These Christmas curb appeal ideas are easy to DIY in under an hour with supplies you can use year after year. Your neighbors will love the festive look, and you’ll be happy you spent less than an hour pulling it all together!
For the first time since we purchased our garrison colonial fixer-upper in 2014, I finally have an exterior worthy of Christmas decorations.
The peeling paint, rotten threshold, and faded red door and shutters were recently replaced with a fresh coat of paint. Although there’s still a little more work to do, I’m happy with the result and ready to show off our house by adding some easy DIY outdoor decor for the holidays.
If you’re a landscaping novice like I am, these Christmas curb appeal ideas will prove that it’s possible to add pretty, festive decor to your home in an hour or less even if you don’t have an (ever)green thumb.
3 Easy Christmas Curb Appeal Ideas for Novice Decorators
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1. Dress up a boxwood wreath in less than 5 minutes.
A live boxwood wreath adds wonderful medium-green color and fluffy texture to your door, but it’s hard to find one for a reasonable price. This year, Trader Joe’s came to the rescue with fresh, undecorated boxwood wreaths for just $10.
It’s easy to decorate this wreath in less than five minutes!
Since boxwood wreaths are so full there’s no need to go all out with the decor. I purchased a new set of plaid wreath bows (we have to front doors) and used three floral picks from my collection on each wreath.
2. Add Christmas curb appeal with DIY planters.
Garden centers charge oodles of money for beautiful Christmas planters, but you can DIY them for a lot less! These planters took just a few minutes to put together, and the most time-consuming part was separating those red glitter flower picks that come stuck together in a single bunch.
DIY Christmas Planter Supplies:
- Your fall planters (you know, with the dead chrysanthemums)
- Cheap faux evergreen wreath approximately the same diameter as your planter (I found mine on sale at Michael’s for $3 each)
- Tall floral stems in three complementary styles in varying heights (avoid silk flowers if your planters will be out in the elements)
How to Make a Christmas Planter:
- Trim down or rip out the dead flowers from your planter.
- Lay the wreath on the planter to create fullness and hide the dirt.
- Stick the fullest flower pick in the front/center of the wreath (mine has a variety of greens, faux berries, and a flocked pinecone).
- Add the medium-height flower picks behind it.
- Finish up with the tallest stems
And you’re done!
3. Add easy-to-use lights sparingly.
Nothing screams “Merry Christmas!!!!” quite like a house covered in twinkling lights that would make Clark Griswold proud. But let’s be honest – lighting up the house like that takes forever. And if you’re not careful, your humble abode will look tackier than you intended and your electric bill will go through the roof.
Did you know that there’s such a thing as solar LED string lights? Not only are they energy efficient, they’re on a dusk-til-dawn timer and are perfect if (like us) you don’t have an outdoor electrical outlet.
To save time and money, limit your lighting to the area right around your front door, or a single tree in your front yard. That way you’ll show your Christmas spirit without losing your mind or breaking a bone.
Outdoor Christmas Decor In Under an Hour
After purchasing my supplies and sorting through my stash of decorations, these easy Christmas curb appeal ideas came together in under an hour.
The best part?
My neighbor mentioned how pretty they are!
And that’s really the point: to help our family and our neighbors get into the holiday spirit as we pull into the driveway.
Even if you’re a curb appeal novice, you can do this!