Give your home a dose of good cheer with these fresh and creative outdoor holiday decor ideas. These winter decor displays are all about celebrating the beauty of nature in winter (meaning you can totally leave them up well into February, and no one will bat an eye).
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A Lush Blue Boxwood Wreath
A wreath that’s lush with seasonal greens and skips the traditional red and green bobbles looks festive without screaming, “Santa Clause.” When shopping for a full season wreath, remember to ask yourself what accents might feel stale come December 26th, and then give them a pass. Blue Boxwood Wreath, Wills & Prior, $74.
Elegant Brass Candlesticks Placed in Windows
The look of a single candle in each front-facing window of your home may be straight out of a classic Christmas film, but the overall vibe is warm and welcoming (exactly what we need to keep our spirits up through the harsh, winter months ahead). Belle Candlesticks, Black Rooster Maison, $25 to $45.
A Beautiful Brass Dinner Bell
Bells are synonymous with the holiday season, but left up all year, this brass beauty doubles as a dinner bell or an elegant chime when guests arrive to dine. (Just hang it high enough that kids can’t reach it, otherwise your ears will be ringing well into the new year). Mr. and Mrs. Claus Brass Bells, Monika Hibbs Home Store, $95 to $125.
A Playful Pom Pom Wreath
Christmas may come and go, but Canadian snowfalls feel eternal. Give a nod to the winter wonderland taking place outside your door with a sweet and family friendly ivory pom pom wreath. (Sit a little chickadee on it and you can totally leave it up through Easter!) Ivory Pom Pom Wreath, Putti Fine Furnishings, $125.
A ‘Welcome Home’ Door Mat
Door mats are an easy way to swap in and out a little holiday cheer, but selecting one that’s more “Good Vibes Only” as opposed to “Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays,” will ensure you can enjoy it from December well into March.
Check out this fun and festive DIY winter doormat that can be made in 5 easy steps
A Fun Wood Sled Waiting at the Door
There’s something so nostalgic about a wooden sled, leaning by the front door, always at the ready for an afternoon of fun. You can dress up the sled for Christmas time with a festive red bow, and then remove the bow and leave the sled at the front door until the snow melts. Lucky Bums Heirloom Collection Wooden Toboggan, Amazon, $185.
A Modern Metallic Olive Leaf Wreath
A wreath is a symbol of the holidays, but this iteration, of metal olive branches, feels like home decor that can be enjoyed all year long. We especially love the idea of the contrast of the rustic metal against a bright, red brick exterior, or a colourful front door. Olive Leaf Wreath, The Cross Decor & Design, $50.
Metal LED Lanterns to Light the Way
A cluster of lanterns along your front steps will guide guests right to your door (just remember to light them at 4:30pm, when the sun sets!). Tucked in and around winter topiaries, they’ll set the greens aglow and create a gorgeous vignette that feels seasonal (and not too festive). Large Black Metal LED Lantern, Indigo, $60.
A Chic Rust Eucalyptus Leaf Wreath
The secret to investing in a wreath that won’t feel dated come December 26th is finding an option that veers away from Christmas colours or symbols. Red and green are an instant no-go, and embellishments like candy canes, bells or reindeer are no bueno. This eucalyptus leaf wreath is a gorgeous shade of pink, which reads like an invitation to leave it up until Valentine’s Day! Rust Eucalyptus Wreath, Rug & Weave, $79.
A Rustic Firewood Holder by the Door
The sight of firewood stacked by the door instantly conjures visions of cozy nights around a fire (give or take a few Christmas carols, depending on your timing). Leading up to the holidays, you can add a festive touch to the firewood with a bright red bow tied on, and then remove it after the holiday season comes to a close. Firewood Log Rack, Amazon, $183.
Spread Cheer With a Peace Wreath
String Lights Left Up All Year
This creative use of string lights creates the same magical vision of a dressed up holiday home, but puts the festive lighting to everyday use, under each outdoor step. NOMA Indoor/Outdoor String Lights, Canadian Tire, $17.