20 Festive Front Porch Decorating Ideas for the Holidays
Get a jumpstart on the holidays with these DIY decorating ideas.
Don't be that neighbor. You know, the neighbor that covers their front yard in a forest of Christmas inflatables. You can still show your festive spirit with classic and festive DIY decorations — no infatables or annoying string lights to deal with.
The All-Natural Look
To get an all-natural look, use materials like burlap, cranberries and wood accents. To make the snowflake garland, trace the shape of a silhouette to acetate or thick paper to create a template, then cut out with a utility knife. Next, trace the template directly to sheets of felt, then cut out with scissors. To add structure and keep the felt snowflakes from curling up, cut card stock with the template and add to the back of each felt snowflake using a glue gun. Lastly, cut strips of burlap and attach snowflakes with glue.
Simple Holiday Upgrades
If you already have an inviting porch, you can add simple touches to make it more festive. For example, transform a plain outdoor pillow into a cute reindeer one with our simple instructions.
Make It: Reindeer Pillow
A majority of the porch's outdoor decor was sourced from antique stores and flea markets in rural areas. To create moments of pause, vignettes were arranged with an assortment of shapes, finishes and textures to keep the porch feeling one-of-a-kind and collected.
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There is something very nostalgic about the holidays. Give your porch a collected-over-time look with vintage toys, patterns and furniture you can dig up from your attic or find at the thrift store.
Rustic Front Porch Vignette
Accessorizing with vintage winter sporting equipment, such as skis, snowshoes, a sled and skates, gives a rustic cottage appearance to a North Carolina front porch decorated by blogger Amy Buchanan of AttaGirlSays. The sports equipment joins yard sale finds, including the table, vintage wooden toolbox and the dresser frame.
For a different approach to vintage, create a vignette on your porch by decorating a thrift-store table with old winter sporting equipment, such as skis, snowshoes, sleds and skates.
Trio of Wreaths Create Snowman Scrupture
Trios of various-sized wreaths can be used to create snowman yard sculptures, too. To create this look you'll need three wreaths slightly ranging in diameter as well as a wooden stake on which to attach them. First, have 1x2-inch pressure-treated lumber cut approximately eight inches longer than the finished height of the three stacked wreaths. Stake the lumber into the ground using a rubber mallet or hammer, then secure each of the wreaths to the lumber using a drill and exterior screws. Place each wreath onto each screw, then dress up the snowman with accessories to achieve a festive, holiday look.
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A great alternative to giant inflatables is this easy-to-make snowman. All you need is a sturdy wooden support, three wreaths in varying sizes, wood screws and galvanized wire.
Make This: Life-Size Wreath Snowman
Store-Bought Finds With a Twist
Holiday Twig Reindeer
Embellish store-bought finds with a few crafty touches that tie the look together. This rustic twig reindeer is cute enough on its own but better fits our theme with the addition of a satin ribbon and fuzzy yarn-wrapped balls.
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Spruce up store-bought decorations with your own personal touch. This twig reindeer gets a makeover with the addition of DIY yarn ball ornaments and ribbon.
Make This: Yarn Ball Ornaments
Whimsical Wreath Alternative
Skip the wreath and go for something a little more playful. To make this door decor, shape the rope into letters spelling out "Fa La La," then intertwine bailing wire between each strand of rope to structure the letters. Next, tie ribbon to each rope letter and suspend over the door top.
Cover your porch banister with an extravagant garland. To create the look, wrap real or faux greenery around the banister along with cranberries. Then, paint the interior of Mason jars with metallic paint. Group the jars together to get your desired look, and place tea lights inside.
Wire Mesh Luminaries
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Bring a soft glow to your porch with elegant DIY luminaries. Display on your front steps or throughout your porch area.
Make This: Wire Mesh Luminaries
Charming Wood Terrarium
An old window works perfectly as a place to display a nativity scene, greenery, ornaments, candles and other holiday decor.
Outdoor Winter Dining
Although the winter months are cold, it's nice to sit outside and enjoy the bright winter light on warmer days. Create a welcoming vibe in your outdoor dining area by dressing up chairs with throw blankets your guests can use to snuggle up and keep warm with over a cup of tea or coffee.
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What's more inviting than creating an intimate dining nook on your front porch? Decorate with evergreens, throws, winter florals and an outdoor rug.
