20 Festive Front Porch Decorating Ideas for the Holidays

Get a jumpstart on the holidays with these DIY decorating ideas.

Don't be that neighbor. You know, the neighbor that covers their front yard in a forest of Christmas inflatables. You can still show your festive spirit with classic and festive DIY decorations — no infatables or annoying string lights to deal with.

The All-Natural Look



Create a classic holiday entrance using greenery and all natural materials to dress up your front porch.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

To get an all-natural look, use materials like burlap, cranberries and wood accents. To make the snowflake garland, trace the shape of a silhouette to acetate or thick paper to create a template, 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 and add to the back of each felt snowflake using a glue gun. Lastly, cut strips of burlap and attach snowflakes with glue.

Simple Holiday Upgrades

Porch With Wood Door, Wreath, White Rocking Chair and Reindeer 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.

Photo by: Picasa ©ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer

Picasa, ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer

If you already have an inviting porch, you can add simple touches to make it more festive. For example, transform a plain outdoor pillow into a cute reindeer one with our simple instructions.

Make It: Reindeer Pillow

Vintage Details

Front Porch Holiday Decor

Vintage Vignettes

A majority of the porch's outdoor decor was sourced from antique stores and flea markets in rural areas. To create moments of pause, vignettes were arranged with an assortment of shapes, finishes and textures to keep the porch feeling one-of-a-kind and collected.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

There is something very nostalgic about the holidays. Give your porch a collected-over-time look with vintage toys, patterns and furniture you can dig up from your attic or find at the thrift store.

Rustic-Style Vignette

Rustic Front Porch Vignette

Rustic Front Porch Vignette

Accessorizing with vintage winter sporting equipment, such as skis, snowshoes, a sled and skates, gives a rustic cottage appearance to a North Carolina front porch decorated by blogger Amy Buchanan of AttaGirlSays. The sports equipment joins yard sale finds, including the table, vintage wooden toolbox and the dresser frame.

Photo by: Amy Buchanan

Amy Buchanan

For a different approach to vintage, create a vignette on your porch by decorating a thrift-store table with old winter sporting equipment, such as skis, snowshoes, sleds and skates.

Life-Size Snowman

Snowman Created From Stacked Wreaths in Front Yard

Trio of Wreaths Create Snowman Scrupture

Trios of various-sized wreaths can be used to create snowman yard sculptures, too. To create this look you'll need three wreaths slightly ranging in diameter as well as a wooden stake on which to attach them. First, have 1x2-inch pressure-treated lumber cut approximately eight inches longer than the finished height of the three stacked wreaths. Stake the lumber into the ground using a rubber mallet or hammer, then secure each of the wreaths to the lumber using a drill and exterior screws. Place each wreath onto each screw, then dress up the snowman with accessories to achieve a festive, holiday look.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

A great alternative to giant inflatables is this easy-to-make snowman. All you need is a sturdy wooden support, three wreaths in varying sizes, wood screws and galvanized wire.

Store-Bought Finds With a Twist

Christmas Twig Reindeer

Holiday Twig Reindeer

Embellish store-bought 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.

Photo by: Picasa ©ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer

Picasa, ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer

Spruce up store-bought decorations with your own personal touch. This twig reindeer gets a makeover with the addition of DIY yarn ball ornaments and ribbon.

Make This: Yarn Ball Ornaments

Whimsical Wreath Alternative

Black Door With Rope Hanging From Red Ribbon

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

Skip the wreath and go for something a little more playful. To make this door decor, 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.

Charming Banister



Mason jars

Cover your porch banister with an extravagant garland. To create the look, wrap real or faux greenery around the banister along with cranberries. Then, paint the interior of Mason jars with metallic paint. Group the jars together to get your desired look, and place tea lights inside.

Wire Mesh Luminaries

Wire Mesh Luminaries

DIY Mesh Luminaries

These easy to make Mesh Luminaries add a soft glow to any outdoor space.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Bring a soft glow to your porch with elegant DIY luminaries. Display on your front steps or throughout your porch area.

