Blow mold yard decorations are a fun way to adorn your yard if you're looking for something more vintage than inflatables. Best known as Christmas displays, these gently glowing plastic figures are a blast from the past, literally—the process used to create them peaked in the 1950s.
Today, outside of your local yard sale, it can be difficult to track down blow mold decorations for your yard. Most of the key manufacturers have long since closed their doors. However, a few stores and manufacturers still sell blow molds for Christmas and other holidays, making it possible to give your lawn a bit of festive, old-school flair with just a few clicks. We’ve rounded up the top sellers below.
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Unsurprisingly, the online retail giant that sells just about everything has a healthy supply of blow mold yard decorations. A search for “blow molds” yields light-up Easter bunnies, candy canes, and even penguins—all with a classic look reminiscent of what you’d find in your grandma’s attic. While some items are sold by third-party retailers listing on Amazon, there’s a range of reasonably priced options to help you assemble your dream yard display.
To help narrow things down Amazon’s search tool also allows you to filter for lawn statues, making it easy to sort out the blow molded Christmas tree ornaments and smaller figurines also available through the site. While the selection of yard decorations isn’t quite as extensive as it might’ve been in the banner days of blow molding, Amazon is still one of the fastest ways to track down examples of the look.
Here are some of the other best Christmas decorations for your home.
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For a truly diverse selection of blow mold yard decorations, look no further than Etsy. While the online marketplace is best known as a platform for crafters and DIY makers, it’s also got plenty of vintage items. Blow molds are no exception, and a quick search yields hundreds of lawn statues for every season, holiday, or “just because” (looking at you, pink flamingos). While some of the rarer items can get pricey, there are still plenty of blow molds for under $50.
Etsy’s search feature is arguably even more refined than Amazon’s, allowing users to separate blow molds by holiday—there’s a tab for Christmas, Halloween, and even Cinco de Mayo. It also allows you to search by color, location, or style. If you’ve been looking for the online equivalent of a blow mold yard sale from the past, Etsy should be your first stop.
Looking to decorate your tree, too? Take a peek at our favorite Christmas ornaments.
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Another great online retailer that carries an impressive selection of blow molds is eBay. A search for blow molds on the online bidding site yields nearly 6,000 results, from high-priced vintage items to affordable, newer yard decorations. If you’ve spent hours trying to track down that blow mold Winnie the Pooh your aunt had when you were a kid, there’s a good chance you’ll find it here. And if you’re not into auctions, many products have a “buy it now” option that lets you skip the bidding wars with a single click.
Because of the nature of eBay as an auction site for individual sellers, there’s a definite spectrum in terms of what you can expect to pay for shipping. But eBay’s seller review system lets you bid or buy with confidence, and some sellers still have the ability to ship for free (eBay lets users sort for these if desired). The search tool also makes it simple to filter for new or used quality, and you can even look at sold listings to get a sense of the market before you bid.
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The Jolly Christmas Shop
Blow molds are best known as Christmas decorations, so it’s no surprise that the Jolly Christmas Shop—a store dedicated to all things Christmas—has a selection of these classic yard figures. A quick search provides options for every Christmas lover, ranging from a simple 43-inch Santa figurine to a whole 10-piece Santa and elf set for your entire yard. There are options for every budget, ranging from around $20 for an 18-inch snowman to over $500 for the larger sets. Their stock changes daily, so depending on the time of the year you may find many popular options are sold out, but you can sign up with your email address to be notified when items return.
The Jolly Christmas Shop’s return policy is up to 30 days or before December 24, whichever comes first. This means that while you can’t buy items and return them after Christmas, you can return pieces if you’re not satisfied upon delivery. They have a brick and mortar shop in Georgia, but they ship products all across the United States.
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Ace Hardware may be better known as your local shop for everything home improvement, but they also have a healthy selection of blow mold yard decorations for sale. Unlike The Jolly Christmas Shop, Ace has a selection of blow mold decorations for every holiday. Big fan of Halloween? Check out their 17-inch black cat blow mold figurine or the 22-inch pumpkin that (unlike your real one) won’t rot after a few weeks. When it comes to Christmas yard decor, a lot of their selection features blow-up or Christmas LED light figurines, but they do have a good selection of traditional blow mold pieces as well. Two popular options are Mr. and Mrs. Claus figurines that sit 43 inches high.
If you have a local Ace Hardware, they may have some options available in-store, but your best bet is to purchase online. You can have items sent directly to your store for pickup or right to your front door. The 30-day return policy is valid online or in-store, so you don’t have to worry about shipping back large pieces. If you want a one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs, Ace Hardware should be on your list.