DIY Outdoor Decor for Winter

 Try these durable and festive DIY winter decorations for your outdoor decor. They’ll hold up to winter weather and most of them you can use year after year! 

We can help you with all things Christmas! Try our 5 different wooden stars video tutorial, our farmhouse advent calendar, and how to decorate your mantel for Christmas.

DIY Outdoor Winter Decor Featured On Remodelaholic

DIY Outdoor Winter Decor for your front door and porch…

A fresh evergreen wreath is classic outdoor decor and withstands the elements well. This evergreen swag and oversized wood gift tag combo lets you give your guests a welcome message too! Get the tutorial over at That’s My Letter.

wood gift tag door decor with fresh pine swag - That's My Letter via @Remodelaholic

Most of us put up lights around our front door and porch — but Opaque Canvas made it even more magical by stringing up twinkle lights on the ceiling to give that glow to her whole porch!

build a frame to hang christmas lights on the porch, Opaque Canvas via @Remodelaholic

And you can save a bundle and get just the look you want by creating your own swags to hang from your porch or garage lights — it’s easy with this tutorial from In My Own Style. make a hang-on pine swag for outdoor lights - In My Own Style via @Remodelaholic

Sweet and simple DIY winter decorations: Snowflake banners around the porch! Use this tutorial and templates from Martha Stewart. (This might not be totally wind-proof, but using waterproof paper and securing the strings at the top and bottom should be sufficient for most smaller winter storms, I imagine.)

snowflake porch banners - Martha Stewart via @Remodelaholic

And if you need a big impact, combine a large wooden sign with a fresh wreath to spread JOY! from Fynes Designs.

oversized JOY sign for the porch - Fynes Designs via @Remodelaholic

DIY Outdoor Winter Decor for around the yard….

Use up some old wood you have laying around! Use our tutorial to make these simple trees for outdoor winter decor.

How To Build DIY Rustic Herringbone Wood Christmas Trees From Old Fence Boards @Remodelaholic

A large wooden Christmas tree would be at home on the porch or standing up around the yard, too. Learn to build this rustic reclaimed wood tree from Her Toolbelt:

build an outdoor rustic Christmas tree - Her Toolbelt via @Remodelaholic

or take the same idea and make a different look by using nails to spell out a holiday message! (via HGTV)

outdoor nailhead wood Christmas tree - HGTV via @Remodelaholic

You can also build your own version of those lighted Christmas presents to place in the yard, using this tutorial from DIY Vintage Chic

how to make lighted outdoor gifts for Christmas porch decor - DIY Vintage Chic via @Remodelaholic

or create a different kind of holiday gift decoration using a cinder block! (so creative!) from Club Chica Circle

cinder block holiday gift porch decor - Club Chica Circle via @Remodelaholic

And I just LOVE how simple and cute these cut log Santas are! (And actually, they are Danish nisse, which are more like gnomes — it’s a really cool Scandinavian tradition, so get the tutorial and more about the tradition here at Smart Girls DIY.)

diy cedar log christmas nisse santa elf gnome - Smart Girls DIY via @Remodelaholic

Add to your collection of DIY outdoor decor with this large star. It’s so cheap and our super simple tutorial is available here.

Diy Extra Large Wood Star With Lights For Christmas Decor Remodelaholic

DIY Outdoor Decor for your planters and window boxes…

Since nothing much is growing in those window boxes and planters in December, you can add berries and evergreen boughs for a festive arrangement (from Salisbury Green House)

winter planter how-to - Salisbury Garden Center via @Remodelaholic

or add a lighted lantern and wreath (from Amanda Carol at Home)

lantern in outdoor planter for winter, Amanda Carol at Home via @Remodelaholic

Boxwood is a great winter look, plus Christmas lights with simple wire stars make these window boxes so festive (and so easy!) via BHG

use lights and wire stars in outdoor window planter boxes - BHG via @Remodelaholic

and mini evergreens in pots? Simple and you can keep it up all winter! (via BHG)

mini Christmas trees in outdoor planter window boxes - BHG via @Remodelaholic

And every catalog house has windows festooned with wreaths… Ever wondered how to hang wreaths on windows? Try these tricks from Bova Goods and Between Naps on the Porch.

how to hang a wreath on the outside of a window - Bova Goods via @Remodelaholic easily hang wreaths on outdoor windows - Between Naps on the Porch via @Remodelaholic

Outdoor Decorating for Winter @Remodelaholic

Happy decorating and Merry Christmas!

Add to your holiday cheer with more Remodelaholic Christmas ideas such as:

Christmas Printables

DIY Giant Lighted Star

Christmas Wassail Recipe

( Originally published 12.01.2014 // Updated 11.30.2019 )

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