15 of the Most Unusual Outdoor Christmas Decorations [2020]
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15 Creative & Unusual DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year. Decorating the outside of our homes, a beloved tradition carried out by millions each holiday season. But, what if you broke away from the standard Santa Clauses, Snowmen, and other great outdoor Christmas decorations and opted for something a bit more… unusual?

In this article, we’ve prepared for you 15 of the most unusual outdoor Christmas decorations to try in your yard.

Our Favorite Creative & Unusual DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Here are our picks! Keep in mind as you move through this list that these selections are nothing like your grandparent’s Christmas yard decorations.

Santa Taking a Break

Perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who find it amusing, Santa peeing from the rooftop or chimney is a quick and easy unusual Christmas decoration to install.

Simply place an inflatable Santa or cutout Santa on the roof and then attach a loose string of yellow lights to his middle section. Trail the lights away from Santa, down the roof, and over the edge. If you use extra-long lights, you can make the urine stream splash down into the yard beside the house.

Christmas Tree Bursting Through the Top of Your Roof

christmas trree through roof illusion decoration
Credit: My Modern Met, Aidan Walters

One of our very favorite unusual Christmas decorations this year is the Christmas tree bursting through the top of the roof. This decoration requires climbing onto the roof, attaching the top one third or a quarter of an easy to break down artificial Christmas tree, and overlaying its edges with spare roof shingles. For an even more picturesque effect, add a bright tree topper, ornaments, and lights to the tree as well.

The Grinch Stealing Christmas Decorations from Your Yard

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Credit: Warisan Lighting

A quick and simple yet really fun and unusual idea is the Grinch stealing Christmas decorations from your yard. After dressing your yard up with regular Christmas decor, place an inflatable or wooden Grinch somewhere amongst the decorations. Put a string of lights in the Grinch’s hand and hang half of them up (so it looks as if he is taking them down). If you want to get really creative, you can give him a bag full of presents and decor as well.

Snowman Using Cellphone

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Credit: Pamela Shoop

How about a snowman using a cell phone or tablet? This decoration is super easy to set up and is as untraditional as the other ideas on our list. All you have to do is set out an inflatable snowman and glue or otherwise attach a toy cell phone, selfie stick or tablet to his hands. Broken cellphones or tablets work just as well. This idea may also work great with real snowmen, as shown above.

 Santa Claus in the Outhouse

One idea that is both hilarious and uncomfortable at the same time is Santa Claus with no privacy using the outhouse. If you want to DIY with one from scratch, you’ll need to first set up a mock-outhouse (unless you happen to have a real outhouse in your yard). After the outhouse is up, place Santa on the throne, with the door open, and your choice of elves, reindeer, snowmen, and more, crowded around on both sides of Santa and the outhouse. Add lights and decorations to the outhouse for a bit more flair and creativity.

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Chicken Wire Ornaments

If you’ve got a creative personality, chicken wire ornaments, gift boxes, and other designs are quick and simple to make. Just grab a decent amount of flexible chicken wire, enough strands of lights to cover them, and get to bending the wire into whatever shapes you like. These decorations can be as typical or unusual as you please. Your creativity is the only limitation as to how weird things get in your yard this Christmas.

Giant Christmas Ornaments

GIANT CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS diy tutorial
Credit: Smart School House

Another way to display non-traditional decorations in your yard this Christmas is by creating a handful of giant-sized ornaments. You can also use stencils to create Christmassy themes for these giant ornaments. Again, your imagination is your only limit here.

Twine Lanterns

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Credit: Very Irie

Twine lanterns are an uncommon Christmas decoration idea, but these decorations are simple to make. All you need is a bit of twine and a strand of holiday lights for each lantern. Make sure the lights are waterproof!

Concrete/Cinder Block Square Gift Boxes

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Glitter, paint, lights, ribbon, and bows can be added to these regular old cinder blocks to make them appear just like Christmas presents. You can also use various sized bricks and other blocks or boxes of another material to give the appearance of different sized gift boxes. The bigger your imagination, the better these gift boxes will turn out.

Mason Jar Window Lights

unusual outdoor xmas decor mason jar lights

Mason jars are one of those things that everyone seems to have a few laying around or in storage. For this Christmas decor idea, you can break those jars out and dust them off. Simply placing various lights, even whole strands of lights, inside the jars and placing them on your porch or window sills turns them into vivid displays at night. We suggest something similar to these mini light projectors for your mason jars.

Giant Wooden Snowflakes with Lights

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Credit: DIY Network

Another great outdoor decor idea for this Christmas is a ridiculously large wooden snowflake with lights. If you really want to make a statement, try making more than one. This project will require a basic level of woodworking and the use of a handsaw or power tool. The size is up to you but we suggest using plywood sheets, a chalk line, and tracing out unique patterns to cut out.

When you’re done, you should have snowflakes large enough to lean up against a tree, light post, or even the side of the house or garage. Add glitter, paint, garland, and lights to add some flare (maybe even a spotlight)

Christmas Crate Train

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Credit: Keeper of the Cheerios

One of the coolest DIY Christmas decorations that we came across so far this year is the Christmas crate train. This decoration idea consists of 4 or more wooden crates being made-over to appear like a train engine, cars, and caboose. To make this idea unusual in addition to being creative and resourceful, add some horror or sci-fi inflatables of your choice. Don’t forget to add the spotlights.

Snowman Zombie Family with Planters

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Credit: Home Depot, Etsy

Snowmen are as iconic as any Christmas character or symbol. There’s just something about them that melts our hearts and reminds us of simpler times. Terra Cotta pots for the garden, or plastic knock-offs, can be flipped upside-down and painted white. Once faces are added, including two old fashioned button eyes on each snowman, your creations come to life. That said, this year, why not put a spin on a handful of snowmen by painting them up like zombies?

Pro tip: add green neon light strips and a mini fog machine along the backs of your planter snowman family for an even more creepy effect.

Oversized Holiday Wreath

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Credit: Downtown Decorations

What may be unusual about a holiday wreath, you may be asking yourself? The answer; the fact that it’s damn near the size of your house.

A wide variety of materials can be used in the construction of a mega-sized wreath for your yard. Piping, wind tunnels, old tent poles, and greenhouse frames are all a great place to start forgiving the wreath some initial shape.

After you see how large it will be, take measurements and secure enough lights and either green garland or artificial tree branches to weave around the frame until its all green. Make sure to add plenty of lights and other decorations before standing it up and placing it.

The size depends solely on how you go about building the thing, but oversized holiday wreaths can be so tall that they need the house itself, or garage, to support it.

Christmas Tree on Fire

Christmas trees are the mother of all holiday decorations. Everyone, everywhere, knows what a Christmas tree is. This year, set your yard decorations ablaze with a Christmas tree on fire. This display can be achieved in several manners. We suggest starting with a flameless fire pit tutorial that uses an artificial tree or artificial spruce and pine garland, as well as yellow, red, and orange lights with multiple display modes.

You can also move the fire effect indoors with the tutorial above, and add an inflatable or wooden Santa Claus with a water hose trying to put the fire out. Run blue lights out of the hose and into the tree to give the appearance of running water.

What’s Your Favorite Unusual Outdoor Christmas Decoration Idea?

Christmas decorations don’t get much more strange than those listed here. Hopefully, our selections have given you some food for thought and helped to inspire some most unusual outdoor Christmas decorations of your own. Do you have a knack for creating unusual Christmas displays? We’d love to hear about your idea and/or see pictures of videos posted in the comments.

Good luck setting up some unusual decorations outside this year!

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