Holiday outdoor decorations add festivity and fun to the exterior of your home. Whether you’re looking for a few small items for your front porch or want to outfit your home from roof to front lawn, consider types, styles, your climate and safety precautions while you gather your collection.
If you’re looking for outdoor holiday decorations, keep in mind the following:
What types of outdoor holiday outdoor decorations are available?
From seasonal lights to Halloween pumpkins to Easter eggs, holiday outdoor decorations run far and wide. Determine how much effort you want to put into decorating your home or yard as well as how much space you have before choosing your items. Go all out with a house adorned in lights and a yard filled with lighted sculptures a la ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,’ or keep it simple with an honorary American flag for the 4th of July. Even the most minimal decorations will still add festivity to your home.
What styles are available?
Holiday outdoor decorations can range from the traditional to kitschy to the contemporary. Survey your surroundings and seek out decorations that complement the exterior of your house and your yard, and also that fall in line with your personal tastes. Dig through your grandparent’s old holiday decorations for antique pieces to fit your eclectic home, or hang fresh garlands from your front door for a traditional vibe.
What should I consider in regard to weather?
Most holiday outdoor decorations should be weather proof, but double check to ensure they will hold up in your specific climate. If you spend the holidays on a warm coast, it’s possible the sun will begin to show its mark on certain decorations that may otherwise maintain under overcast skies. On the other hand, wet, rainy or snowy climates may deteriorate certain objects that might be fine in dry areas.
What safety precautions should I take?
Be sure to keep safety on the forefront, especially when dealing with oversized decorations or lighting. Make sure that large decorations are securely planted into the ground and are void of sharp objects or heavy pieces that may scratch or fall, causing accidents. In terms of lighting, never overload electrical outlets or extension cords, only use plastic or plastic coated fasteners to hang the lights and avoid running electrical cords along high traffic areas.
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