Outdoor Christmas decorations can be pretty expensive, but I’m here to help you save a few dollars with these cheap and easy DIY Outdoor Christmas ideas for your front yard or porch.
These affordable Christmas DIY projects will make your neighbors smile, and your wallet will be even happier!
Instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars for a giant inflatable Santa (totally not judging because we’ve done it too), try using your holiday creativity to make your own unique and unusual outdoor Christmas decorations.
Some of these decorations are large, and others small, but all of them make a creative and festive statement to your typical front yard Christmas display.
If you’re trying to save money this Christmas, you don’t have to sacrifice all of your outdoor Christmas decorations, you simply need to be willing to learn a little DIY skills and get creative!
How to Decorate Outdoors for Christmas on a Budget
Before you run out to buy new Christmas decorations, make sure you get everything down from the garage or storage that you already have! I can’t tell you how many times we have purchased duplicate light strands because we didn’t look into what we had first.
Once you know what you have on hand, you can look at your budget and decide what you really need to buy this year to complete the Winter Wonderland you are trying to achieve.
Don’t wait until December 15th to start looking for outdoor Christmas decorations for your home. You will definitely come up short, because everything will be already picked over, or the prices will be higher than usual to align with the holiday rush and demand.
If you plan ahead and start early (in October or early November), you will be able to take advantage of early Christmas sales and huge discount days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday to score the best deals on Christmas lights and other outdoor Christmas decorations.
Take advantage of After Christmas Sales
This tip might not help you this year, but it’s one of our favorite ways to get the best deals on large outdoor Christmas decorations! When Christmas is over, don’t forget to peruse the stores for the leftover decorations. You can usually grab big ticket items like trees, large displays, and inflatables for as much as 50% to 75% off when you grab them after the holiday is over.
If you can practice a little bit of patience and delayed gratification, this budget friendly Christmas tip will help you save hundreds (even thousands) as you slowly build your outdoor Christmas collection.
Borrow from friends
If you are anything like us, you probably have quite a few Christmas decorations that you aren’t ready to get rid of, but that you also don’t plan to use in your front yard display this year. This is a great opportunity to offer these decorations to your friends, and possibly borrow a few from them too!
Borrowing, giving, or trading large Christmas items is a great way to save money and help everyone out this holiday season.
Check Garage Sales
Garage sales, yard sales, and estate sales are a wealth of beautiful antique, rare, and unusual Christmas decorations that you won’t find anywhere else! The best part is that most people are willing to get rid of their old Christmas decor for pennies on the dollar.
If you love a good deal, and don’t mind giving up your early weekend hours to sift through hundreds of garage sale finds, this might be the best way for you to fill your yard with affordable Christmas decorations this year.
DIY (Create your own!)
If you’re still struggling to find exactly what you want for your outdoor Christmas display, then I have the perfect solution for you. Make your own easy DIY outdoor Christmas decorations!
It’s fun, easy, and usually much cheaper to make your own holiday decor. I’ve rounded up quite a few of the most beautiful, cute, and unique outdoor holiday decorations so you can create the perfect display on a budget.
Let these simple and fun DIY Outdoor Christmas decorations inspire you to create your own!
DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorations
Easy Christmas Porch Decor: Topiary Snowmen!
These adorable Topiary snowmen are the perfect outdoor Christmas decoration for you front porch. We love the creativity and classic look of these beautiful DIY snowmen.
DIY Santa Stop Here Sign
Don't let Santa fly by your house! This DIY Santa stop here sign is an adorable homemade Christmas decoration for your front yard or porch.
How to Make DIY Lighted PVC Candy Canes
These beautiful and fun DIY Lighted PVC Candy canes are the perfect festive outdoor Christmas decoration! Amber makes the process simple in her tutorial, so you can have these up in your front yard quickly when the holiday season arrives.
How to Make a Gnome Planter with Clay
This gnome flower pot plantar is perfect for the front porch or garden to hold a small Christmas tree or holiday floral arrangement.
Easy Flame Free DIY Snowman Luminaries for Kids
Line the walkway (and keep safe) with these flame free DIY snowmen luminaries that can be made mostly with items you already have around the house.
Homemade Bird Food Ornaments
Decorate your outdoor trees for Christmas with these homemade bird food ornaments. The birds will definitely thank you for it!
DIY Outdoor Christmas Sign Post
This adorable large Christmas sign post will be the hit of the neighborhood! A fun and easy DIY outdoor Christmas decoration for your front yard.
The Cutest Christmas Chair Planter
Neighbors throwing out some old chairs on the side of the road? You'll definitely want to grab them to complete this easy Christmas Chair planter DIY project.
Joy Outdoor Christmas Display
We love everything about this bright and cheerful JOY outdoor Christmas display for the front porch. All of your guests will feel welcomed with Christmas cheer.
How to Make Christmas Carolers
The cuteness of these adorable DIY Christmas Carolers is hard to handle! Perfect for decorating the front porch each year.
More DIY Christmas Ideas:
- DIY Christmas Food Gifts in a Jar (with free printables!)
- Easy DIY Ornament Ideas
- 26 Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas
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