This post will give you so many great outdoor holiday decorating ideas for your porch, your patio, your backyard, and more! I’m decorating my outdoor fireplace in a rustic holiday style that makes me smile every time I look out the window into my backyard. I’m joining a few blogger friends sharing ideas for outdoor decorating ideas for Christmas. Keep reading to be inspired.
Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas
I love decorating our backyard outdoor fireplace for the seasons. Because we get a lot of rain, I went with a rustic look using natural elements as my guide. I found the cedar garland, the evergreen snowflake, and the red berries at the Portland Flower Market. The pinecones were from a neighbor’s yard that I had been walking past for weeks and eyeing the dropped pinecones. I had been dreaming of making a pinecone garland for weeks! I asked if I could collect a few and they were curious why I could want any and said to take as many as I wanted. They even offered to help me gather what I needed, but I told them that wasn’t necessary.
Decorating Porches for Christmas
If you’re looking for ideas for decorating your porch for Christmas, my friends below have so many great ideas. Links to each porch are below the photos.
Be sure to visit the other bloggers for even more festive ideas.
- Pinecones - I used 20-25 pinecones that I collected from a neighbors yard. You can use any type of pinecone.
- Twine - Use ribbon, string or twine. It's a personal preference.
- Gather the pinecones, scissors, and twine.
- Because I was using this pinecone garland outdoors, I didn't have to worry about prepping the pinecones for indoor use. See notes for how to prep to use for inside.
- Cut the Twine - Figure out how long you need your garland to be. Consider the amount you'll need for tying.
- For each pinecone, cut an additional 6-inch piece of twine.
- Tie the 6-inch pieces of twin around the top of each pinecone. Try to tuck the twine into the pinecone so the twin isn't as visible.
- Lay the long garland piece of twine out and tie and knot each pinecone to the long twine. They will be able to slide where you need them.
- Trim the extra twine pieces from each pinecone.
- Hang your garland.
How to Bake Pinecones for Indoor Use
Since my pinecones weren't store-bought, they will most likely have bugs somewhere. If I wanted to use them inside, I would need to bake them at 200°F for 20-30 min. Place them in a large foil pan and bake.
Make a Pinecone Garland using Glue
If the twine tying is a little too rustic for you, you can try using a glue gun to glue them onto the twine instead.
Pinecone Garland Options
Add additional greenery between each pinecone. Tie or glue.
Outdoor Holiday Decor
Outdoor Christmas decor doesn’t have to have a commercial look. If your region allows, you can create a rustic look by making your own evergreen garland using cedar, pine or spruce by foraging. Look for natural items like pinecones, seed pods, bright berries, rosehips and more. And if you can’t find any, look at your local hardware store. Costco also carries live garlands. See how to keep your garland fresh here.