Decorating a Christmas porch is one of my favorite things to do this time of year, I love the challenge to outdo last years look and create a cozy and welcoming entrance to our home. We’ve had a lot of different looks out here over the years, but this is one of my favorites!
We chose to keep with our farmhouse/cottage style when decorating our porch this year, and the look is so fitting for our Cape Cod style home.
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How To Decorate A Front Porch
Some of the same guidelines for decorating your porch the rest of the year apply to decorating a Christmas porch.
- Pick colors that will compliment your home.
- Use your porch to set the stage for the decor through the rest of your home.
- Mirror your decor on either side of the door or stairs to create balance.
- Remove decor from other seasons.
- Remove cobwebs and give your porch a good cleaning.
I like to remove everything from our porch and then start with a clean slate, bringing back pieces I wish to keep and adding new ones.
How To Decorate A Christmas Porch
It’s easy to get overwhelmed or even overdo your outdoor Christmas decorations but honestly often less is more. If you put too much decor out it’s just going to look crowded.
Some basic Christmas porch guidelines to follow:
- You want a guest to feel welcome as they approach your door.
- Safety is key, especially with children and the elderly. Make sure walkways are clear and nothing is there to snag feet.
- If you have animals avoid putting things that are dangerous to them where they can reach it (like mistletoe).
What You Need To Decorate A Christmas Porch
With some basic decor, you can create a gorgeous Christmas porch that will great your guests with Christmas cheer as they arrive at your doorstep. You don’t need a ton of stuff to create that warm cozy look we love this time of year.
I will get you started. I like to also include these in my Christmas porch decorating:
- Small faux evergreen trees.
- Edison bulb string lights.
- Galvanized buckets, urns, and even antique crocks.
- Artwork for the end of our porch along the wall.
- And if you are feeling creative a few bottles of Christmas tree flocking.
Creating This Christmas Porch
I was so excited to get to incorporate the antique crocks we scored back in October in our Christmas porch decor this year. They have so much character and add a beautiful bit of texture to our porch.
While we were putting this look together we had originally planned on using live fur trees in the buckets and crocks but after driving around the area we couldn’t find any little ones growing on the side of the street so we opted for faux ones.
For this look we used:
- Grapevine garland (check out our tutorial)
- Simple Greenery Garland
- Fresh greenery
- Faux Christmas Trees
- Green single strand Christmas lights
- Edison bulb string lights
- Cozy knit blanket
- Soft ruffled pillows
- An adorable little vintage mailbox (we picked it up at Decor Steals)
- A piece of pallet art
- Wreath with red ribbon
- Matching urns
- Galvanized buckets
- Antique crocks.
- and last but not least a bottle of flocking.
Cozy Christmas Porch
What says cozy Christmas to you? Setting the stage for the rest of your home creates a truly magical experience, and is something passers-by can enjoy as much as you!
What’s something that you always include in your Christmas porch decorations?
Before you go, check these out!
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