How to decorate a car (tastefully) for just about any occasion

If you’re celebrating a special event in the near future, decorating a car is a great way to get into the spirit of the occasion in whatever is happening in your community or social circle and show your pride.

You could decorate a car for a wedding, drive-by birthday parade, holiday celebration, or just about any other event very easily with just a few tasteful car accessories and decorations that won’t break the bank.

I’ve put together some ideas of ways to decorate a car for the most popular occasions (listed below), but these ideas are great for just about any special event. 

 

Decorate a car for a wedding to watch the happy couple drive into the sunset in style after the reception.

Graduation car decorations to show your pride for such an important milestone in someone’s life.

Decorate a car for Christmas to participate in a holiday parade or just to get into the holiday spirit. 

Fun Halloween car accessories to dress up your vehicle for a party, parade, or just because you love the holiday.

Birthday car decorations for drive-by parades to celebrate have become really popular these days.

How To Decorate Your Car Without Damage

When decorating a car, you want to make sure to use products that won’t damage the paint of your vehicle. Here some products that you should consider using that are safe to use on a car that won’t cause any damage.

  • Car Window Decals
  • Washable Car Paint
  • Liquid Chalk Window Markers for Cars
  • Magnetic Car Banners & Signs

Decorate a Car for a Wedding

When decorating a car for a wedding, you want to make it look just as tasteful and elegant as the ceremony and reception. Long gone are the days of empty tin cans dragging behind the newlywed’s car as they head off to their honeymoon. 

These ideas to decorate a car for a wedding are not only really easy to do, but they are also classy and something the newly married couple would be proud to drive into the sunset with. 

Just Married Wedding Banner

Any car decorated for a wedding wouldn’t be complete without a just married car banner. This wedding banner is the perfect accessory to decorate a car for such a special occasion. 

The eucalyptus floral arrangement is also a nice touch that adds elegance and is really easy to make if you are into DIY with some eucalyptus Garlin and silk ribbon.

JUST MARRIED Wedding Banner Set - Wedding Decorations for Reception, Bridal Shower and Engagement Photo Prop,Car Decorations

Just Married Wedding Banner Set

 

Wedding Car Decoration With Flowers

Artificial flowers are another marriage car decoration that is not only elegant, but the perfect touch to add to decorate a car for a wedding. 

You could use the same flowers that the bride picked to use for her wedding to match the theme and then add some artificial baby breath or other decorative floral filler.

Add with some long steaming ribbon to create this look, or you can get rose car decoration accents that are pre-made to save time.

 

WINOMO 2Pcs Ribbon Flower for Wedding Artificial Rose Wedding Car Decoration Flower Mirror Door Decor

Artificial Rose Wedding Car Decoration

 

Just Married Car Window Decal

No wedding car would be complete without a  just married rear window decal, just like you see in the movies as the happy couple drives into the sunset.

This vinyl window decal is the perfect touch to add to any car decorated for a wedding and is super easy to install without damage to the vehicle. 

Just Married Car Wedding Day Car Window Decal 26"x5" Vinyl Decal

Just Married Car Wedding Day Car Window Decal

Just Married Car Magnets

Lastly, you don’t want to forget to add some magnetic car door decals to complete the look.  These are super easy to install and won’t damage the car. 

These just married car magnets are the perfect last touch to decorate a car for a wedding and can be put on the side doors, car hood or anywhere else you choose to make it look perfect for the happy couple. 

Toysdone 2 Pack/Just Married Ornate Car Magnets, 12 x 7.5, Honeymoon, Car Sign, Door Panel, Rear Tailgate, Matrimony

Just Married Ornate Car Magnets

Graduation Car Decorations

Graduation is another special occasion to decorate a car whether it’s for a drive-by parade celebration or just to show off how proud you are of a loved one and celebrate such an important milestone in their lives. 

Congrats Grad Magnetic Car Banner

This congrats grad car banner with graduation cap and diploma accents is the perfect way to show your pride for a loved one who just graduated high school, college, or even pre-K!

What’s nice is that it’s hung on a car with magnets so there is no damage to your car’s exterior or paint and doesn’t take much time to install.

