There's Still Time to Add This Cute Christmas Porch Decor

Celebrate the season and give your porch a total Christmas makeover with these super easy and totally festive holiday decor DIYs.

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.

Celebratory Signage



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Susan Teare

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.

Handmade Garland

Christmas Magnolia Garland

Christmas Magnolia Garland

©Deborah Silver

Deborah Silver

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.

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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.

Unfurl Floral Wire to Remove Damaged Leaves

Magnolia garland is usually constructed with floral wire. The leaves are bound together in bunches, then grouped to create long strands. If leaves become damaged or discolored, consider unfurling a portion of the floral wire to remove the damaged leaf.

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.

Protect With Plastic

To ensure the magnolia garland survives any harsh frosts or freezes, it's best to keep each strand wrapped in plastic overnight. For further protection, consider wrapping furniture blankets or canvas on top of the plastic.

Keep Leaves Hydrated by Misting

In areas with extra-dry climates, lightly hydrate the magnolia garland to keep its leaves from drying out quickly. Use a small spray bottle and simply mist the leaves lightly by keeping the bottle held eight inches from the magnolia.

But, Don't Overwater

While lightly misting magnolia leaves will protect them from dry climates, overwatering can be harmful. The key to knowing if the leaves are too wet is the amount of beaded water sitting on their leaves. If the leaves are soaked, they've been given too much water.

Secure With Zip Ties

Any time magnolia garland is being added along an expansive surface, use zip ties to keep it secure.

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.

Playful Pillow

Holiday Porch Decor With Reindeer Silhouette Pillow

Holiday Porch Decor With Reindeer Silhouette Pillow

Cozy up a front porch chair or bench with this adorable reindeer pillow. With a few basic supplies and our free printable template, you can stitch up one of your own in just a few steps .

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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.

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Home for the Holidays

When decorating your home for the holidays, don't forget the front porch. Spread holiday cheer outdoors with just a few festive touches.

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DIY Reindeer Pillow

Cozy up a front porch chair or bench with this adorable reindeer pillow. With a few basic supplies and our free printable template, you can whip up one of your own in just a few steps.

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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.

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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.

Easy Ornaments

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.

From: H. Camille Smith and Kim Stoegbauer

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Embellished Wreath

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.

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Gorgeous Garland

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.

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Cozy Throws

Rustic Holiday Entryway Porch

Rustic Holiday Entryway Porch

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David A. Land

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.

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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.

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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 gets a soft touch with Pendleton wool throws.

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Welcome Home

“All decked out, the house looks gorgeous, but more important, it’s comfortable,” says Caitlin. “Everything’s designed so we can just kick back and hang out together, playing silly games, watching movies, and baking cookies.”

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Her parents don’t use the marble fireplace, so Caitlin stocked it with logs. Buffalo-check stockings from Filson put a woodsy spin on holiday trimmings.

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Great Room

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!”

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Dining Room

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 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.

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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.”

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Guest Bedroom

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.

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Guest Bathroom

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.

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Kids' Bedroom

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.

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Kids' Toy Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree was made with Tinkertoys.

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Miniature Tree

Front Porch Christmas Decoration

Front Porch Christmas Decoration

This front porch Christmas decoration features a stocking and a Christmas tree in a basket with a burlap garland, pine cones, twig snowflakes, ornaments and presents.

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.

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Rustic Luxe

Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines adorned this lush tree with white and silver ornaments, sparkling white lights and a thick off-white ribbon garland for a look that's simple, yet stunning.

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Match Your Decor

Whether your home is traditional, contemporary or shabby chic, choose a tree color and theme that fits your design. This stunning lavender flocked tree complements this living room's cool purple and navy decor.

Festive Fairy Lights

This year, ditch the strenuous strands of standard twinkle lights and opt instead for softer, dainty LED fairy lights draped from the top of the tree.

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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.

Farmhouse Flocked

This year's hottest tree trend? Gorgeous green branches coated in snowy white flocking. Decorate with a few white and burlap ornaments for an updated, farmhouse-style take on the classic Christmas tree.

Go Glam on a Budget

Glam up your holiday decor with a flashy and fun Hollywood-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.

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DIY Ornaments

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 DIY decorations.

Blooming Design

Visit your local craft store for a variety of 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.

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Black + White Baubles

For a contemporary home full of solid colors, clean lines and bright light, a Christmas tree decorated in a modern black and white aesthetic will fit in perfectly. Simply purchase all solid black and all solid white ornaments and add personality with a paint pen and some fun ribbon. Pro tip: skip the tree topper and cluster a handful of your favorite round ornaments on top for a playful look, instead.

Pet Friendly

Pets LOVE to play with (read: 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 six feet tall and anchor it securely to the wall or floor to avoid toppling. Use flat matte ornaments that are larger in size — they're 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. Don't use 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.

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.

