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Christmas Front Porch

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Simply fabulous tips for decorating a Christmas Front Porch! Many ideas for around the home in today's Christmas Ideas Tour! Be sure to stick around to the end for a complete list of today's participants. Get your pinning fingers ready!

I am so very excited to be participating in today's Christmas Ideas Tour hosted by Angie from Postcards from the Ridge!

 

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I love this tour in that there are different categories. I am sharing under the porch category. I almost didn't sign up to participate. I didn't know if I'd be complete with our porch decor. I finished up right before Thanksgiving. Low and behold a spot was still available. 

Our porches are some of my favorite areas to decorate for the seasons. 

 I must say that I struggled to get photos. I literally wasn't able to shoot with rain until yesterday. Talk about last minute. I've always worked best under pressure. After the clouds gave way, we had intense wind. The kind of wind that was bringing the last bits of leaves from trees down in droves. Instead of snow, I had leaves raining down. The wind blew them all over the porch. 

I had to keep my favorite leaf sweeper by me at all times. I walked inside after spending all that time blowing leaves to bring my camera equipment outside. Max and Ashlyn were trimming shrubs and laughing. I accused them of blowing the leaves back on the patio and porch in the 5 minutes that I went inside. 

Sooooo……if you see stray leaves, you'll now know why. I gave up.

house

It was really bright when I was shooting so I apologize for the shadows. I do plan to share a post of the exterior all bright with lights soon. We recently heavily trimmed back the 2 trees on either side of the walkway. As a result you can now see the front of the house more clearly. It's made a huge difference. This year I put up new wreathes on the upper windows. I also made new red velvet bows for them with this ribbon

 

front porchI used to put up big, heavy garlands with lights on the railings. I quit a few years ago and just wrap lights around the railing. It looks fabulous at night and less to store. 

Also on OSH!  Cozy Christmas Front Porch

front door

TIP: Utilize lights on the exterior of your home opposed to garlands on railings. It's less weight, work and less to store! When it's dark you just notice the lights anyway. Keep you garlands to your door area. 

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Striped Rug | Faux Boxwood Topiaries | Similar Teardrop Wreath Form | Hello Mat

In an effort to scale back this year and go a bit simpler, I opted to not put ornaments around the garland. I used the same ribbon as last year. 

TIP: When using ornaments outside, opt for shatterproof plastic. With winds and weather, you don't want to worry about sweeping up broken glass.

This is my first Christmas using my faux boxwood topiaries. They are amazing, and I can't sing their praises enough! You can read all about them HERE and how I “planted” them in my existing urns. 

front door

I believe this is the 4th year with my gray striped rug. It has truly been the best outdoor rug. I've been able to get all kinds of stains out including our southern red clay mud. It goes with all of the seasons and just brightens up the space. I am on the lookout for a new mat for the holidays and all winter. 

wreath

This is the easiest wreath ever with a unique teardrop form. You can get the DIY details HERE.

wreath

TIP: I'm a sucker for all things plaid. Don't be afraid to mix plaids ribbons and fabrics. 

topiaries

I like the idea of using faux topiaries like these on the front porch. Our porch is deep so I typically let things die due lack of water. I didn't want something that I could only use one season like Christmas trees. Don't get me wrong….I love trees on a porch. I'm just at a stage where I want double duty things that require less storage. These are the perfect option for me. I can add ribbon like I've done here. I could even put pumpkins, ornaments or Easter eggs around the base of the planter. 

topiary

The lanterns are all from several years ago at Big Lots. They operate on timers with batteries. I've never added batteries. Ha, ha! The grapevine presents are from Sam's Club several years ago as well. 

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The nuts and bolts of the doorway here pretty much stay the same from year to year. 

TIP: Ribbon is an affordable way to change up the look of your porch from year to year. When you are ready to change it up, use it in another area of your home or wrap presents with it. Mine is very protected so it doesn't get dirty or faded around the door here. 

porch

The porch is very symmetrical on either side of the front door so I tend to duplicate the look somewhat on each side. 

wreath

On each shutter on the porch, I have hung a simple faux wreath. Instead of making fussy bows for each, I created a simple knot with trailing pieces.  

TIP: Instead of a bow on every wreath, try knotting 2 different pieces of ribbon. It's a faster DIY and uses less ribbon that a traditional bow. 

