There’s something really fun about driving around looking at people’s Christmas decorations. While some households keep it subtle, others go all out with bold displays featuring Santa, reindeer and other seasonal light displays.
If you’re sick of being left out in the cold and want to create your very own winter wonderland, then this post is for you. We’ll reveal how to make a Christmassy garden that embodies joyousness and a merry feeling – without breaking the bank.
The ideas on this list are easy enough for anyone to create, and it could also be the perfect opportunity to turn decorating your front garden into a family craft session.
Choose a Festive Front Door Wreath
The front door wreath embodies the festive season, and Christmas wouldn’t be the same without one. If you’re not great with arts and crafts, there are plenty of shops that stock colourful wreaths – but for something truly unique, it’s time to get creative.
When you make your wreath, you can be as inventive as you like, and children will especially love taking part in your craft project.
Options include mixing reds, greens, gold and silver to create a sophisticated look. You’ll be able to find pine needles, leaves, acorns and pine cones, then use them as decorations.
While many people love the traditional decor, others might want to get creative with bold colours and ornaments.
Whatever you choose for your wreath, make sure it’s a family project so everyone can get involved and put their stamp on the design.
Light It Up
Why do fairy lights immediately make people think of Christmas? They’re used to decorate wedding receptions and to set the right mood, but the mere sight of fairy lights immediately makes us feel festive.
The traditional use for fairy lights during the Christmas season is to put them around your tree and the exterior of your property, but you can get creative this season and let loose.
If you do decide to use fairy lights, please be aware that they can be expensive. It’s always worth exploring timer-activation, which is low maintenance and an energy-saving solution.
Here are some great ideas so you can take your festive lighting to the next level.
Think about placement
If you have exterior lights already, they’ll ruin the effect of your fairy lights. So, instead of using both sets of lights, let your festive fairy lights twinkle and turn the permanent lighting off, or switch the light bulbs to lower wattage versions.
Use Mason Jars
If spending ages hanging your fairy lights isn’t an appealing thought, then why not simplify the work by adding the lights to mason jars? You can find the jars in most shops or recycle some at home, so it’s a great way to be creative without spending a fortune.
Mason jars look particularly impressive when they’re lighting up a path or walkway to your house. You can also skip fairy lights altogether and opt for candles instead.
Front Lawn Decorations
Decorating the front lawn is a fantastic way to show your neighbours some festive cheer, and some households go all out with elaborate decorations. If you’re not keen on your front lawn looking like Santa’s grotto, you can still add some more subtle and tasteful decorations.
Get an Awe-Inspiring Tree
It’s a struggle to get a Christmas tree inside the house, and most people head straight for the artificial trees because they’re easier to manage. Guess what? You have the perfect opportunity to get your dream tree – and put it in your front garden.
If you’re fed up with seeing those luxurious evergreen trees in the movies, it’s time to get one of your own finally. Place it in the front garden, and let your neighbours see the awe-inspiring effects a real Christmas tree has.
Fill Planters With Festive Favourites
Winter’s not the best time for gardening, but you can make use of those empty planters and turn your garden into a festive statement. Items such as candy canes, snowballs and branches embody Christmas.
You can also wrap fairy lights around your planters, and if you’re feeling particularly generous, why not leave a decorated planter or pot in front of your house and let your neighbours pick up treats.
Play With Fake Snow
Why is it that the UK can’t seem to get that elusive white Christmas? The last one was in 2010, and snow on Christmas day is highly unlikely. But, you can make use of fake snow and decorate your front garden, so it becomes a winter wonderland.
Faux flowers are ideal if you want to inject some colour into your outdoor space because they’re zero maintenance and won’t wilt in the winter.
Planning a Christmas garden can be challenging because you want all elements to mix without creating an eyesore. If you’d like to have a garden that truly brings some festive cheer, garden design services can help you achieve the look you want.
Don’t Forget to Be Green
The global effort to save our planet continues to evolve, and now, more than ever, people are finally taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint.
Christmas is probably the most expensive time of the year, and many people don’t want to spend extra money on decorations. Luckily, you’ve probably got an abundance of paper and jars you can recycle.
Use your old jars for lights, and make a wreath from old paper. You can paint over it or use decorations to cover the cardboard.
Another idea we particularly love is taking an old boot and placing festive sweets inside it. Not only is it incredibly fun, but you won’t even need to spend any money!
The Bottom Line
Designing a Christmas garden that embodies the festive spirit doesn’t have to be expensive, but you do need to be willing to think outside of the box. With a little bit of creativity, you can design a garden that your family and neighbours love.
Remember, it’s the little things that make the most significant difference, and you can always take inspiration from your neighbours. Most importantly, enjoy yourself and get the family involved!