Spruce Up Your Entryway for the Holidays With These 15 Festive Decorating Ideas

These festive DIY entryway decor ideas are guaranteed to wow your guests the moment they step through the front door this holiday season.

As the holidays quickly approach, many of us are scrambling to get our homes guest-ready. While putting up the tree and decorating the mantel are no-brainers, the place we often forget to decorate is the first place people see when they walk into our homes. No worries! We've got you covered with festive DIY decor ideas to help get your entryway or foyer in top shape for hosting this holiday season.

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Deck the Halls Entryway

Chalkboard: Economy Series 36" x 24" wood-frame chalkboard, $24, lionsdeal.com; Garland: Cody Foster & Co. Bright Winter 6'-long wool garland, $70, abchome.com; Vases: 20"H x 8 1/2"-diameter balloon vase in orange, $58, and 8"H x 6 1/2"-diameter balloon vase in fuchsia, $23, both shiraleah.com; Branches: Manzanita branches, $9 each, save-on-crafts.com; Ornaments: Cody Foster & Co. Felted Swirl ornaments, $4 each, rockpaperscissorsshop.com

Photo by: Mark Lund

Mark Lund

A foyer table is the perfect place to show off your prettiest Christmas decorations. In this colorful display from HGTV Magazineseasonal branches are trimmed with bright metallic ornaments and are a fun, modern complement to a vintage chalkboard statement piece.

Make a Mobile Christmas Tree

Traditional Entryway Decorated for the Holidays

Traditional Entryway Decorated for the Holidays

A miniature Christmas tree and poinsettia wall art are classic decorations in this cheerful holiday entryway

Add natural holiday flair to your foyer with a mini tree on wheels. Once guests have settled, you can move the tree to the dining room or other small spaces to be enjoyed throughout the evening.

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Britany Simon shows how you can make your own mobile Christmas tree.

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Small Space Holiday Decorating Ideas

Small Space Holiday Decorating Ideas

If you've run out of space to keep gifts stacked in your main rooms, put your stairs to work as gift risers. Keep them piled towards one side of the lower stairs and add a touch of illumination with battery-operated lights inside of a clear vessel.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Space under the tree is at a premium these days. Add holiday cheer to your entryway and clear up some space in the living room by storing wrapped gifts in decorative groupings on one side of your staircase.

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Wintry Twig-Embellished Mirror 

White Holiday Twig Mirror

Winter Twig-Embellished Mirror

Add natural sophistication to any room with the addition of a rustic twig-covered mirror. A few twigs gathered outdoors, white paint, a glue gun and an old mirror is all you need to add a wintry touch to your holiday decor.

Craft this DIY twig mirror to hang above your entry table or other wall space for a wintry update that looks great all season long.

Coordinate With Everyday Home Decor

Neutral Hallway With Potted Evergreen on Gray Stand

Hallway Decorated for the Holidays

Stylist Matthew Mead adds a simple stand, decked with a potted evergreen (later to grace the outdoors) and dotted with silver accessories, to spruce up the hallway or any overlooked nook in need of holiday cheer. Photo courtesy of Matthew Mead.

For a simple, elegant look, coordinate entryway decorations to match your everyday decor. In this small foyer, understated mercury glass candle holders, a small potted tree and fresh flowers perfectly complement the home's neutral palette.

Put Christmas Cards on Display

White Christmas Card Display

White and Glitter Christmas Card Display on Boxes

A white palette with glitter accents creates a beautiful winter decor without giving in to the traditional red and green of Christmas. Simple boxes can work as a lovely Christmas card display and ornaments can add decorative touches to more than just a tree.

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Display your family's Christmas cards on top of gift boxes of varying heights and arrange around a small entryway tree.

