The Latest in Chicken Coop Decor. It is TOO a Thing.

As a matter of fact decorating your chicken coop is TOO a thing as you’re soon going to find out. But don’t worry, if you don’t have a coop all of this can be applied to a shed, backyard or garage too. 

Garland Bokah
Surprise! It’s one month until Christmas! I know. It happens every year.  Nothing …  nothing …  nothing …  hmm … Christmas is coming in the sort of far off, can’t be bothered to think about it, distant future.


What’s next? UFOs? Parachute Pants? Easter? God only knows what’s lurking around the corner. 

If you’re one of those people who thinks “A month??? Christmas is still AGESSSSSS away, you crackpot! Feel free to let me know when Christmas is *actually* close. Snort.”,  then I’d like to introduce you to Maureen.

Maureen thought a month was a long time until Christmas too. Ages! So she scoffed at people who were already getting ready for Christmas and forgot about it until 2 days before the big event. Out the door Maureen flew in a panic not knowing where to head or what to do first. 

As it turns out it didn’t matter because before she even made it out of her driveway Maureen fainted from the stress of it all and couldn’t be revived by smelling salts until well past Valentine’s day; worse than that, while in her coma-like stress state no one plucked Maureen’s one chin hair and by the time she woke it was 3 feet long.

The end.

I’m sorry to tell you such a scary story but I want  you to have a relaxing Christmas so I want to make sure you don’t leave things until the last minute. I haven’t yet decorated my coop for the season but I’ll be adding something to it this week like I have in seasons past. I will not be waiting until 2 days before Christmas.

Coop Area

Here is everything that’s good about classic Christmas decorations with the added sparkle of genuine chicken poop. Backyard chickens are always cute, but it takes a certain something to make what’s essentially a litter a box, shine.

Yes.  Garland can make anything, ANYTHING look fantastic – even chicken poop. 

Ditto for bows. And this is coming from a very unbow person. I don’t even like them on my running shoe laces.

Feed Bucket

Throw a sprig of greenery or a burlap bow on anything utilitarian outside like feed buckets. If you don’t have a chicken coop add it to a shovel or broom handle by the door.

In the coop photo at the top of this post, all the decorating is done outside of the chicken coop, around the gates, framing the coop.

Below, the actual coop is decorated with lights, garland and swags which is the direct view I have from my dining room window.

Christmas Coop 2

Obviously you don’t want anything flammable or harmful to the chickens going onto your coop. My chickens showed no interested in eating this pine garland. They were interested in the apple on the ground. 


Christmas Coop 3

If you have a chicken coop (shed or other outbuilding) that you can see from your house why WOULDN’T you decorate it? 

Christmas Coop 5

In the case of a chicken coop it’s something you walk up to and see every day. And chances are you see your shed out of one of your house windows too so LIGHT it up. Put garland on it, a wreath, twinkle lights and bows.

This year you might not be seeing a lot of other people’s homes. You might not have family around. You might not go to parties or dinners or restaurants and it might make you sad. 


The very least you can do for yourself is give yourself a pretty, cozy, comforting view that you can look at the entire month of December donned in flannel, watching Netflix and drinking hot buttered rums while quietly laughing at Maureen.


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The Latest in Chicken Coop Decor. It is TOO a Thing.


  1. Robin Snyder says:

    What a lovely Christmas chicken coop. I am curious – what brand of coop is this? It appears to be prefabricated.

  2. MaryJo Boyle says:

    Just forwarded this post to our two daughters with chickens. 😎

  3. judy says:

    blanket…great, but getting all those trees in the barrel was the real work of art! how many times did the barrel tip and they all fall on your toe! great job!

  4. Anemone says:

    There is just something so warm about the way you decorated. I love it all. That chalkboard art is way too cool. I want to sit on your chair. Your logs and garlands are perfect.

  5. nancy says:

    oh my!!! headed to Ikea later this morning!

    yea I barely like Christmas so this decor works for me. so beautiful.
    but…….I don’t mean to complain but I don’t see a lighted orb anywhere? Last year mine inspired (kept the ground warm) for a huge recurrent bout of purple petunias. It was so interesting to see them coming up out of the snow. It did snow quite a bit… Ok, even if it is Seattle……I had petunias blooming in March. So shut up, it was snow for weeks, about 2 weeks. Kinda interfered with the orbness. But it was all good.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. No orbs this year Nancy. I change things up and I’ve had the orbs for many years now. So they’re retired for the time being. ~ karen!