Photo By: Photography by David A. Land; styling by Matthew Gleason

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.

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Make an Individual Statement

Put your passions on display in style. Love Steampunk? Transform vintage and industrial knickknacks into cool ornaments and finish your tree with a Victorian-style top hat.

Beaded + Beautiful

Swap traditional ribbon garland for stylish strands of skinny gold and silver beaded garland for a look that's traditional yet elegant.

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Spray Paint It

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.

Quaint + Quilted

Some old quilts are too fragile or tattered to use as bedding, but they're too precious to throw away. Repurpose one into a charming, cottage-style Christmas tree skirt by using the largest intact portion of the quilt.

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Pram + Proper

A galvanized wash tub and old baby buggy make up the mobile base for this adorable entryway tree. Take a look around your own home for creative pieces you can incorporate into your tree's decor.

Out of the Woods

The natural textures, wood tones and overall color scheme of this modern tree make it look straight out of a fairy tale. In addition to flocked branches and a show-stopping topper, this tree features sleek, mismatched ornaments spaced evenly for a balanced look.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn, FlynnsideOut

Truly Patriotic

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.

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Kids' Tree

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.

Cookie Cutter Christmas

This darling tiny tree fits perfectly on a tabletop display. Cookie cutters in dove, angel and bell shapes adorn the tree, while a small wood star is positioned at the top. A wood basket conceals the base of the tree and provides a sturdy base for easy decorating.

Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth...and after the holidays. A playful garland and large, graphic banner are all you need to create a statement tree that requires minimal clean up come January 1st.

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.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Perfectly Natural

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.

Go Mobile

Who says your Christmas tree has to stay put? A galvanized bucket on casters makes a stylish tree container and will allow you to transport your tree to any room in the house.

Sweet Tooth

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.

Brilliant Bulbs

Tired of untangling yards and yards of string lights? Toss the twinkle lights and up the drama with a few simple strands of oversized bulbs.

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Character Tree

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.”

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.

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Halloween Tree

Bring out your inner Morticia Addams with a spooky yet stylish tree you can decorate for Halloween and leave up until January.

Galvanized Tree Collar

Give your tree a pretty, rustic look by upcycling an old galvanaized bucket into a chic DIY skirt!

Complementary Colors

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.

Keep It Simple

Make Christmas cleanup a breeze by keeping decor to a minimum like Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines did with this classic red and green tree. Simple ornaments and minimal lighting make a big statement without the fuss.

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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. 

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Statement Ornament

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 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."

Advent Calendar Garland

Start a new family tradition by turning your tree into 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.

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."

Beachy Beauty

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.

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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.

Put Holiday Cards to Good Use

Repurpose last year's Christmas cards into a festive and meaningful tree garland.

Ribbons Galore

Create a fun, eclectic design by tying ribbon to your tree's branches. Place pieces close together in a single, bold shade or 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.

Remember When...

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.

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Bright Neutrals

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.

Dark Neutrals

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.

Rustic Scandinavian

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.

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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 a 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.

Vintage-Style Christmas Tree With Burlap Garland

Donna Williams of Funky Junk Interiors decorated her tree with household items for a vintage look. The garland is made from strips of white bed sheets and burlap and accessorized with vintage license plates and rustic, wooden ornaments.

Light It Up

Live in an apartment or loft with holiday-decorating restrictions? (Boo!) Bring the bling to your tree in a safe way with battery-operated or plug-in candles, like these gorgeous chandelier candelabras.

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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, hanging antique silverware on the tree is a chic, easy way to match your holiday place settings.

Saturated Hues

Go all out with your favorite color this holiday season. Choose ornaments in a variety of sizes and textures in shades of the same hue and arrange on a white tree. Complete the look with holiday home decor and gift wrap in the same shades.

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Night Lights

Candle Santa Runway

Candle Santa Runway

A DIY project with candles makes a santa runway up the stairs.

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Janell Beals

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.

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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. 

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Make a Fabric and Evergreen Swag

For a trendy twist on a standard holiday wreath, dress up your front door with a holiday swag made from fresh greenery, fabric branches and glittering pinecones. Craft your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Photo By: H. Camille Smith

Make Ice Lanterns

Get an assist from Mother Nature (or your freezer) to turn plastic cartons filled with water into magical ice lanterns to display either indoors or out. Make your own with our tips.

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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.

Go Big With Ornaments

Light up the night with these ginormous Christmas tree ornaments. A few supplies from the hardware and craft store are all you need. Learn how to make your own with our step-by-step instructions

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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

Add Some Sparkle

These gorgeous, glittering votives only look expensive. Using glitter, glue and an empty jar, you can easily craft them yourself on the cheap. 

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Treat Forest Friends

Delight wildlife with frozen fruit ornaments that are both beautiful and beneficial. Get the details on our tutorial

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.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

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.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

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. 

