There's Still Time to Add This Cute Christmas Porch Decor
Christmas may only be two weeks away, but there's still time to give your porch the holiday makeover it deserves. Try one (or all!) of these easy DIY ideas to make your home the most festive on the block.
If you want to make a major statement with minimal effort, this how-to is the one for you. It's easy to transform a basic porch when you opt for an oversized sign that truly says it all. Some greenery and adequate lighting to show off your masterpiece are the only extras you'll need.
Make This: Hand-Painted Vintage Sign
Store-bought garlands are just fine. But a handmade garland with gorgeous white lights? You've just mastered holiday decorating. Proof positive: This jaw-dropping magnolia garland looks flawless on a classic Southern exterior.
Keep Your Magnolia Leaves Fresh + Green
Known for its elegant, classic appeal, magnolia garland is popular with homeowners coast to coast. Although it's considered nearly maintenance-free, there are a few tricks to ensuring your magnolia garland will last throughout the holiday season.
Cut Discolored Leaves
When magnolia garland is shipped long distance or even transported locally, it's likely some damage may occur from heavy-handed handling. If a damaged leaf sits in the middle of a strand rather than near its ends, it may be easier to simply cut the damaged leaf back with shears.
Shape the Garland
In addition to its traditional use, magnolia garland can also be arranged in a variety of different shapes such as wreaths or topiary. To create a magnolia topiary for your yard, add the garland to a wire tomato cage, then keep it secure with zip ties.
Welcome holiday guests with an absolutely adorable reindeer pillow that is sure to add a warm and cozy vibe to your home's wintry entrance. Enchanting rustic setting = optional.
Make This: Reindeer Pillow
Add a Special Touch
Embellish storebought 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.
Mini Christmas Tree
We found these small faux pine trees at a garage sale and turned them into something special by adding new baskets, satin ribbon, handmade ornaments and yarn garland. Mini pine trees are perfect for displaying by your front door; try adding one to each side of the entry to frame the door. Learn how to make your own.
We continued our yarn theme throughout with these easy do-it-yourself ornaments. With a few basic craft supplies, you can quickly whip up a whole bunch. This project is easy enough for even the littlest crafters so get the kiddos to help.
Take a simple everyday wreath and dress it up for the holidays. This driftwood wreath is perfect year-round, but for the holidays it gets an extra special touch with the addition of satin ribbon and a cluster of yarn-wrapped balls in various sizes and colors. Tip: Use hot glue sparingly, so you can easily pop off the embellishments after the holidays without damaging the wreath.
Pine garland is perfect for draping along banisters to add a winter touch to your outdoor decor. Another easy option is to string white bunny tail yarn garland around doors and windows to create a mini snowball effect.
Light Up With Luminaries
Hosting a holiday party this year? Line your walkway with these simple DIY luminaries. Fill clear glass or plastic vases with stones or sand and add tea lights or votive candles (we prefer the battery-operated kind). Finish each luminary with a cute yarn bow.
And speaking of cozy, why not add a blanket or two with that pillow? Winter weather doesn't mean you have to hibernate indoors. Toss a few fuzzy throws on a classic bench, as seen in HGTV Magazine, for a cozy spot to enjoy a hot cup of apple cider.
Home for the Holidays
For designer Caitlin Wilson and her family (here with husband Brigham Wilson and kids Penn, 2, and Olivia, 5, with Caitlin’s parents, Roger and Kathy Carter), there’s no better place to spend Christmas than at her parents’ home in Oregon’s Rogue Valley. Tucked next to a lake among pine and spruce trees, the five-year-old, three-bedroom Craftsman—which Caitlin decorated—feels like “the best winter getaway,” she says. And it’s not just because of the house’s nearby sledding hills and snow-blanketed yard.
Classics With a Twist
Inspired by her mom’s fondness for classic plaids and her dad’s love of the outdoors, Caitlin filled the space with dark woods and warm wool tartans, perfect for snuggling up to once the temperatures dip. Come December, the house’s cozy vibe gets a festive oomph with metallic mini trees, woodland-creature ornaments, and, of course, a stunner of a Christmas tree. On the porch, a raw teak bench from overstock.com gets a soft touch with Pendleton wool throws.
