Spruce Up Your Entryway for the Holidays With These 15 Festive Decorating Ideas

These festive DIY entryway decor ideas are guaranteed to wow your guests the moment they step through the front door this holiday season.

As the holidays quickly approach, many of us are scrambling to get our homes guest-ready. While putting up the tree and decorating the mantel are no-brainers, the place we often forget to decorate is the first place people see when they walk into our homes. No worries! We've got you covered with festive DIY decor ideas to help get your entryway or foyer in top shape for hosting this holiday season.

Create a Vignette

Deck the Halls Entryway

Deck the Halls Entryway

Photo by: Mark Lund

Mark Lund

A foyer table is the perfect place to show off your prettiest Christmas decorations. In this colorful display from HGTV Magazineseasonal branches are trimmed with bright metallic ornaments and are a fun, modern complement to a vintage chalkboard statement piece.

Make a Mobile Christmas Tree

Traditional Entryway Decorated for the Holidays

Traditional Entryway Decorated for the Holidays

Add natural holiday flair to your foyer with a mini tree on wheels. Once guests have settled, you can move the tree to the dining room or other small spaces to be enjoyed throughout the evening.

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Britany Simon shows how you can make your own mobile Christmas tree.

Store Extra Gifts

Small Space Holiday Decorating Ideas

Small Space Holiday Decorating Ideas

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Space under the tree is at a premium these days. Add holiday cheer to your entryway and clear up some space in the living room by storing wrapped gifts in decorative groupings on one side of your staircase.

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Alphabet Soup Gift Tags

Touch of Nature

Gumdrop Gift Garland

Perfect Picture

Felt Pennant Flags

Fringed Lunch Sacks

Floral Garland

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Poster Board Envelope Wrap

Envelopes

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Coffee Filter Snowflakes

DIY Gift Card Envelopes

Embellishments

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Neon Edge Gift Wrapping

Vintage Cookie Tins

Wintry Twig-Embellished Mirror 

Winter Twig-Embellished Mirror

Winter Twig-Embellished Mirror

Craft this DIY twig mirror to hang above your entry table or other wall space for a wintry update that looks great all season long.

Coordinate With Everyday Home Decor

Hallway Decorated for the Holidays

Hallway Decorated for the Holidays

For a simple, elegant look, coordinate entryway decorations to match your everyday decor. In this small foyer, understated mercury glass candle holders, a small potted tree and fresh flowers perfectly complement the home's neutral palette.

Put Christmas Cards on Display

White and Glitter Christmas Card Display on Boxes

White and Glitter Christmas Card Display on Boxes

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ten22 studio 2013

Display your family's Christmas cards on top of gift boxes of varying heights and arrange around a small entryway tree.

Update Traditional Garland

Holiday Felt Poinsettia Garland

Holiday Felt Poinsettia Garland

Give traditional garland a chic update with these beautiful DIY felt poinsettias.

Make Your Own Poinsettias 02:57

Britany Simon shows how you can make your own fabric poinsettias.

Christmas Countdown

Knitted Advent Calendar

Knitted Advent Calendar

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Add vintage charm to your foyer table vignette with a DIY Advent calendar like this adorable creation made from upcycled sweaters.

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Gift-Wrap Magic

Sweater Chic

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Yard Takeover

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Upcycled Chic

Ornamental Additions

Takeout Goodies

Interactive Centerpiece

Traditional Countdown

Frame Job

Merry Mittens

Can It

Christmas Treats

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Repurposed Holidays

Countdown for the Kids

Rustic Stocking Stuffers

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Special Delivery

No-Sew Peppermint-Stripe Pillow

Peppermint Stripe Pillow

Peppermint Stripe Pillow

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Flynnside Out Productions

Add holiday flair to your foyer bench or chair with these candy-striped Christmas pillows. No needle and thread required!

Keep It Simple

Holiday Lights on Animal Skull

Holiday Lights on Animal Skull

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

If you're short on time or don't want to go through the hassle of a decorating overhaul, simply add string lights or holiday garland to your existing entryway decor. It only takes a few minutes but makes a big impact!

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Masculine Touch

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Illuminated Frames

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Bold Centerpiece

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Bright Finds

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Vintage Display

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Whimsical Twist

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Interior Ambiance

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Landscape Addition

Holiday Rock

Mobile Merriment

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Enchanted Garden

Tree Alternative

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Small Space Solution

Faux Holiday Mantle

Faux Holiday Mantle

If you don't have a fireplace or mantel to hang stockings, use your entryway's coat rack as a creative alternative. Not only does it solve the problem of where to hang your stockings, but also adds festive color to your foyer. Decorate the top of your new "mantel" with greenery and ornaments for extra holiday flair.

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Collection on Display

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Elevated Serving

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Mini Cutting Tree

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Rustic Wall Tree

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Cake Stand Scene

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Fun With Fabric

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Deck Out the Unexpected

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Tiny Traditional Tree

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Impromptu Stocking Spots

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Wrapping Paper Tree

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Ornament Sculpture

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Stairs With Style

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Chandelier Spruce Up

Chandelier With Coastal Christmas Decor

Chandelier With Coastal Christmas Decor

Add decorative interest above as well as below. Weave lengths of fresh garland and burlap through the arms of your foyer's chandelier and secure with twine or florist wire. Hang metallic globe ornaments in varying sizes throughout for a touch of holiday sparkle.

Holiday Boot Tray

Holiday Plaid Boot Tray

Holiday Plaid Boot Tray

Give your boot tray a festive makeover with fun holiday fabric. Trace the bottom of the tray onto your fabric of choice, cut out and attach with double-sided tape. If you don't have a boot tray, an old cookie sheet works as well!

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Marianne repurposes an old cookie sheet into a metallic boot tray.

Non-Traditional "Garland"

New Use for Old Books

New Use for Old Books

Skip traditional fresh garland and line entry stairs with a fun and modern holiday banner like this DIY vintage book version instead. 

DIY Mail Holder Art

Personalized Holiday Mail Holders

Personalized Holiday Mail Holders

Give every member of your family a special place for outgoing and incoming mail this holiday season by creating individual mail stations. Paint holiday silhouettes onto blank canvases and personalize with each person's name. The canvases can be repainted and used again throughout the year.

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Charming Entryway

Felt Poinsettia Garland

Cork Advent Calendar

Calendar Numbers

Cake Plate Ornaments

Cranberry Topiary

Mobile Christmas Tree

Houndstooth Garland

Plaid Boot Tray

Reclaimed Wood Tree

Spindle Snowman Hooks

Pinecone Wreath

Wood-Block Snowman

Festive Window Display

Mail-Holder Art

Square Wreath

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