Think outside the box
There’s usually much more to decorate than just the front awnings and roof of your house. Take a look at the features and structures you have that would look great with lights. A garden bench, your mailbox, trees, shrubs and other anchored items could make a good base to decorate.
Have fun shopping for lights
Here are some hacks to help when you’re shopping for your lights:
- Solar lights are generally cheaper to run and easier to use because you don’t need to worry about extension cords or power points. You just need to make sure the solar panel power source sits in a sunny spot!
- For any outdoor lights you buy, check whether they come with hooks or clips for hanging. If not, check with your local hardware store for advice on the best and most durable type of hooks to use.
- If you’re shopping online for lights, don’t restrict yourself to searching for “Christmas lights” as “outdoor party lights” and “novelty outdoor lights” could help you find some great products too. Make sure you allow plenty of time for delivery!
Whatever lights you choose, always make sure you buy outdoor lights for outdoor use.
Test, test and test again
High impact takes careful planning! Before you climb that ladder, lay out your outdoor lights and heavy-duty outdoor extension cords (for non-solar lights) on the ground in the location you’ll be hanging them. Check that they will be able to safely reach your power source without causing trip hazards or pulling at the cords. Switch on each strand to check that everything is working before you go to the trouble of putting them all in place. When you install them, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and be safe.
Recycle and repurpose
Take a look around your home for objects that you could transform for your decoration display. Your old esky might have seen better days – but could it be filled with something heavy to weigh it down then dressed up as an decorative present? Spare PVC piping could be transformed into giant Christmas crackers or candy canes, old gumboots could be spray-painted as Santa’s boots, or old tyres could even become giant baubles.
Incorporate cheery chairs
If you plan to spend your evenings enjoying and interacting with your visitors, make sure you’ve got a comfortable spot to sit! An easy slip cover, tinsel-covered garden chair or Christmas themed cushions could make a great place to sit and add to your impact at the same time!
Use seasonal signage
Vintage look chalkboards, laminated signs, outdoor-safe light boxes or shop-bought Santa signs are all great ways to spread Christmas cheer to your visitors and add a touch of magic.
There’s a whole world of inspiration to explore online when you’re looking for ideas. Think big but keep it simple and you’ll create a display that you’ll enjoy and your visitors will be talking about for a long time!