Thanks to double-height ceilings, the great room feels bright and open despite its dark tones. It also easily fits a 12-foot-tall tree, which Caitlin’s mom, Kathy, jazzes up with bottle-brush-animal and glass-ball ornaments. Although the furniture has traditional shapes, everything—the leather Pottery Barn ottoman, the Patricia Edwards bobbin chairs, the Lee Industries sofa—is super plush. To keep the fabrics dirt-free, Caitlin had them treated with industrial-strength Scotchgard. “I wasn’t going to joke around with stain-proofing—not with all the little visitors running around!”
Although the house is newly built, Roger wanted it to look authentically Craftsman, a style popular in the early 1900s. So his designer daughter stained, rather than painted, the wood trim and added a mission-style chandelier from rejuvenation.com. The table, made from the same white oak as the trim, is surrounded by tufted chairs covered in army duck fabric from Restoration Hardware. The curtains are made from Barbara Barry for Kravet linen.
Since the family spends so much time here, Caitlin went for ultra-functional fixtures, like a large apron-front sink, but also worked in look-at-me elements like Calacatta marble counters and cushiony Lee Industries stools. Painted a soft white (White Dove by Benjamin Moore), the Shaker-style cabinets with inset doors have an old-fashioned charm but are generously sized to accommodate Kathy’s prized dish collection. “Caitlin did an amazing job on the kitchen,” says dad Roger. “The colors and materials she chose make it feel cozy, even though it’s a large, open space.”
Although this space was designed without a season in mind, its cranberry color scheme feels especially holiday-like. Also boosting the room’s snuggle factor: cable-knit Pottery Barn throws and custom tufted headboards, upholstered in heavy Greek key fabric from F. Schumacher. Between the beds is a snow-white lamp from Robert Abbey and a pair of mounted antlers, one of several throughout the house.
Simple white subway tiles line the walls, while swanky Calacatta marble hexagon tiles cover the floor. A dual vanity (painted Alpaca by Benjamin Moore) gets a luxe touch, too, with a marble top. The relaxed Roman shade, made from Idelle fabric by Kravet—also used on pillows and a chair in the adjoining bedroom—sits inside the window frame so you can see the pretty molding.
Caitlin has three siblings, two of whom have big families of their own, so it made sense to reserve the space above the garage as a kids-only sleeping spot. “Usually my mom stays there, too, to keep an eye on them,” she says. “But they always play pranks on her!” Each of the six trundle beds (scored at Costco) sports Pottery Barn Kids bedding and a pile of pillows—a.k.a. cushions for wrestling. The monogrammed ones are from The Land of Nod, and all the rest are stitched from Caitlin’s own line of textiles.
Bigger isn't always better — especially in the case of this delightful mini Christmas tree. For an extra special touch, try decorating your mini tree with natural elements such as pinecones and star-shaped ornaments made from twigs.
Make This: Front Porch Christmas Tree
Classic Meets Mod
Mix trendy with traditional. Classic silver and gold ornaments and beaded garland complement a trendy monogram topper on this chic, simple tree. See more of this home from HGTV Magazine.
Match Your Decor
Whether your home is traditional, contemporary or shabby chic, choose a tree color and theme that fit your design. This beautiful purple and pink flocked tree is a perfect accompaniment to the cool, purple decor in this eclectic living room.
Simple on Top, Bold on Bottom
Let your tree skirt do all the talking. Balance a bold tree skirt, like this beautiful Nordic-inspired design, with minimal tree decor, such as white lights and simple mesh garland. No ornaments necessary. Make this Scandinavian-inspired, no-sew tree skirt.
Go Glam on a Budget
Glam up your holiday decor with a flashy and fun celebrity-inspired tree. Trimmed with mini gold sunburst mirrors and pretty pops of pink and red ornaments, this bright white tree is fit for a superstar. To get this expensive look on a budget, make miniature versions of these DIY sunburst mirrors and reuse them as year-round home decor once the holidays are over.
