With our latest exterior update (our porch!) completed, I could not wait to decorate it for Christmas this year. I was questioning myself on how I should title this post. Perhaps I should have said something like, “A lazy girl’s guide to decorating”. Or maybe something like, “The cheapest way to decorate your exterior for Christmas” but I settled on, “How to Decorate Christmas Window Boxes and Outdoor Garland”. Because I thought that would sound, well, uh more correct or flow better as a blog post title. But one of my most important goals in decorating our exterior this year, was to do it the most inexpensive way possible. We’ve spent the money this year on our brick walkway and porch, and money is tight, and I’ve learned that when you have to be more resourceful, typically the outcome is SO much better!
First, let’s begin with my favorite. Our window boxes.
Everything in my window boxes are real fresh clippings from Christmas tree clippings, Magnolia clippings & Cedar tree clippings from our yard. The only faux items I used were 2 faux picks with the red berries from Hobby Lobby for $2.49 each.
I soaked the dirt in my window boxes with water, and layered in all the fresh clippings. This is probably the number #1 tip you should do for your window boxes. Soak the dirt! Our local Christmas tree farm didn’t charge me for the clippings, so I layered those in first and towards the back of the boxes. They’re a little awkward in their form for a recantangle window box, but I appreciate the fullness they bring to each box.
My key takeaway on how to decorate Christmas window boxes and outdoor garland is be resourceful!
My husband and I added the Cedar clippings with floral wire, and we will remove the clippings when it’s time to take it down. I loosely wrapped it with red velvet ribbon, and made & attached the bow with floral wire. With little effort we added in layers that are simple, festive, and the best part for me, is that I really think this garland looks real! An important note to mention, that Veterans’ Day Sales are perfect is you’re wanting to save money, but get something new – before the Christmas season. The garland was 50% and with a 20% Veterans’ Day coupon made the price tag even better!
We feel truly blessed, and well, if I’m going to be completely honest – a little tired because it has been a lot of work as well.
But we are very very thankful.
Click the images below, to shop or just browse for some of the items I have used in this post. I absolutely swear by the porch planter boxes & of course the window boxes. They all have a water reservoir in the bottom, so I don’t have to water my plants during the Summer too often.
these links are *affiliate* links.