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Happy Holidays from my home to yours! Our front porch is open and decorated for the Christmas holiday! Check out all the homemade decorations I made from Christmas items past, a new sign (with free SVG!) that is perfect for 2020, and of course a holiday cocktail to make things merry!
Special thanks to Amy from Atta Girl Says for being the gracious host every year. Honestly, if Amy didn't do this, we'd still have all the decor up in the attic.
I so appreciate you stopping by today, and I know the other ladies in the hop would love to drop by as well, so please do check out all the fabulous tours in the links at the end of the post! Get a sneak peek now:
Even though a LOT of things changed in 2020, our residence did not. So I'm still challenged at decorating our long narrow porch. To make things really 2020, I challenged myself to use only items I already had. This was great because it meant I spent little to no money!
It also motivated me to go through at least ½ of my holiday containers to see what I could conjure up. Since I'm not out shopping in stores, I had a little shopping fest in my own home! I was surprised at how many things I was able to reuse and repurpose. So let's get down to the nitty-gritty and jump into some of those details, shall we?
I brought back my DIY vinyl farmhouse wood sign with a brand new SVG file! I kept thinking about how comfy cozy and simple our holidays at home will be this year, and I started joking in my head about staying put for the holidays and in the end, I couldn't resist this 2020 themed sign. LOL
I will of course share the file with all your lovely people- I plan to post it in the next few days, just have to do some final tweaking on it to make sure it works 100% with all your cutting machines! I want to make it as easy as possible for all of you!
It's all ready to go now! Yay! Grab your "staying home for the holidays" FREE SVG file!
The gold metal bead garland was a clearance score at Restoration Hardware many many many years ago. I trimmed a tabletop tree with it in this dining room decorating ideas for Christmas post from 2014!
Wow, that was a long time ago! You might even spy the white glass and mercury glass planter the little tree in front of the door is sitting in over on that post! The two tiny green flocked wreaths are from the dollar tree and they have been flocked several times over the past holiday seasons.
Along with the sign, I made the three hoop wreaths on that wall, as well as the hoop wreath on the door. They are easy peasy and such a fun project! I'll be sharing step by step tutorials later this week. In case you don't want to wait or are not feeling crafty at the moment- I've got you covered with this list of Amazon Christmas Wreaths Worth Ordering!
The hoops are sold in a set of 3 at Walmart for just a few dollars. They sell even bigger sets on Amazon. I used floral picks that I've had on hand for ages. I tend to buy them up when they are 70-90% off after Christmas and get them for a steal! A few snips here and there with wire clippers, some floral wire, and some hot glue, and in no time you have a one-of-a-kind-wreath!
Here are some up-close shots of the smaller wreaths! I used some of the same garland beads on the middle one along with one of my birch bark stars and it took less than 5 minutes to assemble! The clear command hooks are sure showing up in my pictures though, aren't they? haha! Sometimes you just can't get everything 100% perfect.
In the past, I had a heck of a time hanging anything, and then I discovered you can hot glue them to the brick! Easy to put on, and easy to peel off. I used Gorilla Glue hot glue sticks for the first time and they worked perfectly!
Next up is the white bench. Previously it was brown, but I painted it so that the white would coordinate better with the gold and silver color scheme. It's seen better days, but the bright white chalk paint made it more cheery for sure!
The tablescape is so easy to recreate and would look fantastic running down the middle of a dining table or on a fireplace mantel. Again, these are things I already own. The bronze candle holders are from the Habitat for Humanity Restore and were less than a dollar apiece. The tarnished silver tray and holders I picked up at an estate auction.
I also put in some of my favorite battery operated candles. These are some of my most favorite things! It's all about the flickering moving wick. It just makes them seem so much more realistic! I rounded things out with some mercury glass votive holders, some metallic bulb lights, and a bit of beaded trim.
Of course, the thing your eye might catch the most is that adult beverage propped on the edge next to the gingerbread men! I like to offer my guests a holiday drink with the porch tour. In the past, I've feature quick 5 minute cranberry ginger ale punch and white hot chocolate.
This year it's gingerbread cocktails! We are a ginger loving household for sure! My boys beg for chocolate ginger ooey gooey bars, easy reindeer gingerbread cookies , and gingerbread mini bundt cake this time of year. Since these cocktails are not kid-friendly, they make do with gingerbread hot cocoa.
Now onto more of the details. For the front door, I wrapped it in garland I've had for 20 years! Yes, that is right, I've had the lighted plain green garland that I bought at Michael's since 2001. It's seen better days for sure, and I planned on replacing it this year. Since I'm not shopping, I decided to make do.
Just like the wreath, I stuck in leftover floral picks I had. I wrapped it once with another plain green garland, hung some plastic silver ornaments, and used more of the glittery picks to tie everything together. I also did the same to several of the candles. Up top the door, I added more birch bark stars and finished the glass window off with another wire ring wreath.
My wreath hanger also said "MERRY" in bright red so I covered it with some greenery too! The glue gun was busy this day for sure! I found some glittery poinsettia flowers so those were included too! Last year I did the whole porch in poinsettias.
The year before that was the Birch Bark Star year.....
I'm so thankful Amy invited me back for the third year, she keeps me motivated all through the year, but really kicks me into gear for the holidays. She truly is a great friend and a gem in the blogging world.
I can't wait for all this craziness to be over so we can get together in person sometime soon! Until then, you and I can just virtually visit her front porch along with the other fabulous featured tours.
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