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Because they're built to last and are often functional to this day, many blow molds have become quite collectible. They offer a vintage and retro aesthetic that has resurfaced in recent years, causing an uptick in reproduction.
We spent hours researching the best blow mold decorations available, considering factors like size, material, and power types and LED illumination. Our favorites include an adorable snowman from Alpine Corporation, Santa striking a pose from General Foam Plastics, and man's best friend decked out in their holiday best from Home Accents.
To add a bit of flair to your decor, here are the best blow mold outdoor holiday decorations you can find online.
Alpine Corporation Vintage Snowman Holding Tree with Lights
Four warm white LED lights make this snowman super bright. Thankfully, he doesn't require assembly—just pop in two AA batteries and he's good to go. No more worrying about finding long extension chords and outlets that reach to the perfect spot for this piece. You can set the lights on the included 6-hour or 18-hour time to save energy when not in use.
Use this adorable snowman indoors or outdoors to add holiday cheer to any part of your house. The robust frame is built to last, so you can guaranteed to see this cheery decoration year after year. Happy customers love the detail on the small, but mighty statue. The snowflakes have a shining light in their center to bring attention to the festive features and add even more light and magic to your holiday season.
Dimensions: 15 x 11 x 25 inches | Includes lights: Yes | Power source: 2 AA batteries | Indoor and outdoor use
Mr. Christmas Store Fabric Santa Bag with Blow Mold Toys
More modern in design, this bag of toys is a fun way to brighten up your home indoors or out on your front yard. It features a fabric base, and its LED lights only require three C batteries (which aren't included). The mold stands at 3 feet tall, but you can knock down the bag to bring it to about 20 inches if you want to display it under your tree.
Dimensions: 10 x 19.5 x 36 inches | Includes lights: Yes | Power source: 3 C batteries | Indoor and outdoor use
Holiday Time C7 Blow Mold Candle
Bring back the glowing visuals you remember seeing decades ago with these blow mold candles. At roughly $30 each, you can buy multiple and line them along your front pathway or stairway. Each candle stands at 42 inches tall.
Dimensions: 10 x 9.25 x 42 inches | Includes lights: Yes | Power source: Not listed | Outdoor use
Mr. Christmas Blow Mold Icon-Angel
Add a heavenly touch to your front porch or yard with this vintage-inspired angel. She stands at 2 feet tall and features LED illumination. Note that though the brand says it's an outdoor-friendly blow mold, instructions say to bring it inside on rainy or snowy days.
Dimensions: 17.7 x 16.9 x 24 inches | Includes lights: Yes | Power source: Adapter-operated | Indoor and outdoor use
General Foam Plastics Toy Soldier with Black Hat Figurine 32-Inch
General Foam Plastics had Babes in Toyland in mind when creating this erect-postured 32-inch toy soldier sporting a faux version of a black bearskin military hat. Like his other blow mold tribe, soldier boy is equipped to plug in and illuminate your porch or yard.
Dimensions: 7.25 x 6 x 31 inches | Includes lights: Yes | Power source: Plug-in | Indoor and outdoor use
General Foam Plastics Dancing Santa, 40-Inch
If this isn't a replica of one of General Foam's vintage blow mold Santa decorations, it sure looks like one. Santa Claus is posed while waving and goes pretty much anywhere—just not behind a giant inflatable Christmas decoration.
Dimensions: 25 x 40 x 19 inches | Includes lights: Yes | Power source: Plug-in | Indoor and outdoor use
Union Products Vintage Santa Blow Mold
Coming from a brand known for making durable blow molds, this Santa includes a cord and lights for quick setup time and a bright display. He stands at 43 inches tall, and his resin material allows him to be used inside the house or for outside display.
Dimensions: 43 inches tall | Includes lights: Yes | Power source: Plug-in | Indoor and outdoor use
Santus 22" High United Solutions Penguin with Bow
A rare find, this penguin blow mold holds his chin up high while clutching a red and white candy cane. You can tell that it's true vintage decor, with markings from 1988. Just note that the penguin doesn't light up, so it's best to display him indoors or on a lighted porch.
Dimensions: 10 x 6 x 22 inches | Includes lights: No | Power source: None | Indoor and outdoor use
Home Accents Pre-Lit Christmas Sheep Dog Standing Decor
You can set this playful sheepdog on a timer to save energy. LED lights bring the little pup to life, and a hand-painted finish gives him a life-like appearance. Customers should know that the blow mold doesn't do well in harsh weather conditions, so keep it inside or under a covered porch for best results.
Dimensions: 11.5 x 18.25 x 30 inches | Includes lights: Yes | Power source: 3 AAA batteries | Indoor use
What to Look for in Blow Mold Christmas Decorations
Blow molds really vary in size, from about 2 feet and up. You'll see smaller ones that are meant to be used indoors and larger ones that can be used in or out. If you're decorating with outside blow molds, you'll want to make sure it fits within the dimensions of your yard and can be seen from a distance.
Before there were Christmas inflatable holiday decorations, there were wonders of plastic known as blow molds. The technique of creating hollow objects out of plastic became popular in the 1930s. These pieces are put together to form the blow mold decorations that we've all come to love.
Plastic is the most popular material for these molds, but you'll also find additional materials like resin or polyester. Most brands will list whether or not your blow mold can be left outside in various weather conditions, but note that hand-painted blow molds will often need to be placed on a covered area or porch.
More modern Christmas blow molds will feature LED lighting, but few older vintage ones won't. When a blow mold does include lights, you'll see that some require a simple plug-in (which is usually included) or will run on batteries.
How do you change the bulb in blow mold decorations?
There are two types of light bulbs that are used in blow mold decorations. The first is a C7 bulb that's commonly used for night lights. If your blow mold uses this, you'll find it on a single light cord with a clip. Take out the burnt bulb and replace it with a new one. Blow molds also can use regular incandescent bulbs, which can be changed out just like a regular light bulb. Consider replacing the bulb with an LED for a long-lasting solution.
How do you fix holes in blow mold decorations?
The great thing about blow mold decorations is that they are long-lasting and stand up to weather nicely. If you do discover a hole or crack in your blow mold, you'll find that it's a quick and easy project for anyone to handle. Find a strip of plastic and place it inside the hole. Attach it with an epoxy adhesive from the inside and allow it to dry. Any excess glue can be scraped away.
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This article was written by senior editor Shanon Maglente, who writes and edits gift and holiday content for The Spruce. She has previous experience writing product roundups and lifestyle content for Good Housekeeping, HGTV, and Parents magazines. Additional research for this article comes from Stacy Fisher, a writer specializing in crafting, DIYs, and other home topics.