Classic Christmas Red Outdoor Décor Home Tour ~ How I decorated outside my Canadian home for Christmas and links to 28 other Canadian Christmas Home Tours #CBHomeTour
Welcome to my Canadian home tour! I along with 28 other Canadian bloggers have teamed up this week where we have opened our homes to share with you how we decorate for the Christmas season! At the end of the post are links to each home tour. It is amazing how each home is decorated reflects the personal style of each talented blogger!
All the Canadian bloggers come from around the country spreading from the west coast on the Pacific Ocean all the way across to the east coast on the Atlantic Ocean. I live over on the west side where I have a gorgeous view of the Rocky Mountains. Living so close to the mountains we can be guaranteed that we will always have a white Christmas!
I love decorating for the Christmas season. I love decorating the outdoors just as much as the indoors. A long time ago I made a commitment to decorate using the classic Christmas colours and to stick with that choice. I love all the blues, silvers, teals and even purple colour schemes. But there is something about the colour red at Christmas time. It somehow can still look up to date with the current decorating trends even though it is a classic traditional Christmas colour.
Classic Christmas Red Outdoor Décor Home Tour
I made this wreath last year and shared the detailed how-tos on the blog
I was pleasantly surprised how good it looked just using big red ornaments and a big red bow! The impact of the bold red colour along with the faux evergreen boughs looked quite stunning when I hung it on our black front door. I was also pleasantly surprised how well received this DIY project was by my readers and pinners on Pinterest! It was this Christmas wreath that gave me the idea to only use classic red in all the outdoor décor this year!
As you walk or drive by the house you will notice three identical Christmas outdoor arrangements.
I had a lot of fun making them one afternoon in the garage while listening to Christmas music! They were made with fresh cedar and Scotch pine greenery, tall red natural and glittered branches, silk poinsettias and a gorgeous big bow.
The details for how I made the arrangements are in
Let’s head up the walkway to the front door….
… where you see two more Christmas outdoor arrangements and lots of splashes of classic Christmas red! The first arrangement is a real statement piece made in a tall black cast iron urn. It is decorated with more fresh cedar and Scotch pine boughs, tall red poinsettias, tall red branches and some glittered embellishments to give the arrangement a bit of sparkle.
I share how to make this outdoor Christmas floral arrangement in
The big bow is made with the same design using the same method as the other red bows in front of the garage. I bought two jumbo spools of classic Christmas red ribbon. One type of ribbon was wired satin and the second type of ribbon was a sheer glittered fabric. When the two types of ribbon were combined, they made gorgeous deep red coloured bows.
The tutorial for how to make a big bow like this red one is detailed in
I also showcase different ideas for making DIY bows in
I love using a combination of faux and natural materials when creating Christmas outdoor arrangements. Further up the walk there is another arrangement designed with fresh Christmas greenery, birch logs and glittered grapevine stars. I also decided to create a cluster of red poinsettias. All I did was buy a faux potted poinsettia plant. I removed the foil wrapping and wrapped it in some red deco mesh to hide the base made of white Styrofoam. Then I inserted the entire faux plant into the arrangement and secured it with some hidden bamboo skewers. The final touch was to add one more identical big bow made with classic Christmas red ribbon!
A purchased flag also greets you to say “Happy Holidays”! We are now at the stairs to the front door. It is a covered porch area that I have added various decorative Christmas touches with of course a bit of classic Christmas red.
There are two IKEA black lanterns. Inside each one is a candle and a handful of red metallic tinsel purchased at the dollar store. For a pop of red I added a faux red poinsettia plant placed in a black IKEA plant pot. Tucked into the corner is a black iron obelisk I decorated with twinkle lights and red Christmas ornaments.
I share where I got the black iron obelisks and how I created this display in
Over in the other corner is another obelisk wrapped with twinkle lights. I also have a large black outdoor lantern. In keeping with the class Christmas red colour scheme, I added some red deco mesh and a couple of red glittered leaf looking Christmas picks wrapped around the candle inside the lantern.
In front of a second faux red poinsettia plant are luminaries I made using mason jars. They too are filled with twinkle lights and are accented with classic Christmas red!
The tutorial for how to make these is in
I previously mentioned we always have a white Christmas. The snow did come a few days after I took the first set of photos showcasing my classic Christmas red outdoor décor home tour.
A reader asked me once if the moisture from the snow damaged the outdoor Christmas arrangements. The answer is no. I have used the same silk poinsettias in this tall urn arrangement for about ten years and they still look gorgeous.
If we do happen to get a heavy snowfall I go outside and shake off the excess snow.
You may have noticed the front of the house is a sea of green. This was an intentional gardening landscaping design choice. We made a raised garden bed in the front of the house outlined with brick work. It is filled with three massive green spreading junipers. We chose this landscape design because the mass of green stays green all year long and looks especially beautiful when it is covered with white snow in winter!
Not only does the classic Christmas red coloured porch look pretty during the day, it also looks equally pretty at night. All the candles and twinkle lights are on a battery-operated timer. They are set to turn on and turn off at the same time every evening. Thankfully, I don’t have to go outside every night in my PJ’s to turn the lights off before I go to bed.
Final Comments: Thank you to Christina from The DIY Mommy who organized this 2016 Canadian Bloggers Home Tour! She is the creator and writer of a fabulous blog, a busy mom to three adorable daughters and is still able to be the leader in initiating and organizing blog hops like this one!
Your Turn: Time to visit all the other bloggers and take a peek into their Canadian homes to see how they decorate for Christmas! Grab a cup of coffee, tea, glass of wine or a hot chocolate if it is a chilly day and be inspired! Tomorrow is the last day of the blog hop so you will want to check in again tomorrow when the Friday Christmas home tours go live! See you then!