Happy Wednesday, friends! Are you ready for Christmas? I’m getting there! I’ve been meaning to share with you a few ideas for simple front porch decorations. Come see a few ideas and tips!
This year I kept our front porch pretty simple. I like to use fresh greenery and wreaths. Not only does it look and smell nice, it’s easy to work with and requires no storage after the holidays! I buy our fresh greenery & bows from our local produce market. And I love buying local and supporting our small businesses. It’s a win-win! I started with the wreaths and added a red bow at the bottom of each wreath and hung them from the lights with wreath hangers I made from coat hangers. To see how to make your own wreath hangers see here: DIY Wreath Hangers!
For the front doors, I used regular over-the-door wreath hangers. The wreaths I chose for the front door are slightly larger than the other wreaths outdoors and have red Nandina berries. I added a pair of vintage white ice skates for a fun twist. The skates are simply tied together in a bow and hooked over the wreath hanger behind each wreath. I found the two pairs of skates at an antique store years back and I use them in some way every year.
For my urns this year I went super-simple and and utilized things I had on hand. I had a few flocked wreaths in my stash so I fluffed them up and put one on top of each urn. Then I added these pretty obelisks I had in the attic, directly on top of the wreaths. The obelisks were originally from The Bombay Company, but you can use pretty much anything that will fit the opening of your urn.
The urns look festive and pretty with little effort and no maintenance. I’m liking it!
When our boys were little, my Mother-in-law bought them this Santa Claus. He lights up and our dog Lacey hates him. But, we put him out every year. Now our baby grandson will enjoy him too!
So, simple garland, wreaths, bows and lights complete the look! You could also add bells instead of the skates for more Christmas cheer. And Lacey ,of course, approves! (Without Santa.)
Decorating our front porch this year was a snap mostly because I had a similar look last year. The screws and hooks were already in place so attaching the garland was quick and easy. After the holidays, I’ll dispose of the wreaths and garland and save the bows. TIP: I try to carefully label each of my Christmas storage bins so I know where to find everything the following year. As I take down the lights around the doors, I wrap them around a piece of cardboard and label them as “front porch lights”. This makes for easy storage and next year, I’ll know which lights to use and where. Also, I use a separate cardboard box for just the bows so they don’t get crushed or bent.
Well, we are babysitting today but late this afternoon I hope to wrap more gifts and hopefully start some Christmas baking! What’s your favorite cookie or goodie at Christmas? My daughter-in-law makes some amazing Hershey kiss cookies, so I hope to share her recipe soon. Have a great day and stay warm and dry! xoxo Dell