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10 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Christmas Curb Appeal

December 17, 2013

By Larry Bilotti

Home with Christmas curb appeal
Home with Christmas curb appeal

Whether you plan to wrap string lights around the house, hang illuminated icicles from the eaves, or install glowing blow-up figures in the front yard, it doesn’t take much to whip up some amazing holiday curb appeal at your entryway. Here are 10 easy tips:

Be aromatically festive

Bring the beauty and fresh scent of evergreens to the front hall by filling an oversized clay pot with cut boughs and pine cones. Add a couple of ornaments or drape with a single strand of miniature lights, and let your arrangement sparkle!

Use winter props

Sometimes the objects of winter can serve to elevate holiday curb appeal. A woven basket hung on the door with fresh greens and a standing sled can help create a charming scene that evokes Norman Rockwell. Next year’s card, perhaps?

Get a holiday doormat

Even if you already have a distinctive doormat, celebrate this season in every way possible by adding a themed outdoor mat to your landing. You’ll find many holiday welcome mat designs, patterns and colors, but hurry — the best of them sell out quickly.

Light lanterns

Lanterns and luminaries are both functional and beautiful either along walkways or on the porch, regardless of the season. Those that you buy now can be used year-round. Choose real candles or one of the new non-flame varieties.

Hang a festive wreath

Nothing could be simpler than hanging a festive wreath on the front door. You will find a wealth of options at your local garden centers and even more varieties online. Feeling crafty? Make your own with this step-by-step guide.

Place your tree outside

No one said that you couldn’t buy a cut tree to display outdoors. HGTV featured one decorated with burlap garland, twig snowflakes, pine cones and ornaments. Copy it, or decorate one of your own design.

Drape garland

Garland is another easy way to add some holiday flair to your front entry. Use it to wrap around columns, drape over railings and frame doorways. You’ll find fresh varieties at your local nursery and garden center. You can also make one yourself — as we did with pine cone garland.

Display wrapped presents

If you’ve been looking for ways to re-use cardboard boxes that your online purchases have arrived in, here’s the perfect solution. Wrap them in festive papers, decorate with ribbon and bows, and put them on display.

Add vibrant traditional color

Want to add some traditional color? You can’t do much better than a potted poinsettia — or two or three or more. Cluster a group next to the door, place them on steps, or line a walkway with their blooms. The bold red and green coloring makes them instant accents with a long holiday tradition.

Border with a single strand

Sometimes a simple string of white lights is all you need to make a bold statement. Use single strands to outline door and window frames, columns or railings. Or, get creative and suspend them like stars from the ceiling to provide a welcoming, magical glow.


Bob Vila is the home improvement expert widely known as host of TV’s This Old House, Bob Vila’s Home Again, and Bob Vila. Today, Bob continues his mission to help people upgrade their homes and improve their lives with advice online at BobVila.com. His video-rich site offers a full range of fresh, authoritative content – practical tips, inspirational ideas, and more than 1,000 videos from Bob Vila television.

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