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Christmas lights and decorations at the front of an old style house at night
Sprinkle a little stardust over your home with fairy lights and sparkly creatures. Here are some of the best ways to style your exterior with festive lights and decorations.

 

It's a magical time of year

Can Christmas decorations be stylish and whimsical at the same time? Of course they can! Take inspiration from these unique and eye-catching festive light settings, with products you can repurpose year after year. We’ll take you through show-stopping options for your front yard, festive alfresco dining ideas and a backyard fairyland straight out of your childhood Christmas dreams. 

Impress your neighbours

Your front yard is going to get the most attention, so why not pull out all the stops? Create a visual story with clever light placement and illuminating statues. For a traditional-themed scene, start styling with reindeer, stars and a bright wreath.

Christmas lights and decorations at the front of an old style house at night

Create a fantasy forest within your garden beds using solar tree-shaped stake lights. Take it a step further by brightening up social areas with twinkling lights.

A string of fairy lights and stake lights in front of an old style house at night

For a fuller display, use icicle lights. String them along the roof of a verandah or pergola to create an enchanted setting.

Close-up of fairy lights in a vine on a veranda at night

Position solar lights to catch the sun during the day. These outdoor colour-changing LED reindeer are installed outside the porch cover to receive maximum daylight.

Illuminated reindeer and door decorations on an old style house at night

Now, onto the backyard!

Light up the kids’ Christmas spirit by surprising them with a festive fairyland at the bottom of the garden. Add gingerbread-house charm to a simple cubby and bring in Yuletide props to get them dreaming of Christmas morning. 

See our Christmas cubby house makeover to find out how we transformed a standard flatpack cubby, including step-by-step instructions to creating the painted terracotta pot toadstools and peppermint candy dowel knobs. 

Illuminated reindeer, kangaroos and stars next to a decorated cubby house at night

Solar novelty lights like these illuminated Christmas trees and toadstools will add to the enchanted look and feel. We turned timber offcuts into fantasy signs – a great low-effort, high-impact D.I.Y. decoration.

Illuminated toadstools, stars and Christmas tree stake lights in a backyard at night

Mix classic golden solar-powered reindeer with our kangaroo solar stake lights for festive Aussie fun. Outdoor rope lights wound around plant trainers make a sparkling Christmas ‘tree’.

Illuminated reindeer and kangaroos in a backyard at night

Get creative! Artfully draped net lights fastened to a hedge with cable ties make a cool 2D Christmas tree.

A string of fairy lights in the shape of a Christmas tree against a hedge at nightA waterfall of lights creates atmosphere at a drinks party or Christmas buffet. Style your dining table with coloured glassware, extra baubles and foliage to enhance the mood.

A string of fairy lights glowing against a white wall on a deck at nightDon’t forget to sit back and enjoy what you’ve created! Take a quiet time-out from all the hustle and bustle to enjoy your festive scenery in a comfy lounge nook.

Fairy lights along a balcony in an outdoor room at night, with a comfortable chairSafety tips

Make sure any lighting used outside is suitable for the outdoors. Any hard-wired electrical fixtures must be installed by a licensed electrician. Our cubby was set up for photographic purposes only. When assembling and positioning your cubby, carefully follow the safety instructions provided by the manufacturer. Note: paint colours may vary on application.

Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

Shop for all these enchanting lights and so much more …

Browse our huge range of Christmas lights and decorations in-store or online. 

 

Photo credit: Natalie Hunfalvay

 

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.