Handcrafted ornaments aren't just for kids. This tree features pretty yet simple ornaments fashioned from twigs, hot glue and white spray paint. For a polished look, pinecones and pretty metallic baubles complement and soften the rustic quality of the handmade decorations. Check out more handmade ornaments.
Visit your local craft store for an array of similarly-hued silk flowers, like these rich red garden roses, peonies, hydrangea and gerber daisies. Mold the flowers into a lush garland, or scatter throughout the branches with an assortment of well-placed ornaments. Top the tree with a richly textured ribbon for a high-end designer look.
Glass ornaments add a designer touch to any tree whether you want a classic or contemporary look. For a traditional theme, look for solid ornaments in red, white, silver and gold. For a more modern look, choose ornaments with graphic designs in a more updated scheme, like lime green and fuchsia or violet and bronze.
Bring Out the Color
Even if you don't embrace color in your everyday decorating, Christmas is the one time of year you can go overboard. Look for ornaments in bold blues, bright greens, pinks and purples and pair them with metallics, like silver and gold for a festive tree that is sure to draw attention.
Make an Individual Statement
Put your passion on display in style. Love Steampunk? Transform vintage and industrial knickknacks into cool ornaments, and finish your tree with a Victorian-style top hat. See more of this Steampunk-inspired tree.
Transform your family's special memories into beautiful ornaments. Snap photos on vacations, during major life events and when you or your children participate in hobbies or sports, then print the pictures in sepia or black and white for a vintage look. Place the photos in miniature gilded frames and hang from your tree. Each Christmas you'll be reminded of your family's adventures and favorite memories.
Spray-Paint Your Tree
To mimic the bright blue-green hue of peacock feathers, designer Meg Caswell spray-painted the tips of this tree's branches a rich teal hue. Add a touch of whimsy to your own tree with fun painted designs, like white branch tips, top-to-bottom color or an ombre effect. Tip: Choose a non-toxic paint and always apply in a well-ventilated area, preferably outside. Allow paint to dry thoroughly before decorating.
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Deck out your tree in America's hues: red, white and blue. In 2013, this beautiful evergreen sat in the White House's East landing and featured ornaments representing all five military branches. Take an exclusive tour of the White House at Christmas.
A mini tree is a great way to get the kiddos involved this Christmas. After you've finished decorating your tree, help them design a pint-sized version with leftover ornaments and garland. Or get hands-on with DIY decorations, like these button tree ornaments and straw tree topper. Recreate this playful kids’ tree.
Tons of Tinsel
Tinsel is a great way to incorporate sparkle and interest into any tree design. To recreate the subtle charm of this modern, white designer tree, add generous amounts of soft silver and light gold tinsel to branch tips after ornaments and garland are in place. Get 10 tips for creating an all-white Christmas tree.
Celebrate the winter season with a nature-inspired Christmas tree. Dried fruit, spices and other natural materials make beautiful, rustic alternatives to traditional ornaments that, when combined, create a delicious holiday fragrance that can be enjoyed all season long. Recreate this aromatic tree.
Who says your Christmas tree has to stay put? A galvanized bucket with casters makes a stylish tree container and will allow you to transport your tree to any room in the house. Get room-by-room decorating ideas for mobile Christmas trees.
Add a sweet touch to your tree with holiday candy. To get this whimsical look, use packaged candy with a long shelf life, such as candy canes or lollipops. If you have pets or small children, artificial candy ornaments are a great alternative and will give you a wider range of decorative options. Polish off your sweet design with this DIY candy-inspired tree skirt.
Use Up Your Yarn
Put all of this year's leftover yarn to good use with easy-to-make yarn ball ornaments and bunny tail yarn garland. Paired together on a mini tree, these simple decorations are a chic and pretty addition to your front porch holiday decor. Get the easy step-by-step instructions.
