Top 10 Outdoor Christmas Lights Ideas

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With so many outdoor Christmas lights ideas out there it can be hard to decide which ones to use for your home. We’ve put together a list of our favorite outdoor Christmas lights and DIY Christmas ideas plus easy step by step tutorials and links to products so you can create something wonderful in no time!

1. DIY Christmas Idea: Make a Tree out of your basketball hoop!

Get the Look: It’s easy and fun to create this high impact DIY Christmas decoration, just a basketball pole, lights and a few other supplies and you have a professional quality light display in no time! Find out how with step by step instructions and pictures!

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DIY Christmas Idea – Basketball Hoop Tree

2. Tomato cage Christmas Trees – AKA: The Easiest DIY Christmas Lights Project Ever!
These are so fun and easy to make! Customize them with as much or as little Christmas decor as you like. They also work great for other holidays, make a spooky Halloween tree or a festive Thanksgiving topiary!

DIY Christmas lights

DIY Tomato Cage Christmas Trees

Get the Look:

Step 1. Get tomato cages from Summer Storage

Step 2. Wrap in energy efficient LED mini lights, garland, twine and more!

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! plus you save time, money and energy!

Want more tomato cage holiday decor ideas?  Check out our blog post featuring 4 of the best tomato cage tree ideas complete with step by step instructions for each!

3. Make DIY Lighted Outdoor Christmas Present Decorations

PVC Frame DIY Lighted Gift Boxes

Get the look: Find step by step instructions here!

4. Create a warm welcome home with Christmas porch decorations. This traditional red and green color scheme is full of Christmas cheer during the day and turns into a stunning illuminated holiday display at night!

Christmas Porch Decorations

Christmas Porch Decorations

Get the look: Use pre lit wreaths and garland to achieve a professional quality look in no time!

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5. Wrap benches in garland and lights!

Get the look: The name says it all! Drape a decorative garland over your bench for a quick festive seating area or start with a basic garland and add your own special touches. Finish with fun accent pillows to complete the look!

Decorated Christmas Bench

Decorated Christmas Bench

6. Got an old bike or car? Wrap it in lights!

Get the look: C7 bulbs create that retro style vintage glow from Christmas past.

7. Illuminate an outdoor table

Get the Look: Drape net lights over an outdoor table, hang moravian stars or starlight spheres from an arch or pergola and fill a bird bath or planter with over-sized ornaments in any color to complete the look!

8. Walk Through a Winter Wonderland

Get the Look: Create a winter wonderland in your front yard or porch by hanging an assortment of star and snowflake lights in various sizes and colors!

lighted snowflake decorations

9. DIY Christmas Idea: Make Christmas light balls out of chicken wire 

Get the Look: You just need chicken wire, lights and a few basic supplies! Step by Step Instructions Here

DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorations

DIY Christmas Light Balls

10. GO BIG OR GO HOME…to your boring house

Get the Look: For the daring decorators looking for a bold, high impact holiday display, a few decorations just aren’t enough! Luckily you can find everything you need for your residential or commercial light displays at Christmas Lights Etc. Whether you want a giant Everest towering 14 feet tall or LED lights in every color, we have something for every design palette!

snowflake roof lights

Mega Christmas Lights Display

Find inspiring DIY Outdoor Christmas Lights Ideas and holiday planning guides in our helpful resource pages! If you want to know more about how to create an outdoor Christmas lights display feel free to comment below and send us photos of your own amazing Outdoor Christmas designs!

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