  6. Nancyeileen says:

    As always, LUV it!
    You’re a true inspiration.
    Lovely to see the chickens enjoying the Christmas season, too!
    Merry Christmas, Karen!
    Pax et bonum!

  7. Bonnie says:

    Bah, Humbug! I don’t get into Christmas. I wish we could have it no more than every other year. I would think of moving to a country that doesn’t celebrate Christmas, but I don’t think there are any. I was in Beijing a couple of years ago in December, and they had Christmas decorations everywhere! I asked about it and was told that they don’t really understand it or know what it is about, but they have gotten into the commercial aspects and kitsch. But, I know that even if I did find such a place, they would probably have some other equally irritating holiday.
    BUT… your decorations are very pretty, and I agree with Lauren that the lettering is tres cool.

  8. Deb says:

    I, too, was gasping at that blanket, although here in the Pacific Northwest, we refer to all of them as Pendleton blankets…doesn’t matter who actually makes them. I’m definitely in the spirit, but have yet to decorate anything at all as I’m sewing sewing sewing. Everything is simply lovely.

  9. Bols says:

    I have to say that your house and back yard are far more impressive than 99% of the home featured in Style At Home and/or in The Canadian House and Home.
    Sinking 60 into a kitchen renovation does not inspire me – but you and your house always do.

    All the photos in this post are charming but the very first one doubly so. I just love seeing the chickies behind the “dowel gate” (is there official name for it)? – I bet you whip it up using you left hand only when you had 20 minutes to spare.

    Your blog and Apartment Therapy are my most favourite sites on the internet and even though I don’t comment often, I look almost every day.

    Thank you for all the joy and inspiration that you provide and best wishes of Merry Christmas (and plentiful postings) in 2012 from Kitchener.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Bols! You know I was featured in Style at Home, right? ;) Never Canadian House and Home though. Or The Ladies home Journal. Or even Backyard Poultry. Hmm. Glad to inspire! Don’t think for a minute when I start making millions that I won’t be doing a kitchen renovation myself. I will. I’ll probably just do it myself. ~ karen

      • Bols says:

        Hi Karen,

        Of course I know your house was in Style At Home. That’s one of the issues that I hang on to (in order to get the piles of magines under control, I give old issues [or those that I feel are uninspiring] to one of the girls working in our cafeteria. She is young and as a kitchen help, she probably buy magazines so I gladly pass on what I am done with]). But the issue with your house is not going anywhere!

        • Karen says:

          Hah! Fingers crossed for Dwell. That’s the next one I’d like to be in. My coop at least. :) ~ karen

  10. Jeanette says:

    With all those beautiful decorations you probably get double the eggs from the girls… (Eggnog?!)

  11. Carol-Anne says:

    Everything looks beautiful as always Karen! As an fyi – I was at The Bay @ Burlington Mall this afternoon and they have several of the Hudson’s Bay wool blankets if anyone local is looking for one. Merry Christmas!

  12. Larita says:

    Oh, you and your dribbles of wet snow are so adorable.

    -woman from North-eastern BC with FIVE FEET OF SNOW IN MY YARD.

  13. Linda says:

    oh! and what are you displaying in the plexiglass boxes? the girls? ;-)

  14. Linda says:

    FANTABULOUS!!!! Karen, where did you get those amazing candles in the wreaths? Are they from Ikea as well?

    • Karen says:

      Linda – Thanks! I actually ordered the candles online years ago. I bought them for the house but they look wayyyy too fake and stupid for the house. So, I tried using them outside like this and they’re workin’ out perfectly. ~ karen!

  15. Lori says:

    I wish I could decorate like this!!! you do such a great job,and make it look so easy! Thanks for sharing
    May you and yours have a Merry Christmas!!

