Christmas Front Porch Decorating Ideas and Tips
I’ve been so excited to share my Christmas Front Porch Decorating Ideas and Tips with you. I partnered with Martha Stewart and Macy’s to decorate my front porch at our Highland, Utah home. This was so much fun and I loved how easy it was to do this!
The Upper Porch
I have an upper and a lower porch so I’ll break it up so you can see both sections. I used a mix of fresh greenery that I bought from a local garden store, cut branches from trees in my yard, and I also used artificial greenery from the Martha Stewart Holiday Collection at Macy’s. Mixing fresh and faux greenery is one of my favorite tips and tricks to use to decorate my porch.
In the upper flower pots, I added in the mini artificial trees into the middle of the pot. I nestled it right info the potting soil, then I layered fresh greenery around the base of the tree to cover up the potting soil. I pushed the branches right down into the dirt then added in some large and small pine cones.
To add some decor and color to this section of the porch, I added two reindeer on each side, then added the faux poinsettias into Galvinized metal cans. You can have items be the same on each side or mix it up. My porch has a lot of symmetry and a lot of space to fill up so I find that doing the same on both sides keeps things balanced.
The Front Door Wreaths and Garland
I loved the garland from the Martha Stewart holiday collection. It’s lightly frosted and once I hung it around the doors, it matched well with my silver doors. To hang the garland, I put small nail holes into the wood trim surrounding the doors. I used three of the Martha Stewart garlands from Macy’s to create this look. One on the top of the door, and one for each side.
I was amazed at how easy it was to hang the garlands. If you can’t add nails, outdoor command strips also work well and hold up better outside.
I always add two wreaths to my doors for the holiday season. I tied velvet ribbon bows onto the bottom and hung them with the bows on the bottom of the wreath. Make sure to always “fluff” your garlands and wreaths! Artificial wreaths and garlands need a good fluff when you pull them out of the box or bag they come in. Another tip and trick I used to hang my wreaths is command strips. I have silver ones that match my doors.
When you use command strips, make sure the surfaces you’re adhering them to is clean and dry. Apply the strip to the hook, then apply to the door and let set for at least twenty minutes. (if you have time to let it set overnight, it seems to hold up better) (directions for this are also on the command strip boxes).
I used thin green wire to attach the ribbons. Tie the ribbon around the wreath and then tie a bow. Once the bow is tied, I wrap the wire around the bow and wire it onto the wreath and twisting it on the back side of wreath. You can also tie a loop of wire onto the wreath at the top and to hang it by the wire onto the command strips too. Both options work great for hanging wreaths.
The Lower Porch
We have pavers steps up to the lower porch which makes for a grand entrance. I like having the lower flower pots on the front porch so I can decorate that area too. In these lower pots, I used mostly fresh greenery, birch logs, a few faux red berry stems, and more pine cones.
To create this look, I added the birch logs directly into the potting soil of the pot. I pushed them down a few inches until they could stand up on their own. I put three in each pot towards the center. Then I took a variety of assorted evergreen branches (pine and cedar) and pushed them down into the dirt going all directions so that the branches were falling outward. The dirt helps the branches to stand up.
After the larger greenery branches were in, I used the smaller branches and nestled them into the area on the bottom to fill in any holes. You don’t want the dirt in the pot showing. I also added the faux red berry stems into the middle to add a pop of red. I would’ve preferred something fresh with red berries but I couldn’t find any this year.
Lastly I added in more pine cones to fill in any other gaps or holes, then I added the gold reindeers into the front of the pots.
To add a little more color and to tie into the upper porch, I added two more of the artificial Christmas trees into glavinzied metal pots and set them to the side of the bigger pots.
I also added a different wreath with red velvet ribbon to both the posts on the lower porch.
Hanging the Wreaths on the Upper Windows
One last inexpensive and easy tip is to add wreaths to the windows. I used command strip hooks on the upper windows and let them sit overnight. The next day, I hung three wreaths on the windows. I also added them to the French doors on the lower level but we had a crazy wind storm and it knocked them down. I will wait to attach them again on a less windy day!
The only thing missing now is the snow! We usually get a little snow by this time of year here in Utah. I hope it comes soon as this will all look so beautiful!
Oh and don’t forget to add a nice doormat by the front doors!
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CHRISTMAS FRONT PORCH DECORATING
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