That magical time of year is upon us again. There will be plenty of guests to entertain and family memories waiting to be made. If you’re looking for ideas to make this the most fun and festive year yet, you’ve come to the right place. The yard is an excellent place to start. In this blog post, you’ll find inspiring yard styling tips for the upcoming holidays.
Autumn is a season with a very distinctive set of colors. You can incorporate these colors into your yard in a variety of ways. One easy way is through the use of planters. Make your own planters using pumpkins or empty coffee cans. You can also decorate your existing planters, by used small tiles to create an autumn themed mosaic or by wrapping them with large red, yellow, orange, and brown ribbons. Fill the planters with seasonal flowers and other decorative items like bare branches.
Through the use of lighting, you can set the stage for a spooky time. Try using colored bulbs in your existing pathway lighting or line your pathways with luminaries made from white paper bags and flameless tea lights. Flashing lights or strobes hitting your house walls or gating can help create a dramatic effect. If you have trees in your yard, dare to use them as your canvas. Hang spider webs, skeletons, black crepe paper, ghosts or other decorative items from your tree’s limbs.
Fill your garden with Thanksgiving images using decorated wooden garden stakes and organize them in one concentrated section of your garden so they stand out. Using natural elements like cornstalks, gourds, pumpkins, and fall leaves, you can arrange centerpieces for outdoor tabletops. Create a scene with Native Americans and pilgrims enjoying the very first Thanksgiving.
Turn your yard into a winter wonderland by decorating your garden bench. Hang white lights on it, paint it a festive color, or adorn it with pine garlands. The winter season is another great time to use lighting to set the mood. White lights on fencing, garden bridges, or bushes help to create that wintertime feeling. Use what you already have growing in your own yard to find inspiration. Gather twigs, flowers, pinecones and other natural items around the yard to create beautiful arrangements.
Outdoor décor for the Christmas season can range from simple to rustic to grand and elegant. It all depends on your time, budget, and style. Chose a section of your yard such as the porch, mailbox, or garden pathway as a focal point for your Christmas display. Once you know where you will be decorating, decide on your theme. Say you choose to decorate your front door with a Christmas candy theme. You could put a wreath with green and red candies on the door and put lollipop garden stakes along the front yard path. Include your whole family in the decorating process, it might just become a tradition you can share together for years to come!
Written by Mark Winkelman. Mark is a Project Advisor at Fifthroom.com. Fifthroom.com allows you to create an outdoor space that brings together the intricate splendor of nature and the comforts of modern convenience.