Natural Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in boxwoods, Christmas, front door, front porch, outdoors, wreaths | 23 comments

This year my outdoor Christmas decorations got an overhaul.  For the past few years, I have done a mix of colored and clear lights, wreaths with red and white stripes on all of the windows, garland with bright bows and lights.  Generally, a very bright and colorful Christmas display.

I have always loved the look of the fresh greenery and white lights.

I pulled out all of my Christmas decorations looking for the lights, and almost changed my mind and just about put up all of the old decorations.  I asked for my husband’s opinion, and he said to try something new.  I headed off to some cedar trees behind my house, and began trimming.  My father-in-law had brought a bunch of cedar from his farm also.  (Thanks, Pop!)  Luckily, it was 73 degrees and very enjoyable!

Here is what I came up with.

I started with the cedar garland.  I simply cut small branches and then used zip ties to attach each branch to my porch railing.

The blue berries are from the cedar trees.

 The red berries came from some bushes in my yard.

Here you can see the zip ties that I used.

I keep potted boxwoods on my porch year round.  I added some berries to dress them up for Christmas.

My little bird got a new bow as did my lanterns.  I actually used zip ties for the bows as well.  I folded the loops into place and pulled a zip tie around the middle.

Then, I fluffed the bow so you could not see the plastic!

The sled was mine growing up.  I grew up in Memphis, so we had no hills.  The only way we could “sled” was to have someone pull us down the street!  It was exhausting, but loads of fun!

This lantern is a new addition this year.  It is from one of my favorite stores in Murfreesboro, Samantha James. My sweet friends gave me a gift card for my birthday, and I spent the whole thing on this FANTASTIC lantern!

This crazy beautiful burlap embroidered ribbon is also a Samantha James find!

I added the little twig and cedar to one of my boxwoods and then added icicles and beaded garland.

This twig was the home for my owls this fall.

One Hobby Lobby wreath.

The outdoor decor is finished!  Good thing, because it rained all day here today.

Now, on to the inside.  I am making progress.  Slowly, but surely.

Life to the full,

Melissa

Sunday

Southern Hospitality

Under the Table and Dreaming

Flamingo Toes

I Heart Naptime

The DIY Showoff

My 1929 Charmer

The Tablescaper

 

 

Monday

Cowgirl Up

I Should Be Mopping The Floor

Mod Vintage Life

The Brassy Apple

Craft-O-Maniac

Between Naps on the Porch

Home Stories A to Z

A Stroll Thru Life

Kelly’s Corner

Tuesday

Domestically Speaking

Elizabeth and Company

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Uncommon Designs

The Winthrop Chronicles

Coastal Charm

Primitive and Proper

Cozy Little House

 

Wednesday

Savvy Southern Style

Shades of Amber

Someday Crafts

Lil Luna

Ginger Snap Crafts

Beyond the Picket Fence

The 36th Avenue

 

Thursday

Imparting Grace

My Re-Purposed Life

The Vintage Farmhouse

Freckled Laundry

52 Mantels

No Minimalist Here

The Charm of Home

The Shabby Creek Cottage

From My Front Porch to Yours

504 Main

Katie's Nesting Spot

 

Friday

My Romantic Home

French Country Cottage

Tatertots and Jello

Miss Mustard Seed

Thirty Handmade Days

Stuff and Nonsense

Craft Junkie Too

Common Ground

The Shabby Nest

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

Rooted in Thyme

Fingerprints on the Fridge

Liz Marie

Twenty Eight O Five

Craftberry Bush


Saturday

Funky Junk Interiors

Classy Clutter

Six Sisters Stuff

It’s Overflowing

Be Different Act Normal

 


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

23 Comments

  1. Hi
    Love the way the front of the house came out. It really looks nice!!!
    What is in your square white planters on the porch? Are they a
    trellis of some sought? I like them very much.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • They are iron topiary forms that I have never grown anything on. I like the way they look plain! (And, with lights at Christmas!)

  2. Pretty! Love all the berries! LC

  3. Sooooo Pretty!!

  4. Love the lantern and sled….sentmental and classy!

  5. So inviting and who knew that mixing up all the bows would work so well. Looks fabulous.

  6. Your front porch is so pretty. You have so many gorgeous things on your porch.
    I really miss our front porch from house in KY. I miss that house and yard alot. I could go outside there to find pretty much anything I needed to decorate. One year there were some vines in bushes and I pulled alot of it out and used it for a garland around the tree. We had so much great vegetation around our place. Was always green. We had some kind of bushes/trees between our place and farm land next door that I cleared out under and found lilies and Hosta plants. We had a stream between our place and that farm land. Wish I could have stood the heat and humidity there and my allergies were awful there darned it.

  7. Very nicely done, Melissa! I absolutely love your sled and that lantern. The lantern is just huge! Love the bows, too. I really like that embroidered ribbon.

  8. I love it (AND YOU). You should post pics of it AT NIGHT when it looks even MORE magical. It’s like walking into a Christmas card each evening.

    …and for everyone else, I’m “the husband.”

    • I am so glad that you are “the husband” walking into the Christmas card each night!

  9. Looks very pretty, Melissa! Love the cedar on the rails on the porch. We’re not celebrating Christmas this year so I will miss doing up my own porch for the holiday. It’s a rather dismal holiday for us this year. I hope you and your family have a wonderful one! – Karen

  10. I LOVE your home….a beautiful simple look….the fresh greens make all the difference, and the simple touches of red are so pretty…also, LOVE the blue and red berries, awesome!!!

  11. Thanks for the clever idea of using the zip ties when hanging the garland. Your house is beautiful – it would make an excellent illustration for a Christmas card.

  12. Your porch looks wonderful!

  13. Melissa! Your house is gorgeous! And the cedar with all of the beautiful berries makes it over the top fabulous!!! The zip ties certainly make it faster for you to do it all, I’m sure. Really gorgeous, lady!!!
    Hugs, Cindy

  14. Wow! You went all out. It looks lovely and very festive. My dad would love the use of so many zip ties. They are his go to too for all kinds of projects.

  15. Your front porch is so beautiful and weloming ~ what time shall I be over for coffee?

  16. Your outdoors looks wonderfully festive and so natural. I love using greenery and flowers for decorating.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

  17. beautiful front porch!! Your cedar berries are huge like our juniper berries were this year! Love that lantern too!

  18. Love the burlap and bows. I notice you also have a burlap background on your blog. When I saw your mental bird with the big bow, I knew this was the place for me. I also have a metal bird. I change his bow out every season and holiday.

  19. So pretty! Love your style.
    -Revi

  20. Gorgeous! Just wanted to let you know that I’m featuring this post tomorrow in my Christmas Projects round-up. I love it!

    Katie
    http://www.funhomethings.com

  21. Love, love, LOVE it, Melissa! Everything is beautiful. The zip ties–brilliant! And that lantern–oh my! I want to come to Murfreesboro and go to Samantha James!

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. More Christmas Foyer - [...] Natural Outdoor Christmas Decorations [...]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Follow Me