How to Turn Your Front Porch Into the North Pole

Turn your front porch into a rustic replica of Santa's workshop with these adorable decorating ideas the whole family will love.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Here Comes Santa Claus

This traditional front porch was given a holiday reboot with potted evergreen trees, globe lights, cozy seating and kid-friendly "North Pole" decor. We've got 16 ways to steal the look for your own home.

Set the Scene

Since the holidays are all about entertaining friends and family, set the scene on your front porch with weather-resistant furnishings. From the bean bag chairs to the rich, wooden bar cart, all of these pieces are easy to move around and can be easily stored out of sight in the winter months.

Window Layers

Elaborate window decor is dreamy but can take a lot of time to set up. Keep it simple with a long strand of garland draped from the top of your windows along with a bare wreath in the center. Light it up with a strand of frosted globe lights tacked up around the outside edge of the window trim.

Wrap the Columns

Skip the string lights and stick with a simple garland complete with natural embellishments like pinecones and berries.

Potted Evergreens

If you want to add live greenery on your porch but want little upkeep, try arborvitae in ceramic pots. As long as your porch receives direct sunlight most of the day, the trees will thrive for at least a month leading up to the end of the holiday season. After that, it’s best to plant them outside in full sunlight.

Multipurpose Bar Cart

Roll a weather-resistant bar cart onto your covered porch and throw in some decorative holiday touches to keep it festive.

Tabletop Trees

If the size of your porch doesn't allow for life-size Christmas trees, create a similar look with a grouping of tabletop trees ranging in heights and colors. This collected look will appear more eclectic.

Versatile Seating

Keep your porch decorated for the holidays with lightweight bean bag chairs that simply stack and store away when not in use. These neutral chairs were dressed up for the holidays with woven throw pillows.

Frosted Window Art

Give your windows a wintry update with frosted window film that adds the perfect snowy effect. All you need is a utility knife and burnisher.

Knock, Knock

For an extra layer of holiday cheer, add a fun message to the frosted window film with vinyl sticker letters. Or, use a stencil and spray paint before applying it to the inside of the window.

Holiday Cards

Your outgoing cards can double as decor in a wall-mounted mail sorter right outside your front door.

Door Decor

Create a conversation starter with your door knob or lever with DIY decor. This snowman figure was made by tying three woven grapevine forms together and hanging from the lever.

Dressed-Up Bench

Transform your bench for the holidays with a quick pillow swap. If you have open space below, fill it with seasonal elements like firewood, tree cuttings or winter boots.

Floor Cushions

Make outdoor entertaining a breeze by keeping oversized pillows and floor cushions stored nearby, then stack them in your covered porch for no-fuss lounging.

Grouped Lanterns

Add some Old World-charm to your porch with a grouping of different glass-front lanterns ranging in size and finish. The flames will add instant ambience and warmth to your entry.

Extra Blankets

A practical way to keep guests feeling warm while also adding color, pattern and texture to your front porch is to keep comfy blankets on display in baskets or crates.

All About the Kids

A day or two before Christmas, create a reindeer feeder to get kids excited about Santa. This can be as simple as finding an old basket and leaving carrots or fresh root vegetables out, along with a cute sign.