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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

Does your outdoor living space need a holiday update? It's a snap to add a festive touch to a plain sisal rug with a basic tree-shaped stamp made from a baking potato. Our step-by-step instructions show you how. 

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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

Craft Woodsy Stars

Get the kids to help you out with this easy project for turning inexpensive yardsticks and backyard twigs into large, rustic stars. Get crafting with our tips and step-by-step instructions.

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Spell It Out

Try this playful twist on a standard holiday wreath. Just wrap sections of rope with fine-gauge wire, working it between the rope's twists, then shape into letters to spell out a favorite holiday sentiment.

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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.

Easy Holiday Update for Planters

Galvanized metal buckets are handy for oh-so many reasons -- and here's one more: they make a great cover-up for plain pots. To add a wintry touch, first add a punched snowflake design using a hammer and nail.

Turn Craft Store Supplies Into a Snowman

Small, medium and large grapevine wreaths stacked, then held together with twine or wire form a woodsy snowman you can make in a jiffy to add holiday cheer -- indoors or out.

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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.

Light Up the Night

Turn hardware store wire mesh and vellum into these high-end looking luminaries to light the way to your front door for holiday guests. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions

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Whip Up an Outdoor Pillow

Cozy up a front porch chair or bench with this adorable reindeer pillow. With a few basic supplies and our free printable template, you can stitch up one of your own in just a few steps.

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Craft a Colorful Tree Silhouette

Painted wooden dowels and a bit of wire or twine are all you need to make this minimalist Christmas tree that can withstand winter's wet weather. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions

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Give Topiaries a Holiday Makeover

Festive up your front porch by flanking the door with a pair of faux or fresh boxwood topiaries embellished with wired burlap ribbon and garlands of fresh or faux berries.

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Make It Personal

Ice skating is a popular pastime in HGTV fan autumnlady18's home state of Washington. For a twist on a standard front-door wreath, she creatively layered fresh greenery with a pair of vintage children's ice skates, glittered chipboard letters and ribbon.

Rethink Wreaths

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.

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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.


Holiday Front Door Decorations With Rope Letters

Holiday Front Door Decorations With Rope Letters

Try this playful twist on a standard holiday wreath. Just wrap sections of rope with fine-gauge wire, working it between the rope's twists, then shape into letters to spell out a favorite holiday sentiment.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

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.

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Dress Up Your Outdoor Space for Christmas

From tree cuttings used around the door to decorations made from cranberries and burlap, this front porch is packed with all-natural holiday style.

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Go Square

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.

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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.

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Layer Up

To help frame the arched window above the door, a bundle of pine sprigs was attached to the exterior with lightweight picture nails. Drastically darker in tone than the tree-trimming wreath, the different greens add a layered effect to the entry.

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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.

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Use a Tree Alternative

Rather than using Christmas trees, the front entrance is flanked by a pair of lush boxwood topiaries which lay the foundation for the green, red and white color scheme.

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Dress With Delectable Accents

Instead of dressing the topiaries with twinkle lights, a more organic approach was taken with garland made from candied cranberries and burlap ribbon.

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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.

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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.

Add Winter Touches

To bring the same rustic appeal seen in the chandelier to the table below, antlers were incorporated into the tabletop decor.

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Get Creative

Add a touch of whimsy to your front steps with a grouping of boots used as vessels for greenery. Here, red rain boots used in multiples create a striking focal point. A similar approach can be taken using weathered boots in different finishes.

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Be Whimsical

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.

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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.

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DIY Holiday Rug

DIY Potato Stamp Outdoor Rug

DIY Potato Stamp Outdoor Rug

This custom outdoor rug is festive, fun and unbelievably easy to make!

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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

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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.

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Vintage Vignettes

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.

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Playful Touches

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.

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Front Door Decor

Chunky garland and an oversized, metal gingerbread man cookie cutter read just as well from the sidewalk as they do close up. Large metal containers with classic plaid prints add a graphic touch. Make this gingerbread man.

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Chalkboard Signage

Add variety from year to year by picking up an antique chalkboard and scribing a quote, phrase or simple word with white chalk.

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Bare Garland

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.

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Handmade Wreath

Take the DIY approach with a weather-proof paper wreath that will easily become the centerpiece of your outdoor space. And it may be paper, but it will last from year to year.

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Side Door Decor

Don’t forget to dress up your side and back doors, too. Here, the side entrance of the porch was dressed with garland, a DIY angel, winter-proof greenery and a container full of birch firewood.

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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.

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Clever Containers

To add height to potted evergreens or planted winter floral, place vases or containers on top of vintage stands, chairs or stools. Discover 10 easy winter flower arrangements.

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Winter Dining

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.

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Winter-Friendly Plants

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.

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Pallet Board Sled

DIY Decorative Sled

DIY Decorative Sled

Repurpose an old wooden pallet into a charming vintage sled.

