Tips to design backyard for Christmas by Alison Pearson


Now that the Christmas season is at the door, making sure that your house looks the part is a matter of pride and joy for every homeowner.

Whether it’s a large Christmas tree, a fence decorated with garlands, a Christmas tree with gifts underneath it, a fireplace with Christmas stockings and a piece of cake for Santa when he gets down the chimney, or all of the above, so to speak, the folks across Christian world are preparing their property for this festive occasion.

Now, while your house should, of course, be the central building on your property when it comes to decorations, you shouldn’t just abandon decorating other parts of it, too.

For example, many people neglect to decorate their backyards because they don’t think it is necessary. After all, not many people are going to see your backyard during the holiday season, while everyone who drives past your house can see it.

That said, your backyard is a part of your property that offers itself for some quite interesting decorative work, and the possibilities abound.

In this article, we’re going to offer you a couple of tips for what you can do to make your backyard reflect the Christmas spirit you feel in your heart. As you will see, setting up some decorations in your backyard won’t likely set you back an arm and a leg, so even if you’re working with a limited budget, you can still put together something interesting.

Here’s the lot.

Set up Lanterns

Anyone who’s read Dickens’s A Christmas Carol will be familiar with London’s dark streets and the many lanterns that light it up during the festive season.

Of course, truth to be told, even the folks who haven’t read the story are probably familiar with it because ever since Charles Dickens penned this legendary novella, it immediately became an instant hit and entered pop culture.

So, lanterns aren’t that expensive, and by setting up a couple of them in your backyard, you will not only enrich your property with some good ole Christmassy lighting but also add a different touch of retro to your backyard décor.

Install a Large Christmas Tree

While a Christmas tree is mostly seen as a prop that sits in your living room, there’s no reason why you can’t set another one up in the middle of your backyard.

What’s more, since your backyard is probably a large open area, you can haul a real Christmas tree from the nearby woods (or order one, if you don’t have an evergreen forest close to where you live) and set it up in your backyard quite easily.

This large object can then act as a centerpiece for any other decorations you may have had in mind.

Add Topiary Animals

… or, if you don’t have the shrubbery and plant life in your backyard necessary for this ‘operation’, you can set up some plastic animals that reflect the Christmas spirit or nativity stories, for example.

A possible advantage to setting up animals made out of artificial materials is that you can make them glow in the night and add further decorations to them.

Christmas Garlands

… work by far the best if you happen to have a white fence.

The contrast between the fence itself, the surrounding snow (if climate change doesn’t ruin snow for us this year), and the green color of the garland itself complete with some red decorations, will create that Christmas pattern we’re all so in love with.

The great thing about garlands is that they’re quite easy to use for decorations, and they don’t cost much, but can still be a great addition to your outdoor property decorations.

Add Decorative Lights to Trees

This goes both for your front yard and your backyard.

If you happen to have some trees growing on your property, that’s a great opportunity to hang some shiny, festive decorative lights without having to create separate structures to support them.

Also, if you have a treehouse, you can add mini garlands, wreaths, and some Christmas ornaments like Polar X Ornaments to it, too. It will look great, and your kids will certainly love it.

Pool Floats

Unless you live in Canada, or someplace where winter is no laughing matter, and the water in your pool freezes already in August, setting up some Christmas-themed pool floats can be a great way to add some festive spirit to these confined bodies of water, so to speak.

If you don’t have a pool already, and you wish to build one, you can call in a team of swimming pool builders and they can hopefully finish the job before Christmas is here.

Anyway, pool floats are blow-up dolls representing Santa, the reindeer, snowman, and many other festive figures – kids love these.

All in all, decorating your backyard so that it conveys the Christmas spirit in the best way is not exactly nuclear science. With some minor investments, goodwill, and Christmas spirit, you can create a fantastic backyard arrangement in no time.

Author bio:

Alison Pearson is an interior design student. She is a writer and designer, but her ultimate passion is design and creation. She is also a bibliophile and her favourite book is „The Sound and the Fury“ by William Faulkner. Follow her on Twitter.