DIY Outdoor Christmas Decor Tips

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DIY Outdoor Christmas DecorĀ 

If you haven’t started putting up Christmas decorations yet, you may be behind! It’s time to pull the pumpkins off of the front porch and change the dining room table centerpiece because tis’ the season for Christmas decor. Taking care of the inside is a piece of cake compared to hanging the lights outside. Although it can be overwhelming figuring out where to start, we have a few tips to help you get started!

Where Can You Hang Lights?

Perhaps your yard is filled with shrubs or trees that allow you the opportunity to illuminate your home this holiday season. Take some time to check out your surroundings and see what spots would best fit holiday lighting. It’s also important to take the style of holiday lighting into consideration. Do you want to use rope lights, net lights, icicles — the list goes on! So, whether you are dreaming of a Winter Wonderland theme or prefer red and green lights to illuminate your yard, there are lights out there ready to get the job done.

Safety First

Sounds silly, right? Putting up Christmas lights can’t be that hard! However, nobody wants to spend Christmas on crutches so be sure to use a sturdy ladder when hanging up lights. If possible, enlist the help of a family member or friend when hanging the lights. It’s also important to make sure that you are using outside lights. These lights should contain the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) label.

Check the Lights

Wow, what a relieving moment when you finish hanging that last strand of lights! Except for when you realize that a few strands have burnt-out bulbs and no longer work. Talk about a buzz kill. Be sure to avoid this by testing the lights and replacing bulbs before installing them. It will save you time and a headache!

Calm Down Clark Griswold

Don’t get us wrong, we all want to dazzle the neighbors and be “the house to see” during Christmas! But, it’s important to make sure you don’t overload your circuits. A common rule of thumb is aiming for no more than 1400 watts on one circuit. If your lights start to dim inside your home, this is a sign that you may have gone a little too far with the holiday lights.

Be Mindful of Your Lights

When you go to bed at night, be sure to turn your lights off. Same goes for when you’re not home. Many people use timers that take care of this problem for them.


Hanging outdoor decorations and holiday lights is a great way to get in the holiday spirit. Ask your spouse, children and grandchildren to assist you for a day filled with family fun and memories that will last a lifetime. At RiverView Turf, nothing means more to us than family. Remember the reason for the season and to count your blessings.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday and a very Merry Christmas!