That's right folks it's that time again! Christmas is on its way and we're getting ready by creating some of the most inventive DIY outdoor Christmas decorations around. By adorning your garden or outdoor space with these, we can guarantee Santa won't skip your home this Christmas.


On this list everything we have included can be handmade using mostly everyday items, you'll just need to add a little bit of DIY magic. From giant candy canes to glowing presents, we're sure you'll find something you love (and the kids will adore).

Do you love DIY? We have lots more Christmas crafts where these came from! Try out these Christmas crafts for adults, or get the kids involved with these easy Christmas crafts for kids.

1. DIY Gardening Pot Giant Silver Bells

These novelty-sized bells are ideal to add some Christmas cheer to your home! Made simply from a plant pot and a giant bauble. You can spray paint them any colour you like too, we love gold or silver for that festive feel. These are so fun to make and the kids will love them!

Get the full tutorial now, Blossom

DIY Gardening Pot Giant Silver Bells

2. Giant DIY lollipops

These giant and imaginative lollipops are so much fun and they would transform your back garden into a real wonderland! Plus they are low-cost to make. They are made from pool noodles, which you can pick up from most supermarkets.

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Get the full tutorial, on YouTube

giant DIY lollipops

3. Glowing gift boxes

Lighting is certainly one of the top ways to bring that magical atmosphere to your outdoor space. These light up gift boxes do just that! You won't actually need a lot of materials for this one, a plastic box, some ribbon and a waterproof light (in the tutorial they use a bulb, but you could try fairy lights).

Get the full tutorial, Martha Stewart

Glowing gift boxes diy outdoor christmas decorations

4. Lighted spire

This one is for all you DIYers out there. It will take a little more patience and measuring but the result is well worth it. These tall spires will look fabulously modern in your garden! You can get the full tutorial below.

Get the full tutorial, Lowes

light up spire diy outdoor christmas decorations

5. Giant Christmas lights

Oh, how wonderful are these! Nothing screams Christmas as those little fairy lights draped around your tree. Why not add a twist this Christmas and create these giant fairy lights to decorate a tree in your garden? You can also upcycle and reuse your 2L plastic bottles to create them too!

Get the full tutorial, Blossom

giant christmas lights diy outdoor christmas decorations

6. Glowing snowballs

It's not long before your decorations will be 'snowballing' into a full-on winter wonderland with this fab idea! These DIY outdoor Christmas decorations are super quick and easy to make.

Get the full tutorial, 100 Things 2 Do

giant glowing snowballs diy outdoor christmas decorations

7. Candy garland

Create your own candy land with this imaginative and colourful garland! It uses fairy lights, clear boxes and translucent cellophane in a variety of colours (you can pick this up in most craft stores or online). You can use this DIY project at any time to brighten up your backyard, not just Christmas!

Get the tutorial, Over the Big Moon

candy garland diy outdoor christmas decorations

8. Giant baubles DIY outdoor Christmas decorations

Santa certainly won't miss your house with these giant shiny baubles scattered around your garden! These are easy to make and the kids will love the magic of them.

Get the tutorial, DIY n Crafts

giant baubles diy outdoor christmas decorations

9. Christmas light ball

For these, you'll only need some chicken wire and outdoor fairy lights. You can make them in a variety of sizes, and they look very pretty illuminating the garden or the front of your home.

Get the tutorial, Christmas Lights Ect

giant light ball diy outdoor christmas decorations

10. Santa wooden logs

This fun Danish tradition sees these little wooden logs being made into Nisse (a mythical creature of Scandinavian Folklore). Why not try something a bit different this year and give these a go?

Get the tutorial, Smart Girls DIY

santa logs diy outdoor christmas decorations

11. Wooden pallet Christmas tree

Give those old wooden pallets a new lease of life and create them into something special. These fun Christmas trees are a fabulous DIY project, plus you'll be upcycling (yay for the earth). In the tutorial below they stick to the classic wooden colour, but why not try painting them?

Get the tutorial, Beyond the Picket Fence

wooden pallet tree diy outdoor christmas decorations

12. Coat hanger snowflake

This one is a fab way to use up your old coat hangers to create a fabulous snowflake, which is suitable to hang outdoors. If you want to add that extra sparkle, try adding fairy lights to your creation.

Get the tutorial, Craft Bits

coat hanger diy outdoor christmas decorations

13. Light up trees

Create simple yet effective trees out of fairy lights. This is a super cheap alternative to buying ready-made trees for your garden.

Get the tutorial, Home Talk

light up trees diy outdoor christmas decorations

14. Yardstick star

This one has a beautifully rustic feel to it. Again it is a great low-cost alternative and a way to upcycle some old junk. This tutorial uses metre or yardsticks but you can use any wooden sticks as long as they are all the same length.

Ge the tutorial, Our Southern Home

yardstick star diy outdoor christmas decorations

15. DIY Lighted PVC Candy Canes

These ones are going to take a little bit of extra DIY handiwork to create! But we believe in you. You can check out the tutorial below for the full list of tools, and a step-by-step guide.

Get the full tutorial, Amber Oliver

light up candy canes diy outdoor christmas decorations

We hope you enjoyed our round-up of DIY outdoor Christmas decorations for this festive season. If you are looking for more crafty Christmas makes try out these amazing projects. Discover eco-friendly Christmas decorations, to add a personal touch to your display. Find out how to make a Christmas wreath with our simple tutorial! Want a smaller project for yourself, try this mini Christmas crochet tree - so adorable!


If you want to get the kids involved we have plenty of projects for smaller hands too, try the Christmas crafts for kids. Keep them busy over the holidays with our fun arts and crafts to do at home.


Katie Dolan
Katie DolanDigital Assistant, Gathered

Katie Dolan edits our needlework sections, focusing on our embroidery and cross stitch articles, as well as making videos for our arts and crafts projects. Katie runs her jewellery business, Ophelia Jewellery Art, on Etsy, where she sells beautiful resin-pressed flower earrings. She has a wide range of craft interests including embroidery – she particularly loves all things pop culture and a less traditional approach – The Simpsons and Rick & Morty are among her favourites to embroider. She has recently completed a silversmith workshop and hopes to expand her jewellery business with these new skills. When she’s not crafting, she’s usually fuelling her Harry Potter addiction with a Sunday film marathon and a couple of butter beers!

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