Gift Box Wall Decor
Wooden Gift Box Sculpture on Porch Wall
Well-presented gifts are sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Represent the excitement of the holidays right outside your front door with a wooden gift-box sculpture. Pick up several wooden boxes from the craft store, then paint them with latex paint in your desired holiday color scheme. Cluster them together with screws or small clamps, then dress them up with ribbon. Add a picture hanger to the back, then place it on an outside wall or door.
If traditional holiday decor isn't your style, incorporate contemporary colors insead. To make this colorful gift-box wall decor, pick up several wooden boxes from the craft store, then paint them with latex paint in your desired holiday color scheme. Cluster them together with screws or small clamps, then dress them up with ribbon. Add a picture hanger to the back, then place it on an outside wall or door.
Display your favorite winter blooms and create a focal point with rain boot planters in classic holiday red.
Mini Christmas Trees
13 Ways to Add Holiday Flair to Your Front Porch in Ten Minutes: Table Top Trees
If the spatial limitations of your own front porch don't allow for life-size Christmas trees, instead create a similar look with a grouping of tabletop trees ranging in heights and colors. This collected look will seem a bit more eclectic and gathered over time. If you simply incorporate one tree that lights up, it should be enough to cast a soft glow on the others.
Don't just put up a tree inside your home — display a miniature one (or three!) on your porch, so guests feel the holiday spirit before they even walk in the door.
Front Door With Square Wreath and Lantern Garland
A square moss wreath hung with red ribbon is a creative take on the traditional Christmas wreath. A garland of black lanterns is a charming touch to this holiday home.
Add texture to your front door with a square moss wreath and a lantern rope garland. To make the garland, screw C-hooks directly into the exterior trim on which to lay each section of rope, and tie lanterns in desired positions. To make the wreath, hot glue moss to a square wreath form and hang with thick ribbon.
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Keep the kids' anticipation high with holiday decor tailored just for them. Give a nod to Santa's workshop with little touches that'll spark their imaginations and handmade toys they can play with for hours.
Make all your guests feel welcome, including kids. Give a nod to Santa's workshop with touches like vintage toys and decor that resembles candy.
Take advantage of the cold winter weather with ice lanterns. The combination of the soft tea lights's glow and ice creates the perfect ambiance.
Make This: Ice Lanterns
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Add holiday cheer to your front entrance with a burlap pennant banner and a personalized doormat you can display all season long.
Make This: Monogrammed Holiday Doormat
Charming Flea Market Decor
Classic Country Holiday Decorating Ideas for Your Front Porch
Keep your holiday decor traditional and vintage this year with front porch styling that's timeless, farmhouse-inspired and packed with old-school country charm. The front porch of the 2015 HGTV.com Holiday House is packed with classic country charm. Playing off of the mustard and barn red tones of the home's exterior, textural items packed with character and flea market appeal add a festive touch.
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Set up a bar area for your outdoor holiday parties, and showcase your holiday spirit with chunky garland and an oversized, metal gingerbread man cookie cutter that read just as well from the sidewalk as they do close up.
Make This: Life-Size Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter
A New Way to Display a Wreath
Place a wreath at the base of your plants to add a festive touch while concealing the plant saucer. Display on the porch banister or as a centerpiece during Christmas dinner.
Light the Way for Holiday Guests
For a safer alternative to the traditional paper-bag-style Santa's runway, add a layer of rock salt or Epsom salt to glass vases or mason jars then nestle a glass votive candle in the center of each. Depending on the size votive you use, the candles will safely provide hours of illumination. When one burns low, simply replace with a fresh candle.
Festive Up Your Front Porch
In place of a standard topiary, bring a bit of your indoor decorations out with a mini fresh or faux Christmas tree. To create a sturdy, weather-proof base, skip a fabric tree skirt and instead place the tree in a wicker basket weighted down with a few rocks. Burlap garland, shatterproof ornaments, pinecones and a few handmade twig stars wired onto the branches are sturdy enough to stand up to the elements.
Add an Orb
Our how-to explains the steps for creating these illuminated grapevine sphere topiaries for your front porch. The waterproof lights ensure they'll brighten up your entry even during stormy winter weather.
Make a Fabric and Evergreen Swag
Turn Lumber Into Hip Trees
Basic woodworking skills, plywood and nails are all you need to create modern Christmas tree silhouettes that you can display year after year. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Craft a Monogrammed Doormat
Spruce up your entryway with this personalized budget-friendly doormat that looks like a pricey catalog find but is actually an easy DIY project. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Craft a Snowy Wreath
Add faux greenery, flowers, berry sprigs and glittered pinecones to a grapevine wreath then cover with faux snow to give your front door a cheery update during winter months. Learn how to make your own.