For a simple and quick Christmas decorating solution, transform your tree into a fun holiday character, like this adorable snowman. “First create a snowman head and face from a large, foam floral sphere and place it at the top of the tree,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn. “Next, add two scarves just below the head. To create the look of coat buttons, line up three to seven black ornaments in the center of the tree. Lastly, give the snowman arms with branches placed roughly two-thirds of the way up on each side.”
Due to their natural curiosity, pets LOVE to play with (destroy) Christmas trees. Thankfully, there are some tips you can follow to help keep your pets safe and your tree intact. Choose an artificial tree that is under 6 feet tall, and anchor it securely to the wall or floor to avoid toppling. Use flat matte ornaments that are larger in size; they are less attractive to pets than shiny ornaments, and are harder to chew on or swallow. Attach ornaments securely with twist ties and avoid hanging too many on the bottom quarter of the tree. Avoid using tinsel or garland, as pets can easily entangle themselves or choke on swallowed pieces. Lastly, tape down or cover any electrical wires, and always turn the tree off when you aren't in the room. Host a pet-friendly holiday party.
Sounds of the Season
If you prefer simple Christmas decor, dress your tree with a mix of medium and large jingle bells, silver ornaments and red winterberries. This vintage theme never goes out of style and looks great in neutral, rustic or modern-style homes.
Show off the vibrancy of a bold-colored artificial tree with simple ornaments in toned-down, complementary hues. This bright, bubblegum-pink tree is simple and fun when adorned with a light scattering of red, fuschia and pink baubles in soft, matte finishes.
Match the Theme of the Room
When deciding on the perfect decor for your Christmas tree, glean inspiration from the room in which it will live. In a dining room, festive gold and silver flatware ornaments are a chic, easy way to match your holiday place settings.
Put a Bow on It
Match your tree to your gift wrap or vice versa. Designer Laurie March created a bright, unified look by using the same festive blue bows on both the Christmas tree and the gift wrap in this disco-inspired holiday space.
Amp up your tree's flair and personality by adding a handful of oversized ornaments, like these DIY felt poinsettias. Create graphic focal points by hanging the large-scale ornaments first, then decorate the rest of the tree with small-scale baubles, trinkets and winter berries in complementary hues.
Cluster Small Ornaments Together
"A designer trick for adding depth to your Christmas tree decor is to cluster similar ornaments together then hang them inside the tree and along the tips of branches," says designer Brian Patrick Flynn. "From a distance the clusters will read much more graphically than tucked and partially-hidden single ornaments, plus they will help fill voids throughout the tree." Get more professional tree-trimming tips.
Advent Calendar Garland
Start a new family tradition by turning your tree in a beautiful, vintage Advent calendar. This handmade garland version is made from printed linen pockets that hold candy or small gifts for each day of the Advent. Make your own with these step-by-step instructions.
Travel the World
Can't get away this Christmas? Transform your home into a luxurious vacation spot with ornaments and decorations sourced from or inspired by your favorite locale. For actor Wayne Brady's Hawaiian-themed holiday home, designer Stacey Vuduris trimmed the tree with starfish, pineapple and tropical flower ornaments, and pretty puka shell garland.
Update Natural Accessories
"Update pinecones with holiday flair by lightly misting with white spray paint along the entire body until they take on a snowy, frosted appearance," says designer Brian Patrick Flynn. "Once dry, layer whitened pinecones onto branches with rope as hangers or simply place loosely throughout the tree."
Forget the Tree Skirt
Mix it up this year by replacing your usual tree skirt with a repurposed container such as a vintage wine crate or galvanized wash tub. To get this antique look, choose a vessel that is proportional to your tree and large enough to create a sturdy base, then place heavy rocks in the bottom for added support. Drape a layer of coordinating fabric between the container and tree for a polished look.
Go all out with your favorite color this holiday season. Choose ornaments in a variety of sizes, textures and shades of the same hue and arrange on a neutral-hued tree. Complete the look with holiday home decor and gift wrap in the same shades. See more of this home's purple and white Christmas decor.
