How to Make Cheap Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Love to spread your Christmas cheer to the outside of your home, but don't have extra cash? Outdoor Christmas decorations can get expensive, but with a little bit of creativity and some items that you may have in your garage already, you can create your own inexpensive outdoor Christmas decorations.

Giant Candy Canes

Step 1

Connect the PVC U-bend connector to the 18-inch piece of straight pipe, using glue or clear tape.

Step 2

Beginning at the curved end, wrap the red tape around the length of the joined PVC pipes in a downward spiral, leaving evenly spaced gaps of white in between. This will create the familiar candy cane stripe.

Step 3

Insert your giant candy cane directly into the ground, or place over sturdy plant stakes placed into the ground.

Giant Christmas Tree Ornaments

Step 1

Tape an empty disposable container to a playground ball with the open side adjoining the ball. Cover the container completely in duct tape, as this will serve as the top of the Christmas ornament. Create a little duct tape loop, if desired.

Step 2

Spray paint the entire ball in a shiny metallic color.

Step 3

Allow the spray paint to dry completely, then hang the balls from the eaves of your house or garage, or group them together on the lawn.

Giant Gift Boxes

Step 1

Wrap the large cardboard boxes in mylar gift wrap, which won't be susceptible to the elements. Add some ribbons or bows, and set them in the yard or on the porch.


If your yard experiences high winds, be sure to secure your decorations to avoid them blowing into someone else's yard.

Things You'll Need

  • 18-inch PVC pipe

  • PVC U-bend connector

  • Red tape

  • Playground balls

  • Empty disposable plastic containers (such as from yogurt, cottage cheese or sour cream)

  • Duct tape

  • Shiny or metallic spray paint

  • Large cardboard boxes

  • Mylar gift wrap

  • Wide ribbons

  • Clear tape