. 

Classic Christmas Colours or Quirky Shades?

The traditional wreath colours and red and green, and many people choose them because they embody Christmas. You can opt for a traditional wreath or select colours that reflect your personality. 

We like the idea of introducing tangerine shades along with the green to create a warmer look for your front door. Or you can use gold and silver for a new-age Christmas appeal. 

Experiment With Shapes and Materials 

You don’t have to stick to the classic wreath shape, because there are so many ways to be creative. Why not try sticking some Christmas ornaments together or go for wine corks instead of pine cones. 

The wreath doesn’t have to be at your front door. You can place it around a plant pot or other objects in your garden too. Remember that some materials might not hold as well as others, but if you make a solid structure for your wreath, you should be able to combine it with pinecones, ferns and other ornaments. 

Lighting Ideas 

It wouldn’t be a Christmas garden without lights, would it? They’re the number one choice for outdoor decorations because the lights offer so much versatility. Before we go into some ideas, it’s essential to mention that you must check your lights regularly. They can be a health hazard, so follow this advice to keep yourself and your family safe.

Light Placement Ideas 

One of the best ways to create a stunning outdoor look is to wrap lights around your greenery. Whether you have hedges or trees, the right placement can illuminate your outdoor area. 

Our favourite way to display Christmas lights is by placing them in baskets or jars. You can place a string of lights in large glass jars and line them together. Not only is this incredibly easy to do, but it also looks beautiful. 

You can even find different coloured mason jars to create a Christmas theme. We love this example. 

Moravian Stars

Moravian stars are especially popular in Germany, and they make a welcome alternative to traditional Christmas lights. You can place them anywhere you want, including tree branches, seating areas or hang them over the back door. 

If you’re worried about where to place your lighting, you can use one of our personalised garden plans to get a unique design while thinking about your health and safety. 

Say It Instead 

What does Christmas mean to you? Is it joy or love? Whatever you feel about everyone’s favourite time of year, spell it out with words. Whether you find pre-made Christmas lights or spell the word out yourself, it can look great on the front of your house. 

Another idea is to use mason jars to spell out words and place them on your lawn. 

Decorating Your Lawn/Garden Area

Now for the fun part, decorating your garden area. Lights and wreaths give a Christmas feel, but you can do pretty much anything you want with your lawn. Here are some of our favourite ideas. 

Go Extra Large

You’ve probably got a small tree in your living room, but if you want to get into the Christmas spirit, why not buy one for your front garden? A real pine tree looks beautiful, especially if it’s covered in snow (perhaps artificial). 

Decorate your outdoor tree however you like and enjoy being the envy of the neighbourhood. 

Decorate Your Planters 

If you have planters in your garden, then the best way to create a festive theme is by decorating them. Wrap lights around the pots, or add wire ornaments to your windowsill planters. Another fantastic way to liven up your plants during winter is to use false flowers to add some colour. 

Add Fun Ornaments 

If you have children, then a fantastic idea is to decorate your garden with fun ornaments. There are so many options available, including reindeer, elves and Santa. You can find decorations that light up and place reindeer in front of a homemade sledge. 

Rooftop decorations are a great way to create a festive feel, especially if you don’t have much outdoor space. Just make sure you use plastic clips to secure them to the roof correctly. 

Use Artificial Snow 

While we all dream of a white Christmas, the unpredictable UK weather never leaves us with much time to plan for one. If you want to wake up to a snow-covered garden on Christmas morning, then artificial snow can be a great alternative. 

You can throw some snow over your garden ornaments, and Christmas tree. The children will especially love this, and it gives a winter wonderland appeal. 

Build a Firepit 

You know how the song goes, Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. But you can bring those lyrics to life by building a temporary firepit for your garden. Dig a small hole, and fill it with sand. You can then create an outer circle with stones, bricks or rocks. 

Firepits are an excellent way to get the family together during this time of year, and it’s ideal if you want to save money on the heating bills too. 

Whatever you choose to do with your Christmas decorations, make sure you think about the safety of your family and neighbours. If you need some help with bespoke garden design for the festive season, then we’re available to offer advice and support. 

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