Christmas lights are a classic holiday tradition that never fails to brighten the dreary winter nights. However, it can be easy to go overboard when faced with all of the blinking, flashing, twinkling options in outdoor Christmas decorations. So how can you create a winter wonderland without becoming the neighborhood Clark Griswold? Just take a look at these outdoor decor ideas that will take your home from everyday to holiday.

Dress up empty planters

planters filled with greenery and lighted wicker balls

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Greenery and ornaments in planters for Christmas

via House to Home


One of the biggest challenges for decorating your outdoor living spaces and entryway during the winter is the lack of vegetation. Planters that usually  hold flowers, shrubs, and herbs start to look barren, which can make your home seem cold and uninviting. After removing plants that are past their prime, give your planters a holiday face lift by adding greenery and decorative elements like lighted wicker balls, greenery with pine cones and ornaments, or a clever pile of Christmas ornaments (click image to visit tutorial).

Christmas ornament urn topper

via Martha Stewart

Give your mailbox a makeover

greenery on mailbox for holiday decor

via Design Rulz

Get your mailbox ready for all of those holiday greetings with a swag of greenery and a pretty ribbon.

Line your driveway or entryway with luminaries

Cranberry luminaries for Christmas decor

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Luminaries are the perfect way to welcome guests to your home for holiday parties. Not only can they be made cheaply using common items that you may already have at home, but they can also fit any decor style. The luminaries above use salt to look like snow and are topped with cranberries for seasonal color, but you could also substitute sand and sea shells for a coastal style home.

Wrap trees with twinkle lights

Restoration Hardware fairy lights for Christmas

via Restoration Hardware

If you’re tired of your usual Christmas light routine, try wrapping your trees in lights. This method is especially effective when you use fairy lights, which differ from standard string lights in their smaller bulbs (usually LED) and thinner wire.

Great holiday decor really comes down to creativity. Take a look around your home and let your imagination take hold. Be sure to come back soon because our next blog post will discuss simple ways to transform your everyday decor for the holidays!

This year, give yourself the gift of the beautiful home you’ve always wanted. Contact MJN & Associates Interiors today to discuss our interior design services and your home remodeling project.