December 13, 2019

Christmas is a time of joy, but also of stress and burn-out. There are presents to buy, meals to plan, and kids to entertain while you’re prepping for the big day.

With so much going on it can be hard to find the time, money or mental energy to decide how to decorate your outdoor living area. Here are some festive and affordable ideas for your outdoor living space.

Christmas lights with a twist!

Nothing says Christmas time like twinkling lights! You can go with simple charm by hanging lights from the patio or pergola posts for those night before Christmas traditions. Or if you want a day to night look, you can entwine some leafy and floral garlands with twinkling fairy lights to deck the proverbial halls. They can even double as centrepieces!

Check out the weatherproof hanging lights from Bunnings ($12) and Target’s range of garlands for inspiration.

Unique decorations made with green waste

Embrace an Aussie Christmas with decorations made from our native flora. Go collect some gum leaves and twigs from your backyard or local park, lay them out on some newspaper and spray the leaves down with gold or silver spray paint. If you prefer your decorations to be a little more colourful, you can get a wide variety of colours in metallic or glitter ranges.

We recommend using these as unique centrepieces or hanging them among the lights for a more elegant effect.

Image: Tara Dennis

Try an old tradition

One traditional Christmas garland is made of popcorn and cranberries. Why not give the kids another job this Christmas to make traditional popcorn garlands.

All you need is some string, a kids sewing needle, plain air-puffed popcorn and cranberries if you’d like to add them.

These garlands are super easy to make and extremely cost-effective, plus, popcorn is safe for birds to eat, so when its time to get rid of the garlands you can simply leave them for the wildlife to enjoy!

Reinventing your outdoor room for the Christmas season doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. With these creative DIY ideas, you can decorate the patio or outdoor room for Christmas in no time. If you need a little maintenance done before you begin the Christmas make-over, speak to HV Aluminium about cleaning and maintenance services for your patio, pergola or outdoor room.

Image: Mountain Cravings

For more stories on living, creating and exploring the local neighbourhood, read the summer edition of the Watagan Park Wanderer Magazine here.

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