Make a Melt-Proof Snowman
A sturdy wooden support + 3 faux evergreen wreaths = a friendly outdoor snowman who won't melt, making him the perfect decoration for snow-free climates. Plus, using faux wreaths, rather than fresh, means you can display him year after year. Get started with our tips and step-by-step instructions.
Craft Woodsy Luminaries
Add a woodsy glow to your entryway with a grouping of birch log luminaries. To create them, cut the branches into varying heights with a circular saw. Next, drill holes into the top of each log using a 1-1/2" paddle or spade bit just deep enough to accommodate a votive. For kid- or pet-proof illumination, pop a battery-operated votive into each.
Freshen Up Your Wreath
Cover a straw wreath form with moss and garlands of fresh cranberries for a colorful holiday decoration that can be used as either a traditional front door wreath or, laid flat on the table, as the base for a Christmas centerpiece. Learn how to make your own.
Make a Twig Garland
Give a real or faux evergreen garland a rustic, woodsy touch by layering on a twig garland. Making one is easy, just gather small branches from your yard, use clippers to cut them into sections that are approximately the same length, then knot the twigs together with jute twine or yarn.
Craft This Cute Wreath
Create a wintry forest scene for your front door by adding bottlebrush trees and mini ice-skating figures to a foam wreath that's been wrapped in holiday fabric. Our step-by-step instructions will make crafting this cute wreath a snap.
Repurpose Old Jars
Expecting guests? Use assorted glass jars to give your front porch banister a festive glow. For an opaque, frosty look, add a mercury-glass effect by first misting the jars' interiors with water then immediately spraying on looking-glass paint. Check out these step-by-step instructions to learn more about this faux-painting technique.
Upcycle Your Way to a Funky Front Yard Sculpture
If you have a stack of old lumber or shipping pallets hanging around, this project is a clever way to upcycle them into a modern take on an illuminated tree. Use paint in assorted colors or just one color but various patterns to make your tree truly one-of-a-kind. Check out our step-by-step instructions for tips on achieving the staggered look.
Glitz Up a Wreath
Add sparkle to a foam or straw wreath form with an assortment of glass ornaments in various sizes. To attach them, remove any hanging hooks then hot-glue them to the surface, starting with the largest ornaments then filling in any gaps with the smallest. Photo by HGTV fan Laura Bruen.
Holiday Up Your Outdoor Rug
Deck Out the Landscape
Craft these oversized twine ornaments to brighten up your evergreens. Made from inexpensive materials, it's easy to make a whole bunch while binge-watching your favorite show. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.
Turn Summer Souvenirs Into a Wreath
Tired of traditional holiday decorations? Go coastal and embellish a fresh evergreen wreath with shells gathered at the shore. To attach them, add a short length of wire to each shell with quick-dry epoxy then just wire them on. Instead of a ribbon bow, wrap the bottom of the wreath with textural yarn or rope and top with a few starfish.
Wrap It Up
Craft a colorful holiday decoration by painting lightweight wooden boxes (available at your local craft store) in assorted colors with acrylic paint. Once they've dried, top with ribbon bows then secure in a grouping with metal L- or flat braces and add a sawtooth or D-ring hook for hanging.
Turn Every Day Into Holiday
Designer Erinn Valencich gives her front porch lanterns a wintry update with artificial sprigs of berries and snowflakes she applied using a craft-store stencil and spray snow.
Craft a Chalkboard Silhouette
Welcome holiday guests with this trendy chalkboard sign. To make it, trace a reindeer silhouette onto a 24" x 24" piece of plywood, cut it out with a jigsaw and apply two coats of chalkboard paint. Add screw eyes and a wire to the back so you can display your finished sign either indoors or out.
Evergreen wreaths aren't just for your front door. A small wreath laid flat is a great way to add more holiday color around the base of a small outdoor planter or lantern. This trick also works indoors, where a wreath around the base of a pillar candle or centerpiece adds a festive touch.
Give It a Quick Holiday Fix
Blogger Jo-Anna Rooney proves that just a few colorful updates are all you need to make-over your entryway for the season. Using bare branches painted red and items available at her local craft store, she created a warm holiday welcome in just a few hours. Get her tips for choosing a color palette and more.