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Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Before I show you what my indoor Christmas decorations look like (Mostly because they aren’t done yet. I know. I’m a slacker.), I thought I’d share our outdoor Christmas decorations.

I’m not going to lie, I put up the decorations on November 1st. BUT I didn’t light them up until November 28th so don’t shoot me. I will also admit that it took me only about an hour, in total, to put up the decorations, which is due to the fact that it was warm and I was able to feel my fingers and face.

Anyway, here’s what I was working with when I began.

house before

And here’s what the front porch looks like now.

I LOVE how the red looks with our new front door color. It’s probably why Martha Stewart has those two colors in her home goods line. Leave it to Martha to nail that color combo.

I also broke out my DIY tiered tomato cage Christmas trees (tutorial can be found here).

outdoor christmas decorations red and white

I hung pre-lit garland on two clear Command™ Outdoor hooks that I secured to each side of the window. Then, I hung some ornaments on the middle garland swoop.

command clear outdoor hook christmas decoration

I adhered a Command™ Outdoor Brushed Nickel Metal Hook to the front door and hung the poinsettia wreath I made– tutorial coming soon! It’s so easy you could do it blindfolded while eating a Christmas ham and dancing to Bing Crosby.

command outdoor door hook

She’s a beaut, isn’t she?

poinsettia wreath

This is the first year I decorated the large front window on our house. Shocking, I know.

I decided to use the same pre-lit garland that I used on the window by the door.

red and white outdoor christmas decorations

I started by measuring the window with a tape measure. Then I used a dry erase marker to mark the center point of the windows.

Next, I adhered 2 Command™ Outdoor Large Clear Window Hooks to the window, placing one in each top corner. At the center, which I marked with the dry erase marker, I adhered the third outdoor large clear window hook to the window. I waited about an hour before I hung the garland on the hooks.

command hook

Once the hooks were good and secured, I hung the garland on the hooks and added shatterproof ornaments.

 outdoor christmas window decorations

Here’s a couple detailed photos of how I hung the ornaments on the garland.

I used regular ornament hooks.


And then I hooked them onto the garland, squeezing the hook as tight as possible so the ornaments won’t fall off once the wind kicks up.

attaching ornament to garland

I couldn’t neglect our beautiful DIY window box, so I gave it a Christmas makeover with a plethora of silk poinsettias.

window box decorated for christmas

I bought a few bunches of poinsettias at Michaels, cut them, and shoved them into the soil.

To illuminate them at night. I laid a strand of 100 red lights behind them.

Christmas window box

Here’s what the final product looks like during the day.

(I don’t normally have the lights on during the day, but I turned them on for this pic. Just so we’re clear that I’m not a complete energy waster.)

outdoor christmas decorations

And here’s how it looks at night.

outdoor christmas decorations at night

I love how the ornaments look with the lights shining on them.

outdoor christmas garland

Check out those glowing red poinsettias! Santa will definitely be able to see our house on Christmas Eve.

outdoor poinsettia decoration

A little FYI: I took the nighttime photos above when our neighbor across the street had some buddies over to watch a football game in his garage. I’m pretty sure they thought I had gone bananas because there I was in our front lawn lugging around my camera and tripod, taking photos of our Christmas decorations in early November. I swear most of our neighbors think I have a few screws loose because only a couple of them know about my secret life on the Internet.

It snowed a couple weeks ago and I snapped this photo and posted it on Instagram and Facebook with the caption, “It snowed therefore I can turn on my Christmas lights. Yep, pretty sure that’s the rule.” Just look at those glowing tomato cage Christmas trees.

front porch decorated for christmas

 What do you think about the outdoor Christmas decorations? Are you decorating outside this year?

This post is brought to you by Command™ Brand. As always, opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. Your house looks great! I love your idea of hanging ornaments off the garland, might have to try that myself!

    On another note, just curious, will you be bringing back Two Twenty One Talk? I keep looking out for episodes, I love listening!

    1. Thanks, Kaitlin! Yes! I think I’ve duped a couple bloggers into talking with me soon. Rounding up bloggers, convincing them they won’t sound silly, and locking down a date, especially this time of year is like herding cats. Nothing against other bloggers because I get it– we’re all busy with our families, blogs, and some also work full-time jobs. It’s just hard because I feel like I’m always walking the line between kindly repeatedly emailing and stalking/harassing them. Haha! If there are certain bloggers you’d like to hear from definitely let me know!

      1. I’m so glad to hear that! I guess I didn’t really think about how much goes into it and how this time of year would be especially difficult! So glad there will be more to listen to.

        As far as bloggers I would love to hear, the ones I read regularly are Jen @ I heart organizing, Megan @ Honey We’re Home, Courtney @ A thoughtful place and Cassie @ Hi Sugarplum. Those would be great to hear but I also enjoy listening to any others and discovering new blogs that way!

        Thanks!! 🙂

  2. Looks beautiful and inviting!

  3. Great post. Your home looks beautiful! The command hooks are the greatest. I have them all over my home. Have a Merry Christmas.

  4. It looks beautiful, and I think some lights on that big tree on a corner will make it even brighter 🙂

    1. Thanks, Tatyana! I know! I said that to Brad but he was being a cotton headed ninny muggins and said he wasn’t going to do it and I didn’t want to so we skipped the lights on the trees. 🙂

      1. You are funny 🙂 Sometimes my Brad is the same way too 🙂

  5. Beautiful! I love the ideas you have! I think it looks great, and I would have never thought of the poinsettas in the window box with the lights!

    Also, I like to think of the christmas move “The Family Stone” every time I wave my freak flag! 😉

  6. Wow that looks great!! I didn’t know they made outdoor command hooks! I will have to look for those. Last year I put a command hook on the front door for a wreath and it fell off when the temperature dropped!

  7. So pretty! I love the tomago cage trees. I’ve been telling myself I’ll make them this year . . . for like 3 years now 🙁 They would be so cute outside my front door!

  8. Love that you’re on top of things! The lights all look great. We just bought our first house and now we’re excited to start buying items for outside of the house for the holidays. We started with an inflatable Santa 🙂

  9. Wow, this is so pretty! I love the red with that door color, too- that’s a common color scheme in our house, specifically in the kitchen, which is painted a similar blue. We live on a dead end road with about 5 people that see our outside lights (besides people who are coming over), so we keep the outside simple with a pretty winter white wreath and some lights along the wooden fence along our driveway. 🙂 Inside is a totally different story, since that’s what is seen the most!

  10. Patricia Schroll says:

    Hi Chelsea, I look for all the projects that you are so kind to show all of us . You are very talent and I’m so please that you share them with all FB friends. Your out door decorations are so beautiful. Love the different size trees that you have decorated near the front door. Love the flower bed that you put poinsettias and the lights behind them, beautiful when all lite up. I love Christmas and like to get ideas from others. I could go on and on with what I love. I want to wish you and you family a wonderful Holiday from my house to your home.

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