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Wooden Christmas Yard Decorations

If lights and garland aren't enough, these DIY yard decor kits will help you create a head-turning holiday display.

Four types of wooden Christmas yard decorations: two smiling snowmen, two different wooden reindeer patterns, and Mr. and Mrs. Clause.

In some neighborhoods, creating the perfect holiday yard display is serious business—the stuff holiday movies are made of. Whether you live in such a place, or just want to give guests a preview of the festive fun to be had inside, here are our top 9 do-it-yourself outdoor Christmas woodworking pattern and kit picks for a memorable holiday yard.

Stock up on pattern-transfer paper, plywood, and paint, get your jigsaw ready, and keep reading to find the project that'll put your DIY skills—and holiday spirit—on display.

11 Wooden Christmas Yard Decorations

1. White Reindeer

Two wooden reindeer with red bows on their necks used as yard decoration. Photo by Woodstore

Sure, there are hundreds of wooden reindeer patterns out there. But, this one is a classic. Punctuate your display with these simple white reindeer, which can be easily disassembled and stored flat for use year after year. An extensive selection of Santas and sleighs and other holiday patterns are also available.

About $15 for plans;

2. Mrs. Snow and Child

A wooden Christmas yard decoration with two smiling snowmen wearing scarves. Photo by Woodstore

Forget Frosty! Make it a white Christmas no matter the weather with this cute duo in your yard. And, worry not Frosty fans: outdoor Christmas woodworking patterns for a 45-inch high snowman and a 30-inch high snowman are also available.

About $15 for plans,

3. Wooden Sleigh

A wooden sleigh. Photo by Rockler

Transform your yard into Santa's parking space with this beautiful piece. The kit includes an outdoor Christmas woodworking pattern and all the wood and metal you need to make your own authentic sleigh. The finished product stands 3-feet tall. Once you're done, all you'll need are presents to fill it with.

About $100 for the kit,

4. Easy-Rider Clauses

A wooden Christmas yard decoration featuring Mr. Claus driving a motorbike with Ms. Claus behind him. Photo by The Winfield Collection

Sleigh not your style? Check out this pattern for an update on Santa's vehicle. The finished piece is 54 inches by 73 inches. Mrs. Claus is a separate piece that can be perched on the back of the bike, so you have the option of letting Santa ride solo.

About $20 for plans,

5. Christmas Moose

Two big reindeers and two baby reindeers lined up in a wooden outdoor Christmas decoration in front of evergreen trees. Photo by Woodcraft

Welcome the cousins of the reindeer to your yard display. Standing 28 inches high—less than half the height of their living counterparts—this moose pair also comes with mini-moose that are only 10 inches tall. Add white paint and a bell collar as shown, and these moose are a striking addition to your holiday yard.

About $15 for plans,

6. Ginormas White Reindeer

Wooden reindeer decoration with a person standing next to it to demonstrate how big the reindeer is in comparison. Photo by The Winfield Collection

This wood pattern is larger than life—literally. The aptly named Ginormas Reindeer stands more than 15-feet high and requires 5½ sheets of plywood. When the pattern designers put their reindeer out, it caused quite a stir—passersby even stopped to pose for pictures with the colossal caribou.

About $25 for plans and about $3 for necessary hardware (including carriage bolts, washers and nuts),

7. Candy Cane Lantern

A wooden candy kane decoration with red and white stripes. Photo by Woodcraft Plans

Line your driveway with these working candy cane lanterns, and guests will feel as though they're driving up to Santa's workshop. The pattern includes woodworking instructions, a painting guide and complete wiring instructions. The finished striped candy cane stands 78 inches tall.

About $15 for plans,

8. Penguins on Parade

A parent penguin leading baby penguins in a wooden outdoor Christmas decoration. Photo by The Winfield Collection

For a winter decoration that can go up before Christmas and stay up 'til the end of the season, try this pattern. At three feet tall, these wooden penguins are the perfect complement to a yard full of winter snow and ice.

About $10 for plans;

9. Gingerbread Manor

Gingerbread house made of wood being used as a yard decoration for the holidays. Photo by The Winfield Collection

This stately manor makes a good substitute, if you are not baking a traditional cookie-based gingerbread house. The full size plan will create a 46-inch tall by 47-inch wide house.

About $15 for plans,

10. Gingerbread Junction Dancers

Two wooden gingerbread decorations. Photo by House Plans and More

Let the neighborhood know the fun holiday party is inside. This dancing gingerbread boy and girl will keep your spirits lifted throughout the season.

About $15 for plans,

11. Santa, Sleigh, and Reindeer

Santa, Sleigh, and Reindeer Wood Outdoor Christmas Decoration placed in a snowy backyard. Photo by The WInfield Collection

Your kids will think the big-man himself has landed on your front lawn. The set includes separate plans for each.

About $40 for plans,