Simple Outdoor Christmas Lighting

DIY Christmas outdoor ligihting accents that are easy to make and fun to enjoy.

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Creating Simple Outdoor Christmas LightingWe often think of holiday decorating as a show, but sometimes it can have a practical side.  I was struggling last Saturday for decorating ideas because the fact is there’s no room in the RV to dress up for Christmas without feeling claustrophobic.

Since we spend most of our time outside I decided a few outdoor Christmas elements would be a better idea.  This took me to lighting, tree trunks, and red cardinal ribbon.

Prepping for Outdoor Christmas lighting

Digging Holes

When I say struggling, I really was because when you step into a minimal lifestyle, decorations can make a small environment feel even smaller.

During that Saturday, Robert was moving gravel and there sat a couple tree trunks that I thought would be perfect holders for outdoor lighting.  An idea sparked and he quickly dug the holes, Dixie tried to help and for a change of pace, I watched and just took pictures.

It’s been great having Robert’s help, working together can be a challenge but most of the time it’s fantastic.  Thank goodness for a sense of humor!

At this point in the project the decorating involved, digging holes and placing the tree stumps.


Home For Christmas Sign

Adding a Sign

I’m not going to bore you with how I made this sign because it was a basic design, very similar to many of the other signs I’ve made in the past.  This one included reclaimed wood and those cute little wood slices came from a tree branch.

Life here is about enjoying our surroundings, watching deer and smiling when the red cardinals visit.

This sign reminds me there’s nothing wrong with practical decorating.

Turning Logs into outside solar lights

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Light Supplies and Adding Details

When the sun goes down it’s dark at Quail Grove, we use an atomic beam flashlight when traveling outdoors and for additional brightness solar lights.  Who doesn’t love solar lights?

Let’s start with what I used to install and put this lighting together.

I took these two light fixtures and removed the stems, then used a 3/4-inch drill bit to make one hole in each stump.  This was a perfect fit securing the lights allowing me to move on with some Christmas details.


Lighting for an outdoor Christmas

Practical Finishing Touches

These finishing touches included ribbon, cord and berry sprigs, some of which I had left over from previous seasons.  The cedar came from our continuous clearing and within minutes everything starting coming together.

I stepped back and smiled thinking this is our life and I like it…

Home Decor lighting for Christmas

This simple outdoor lighting is perfect for our Christmas because it’s dual purpose.

When the holiday season comes to an end we can remove the extras and still have lighting that works year-round.  In a world where decorating is a big show we find peace by keeping it simple.

We’re continuing the bird theme next week on the deck with more cedar.

You may also enjoy, A Bird Friendly Christmas Tree and Handmade Bird Seed Ornaments



Creating Simple Outdoor Christmas Lighting

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  1. daisy says:

    I love the look! I have some vintage blue Ball jars that a friend gave me that I’ve been wanting to make into lights. Your post made me realize how great they would look around the garden. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Carole West says:

      Glad you like it, this was from a couple of years ago. This year I got some fairy lights and plan to dress them up in jars will probably share that project on Instagram. Hope you are signed up for my newsletter, I have message going out tomorrow that won’t be in a blog post you may want to read. Hope your weekend is fantastic!

  2. Margy says:

    I like the solar lights in the wood. We use lots of solar lights at our cabin. I have a string of solar coloured Christmas lights across our front porch. We like them so much they stay up all year. Indoors rechargeable battery powered lights help us get through the long dark nights here in the northwest. – Margy

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Margy – I grew up in the Northwest so yes those long nights can drag on. I may add some Christmas lights next just because, hope you have a great weekend.

  3. Hi Carole! I totally can relate, as you know. Our 27′ travel trailer frustrated me to no end with nowhere to sit, cook, read, stand or much less blog. ? Had to move one box to sit most of the time. TV sat on our dining table. To blog for Christmas last year, I moved everything to our bed and piled, then pulled the curtain so I could photograph. I will say, it WILL get better as time goes on! Remember why you are doing this and that it’s just short term. Love your post and shared it on Twitter and G+ for you. Will share to a Pinterest, too. ??? Biggest thing to remember: plug in/wrap your water hose so it doesn’t freeze and pull all tanks before a big freeze! Ask me about using a heater to thaw the black… Lol! ?☃️? Xoxo Barb

    1. Carole says:

      Oh yes I love the simple RV life but I tell you there are days that I want to pull my hair out but I recently got a rhythm and organized things so it wasn’t so cluttered. Now if I could just remember to do the dishes right away I’d be set. LOL We have the shed purchased for our Tiny House and we’re using it for our tools right now. Eventually we’ll transform that into our Tiny House but I’m not sure if we’ll do that during or after this project. So I like to go in there and dream about that layout. But I have to say I don’t miss having a big home at all.

      1. Maybe you can just decorate it like a she-she’d once in a while? Put in a few chairs, a little table, a heater, and “play house.” Rather, happily go photograph. ? There is an old blog, now defunct, but was wildly popular: When you have time, check it out. This is what I am thinking of. ☃️ Happy homesteading! We may be doing the same next year as we look for land.

  4. Christine says:

    I love your lights, very rustic and timeless. I may steal this idea if you don’t mind 😉

  5. Beautifully done, Carole! LOVE the outdoor lights on those stumps! Anything nature works for me! And it sure looks good with your beautiful surroundings!

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you! If you were closer I’d pass some of those stumps off to you. Oh and before I forget I’m doing workshops in town and your Trees on the Hot Cocoa stencil were a hit. Check it out here >>

  6. Karen says:

    Cedar greens are one of my favorite Christmas decorating elements. The smell alone is just wonderful, but they also look so beautiful and festive. I’ve seen a lot of solar lighting ideas, and I really love this one. It fits perfectly into your landscape and I can imagine they throw a lot of light during night hours.

    I still remember how intense the darkness was when we lived far away from town. It was beautiful and we had a gorgeous display of stars on clear nights, but when it was dark…it was DARK!

    One of my favorite things about solar lights is their automation. Perfect for those of us who often forget to turn off outdoor lights once day breaks. 🙂

    This is lovely, Carole.

    1. Carole says:

      Awe yes that Cedar is grand… I’ve another fun little cedar related post coming next week. The darkness is grand at times we like to sit on the deck and look at the stars when it’s warm out. Dixie though she prefers the full or half moon nights. Wild hogs roam so it can be a little scary for her at times.

  7. Sandi Allen says:

    How Fun! Love this,

  8. daisy says:

    What a fabulous idea for the lights on the tree stumps. We have some on our property that were here when we moved in, and now I know exactly what I want to do with them. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Hope you have a simply rockin’ Christmas!

    1. Carole says:

      Awesome – I said to Robert it would be neat to line the entire road or have one at each corner of the property because it’s really dark out here when the moon isn’t shinning at night. Christmas is rockin and hope things are your way too. We’re staying warm today indoors.

  9. Patti says:

    Practical, functional, beautiful and festive. I love it!! Cardinals are one of my favorite birds. You just can’t beat that beautiful red and some say they are loves ones who have past visiting you. Who really knows, but it’s a nice sentiment.
    Wishing you and Robert a wonderful Christmas in your new home.

    1. Carole says:

      That is a nice sentiment because I’ll tell you since we’ve started clearing this space more and more birds show up but when the cardinals sweep in everything gets quiet. When we lived on the farm there was one that would knock on our backyard window with it’s beak. Was so neat! Wait till you see what I did for next week, I’m focusing my attention on the birds this year.

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