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Christmas Tree Luminaries and Outside Decorating

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Want ideas for decorating the outside of your home on a budget? These Christmas tree luminaries and other inexpensive decor ideas will encourage you!

Christmas Tree Luminaries and Outside Decorating - Marty's Musings 

This was our first year decorating with the new deck on the front of our house, a project people either seem to love or hate (you can read that lively discussion here on Hometalk).

Christmas Tree Luminaries and Outside Decorating - Marty's Musings

I would love to have everything perfectly decorated outside but the truth is the bows on the wreaths look terrible and are in need of replacing. The wreaths themselves need a makeover, but I just didn’t have time to decorate the outside quite like I would have desired.

A garden in front of a house

Honestly, life happened in our home (we had a big surgery and a first grandbaby in two days this week) much like it probably did in yours. 

I share our projects and decorating as a way to encourage you to do the best with what you have. My home isn’t large or brand new but it is where my family does life together.

In that spirit, here’s what you would see if you came to visit me (and I guarantee I would serve you my traditional Instant Russian tea!)

Christmas Tree Luminaries and Outside Decorating

Our fence board Christmas tree replaced an old fashioned wreath and I love how it sets the tone for the true meaning of the holiday.

A close up of a door

I love this view of the deck. To me it just exudes a southern invitation to sit down and relax! 

A wooden bench on the side of a building

 I simply added a few touches around the deck to spruce it up for Christmas. 

A living room filled with furniture and a rug

I went very a la natural with my decor this year, which you can tell by this simple 3 tiered stand filled with evergreens, pinecones and berries.

A close up of a flower garden

This green ceramic bowl was a favorite dollar purchase this summer and looks beautiful with some natural elements. 

A close up of a flower

This metal basket (also a dollar yard sale purchase) also has a few inexpensive ornaments added to it. It doesn’t matter that they get rained on because the chipping paint just gives it a more vintage look.

A close up of a flower garden

My weather worn Santa stands right beside the front door, welcoming visitors with a wise look on his face.

Christmas tree

We may not have hit our real winter weather yet here in North Carolina but I know it’s coming!

A sign on the side of a building

Since our center section of steps is a little bit narrower than the two side sections Tim suggested using these old Christmas tree luminaries as decoration.

A wooden bench in front of a building

They line up perfectly in the shape of a Christmas tree and I used the green planters from this summer as a base.

A bench in front of a building

Again, the emphasis is on natural and I absolutely love how it “accidentally” turned out! 

Christmas Tree Luminaries and Outside Decorating - Marty's Musings 

Even though life has been hectic this season I still welcomed my homeschool moms group and our Bible study small group on separate evenings.

A lit up city at night

The Christmas tree luminaries guided our friends to our home to break bread and fellowship together.

A clock tower lit up at night

Want some additional inspiration? New this year is my fence board Christmas countdown, rustic wood candle holders and a 5 minute simple Christmas craft you still have time for!

If you need a little more encouragement try my 5 practical tips to reduce stress at Christmas (I know. I know. I have trouble taking my own advice!)

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  1. Love the luminaries forming a Christmas tree! So pretty lit! You have a beautiful home!

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