And if you’re crafty, you can easily make this graduation banner with some heavy construction paper using the school colors and some letter stencils or cutouts. 

Decorate a Car For Graduation

Congrats Grad Magnetic Car Banner

Graduation Car Window Decals

Another easy way to decorate a car for graduation is to use some window decals. What’s great about these is that they also cling to any smooth surface so you can easily stick them on the body of the car too.

This graduation car window decal pack comes with a bunch of different designs so you can quickly decorate a car on a budget. Plus they can be used for a graduation party too!

Ivenf Graduation Stickers Wall Decorations, Extra Large School Home Congrats Grad Party Supplies Decals, Class of 2021 Window Decor Gifts, 6 Sheet

Graduation Window Decal Stickers Wall Decorations

Graduation Car Flag

Lastly, you can use these graduation car flags to complete your look that comes in a variety of colors to match the school color of the grad. 

These are another car decoration that is super easy to install since they attach to any car window in seconds.

 

Boao 4 Pieces Graduation Car Flag Congrats Graduate Car Flag Double Sided Graduation Flag 2021 with Flagpole for 2021 Graduation Celebration Supplies (Red)

Graduation Car Flag Congrats Graduate

Decorate a Car for Chrismas

Whether you’re participating in a holiday parade or just want to spread some holiday cheer, decorating a car for Christmas is a great way to do it.

There are tons of Christmas car decorations that will amaze young children as well as adults who are young at heart.

Christmas Car Wreath & Reflective Bulb Light Decorations 

This Christmas car wreath with led bulbs that light up by simply plugging into your car’s cigarette lighter is the perfect accent to decorate a car for the holiday season. 

Add some reflective Christmas bulb decorations to the side panels and hood of your car and you’ve got a fully decorated car that tastefully decorated for the holiday season.

Aneco Christmas LED Car Wreath Christmas Christmas Car Refrigerator Reflective Bulb Light Decorations Christmas Automotive Wreath for Car Christmas

Christmas LED Car Wreath & Reflective Christmas Bulb Garlin

Reindeer Antlers & Nose Decoration 

This Rudolph the red nose reindeer antlers & nose car decoration is super cute and is a fun way to decorate a car for Christmas and is sure to be a hit with young children and the young at heart alike.

Beeager Car Reindeer Christmas Decoration Antlers & Nose Costume Reindeer Christmas Car Character Kit Party Accessory

Car Reindeer Christmas Decoration Antlers & Nose Costume

 

Santa Claus Car Rear Window Sticker

Who wouldn’t love seeing the amazement in children’s faces when they see Santa sitting in the back seat of your car? 

Getting this look is really easy with these Santa Claus car rear window clings that take just a few minutes to install. They come in a set of 2 so you have one to decorate each back window of your car for Christmas. 

Andyshi 2 PCS 3D Santa Claus Car Rear Window Sticker Car Sticker Window Sticker Funny Car Stickers Window Decals for Vehicles

3D Santa Claus Car Rear Window Sticker

 

Decorate a Car for Halloween

Halloween is yet another occasion where you might want to decorate a car for a parade, to show your love of the holiday, or to prank people.

Or you might want to decorate your car for Halloween just to add to your home’s festive decor and have it sit in your driveway to amaze the trick-or-treaters that visit your home. 

Whatever the reason, there are plenty of ways to decorate a car for Halloween that will turn a few heads.

 

Monster Face Trunk or Treat Halloween Car Decoration

You might not be able to can’t drive around with this Monster Face Trunk Halloween decoration unless you’re in a Halloween parade but it’s the perfect idea to complete your front yard when decorating for Halloween.

It’s also perfect for a social distancing while still being able to give trick-or-treaters some Halloween treats for their candy bags. 

Mad Monster Face Trunk or Treat Halloween Car Decoration - Large, Scary Zombie Haunted House Home Decor & Funny Outdoor Party Decoration- 11 Easy Hang Pieces

Monster Face Trunk or Treat Halloween Car Decoration

 

Bloody Handprint Halloween Car Window Clings

Halloween wouldn’t be complete without a little blood and these bloody handprint and splatter Halloween window clings are the perfect touches to decorate a car for this festive holiday.

