Design a Joyful and Festive Christmas Entrance

Start the holidays at your doorstep with a showstopping outdoor display that'll bump up your Christmas curb appeal.

Photo By: David Christensen

Front Porch Tree

Create a country-style look on the front porch this holiday season with indoor/outdoor materials — like wicker baskets and burlap — add a few wrapped "gifts" to complete the look.

All About Lights

Create a stunning outdoor display with just a pop of color to add a contemporary touch. Designer John Gidding covers the entire facade of the house with a wash of light by hanging traditional white string lights and white rope lights in evenly spaced vertical stripes. Bright fuchsia-colored floodlights give the display a fun, modern look, while a playful snowflake pattern projected from the front lawn lights up the second story.

Gingerbread House Inspiration

Designer Lauren Lake creates pillars of light to welcome guests by wrapping string lights in a tight weave around the columns. To achieve the gingerbread house look that Lauren created, continue the lights around the banisters, windows and doorway. Place votive candles in jars to illuminate the walkway, and place simple wreaths with decorative bows on doors and windows for an elegant touch.

Large Magnolia Wreaths

Large magnolia wreaths are a great way to ornament these driveway doors. Randy Korando of Boxwood Gardens and Gifts recommends using a product called Wilt Pruf to keep natural elements fresh and prevent them from drying out in harsh winter weather.

Holiday Gift-Box Sculpture

Display the excitement of the holidays right outside your front door with a wooden gift-box sculpture. Pick up several wooden boxes from the craft store, then paint them with latex paint in your desired holiday color scheme. Cluster them together with screws or small clamps, then dress them up with ribbon. Add a picture hanger to the back, then place it on an outside wall or door

Ultra-Classic Look

This classic holiday entryway instantly becomes more intimate thanks to the glow created by the candlelit wine bottle candelabras, and interior and exterior lights of the house.

Think Organically

Nothing says natural and organic like a wreath made from nuts. Put festive red pistachios to work this season as decoration by adding them, one at a time, to a foam wreath form using a hot glue gun. Add an extra organic layer of interest with twine or burlap embellishments.

Choose a Color Theme

Choose two main colors to work with for your holiday decor. The colors should complement your house's exterior paint, wood, or stone work. Tie it all together by repeating elements like garland or red and white Christmas balls.

Glamorous Entryway

RMS user discountdesign combined garland with sheer wire ribbon, branches and ornament balls to create a glamorous holiday entry. Decorative packages and a matching ribbon wreath deliver true holiday spirit.

Light the Way

For a simple, elegant look - and to light the way for Santa! - use votive candles in glass cylinders or mason jars.

Windowbox Cheer

Add bright-red botanical accents to a year-round windowbox. Choose a Christmas classic like amaranthus that adds great texture without requiring a lot of care. If amaranthus is not indigenous to your area, it can be ordered online and shipped almost anywhere.

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