Create a fun, eclectic design by tying ribbon to your tree's branches. Place pieces close together in a single, bold shade or, for added flair, arrange in an ombre pattern by using light-colored ribbon at the top then graduating darker shades of the same hue as you move toward the base. Tip: To save money, buy ribbon scraps from your local craft store or save pieces from gifts or crafts throughout the year.
Bright, cheery neutrals are a great fit in almost any interior design, making them ideal for holiday decorating. This crisp, white tree is anything but bland when trimmed with modern parchment-colored ornaments and minimalistic garland. Make a beautiful, modern statement in your home with this easily adaptable, less-is-more approach.
If you aren't a huge fan of white Christmas trees, but still want to try a neutral approach, consider an earth-toned design. On a classic tree, pair copper and metallic ornaments in flat matte or glossy finishes with natural decorations, like pinecones and cinnamon sticks, for a warm, neutral look.
When you think of classic Christmas decor, you are likely picturing the rustic simplicity of the Scandinavian style. To get this handmade look, use decorations made from natural materials such as salt dough, basket weave and embroidery in subdued colors. Get more Scandinavian Christmas design tips here.
DIY Statement Topper
Make a statement with your tree topper—literally. Use wood letters in bright seasonal colors to easily create your own word or phrase. Glue the letters together, then nestle the finished product into your tree's branches or attach with a pipe cleaner to the uppermost bough. Adorn with large snowflake ornaments or brightly-colored ting ting for a fun and unique topper that's sure to start conversation.
Wrap Lights in Garland
Eliminate a step from your tree decorating routine by combining garland and lights. Simply choose several different fabrics in coordinating patterns and colors, cut them into thin strips, then tie the strips onto a string of Christmas lights until the chord is completely covered. Lace the lighted garland close to your tree's trunk for a subtle effect or attach to branch tips for a bright and bold look.
Make special memories this Christmas by enlisting family and friends to help make ornaments and decorate the tree. It's a great excuse to for a party and a fun way to get everyone together before the holidays. Check out our tips and tricks for hosting an ornament-making party.
Forget the tacky blinking lights. Guests will know they're in for an evening of classy cocktails and elegant decor when a trail of glowing white candles in crystal clear glass votives leads them to your door. Add a layer of Epson salt in the bottom of each votive for the look of snow minus the melting.
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.
Wreaths are holiday staples, and while you could go with your basic greenery and berry combo, we think this fun saying might be just the statement you're looking for. Create your own using rope, ribbon and wire.
Holiday guests are greeted with a square tree-cutting wreath hung on the front door. To make your own, clip Christmas tree branches using floral shears, then wrap the cuttings around a square foam wreath form and attach with twine. To create the heart, spray-paint twigs red and attach to the wreath form with twine.
Add Splashes of Color
To add graphic shapes as well as color and texture to the entry, lanyards were made using felt, strands of burlap and thick card stock. First, make a template by tracing the shape of a silhouette to acetate or thick paper, 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, then add to the back of each felt snowflake using a hot glue gun. Lastly, cut strips of burlap and attach snowflakes with glue.
Create an All-Natural Ambiance
To add a twinkling light effect around the entry, a birch log was cut down into groupings of luminaries. First, cut a birch log into five different lengths with a circular saw. Next, drill holes inside the tops of each log and place battery-operated votives inside. At night, the votives will cast a twinkling glow into the logs.
Make Everyday Items Seasonal
One of the easiest and most effective ways to add holiday charm to any furnished space is with throw pillows and blankets. By simply adding red linen pillows and red-and-white striped fleece blankets to the year-round rocking chairs, they instantly take on a seasonal vibe.
Insert Holiday Flair
This year-round dining set was updated with holiday style thanks to comfy throw pillows and table settings featuring red and neutral tones. To add a touch of holiday flair overhead, a do-it-yourself chandelier was made from rustic wood, rope and Mason jars. Get step-by-step instructions.
A side door off the porch is dressed with a wreath alternative made from rope, ribbon and wire. To create this, 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.
