Happy Tuesday, sweet friends! Yes, it is December 10th and I am STILL decorating for Christmas. I have a ton of shopping yet to do and not one gift wrapped! Yikes!! However, we did get our front porch decorated! Come see our elegant front porch decor!
I feel like by blogger standards, I have been a day late and dollar short with my Christmas decor this year. However, better late than never, right? So, this past weekend my husband and I finally decorated our front porch! I needed his help with our 16 foot ladder as well as drilling holes in the mortar to hang the garland. He drilled small holes with a masonry bit and inserted small plastic anchors with a combination of screws and hooks. Then we were able to attach the garland to the hardware using green garden wire.
I found the fresh garland at Costco. It’s a mix of pine and cedar and smells divine! The garland comes in a 25 foot roll for about $18.99. We used an entire bundle for the front door project. After unrolling the bundle of garland we found the center point and wired it to the top hook over the door. This way we knew we had enough to drape down each side and puddle on the flagstone. After the garland was hung and secured, I added lights and bows. I used an oversize red bow at the top to tie into the red bows on the lights and wreaths on the rest of the house.
I could have used red bows on the sides of the doors, but I love these gold bows so much, so I used them!
Having double doors can be a blessing and a curse, because you need 2 of everything! And you know some wreaths can be super expensive. This year I opted for artificial ones so I can use them over and over. I found these flocked wreaths at a store called “At Home” in Charlotte. They were about $25 each. I hung the wreaths on the black over-the-door hooks which I bought last year. I’ve had these vintage white ice skates forever, and thought they would look pretty inside the wreaths. (Happily I have 2 pairs of skates). So, I tied a pair together and looped them over the hook and wreath. These gold bows were also in my stash so I tied them on the wreath to cover the tie of the skates and wove the tails of the ribbon around the wreath. Easy-peasy!
This vintage sled is about 10 years old. It’s still in good shape but the red bow was faded and torn. So I added a new gold bow and it’s good for another decade! There is a small strand of lights on the sled and I just plugged them into the lights on the garland.
TIP: I plug the lights into a wireless outdoor system such as this. The remote control stays inside so I can turn the lights off and on with the flick of a button from the comfort of our warm house!
And a little wooden sign I found a few years ago at a consignment store for just a few dollars hangs on the stone wall outside the front door. It wishes everyone who enters and exits a Merry Christmas!
And of course the official greeter is Lacey, seen here through the textured glass of our front doors.
My husband plans to add a spotlight in the yard to showcase the front porch.
Well, I really need to kick it into gear this week and finish my decorating and shopping! How is your shopping coming? Are you an early bird~finished with all of your shopping and gifts wrapped? Or are you like me? HAHA! I hope you have a great day and thank you as always for stopping by and supporting my little blog! xoxo Dell