  16. Marion says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I’m sure your chickens really enjoy knowing their feed an is decorated for the holidays. Love the front porch barrel too! Ingenious. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  17. Olequiltbat says:

    Eons ago we had a Hudson Bay Blanket, and for Christmas I made our 7 year old daughter a lovely winter coat (with hood) out of it. I know…bad mommy…right? But we were a young family with not
    much money at that time…& it did look lovely on her. And years before that, when our son was 2 years old…I made him a whole winter outfit out of my husbands large kilt. Yep..if I see any lovely pieces of clothing or fabric…it gets swept up & used for other purposes if it hasn’t been worn or used for awhile.

  18. Debbie says:

    I too love your chalk sign. It’s a cutie. However my evil Christmas childs says in the ribbon at the bottom you should write in small letters NOT.

  19. Diana says:

    Hi Karen….
    I confess… I`ve copied your winebarrel-decoration!It`s sooo
    fantastic!!! Since I saw it (ähm last year?) I wanted to get it!
    Yesterday I have completed it…
    WWWWOOOOWWWW and thanx

  20. Barbie says:

    ….and the coop literally takes my breath away!

  21. Barbie says:

    I love the touches of magnolia leaves you have dotted around. :)

  22. I LOVE it! It’s so classy looking. You have a great eye.

  23. AmieM says:

    Karen! When did you get snow? I’m not far away, in Guelph, and we haven’t seen any of the wonderful white stuff in 3 weeks!

  24. cred says:

    Hey, do you still have snow there? We are in the Barrie area and have had nothing for a few weeks.
    We’re dreaming of a white christmas here. Here’s hoping that with the snow, falls from the sky lovely fresh green garlands, wreaths, twinkle lights and red bows that distribute themselves as pleasingly as your festive outdoor decorations.

  25. Elen Grey says:

    I’m thinkin’ I need a Christmas chicken coop! I love all the burlap you used. Gorgeous. Joy to you and your family, Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Elen – I meant to mention that my best decorating investment this year was burlap. Yards and yards of burlap. It’s about 0.39 a foot. I used it for swags and cut it into strips for making bows. ~ karen

  26. Maureen says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen. Thank you for a year of wonderful ideas and freakin’ hilarious posts.

  27. Ashley says:

    I kind of hate you for how awesome all of this is.

  28. SuzyM says:

    Birch branches in a keg= Holiday genius!

  29. Reg says:

    Beautiful decorations Karen. It’s nice that the chickens have pretty and festive decor too.
    I have a Hudson’s Bay blanket given to me as a wedding present 47 years ago. They’re wonderful. After many many cleanings it finally got mangy looking so I cut it up and covered some pillows.

  30. qtpuh2tme says:

    So lovingly and festively inviting! ~:)

  31. Sherry (BTLover2) says:


  32. gogothrift says:

    Love all of your outside decorating and I’m sure the inside of your house looks just as spectacular.
    You rock, lady!!

  33. ev says:

    Very nice, very welcoming, even the coop! The girls must feel festive! Thanks, Karen!

  34. Candice says:

    Everything is just lovely. I am aching to have chickens of my own, right now timing is not right…but one day, sigh…

  35. Janie Farmer says:

    Gee….I think I have to stop reading your blog until after Christmas…..or next year….or tomorrow. It reminds me what I can’t do. This was going to be the year that I was going to feel well enough to decorate. It will have to be next year, again. My incision still hurts, the sewer backed up twice (the neighbor flushed tampons, baby wipes, etc) so the basement floor has to be disinfected. Had 2 more NES (non epileptic seizures) so I won’t get to drive next year either. I can see why people go away this time of year.

    • Lynn Johanson says:

      Sounds like a lottery win should be heading your way! A personal driver, new neighbors or a new house, and a cure. All are on my wish list for you.
      Take care, and be safe! 2020 is almost in the rear view mirror. All of us are looking forward to that!

  36. Bonnie says:

    Everything is gorgeous! It’s as though you have a magazine household. Thank you for sharing!

  37. Cindy Marlow says:

    Wow! Makes me wish I could go back in time about three weeks and have a do over so I could do it over like yours!

    Any chance that this is a dream and you are the Spirit of Christmas Present?