Create Rustic Decor
Add wow factor with rustic flair by making a North Star from yardsticks and twine. This star was made by spray-painting five wooden yardsticks matte black, then attaching to one another in a star formation. Shaped twigs and twinkle lights add layers of texture and whimsy. Get step-by-step instructions.
DIY Holiday Rug
Flynnside Out Productions
Ready for my favorite DIY for your fantastic Christmas porch? With simple directions from designer Brian Patrick Flynn, you can transform a plain sisal rug with three shades of green paint and some potato stamps. This one is a game changer.
Make This: Potato-Stamped Rug
Classic Country Decor We Love
This Southern home is packed with classic country charm. Playing off the mustard-yellow and barn-red tones of the home’s exterior, textural items packed with character and flea market appeal add a festive touch. Learn how you can recreate the look at your own home this season.
Most of the decor was sourced from antique stores and flea markets. To create moments of pause, vignettes were arranged with an assortment of shapes, finishes and textures to keep the porch feeling unique and collected. Make a DIY decorative sled.
Holidays are meant for gathering with friends and family, so it's best to create a look that appeals to both adults and children. Playful touches were brought to the front porch with oversized, hand-carved toys that add a vibe reminiscent of The Nutcracker.
Front Door Decor
Sometimes the less-is-more approach can create a greater impact than overly decorative touches. For a pop of greenery around the porch, the railing was dressed with bare garland. This adds just the right amount of texture and color to keep it feeling festive.
Wood Scrap Sculpture
This pair of angel's wings was picked up from a local flea market. It's made from scrap wood attached to a frame made of wire that was bent to shape. A similar look can be achieved with wooden shims or with driftwood remnants.
Although the winter months are cold, it's nice to sit outside and enjoy the crisp air and clear sky on warmer days. Create a welcoming vibe in your outdoor dining area by dressing up chairs with throw blankets that your guests can use as they sip a cup of tea or coffee. Make hanging rosemary-wrapped snowflakes.
Anytime you're dressing up your porch for the holidays and using floral, it’s best to simply keep it out while entertaining, then bring it back inside once you’re done. Evergreens are weather-resistant and can stay out all year long, though. Discover 10 easy winter flower arrangements.
Pallet Board Sled
Flynnside Out Productions
Whether you rarely get enough snow to go sledding, or you’re the kind of person who wants to be ready for the slopes the minute Jack Frost decides to make an appearance, storing your sleigh on the porch is a great way to say you’re ready for winter (and always ready for fun!). And if you don’t already have one, try your hand at this decorative version made from an old wooden pallet.
Make This: Decorative Pallet Sled
Life-Size Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter
Traditional holiday door decor gets a playful upgrade with this charming DIY aluminum gingerbread man that resembles everyone's favorite seasonal treat. Get the how-to.
And while you’re digging through the garage to find that sleigh, grab whatever red and green items you can. It might surprise you how easy it is to get a festive look with upcycled items in the season's favorite hues. Red rain boots stuffed with greenery? Don’t mind if I do.