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Do you notice the little faux tree on the ground by the table at the end of the porch. It is strategically covering the outdoor timer and cord. In years past, I have used my olive bucket full of wood and oversized ornaments. 

pillows

Be sure to check out my post on my porch pillows. You'll never believe what an easy no-sew project these are!!! I told you I love mixing plaids. 

sitting area

I am notorious for tearing old wreaths apart and keeping the pieces that still look great. Years ago I purchased this horribly expensive wreath from a local shop. It was so pretty, but started showing wear. This bird house was actually part of the wreath. I kept it. It's cute on the porch as decor. I don't want birds nesting it so I place a ball picks from another wreath in the hole to keep them out. We have a serious love hate relationship with our birds and the porch. Hoping the trimming of the front trees cuts down on it. 

porch

I made this painted sign several years ago. I should probably change it up. I made it specifically to fit here. I just love it so much here that I plan to keep enjoying it. 

santa

This sleigh was a thrifty makeover on the blog in November. The white is so striking. I just stuffed it with some larger faux holiday picks and this fun santa head plaque that I picked up at the thrift store. Nothing needed to be done to him. 

Also on OSH!  Plaid Christmas Porch

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TIP: If your table doesn't match your porch decor, toss an inexpensive throw over it!

This console table and stool were both thrift store makeovers on the blog. 

sign

I hope your Christmas in the most wonderful time of the year!!!

Are you ready for more ideas? Here are some great ones for your mantel, porch, table, plus handmade gift ideas and gift wrap ideas. Be sure to visit everyone to see all the details. 

Mantels

 
mantels decorated for Christmas
Top Row : Worthing Court  // Hearth & Vine
 
 

Porches & Decks

 
porch and deck Christmas decor
 
 

Tablescape Ideas 

ideas for decorating your table for Christmas
 

Handmade Gift Ideas

handmade Christmas gift ideas
 

Gift Wrap Ideas

Christmas gift wrap ideas
 
 
 
 
 
 

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26 Comments

  1. The whole exterior of your home is just gorgeous, Christi! And you have your porch perfectly decorated for Christmas! I especially love the bells and bows that you added to your garland.

  2. This is seriously so beautiful! I love all of the decorations and photos so much! I wish I had a house that I could do this with. Someday, eventually!

  3. Christy,
    Your porch is stunning! I love all of the greenery mixed with the plaid. Every little detail is beautiful! And that sign has always been a favorite of mine.

  4. Now I want to hang wreaths on my windows. Soooo many new ideas! I’m glad i didn’t sign up for porch, we got snow and cold.

  5. Thanks so much, Patti! Ribbon can so awaken a look. My previous ribbon was so faded that it was orange! Merry Christmas!

  6. Thanks so very much, Lora! We do enjoy our porches. It’s a southern must-have. Topiaries are just so classic. Merry Christmas!

  7. Thanks so very much, Lynn! I guess you can tell I’m pretty giddy about my topiaries! Merry Christmas!

  8. So stinkin’ cute Christy! Love that ribbon. Everything looks inviting and ready for a party. Wish we were neighbors. I’ve always wanted to come chill on one of your porches. Love it!

  9. Hi Christy…your porch is stunning! Oozing with Southern Charm. And those topiaries…hmmm…I already popped over to have a peek at them! I could really use them on our porch. And I imagine you do spend a good deal of time on that lovely porch year-round!

    Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    Hugs,

    Lynn

  10. Your home is so classic and southern, Christy. Love seeing it all gussied up for Christmas! Those topiaries are awesome. They look real and can totally span the seasons. I’m a sucker for topiaries! Great choice!

  11. Kristi your porch is so festive and I love all your tips. I also hang wreaths from my windows but the ribbon is looking so tired. I think I might have to find so bright plaid like yours to liven them up. I especially love your painted sign. I’d keep it there forever.

  12. Thanks so very much, Claudia! I really try to make things look great without breaking the bank. Merry Christmas!

  13. Love everything about your porch. You made it affordable, using what you had, and great thrift things you found. Thank you for the ideas, and suggestions. It is just beautiful.

  14. Every year I look forward to seeing your Christmas porch. It looks beautiful and I didn’t see a single stray leaf. I’m looking forward to seeing pictures of your home lit up at night and also ideas for using your teardrop wreath.

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