It’s time to pull out the ugly sweaters and turn on your favorite holiday movie because Christmas is fast approaching. Once the halls are decked and the tree perfectly trimmed, and rustic flower decorations are ready, don’t forget to give your porch a little bit of love. 


Using nature and a little ingenuity, you can create holiday decorations for just pennies. Check out these projects made from vintage items and a few things pulled out of the recycling bin.


Outdoor Christmas decorations can often get overlooked in the hustle and bustle of the season, but don’t worry: With our list of the very best DIY outdoor Christmas decorations.


Outdoor Christmas decorations can be as simple as hanging garland or as grand as creating a show-stopping light display. Whatever your time or budget, this list of ideas is guaranteed to turn your yard into a winter wonderland. You might even give the Candy Cane Forest a run for its money. And yes, while singing may be the best way to spread Christmas cheer, decorating might just be the second.

Wood shingles as garland

Use wood siding to make a holiday garland for the mantel. Paint designs on each shingle then seal it with polyurethane. If you’re lucky, the siding pieces will still have nail holes in the top. Thread with wire to string the shingles together then adorn with greenery. 

Bookshelf Display

It doesn’t get more rustic than a room that’s outfitted with wooden bookshelves. Give yourself the Christmas treatment with bottle brush trees, a decorative gift box, a few figurines, and a dose of greenery for holiday cheer.

Layered garland for door handles

If they don’t immediately comment on this DIY garland beauty, your guests are sure to comment on the gorgeous aroma that wafts from it. It’s made with an easy-to-source combination of cedar and grapevine twigs.


Make Garland: Bundle 12-inch lengths of fresh cedar and grapevine twigs and use green metal wire to hold them together. Repeat until you have enough to get around the doorframe. Affix bundles together in an overlapping pattern with green wire. Hangover the doorway using nails or hooks. Add berries and pine cones.


Design the plaids

To give your living room an easy holiday makeover, dress your mantel in an assortment of plaid stockings and lush garland. Don’t forget the complimentary throw pillows for your seating and a gorgeous floral arrangement for the coffee table!

Recycled toy truck for tree decoration

Making an ornament out of an old toy is child’s play. Use a hot-glue gun to secure a piece of sturdy ribbon to the truck then fill the truck’s bed with a pinecone or some greens. 

Woven basket

Stumped on how to get your foyer holiday ready? Start by placing a woven basket full of festive plaid baskets under your table. Then, elevate the tabletop with vintage art, a table lamp and a few of your favorite flea market finds.

Recycled cereal boxes as photo cards

Print your favorite holiday and family photos then glue them onto the front side of a discarded cereal box or piece of cardboard. Cut the photo in a tag shape and then hole punch at the top. Finish by threading a pretty ribbon through the hole. Use the tags for gifts, as place card holders at the dining table or hang them on the Christmas tree. 

Key takeaway

Have you decked the halls? Go natural this Christmas! It’s time for nature’s greenery to make a comeback. Look no further than your backyard and garden for a ready source of interesting greenery, berries, dried flower heads, and seedpods.