Puzzle Pieces = Napkin Ring Bling
We all have that maddening puzzle that's missing five or six key pieces. Reinvent those extras as snowflake napkin holders. Spray paint the pieces white, then glue several pieces together and attach to basic rings with hot glue. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
Tin Cans = Cake Stand Risers
You don't have to splurge on an expensive cake stands in order to create an eye-catching display. This 3-tiered stand is made by stacking cake drums (available at baking supply stores) of different diameters onto stationary-wrapped food cans. Secure each tier with hot glue, then top the rounds with fake snow. Design by Cristina Riches, Bird's Party
Ceiling Medallion = Textured Wreath
These pretty accents aren't just for remodeling projects; you can also use them as unexpected holiday decor. Leave a medallion white for a modern look, or spray paint in your favorite glossy hue. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
Old Door = Dining Table
Holiday parties can have hefty guest lists, but that doesn't mean you have to splurge for a new or rented dining table. Top your smaller version with an old door or a piece of plywood cut up to six inches larger than all sides of your table, then cover with a tablecloth. Voila, seating for a crowd! Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
A Few Paint Chips = Favor Tags
Paint chips can pile up after a home improvement project. This year, put them to good use as colorful tags for party favors. Cut chips into a tree silhouette, then add each recipient's name. These would work equally well as playful place cards. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
Lots of Paint Chips = Bloom-Covered Wreath
Once you've built up a larger collection of paint chips, transform them into a wreath full of brilliant blooms. To create the flowers: Cut the end of the chip at a 45-degree angle with scissors, then twist around until a conical form takes shape. To keep it from unraveling, add a generous bead of hot glue to the back where the two edges of the paint chip meet. Make enough flowers in assorted colors to fill a foam wreath, then attach them using hot glue. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
Drop Cloth + Drapery Hardware = Faux Mantel
Mason Jars = Outdoor Luminaries
Transform extra mason jars into a bright accent to greet holiday guests. Fill jars with Epsom salt to emulate freshly-fallen snow, then add small votive candles and place along your front walkway. Design by Melissa Michaels
Mason Jars = Waterless Snow Globes
You can decorate with mason jars inside the house, too, like Michelle of Sweet Something Design did here. She created waterless snow globes by hot-gluing small evergreen trees to the jars' lids, then pouring fake snow in the jar and screwing on the lids. Group several together for a wintry scene you can leave up all winter long.
Extra Wrapping Paper = Homemade Wine Charms
Once the gifts are tucked under the tree, repurpose leftover wrapping paper and ribbons to make season-perfect wine charms. Designer Rima Nasser added each guest’s initial to help partygoers remember which glass to sip from. Extra ornaments? Tie them on for another festive touch.
Deck of Cards = Unexpected Holiday Wreath
Poker fans will get a kick out of repurposing a deck of cards as a cheery holiday wreath. Create multiple layers of cards with thick mounting tape; this gives the wreath more dimension. For added whimsy, attach red and green poker chips in one corner to resemble a sprig of holly. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
Starlight Mints = Sweet Serving Tray
A fresh way to use holiday mints? Melt them into a sweet serving tray. To create, lay peppermints side by side on a cookie sheet, then stick into a warm oven until the mints have melted. Remove from the pan and allow to fully cool. The shiny, slick surface is perfect for holding holiday cocktails. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
Scrabble Tiles = Personalized Place Cards
Bring the trend of repurposing wooden game tiles to the dinner table this Christmas with these personalized place markers. Using hot glue, attach tiles to spell each guest's name onto twine or ribbon. These can double as ornaments or favor tags. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
Last Year's Cards = This Year's Cocktail Markers
Get your glassware into the holiday spirit with cocktail charms made from last season’s greetings. Find an area with lots of color or an attractive design element, then cut a small hole in the middle for the glasses' stem and a slit so guests can easily slide the markers on and off. Vary the colors and patterns so each partygoer can easily identify his or her glass. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
Wooden Clothespins = Clean Snowflake Ornaments
Steal a few clothespins from the laundry room to decorate the tree this year. Glued back to back, clothespin halves transform into crisp white snowflakes. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
Covered Cake Plate = Holiday Terrarium
Transform an extra cake stand into a Christmastime "terrarium" with candles, ribbons, ornaments and boughs of greenery. Vary the heights and textures inside to create a visually pleasing display, then tuck it all under the glass dome. Have an extra cheese dome? Create the same effect on an entry table. Design by Layla Palmer
Glassware Collection = Temporary Tree
Collections can be reimagined for the season as part of your Christmas decor. Here, Matthew Mead used a collection of turquoise glassware positioned on a bookshelf to resemble to outline of a Christmas tree — it's even dotted with silvery orbs like the real deal. Photo courtesy of Matthew Mead
Old Wine Bottles = Outdoor Candelabra
Wine bottles seem too sturdy to throw out, but they can pile up fast. Put them to good use this season by turning them into a dramatic outdoor candelabra. To make, spray paint the wine bottles with matte black paint, then fit each bottle with a tall taper candle. The drips will naturally run down the sides as they burn bright all evening. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn