Easy Outdoor Holiday Decorations - Eshelman Mill Gardens
Easy Outdoor Holiday Decorations for Fall, Halloween, Christmas and July 4th.

Looking for easy outdoor holiday decorations for your patio? Look no further! We’ve got great ideas that are perfect for Lancaster County, using what’s natural and easy to find.

Decorating your patio, porch or outdoor living space for the holidays is always fun. We’ve got a list of easy outdoor decorating ideas that you can put up in minutes. If you don’t want to buy some of these decorations, they’re also easy to DIY.

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Outdoor Halloween Decorations


Pumpkins as fall and Halloween decorations

Pumpkins are a classic decoration to put out on your patio for Halloween. You can leave them as is or carve them into Jack O’ Lanterns. Light up your Jack O’ Lanterns with tea lights or LED lights made specifically for pumpkins.

Giant Spider Web

Halloween Spider Web

This decoration will add a spooky element wherever you decide to place it on your patio or porch. Buy spider webs ready to go at party stores. Try to pull them as thin as you can to make them look realistic.

Skeleton Greeter

Halloween Skeleton Rockers

This is another decoration that adds spookiness to the outdoor. You can place a Halloween skeleton on the steps of your patio or right next to the door. Dress it up (like these rocker skeletons) or give it speech bubbles. Or, for classic scares, leave it as is.


Pine Cone Garland

Pine Cone Garland

Use pine cones and pine rope from your own yard or buy them cheap at the dollar store or local garden center. A great way to use this decoration is by either wrapping the garland around posts or railing of your patio or by simply hanging the garland around the door.

Pine Cone Planters

Pine Cones in a Basket

This is a simple way to decorate for Christmas. Simply fill a planter or basket with pine cones and/or other Christmas decorations, like battery-operated fairy lights or colorful ornaments. Then put the planters wherever you feel they will look the best on your patio.


Red Poinsettias

Poinsettias are a great thing to add to your patio. I’m sure you’re thinking, wait, we live in a cold climate and poinsettias are hothouse flowers. You’re right; you’ll have to get fake poinsettias at the local craft store or Stauffers. Simply place the outdoor planters wherever you please and you can even decorate the poinsettias with ornaments, ribbon, lights and garland.

Christmas Tree

Christmas Decorated Porch

Decorating a Christmas tree for the outdoors adds a very festive feel to your patio. You can decorate the tree with ribbons and ornaments that won’t break if they ever fall off from the wind.

Christmas Lights

Outdoor Christmas Lights

No patio or porch would be ready for Christmas without outdoor lights. Outdoor Christmas lights not only look cheerful, but they also illuminate your patio, making it safer at night. Place the lights wherever you like, including wrapping the lights around any post or banisters you may have on your patio. You could even light up the furniture!


Christmas Wreath

Wreaths are easy outdoor Christmas decorations. Adding lights and ribbon to the wreath will really make it festive.

Fourth of July

Lawn Stars

Lawn stars don’t go on your patio, but they’re perfect for making the lawn around your patio look especially patriotic. To make lawn stars, follow these steps.

Step 1: Use a craft knife and a metal ruler to cut a star-shaped stencil out of a large piece of chipboard or cardboard.

Step 2: Mist the patch of grass you want the star to be on with water.

Step 3: Place the stencil on the grass and, using a large sifter, sprinkle a very small amount of white flour onto the stencil.

Step 4: Carefully remove the stencil and dispose of the excess flour. For a longer-lasting star that can be walked on, use spray or marking chalk.

Check out the full tutorial with photos at Pink and Green Mama.

Red, White and Blue Lights

Red White and Blue Lights

Adding red, white and blue lights around your patio will turn it into the all-American dream spot. Enjoy them on your own or invite the neighbors for a nighttime party.

What are your easy outdoor holiday decorations for your patio? Let us know in the comments!

Easy Outdoor Holiday Decorations for Your Patio
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