You can place these Halloween decals in your car windows or on the body of your car without damaging it and they’ll certainly turn a few heads as you drive by.

KUUQA 4 Pcs Bloody Handprint Clings Horror PVC Stickers Decals for Halloween Decorations

Bloody Handprint Clings Horror PVC Sticker Halloween Car Decorations

 

Fake Arm Halloween Car Decoration

A fake arm hanging out of the back of your trunk is the perfect Halloween car decoration to compliment the bloody splatter window decals shown above.

But beware, you might have a few people thinking it’s real so be cautious!!

 

SummitLink Halloween Realistic Fake Hand with Cloth Arm for Car Trunk Dead Body Prank Decoration Prop Novelty Gift Toy (L)

Realistic Fake Hand with Cloth Arm for Halloween Car Trunk Decoration

 

Birthday Parade Ideas

Drive-by birthday parades have become the norm for celebrating people’s birthdays in recent months because it’s a great way to celebrate with the guest of honor if you can’t attend their birthday party. 

These birthday car decorations are the perfect touch for such occasions and are also tasteful and in the spirit of the occasion. 

Birthday Car Decorations

Of course, no birthday celebration is complete without happy birthday balloons and decorative party streamers and it’s no different for a drive-by birthday parade celebration. 

Complete the birthday parade car with some fun window decals, then load the car with friends and family on board to wave and send well wishes to the birthday boy or girl. 

 

Car decorated for a drive by birthday parade

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Magnetic Birthday Car Banner

If you are decorating a car for a birthday parade then it wouldn’t be complete without a Happy Birthday car banner.

What’s nice about this banner is that it uses magnets to stick to your car so it’s easy to put on and take off without any damage to your car. 

BBTO 15 Pieces Birthday Car Decorations Magnets, Happy Birthday Magnet, Reflective Colorful Car Magnetic Decals, Cake Balloon Pattern Magnets for Cars Refrigerator or Any Metal Surface

Birthday Car Decorations Magnets

 

Happy Birthday Car Sign Window Decal

Finally, no car decorated for a birthday parade would be complete without a rear window Happy Birthday sign decal.  

This vinyl window decal is the perfect touch to add to any car decorated for a birthday parade and is super easy to install without damage to the vehicle. 

Vinyl Wall Art Decal - Happy Birthday Car Sign - 12" x 30" - Trendy Home Birthdays Quarantine Parade Party Quote Sticker for Cars Windows Rear Window Decor (White)

 Happy Birthday Car Sign Vinyl Wall Art Decal

 

Decorate a Car For Any Occasion Conclusion

Decorating a car for a special event, holiday, or occasion is a unique way to celebrate, show your pride, or just to have some fun and maybe even turn a few heads. 

As you can see, there are many ways to decorate a car as well as decorations for cars for just about any occasion. You can even DIY many of these ideas with just a little bit of creativity and supplies. 

Plus it’s a fun family project that you can get your kids involved in that they will absolutely love!

 

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Car Decorating Ideas FAQ

How can I decorate my car without damaging it?

There are many ways to decorate a car without damaging it. You could use magnets, or decals that won’t damage the car paint. There are also some products made specifically for cars such as washable car paint and chalk markers among others.

What paint can you use to decorate a car?

You need to use washable paint made for cars to prevent damaging the exterior of your car.

What tape is safe for my car?

If you are going to tape anything to your car paint, I suggest using blue painters masking tape since it adheres well yet is easily removable without damaging your paint job as long as you don’t keep it on for too long.

Is electrical tape safe on car paint?

I would not recommend using electrical tape on your car because of the sticky residue it leaves behind which in most cases would need a solvent to remove that could also damage the car paint.

Where can I buy paint to decorate a car?

There are many places to buy paint to decorate a car such as major retailers like Walmart, Amazon, and Target, among many others. Just make sure to read the directions to make sure it’s safe for car paint and is easily removable.

 

How to Decorate a Car For Any Occasion

Fun ways to decorate a car for just about any special event