It’s time to light up your home for the holidays. And while you’re getting out your lights and ornaments, please don’t forget your deck. It deserves to look just as festive as the rest of your house.
When it comes to themes, you can extend your front yard decorating style to your deck, or give it a holiday personality all its own. Just remember to use decorations that are sturdy enough to withstand the elements and large enough to look pretty even when covered with an inch or two of snow.
Simple and natural are the style many people choose for their decks. Here are some ideas:
Built-in seating and tables are perfect for holding baskets of evergreens, spruced up with pine cones and bows. And a pergola looks lovely decked out with a garland secured with ribbons.
Railing posts can hold small evergreen wreaths connected with a graceful garland. If you accent the greens with lights, you can enjoy seeing them twinkle from inside your house.
The deck surface can hold a variety of winter porch pots. These are easy to make—simply fill a metal pot with soil or styrofoam blocks. Then insert a variety of greens, such as fir, juniper and holly, and add the finishing touch of pine cones or ornaments. As an added touch, why not display an old toboggan, sled, ice skates or other winter memorabilia, festooned with greens or ribbons?
Don’t forget the live decorations—bird feeders that attract cardinals and other colorful birds in winter give them an important source of food and you a wonderful view of nature at work.
So, don’t leave your deck in the dark. Deck-orating is a lot of fun and well worth the time. On the long winter nights ahead, your family and neighbors will appreciate your holiday spirit and creativity from the warmth of home.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these suggestions and look forward to providing you more helpful information in the new year. So, from the Breyer family to yours: Best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a happy and healthy New Year!