Happy Tuesday, friends! Today I want to share with you our newly decorated front porch! Yesterday I spent nearly all day hauling out the ladder and putting up the greenery and wreaths. Come check out our front porch decorations for Christmas!
This will be our fourth Christmas in North Carolina and in this house! So every year I pretty much do the same thing on the front porch because, if it’s not broken….Well, you know. So, each year I like to buy fresh wreaths and garland for the front of the house from our local produce vender. They are expensive, especially only to throw them out a month later, but I just LOVE the way the real ones look. So, after a quick trip to Black’s Produce, I set to work!
But first, I want to tell you a little about how I hang the wreaths on the doors and on the lights. For the doors, I use simple, black over-the-door hangers that you can get anywhere and are pretty inexpensive. I like the black ones because they don’t show up much against our dark colored doors. But, if you have a lighter color door, you may want to try to match it as closely as possible. Then, for the wreath hangers under the lights, you can see how I made them out of old coat hangers here: DIY Wreath Hangers!
Now, on to the front porch greenery. I bought a 25 foot length of pine garland and it’s perfect for our arched doors. I unroll it in the driveway and fold it in half so I can find the center. Then I hang it from a hook directly over the center of the door that my husband hung a few years ago. (We just leave it up since you can’t really see it.) On the sides, my husband used a masonry bit to drill holes and inserted a wall anchor. Then I screw little screws into the holes and use wire to attach the greenery.
For the lights, I use two strands of 100 white lights. The plug that connects them is in the center on the hook as well, and I just kind of drape the lights along with the garland and puddle the extra lights behind the urns. TIP: Make sure you figure out which end to plug into the outlet so you end with the male plug near your outlet. (I’ve made that mistake before. UGH) I tied a bow at the top and threaded the wire through the hook as well. Wallah!
For the wreaths on the door I simply added a red bow from last year and tied a pair of vintage ice skates and hooked them on the wreath holder and pulled them through the wreaths.
In the urns, I put the two pre-lit @kingofchristmas trees. They fit perfectly and since they are on a timer, they come on right at dusk. Then, I tied gold bows to the lanterns and added some battery operated candles.
On the right side of the porch I added our vintage Santa. We got him when our boys were little and we put him out every year. Now our little grandson, Ford, gets to enjoy him!
So, here is our front porch all ready for Santa! And more importantly our family and friends!
And of course I had my cute little helper, Lacey!