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Want to decorate your porch for Christmas, but don't know where to start? This post will give you some easy tips and inspiration on how to make your porch festive without breaking the bank.
The holidays are a time for celebration. And, what better way to celebrate than to decorate your front porch with some festive decor? You can transform your space from ordinary to extraordinary with just a few inexpensive holiday decorations!
Atta Girl Says 2021 Christmas Porches Tour
Longtime readers look forward to this tour every year. If you are new, welcome! Our dear friend Amy is gracious enough to host this online party every year. I'm always honored to be included.
There are so many inspiring porches on this years tour! There is something for everyone, be it more modern tastes or more traditional. Here's a glimpse of a few photos from the party. All the links to posts will be included at the bottom of the post!
5 Tips for decorating your porch for the holidays
Decking the halls is one of life's little pleasures. Are you looking for ways to bring some holiday cheer to your home? One inexpensive way to do this is with your front porch! A festive wreath, a few decor touches here and there, and some seasonal greens are all you need to make your home feel like it's aglow with yuletide joy. Here are some tips to get you started!
- Don’t break the bank. Use items you already have and find a way to repurpose them. You can easily change the color scheme of previous holiday items with a fresh coat of spray paint or changing out the ribbons used. This pom pom Christmas tree uses a hand strung pom pom garland from a few years ago that is attached with zip ties. The frame was originally a rusty brown but was repainted in a bright white.
2. Buy basic items that will last longer than the season. This Walmart wreath hack is a perfect example of this. It's a simple 22 inch lamb's ear wreath with sprigs of mistletoe and eucalyptus.
It will go all winter long and long into spring. To make it match the rest of the decor, I added old plastic ornaments in a temporary fashion. I'll simply have to remove that portion when the holidays are over.
3. Shop after the holidays. If you want to switch out your holiday decorations the best time to do it is when Christmas is over. You can save anywhere from 30 to up to 90% off!
These sweater Christmas trees have been in my collection for many years. I think I paid under a dollar for each! Decor isn't the only must buy! Here is an incredible list of the 20 things to buy at day after Christmas sales!
4. Make it cozy! A pop of color with a pillow or a blanket softens the area and makes it more inviting. This year I used a table runner I found at the Target dollar spot a few years back.
Another way to add a pop of color is a colorful doormat. I couldn't find exactly what I wanted this year. I had a plain doormat from Ikea and figured I had nothing to lose. So I simply hot glued ribbon onto the ribbon and secured it to the mat. It worked like a charm!
5. Have a "statement" piece. This doesn't have to be something giant. For me it's actually the entry way wall. The long length of the red brick just needs....something.
In the past I've used a giant wreath, a collection of wire wreath rings, and a sign. This year I decided to bring the sign back. Since it is on the small side, I also used this fun colored snowflake garland and a glittered "Merry Christmas" banner that I grabbed for a few dollars at the grocery store.
I made the sign with just a few simple things that anyone can get- so stop by later this week for the step by tutorial on this easy DIY holiday project!
BONUS TIP - Greet your guests with a drink.
I'm not sure why I started doing this, but it turns out that this is what my family, friends and neighbors look forward to the most.
In the past I've shared cranberry gingerale punch, white hot chocolate, and more! I like to try to keep with the theme. This year I embraced the color red so this years drink is......
Homemade Cranberry Vodka! Be sure to see the full recipe, grab a free printable of drinks you can make with the ruby red beverage, and get ideas on how to gift it this holiday season!
Essentials to creating a cozy and festive front porch for the holidays:
Time needed: 1 hour.
These are the top items that I feel can give your porch a lot of bang for the buck. Feel free to use all or just some!
- A wreath
Buy a pre-made wreath, decorate your own, or simply place a colorful ribbon onto a basic evergreen wreath that only costs a few dollars.
- Garlands and swags
A perfect item to grab on sale after the holidays! Or make your own by wiring evergreen foliage you've cut yourself. The pom pom garlands are inexpensive and easy for a child to string. Mix different varieties for different colors and textures.
- A cozy chair or bench for guests to relax in when they come by.
Mine is decked out for the tour, but typically it will have a blanket and a cheery pillow.
- A door mat
A fun way to add some cheer or color that is inexpensive.
- A welcoming sign
You can buy a ready made sign or make your own! This one I made using the same greenery garland I used on the wreath, as well as a smaller version of the wooden garland that hangs above the door!
Don't limit yourself to just holiday decor! The cake stand that holds the sweater and glass Christmas tree is used year round. The lantern is as well. We simply placed a holiday floral candle around the top and added a beaded ornament as well.
The glass jar in front of the bench is also used year round. The greenery was harvested from a small bush in my back yard.
- Enjoy the process!
Have fun creating and bringing cheer to those who will visit your front porch. It's always fun to see the delivery people checking out things while delivering packages!
Other porches in the porch tour:
Be sure to visit all the participating bloggers for festive decorating inspiration for your porches and sunrooms!
Atta Girl Says // Southern Home and Hospitality
DIY Beautify // Sand Dollar Lane // Postcards from the Ridge
Sweet Pea // Worthing Court // Our Crafty Mom
Past Christmas front porches:
2020 Tour / 2019 Tour / 2018 Tour
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Amy Buchanan says
Cheers to another fabulous tour! I can't wait to try that cranberry vodka. I love all your DIYs; the sign and pom pom garlands are some of my favorite touches. I also love the table runner. When I first saw your photos, I thought you had painted your table!
Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod says
Your tips and ideas are spot-on! We especially love your Christmas tree art! So smart and creative! Merry Christmas!
You decorated your front porch beautifully for Christmas. Your Cranberry cocktail looks delicious.
Love all your tips and your front porch is darling! That pom pom tree is so cute!
Kate Rodgers says
Really great tips! Your porch is so cheerful and welcoming on its own but you really sold me with the tray of drinks as you come in. Happy to be on the tour with you this year - Merry Christmas!!
Your porch looks so cozy and welcoming. I love the lambs ear wreath. And cranberry vodka sounds amazing!
Leen Curinga says
Great porch decorating tips! Your porch looks great. I really love the layered garlands around the door and the lambs ear wreath!
Suzy Handgraaf says
Great tips for creating a cozy Christmas porch and the red, green and white is always a favorite of mine!
Michelle James says
OK. You had me at homemade cranberry vodka! 🙂 I love all your tips for decorating on a budget. The pompom tree is just adorable and I love how you updated an inexpensive doormat. Thank you so much for the inspiration. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and blessed new year.