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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.

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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.

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Giant Advent Calendar With a Ladder

Drum up some neighborhood chatter with this oversized Advent calendar made with a ladder. Get the how-to.

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Crafty Paintbrush Garland

Freshen up your everyday decor with this colorful paintbrush garland. For a fun twist on traditional holiday decor, dress up your paintbrushes in red and green. Get the how-to.

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Hanging Rosemary-Wrapped Snowflakes

Hang these elegant rosemary snowflakes inside or outside for gorgeous fragrance and a soft glow all season long. Get the how-to.

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Giant Christmas Ornaments

Light up your exterior entryway with these fun and festive oversized ornaments made from a globe light fixture, food storage bowl and string lights. Get the how-to.

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Festive Rope Light Word Art

Make your season's greetings pop with this cheery DIY rope light project. Get the how-to.

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Festive Potato-Stamped Rug

This custom potato-stamped rug is festive and unbelievably easy to make. Plus, its geometric look is perfect all year round. Get the how-to.

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Waterproof Paper Wreath

Take the DIY approach with a weather-proof paper wreath that will easily become the centerpiece of your outdoor space. Get the how-to.

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Decorative Pallet Sled

Repurpose an old wooden pallet into a charming vintage-style sled that will add instant charm to any space. Get the how-to.

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Christmas Tree-Shaped Window Dowels

Put a modern spin on your holiday window decor with this colorful wooden dowel project. Get the how-to.

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Rustic Holiday Star

This inexpensive holiday star made from paint sticks and jute adds rustic charm to any holiday decor. Get the how-to.

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Wire Mesh Luminaries

These easy-to-make wire mesh luminaries will add a soft glow to any wintry outdoor space. Get the how-to.

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Unexpected Upcycles



Add a touch of whimsy to your stoop or steps with a grouping of boots used as planters.

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Brian Patrick Flynn

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.

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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

Pennant Banners = Sport-Savvy Tree Skirt

Relive your high school glory days or vacation memories all holiday season with this unique tree skirt made from vintage pennant banners. It will be an instant conversation piece when guests arrive. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Vintage Aprons = Homespun Tree Skirt

For the more domestic-minded decorator, retro aprons can also stand in for a traditional tree skirt. Photo courtesy of Matthew Mead

Metal Stencils = Painted Ornaments

Turn metal or cardboard stencils from past craft projects into modern, graphic Christmas ornaments. Use them to deck out your tree, or create ornaments with each guest's initial for custom party favors. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Drop Cloth + Drapery Hardware = Faux Mantel

If your living room lacks a fiery focal point, create your own whimsical version using a drop cloth, drapery hardware and chalkboard paint. Bonus: It can double as a canvas for pint-sized houseguests. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Cookie Cutters = Christmas Ornaments

Cookie cutters aren't just for slicing up dough. With a few stationary scraps and some ribbon or twine, turn extra metal cookie cutters into colorful Christmas ornaments. Design by Layla Palmer

Sheet Music = Whimsical Christmas Trees

Turn vintage sheet music into a keepsake you can enjoy year after year: a miniature Christmas tree. Group three of the trees together to make a statement in the dining room or entryway. Design by Marian Parsons

Sheet Music = Pitch-Perfect Placemats

If you’d rather leave favorite tunes in one piece, use connected sheets of music as a creative and sophisticated placemat. Here, it adds an unexpected whimsy to this classic silver-and-white table. Design by Marian Parsons

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.

Leftover Cardstock = Graphic Christmas Ornaments

Once you've made holiday cards, recycle the leftover cardstock into 3-D paper ornaments. All you need is patterned paper, a circle punch and some double-sided tape. Design by Layla Palmer

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

Cake Plate + Ornaments = One-Minute Centerpiece

Stack extra ornaments atop a cake plate to add a quick hit of holiday cheer to any room in your house. Hold ornaments together with double-sided tape. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Wool Blanket = Warm Table Runner

A vintage wool blanket is an unexpected but cozy base for this rustic table setting. By folding the blanket instead of cutting or sewing it, it can warm your table for the holidays, then go back to warming your feet for years to come. Design by Marian Parsons

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

Drawer Pulls = Heavy-Duty Napkin Holders

Scrolled drawer pulls add unexpected style to simple white napkins. To create a more modern look, spray paint the pulls in a neon hue. Photo courtesy of Matthew Mead

Glass Jars = Colorful Candle Holders

Small glass jars become colorful votive holders with a quick coat of spray paint. Have an assortment of sizes? Spray them in one hue and arrange the down the middle of the table for a mood-setting centerpiece. Design by Camille Styles

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

Everyday Books = Holiday Accents

Need extra holiday color? Raid the bookshelves. Everyday titles can become bright accents when covered with festive fabrics that coordinate with the rest of your decor. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

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