Update Traditional Garland

Holiday Poinsettia Decor

Holiday Felt Poinsettia Garland

Dress up your banister's garland with handmade fabric poinsettias. To add an extra layer of visual interest, trace leaves directly onto fabric using a marker or chalk. Next, cut along the traced leaf silhouette with scissors. Once cut, layer several pieces of fabric together, and fasten with a needle and thread. Finish with a button to add instant graphic pattern and classic holiday charm with minimum expense.

Give traditional garland a chic update with these beautiful DIY felt poinsettias.

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Britany Simon shows how you can make your own fabric poinsettias.

Christmas Countdown

Mitten Advent Calendar

Knitted Advent Calendar

Nothing builds up excitement for the holidays more than an advent calendar and this cozy, handmade version is packed with treats and charm!

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Flynnside Out Productions

Add vintage charm to your foyer table vignette with a DIY Advent calendar like this adorable creation made from upcycled sweaters.

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No-Sew Peppermint-Stripe Pillow

Peppermint Stripe Pillow

Peppermint Stripe Pillow

Add another layer of cheer to your holiday decor with this fun, no-sew peppermint stripe throw pillow!

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Flynnside Out Productions

Add holiday flair to your foyer bench or chair with these candy-striped Christmas pillows. No needle and thread required!

Keep It Simple

An animal skull and horns with Christmas string lights

Holiday Lights on Animal Skull

Horns and skulls may not seem like holiday decor, but with the addition of vintage colored lights, these staples of masculine decor can take on a playful, urban vibe. Consider hanging the fixtures near an entrance, wrapping them with a single strands of lights, then using a cloth-wrapped extension cord to add vintage charm.

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Brian Patrick Flynn

If you're short on time or don't want to go through the hassle of a decorating overhaul, simply add string lights or holiday garland to your existing entryway decor. It only takes a few minutes but makes a big impact!

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Small Space Solution

Faux Holiday Mantle

Faux Holiday Mantle

If you don't have a fireplace or mantel to hang stockings, use your entryway's coat rack as a creative alternative. Not only does it solve the problem of where to hang your stockings, but also adds festive color to your foyer. Decorate the top of your new "mantel" with greenery and ornaments for extra holiday flair.

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Chandelier Spruce Up

Coastal Christmas Decor On Chandelier

Chandelier With Coastal Christmas Decor

A classic chandelier gets decked out with coastal Christmas decor.

Add decorative interest above as well as below. Weave lengths of fresh garland and burlap through the arms of your foyer's chandelier and secure with twine or florist wire. Hang metallic globe ornaments in varying sizes throughout for a touch of holiday sparkle.

Holiday Boot Tray

Holiday Boot Tray

Holiday Plaid Boot Tray

To dress up your boot tray this winter, cut a piece of indoor/outdoor fabric featuring a holiday palette or pattern to size, and attach to the bottom of your boot tray with spray adhesive. It's an easy way to add a wintry feeling to even a boot tray this holiday season.

Give your boot tray a festive makeover with fun holiday fabric. Trace the bottom of the tray onto your fabric of choice, cut out and attach with double-sided tape. If you don't have a boot tray, an old cookie sheet works as well!

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Marianne repurposes an old cookie sheet into a metallic boot tray.

Non-Traditional "Garland"

Upcycling Old Book into Holiday Decor

New Use for Old Books

Greet your guests with upcycled decor made from old books and sisal rope. You'll need: vintage books with similar heights and widths; spool of 1-inch-thick sisal rope; utility knife; decorative ribbon; large letter stencils; pen; drill; 1/4-inch drill bit; scissors.

Skip traditional fresh garland and line entry stairs with a fun and modern holiday banner like this DIY vintage book version instead. 

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Holiday Mail Holders

Personalized Holiday Mail Holders

To create these festive holiday mail holders paint blank canvases with holiday silhouettes, and write each family member's name on it. A variety of holiday silhouettes can be used.

Give every member of your family a special place for outgoing and incoming mail this holiday season by creating individual mail stations. Paint holiday silhouettes onto blank canvases and personalize with each person's name. The canvases can be repainted and used again throughout the year.

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