  38. Rebecca says:

    Ah… my fellow Canadian girl and her Hudson’s Bay blanket. It’s just not Christmas/winter without one! Beautiful!

  39. Pilar says:

    Hi Karen! Your decoration is so Chrysmalycious! Very charming and inviting. I wish you a Merry Christmas!
    Could I suggest you an idea for any of your january postings? We are all cooking and baking a lot of delicious foods and sweets for our family and friends. How can we resist all of the good tastings and smells? We will need some cool ideas to lose those few pounds accumulated after all those calorie excesses. It would be great at least to read how other people deal with it.

  40. Angie says:

    Ooohhh, that’s just beautiful! Your evergreen drapes so nicely, mine just sticks up and looks all awkward. I’ve been trying to catch up on reading your back posts and I’m wondering….could those possibly be the same birch logs from the Christmas of 2010? I’m guessing not because these look more bendy, but if they do happen to hold up that good in storage then maybe it’s worth tromping through the woods to find me some!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Angie – Yes, those are the very same birch logs. One of them rotted this year but the rest are fine. I leave them outside all year long but they’re fairly sheltered, stuck behind some bushes, and up off the ground. They’ll last several years! ~ karen

  41. Jen says:

    Wow! I have to say I usually hate all the Christmas mess… I wrote last-year about needing $10 gifts for everyone (the replies sparked a chain of inspiration that led to gifts my sisters still have on display in their houses). Our family has had our share of hardships around Christmas, as I’m sure many people have, and it takes something special to get me in that holly-jolly mood. So Karen, thanks! Thanks for making it simple and beautiful. Thanks for making us aspire to have your backyard, blurry front porch ;-) , cute chickens, strategically placed dollar store crafts, and a tree on which we can use our shoe to open our wine. Let there be wine and celebrate!!!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Jen. Glad to hear the presents worked out last year! Yup. You sure kicked off a flurry of responses. You can do a lot with $10 if you’re smart about it! ~ karen

  42. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Very homey and deck the halls and fa la la stuff..You did good lady..Also I need your blanket..I sold mine on Ebay..I just have one question..What the hell am I doing up at 2:45 in the morning?? zzzzzz

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Cripes. I don’t know. You probably should have been sleeping at that time. Just a wild guess though. ~ karen

      • Nancy Blue Moon says:

        Yeah..sorry about that..First I couldn’t sleep..then I was starting to fall asleep at the table..You always do a great job of decorating for Christmas..The girls did a great job on their coop too..Such talented little

  43. April says:

    How did you make those amazing wreaths with the candles?! What a gorgeous home.

    • Karen says:

      April – The wreaths are actually fake wreaths from Ikea. Best fake wreaths I’ve ever seen. And I just attached the candles to the back of the wreath with wire. They have a tiny timer built into them so they come on at 5 and go off, 5 hours later. ~ karen!

  44. Leena says:

    The coop is so cute!

  45. Julie Beer says:

    I think I am quickly becoming one of your biggest fans……I am totally impressed and jealous… I have used quite a few of your ideas recently….I really like them!! Plus you are hilarious!!!

  46. Everything looks fabulous. Shocker, not! You do have a definite eye for decor. Love it! I was going to tease you about having a light out. Then I realized you really did. How did that happen?

  47. Gale says:

    It seems like just last week you were harvesting your garden. Now you have SNOW!! Beautiful decorating. I love all the greenery. It must smell so nice around your house. Merry Christmas! Thank you for all you’ve taught us this year.

  48. Gah! Please tell me where you got that blanket. I NEED one! Like a chicken needs a coop. Or let’s be honest… a suburban gal needs a decorative throw, I guess.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lindsay. That would be a Hudson’s Bay blanket which I got for Christmas from my niece a few years ago. They don’t have that particular blanket in stock right now though but there are some others. My particular blanket is wool and cost $150. They have Hudsons Bay patterned throws and blankets ranging from $40 to $3,000! ~ karen

  49. Shannon V. says:

    Love it Karen. I may have come and steal your Hudson’s Bay Blanket though :) JK!

  50. lauren b says:

    I think out of everything, I’m most impressed with your work on the chalkboard in the last picture for some odd reason. The rest is fantastic, but that lettering is just impressive.

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