Charming Wood Terrarium

An old window works perfectly as a place to display a nativity scene, greenery, ornaments, candles and other holiday decor.

Outdoor Winter Dining 

Front Porch Holiday Decor

Outdoor Dining

Although the winter months are cold, it's nice to sit outside and enjoy the bright winter light on warmer days. Create a welcoming vibe in your outdoor dining area by dressing up chairs with throw blankets your guests can use to snuggle up and keep warm with over a cup of tea or coffee.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

What's more inviting than creating an intimate dining nook on your front porch? Decorate with evergreens, throws, winter florals and an outdoor rug.

Gift Box Wall Decor

Blue and Red Wooden Gift Box Sculpture on Porch Wall

Wooden Gift Box Sculpture on Porch Wall

Well-presented gifts are sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Represent 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.

If traditional holiday decor isn't your style, incorporate contemporary colors insead. To make this colorful gift-box wall decor, 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.

Outdoor Planters



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

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Display your favorite winter blooms and create a focal point with rain boot planters in classic holiday red.

Mini Christmas Trees

Small Christmas Trees

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If the spatial limitations of your own front porch don't allow for life-size Christmas trees, instead create a similar look with a grouping of tabletop trees ranging in heights and colors. This collected look will seem a bit more eclectic and gathered over time. If you simply incorporate one tree that lights up, it should be enough to cast a soft glow on the others.

Don't just put up a tree inside your home — display a miniature one (or three!) on your porch, so guests feel the holiday spirit before they even walk in the door.

Lantern Garland

HGTV Holiday House Front Door Decor With Lantern Garland

Front Door With Square Wreath and Lantern Garland

A square moss wreath hung with red ribbon is a creative take on the traditional Christmas wreath. A garland of black lanterns is a charming touch to this holiday home.

Add texture to your front door with a square moss wreath and a lantern rope garland. To make the garland, screw C-hooks directly into the exterior trim on which to lay each section of rope, and tie lanterns in desired positions. To make the wreath, hot glue moss to a square wreath form and hang with thick ribbon.

Santa's Workshop

Outdoor Kid Holiday Toys

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Keep the kids' anticipation high with holiday decor tailored just for them. Give a nod to Santa's workshop with little touches that'll spark their imaginations and handmade toys they can play with for hours.

Make all your guests feel welcome, including kids. Give a nod to Santa's workshop with touches like vintage toys and decor that resembles candy.

Ice Lanterns

Pretty Ice Lanterns

Plastic Containers: Ice Lanterns

These ice lanterns are pretty, festive and just require water, plastic containers and a chill in the air!

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Take advantage of the cold winter weather with ice lanterns. The combination of the soft tea lights's glow and ice creates the perfect ambiance.

Make This: Ice Lanterns

Festive Doormat

Entryway With Pennant Garland

Entryway With Red and White Pennant Garland

Spruce up your entryway with this personalized budget-friendly doormat that looks like a pricey catalog find but is actually an easy DIY project that also makes a thoughtful handmade gift. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Add holiday cheer to your front entrance with a burlap pennant banner and a personalized doormat you can display all season long.

Charming Flea Market Decor

Front Porch Holiday Decor

Classic Country Holiday Decorating Ideas for Your Front Porch

Keep your holiday decor traditional and vintage this year with front porch styling that's timeless, farmhouse-inspired and packed with old-school country charm. The front porch of the 2015 HGTV.com Holiday House is packed with classic country charm. Playing off of the mustard and barn red tones of the home's exterior, textural items packed with character and flea market appeal add a festive touch.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Set up a bar area for your outdoor holiday parties, and showcase your holiday spirit with chunky garland and an oversized, metal gingerbread man cookie cutter that read just as well from the sidewalk as they do close up.

A New Way to Display a Wreath

Metallic Planeter Sitting in Evergreen Wreath

Evergreen Wreath Conceals Plant Saucer

While plant saucers are essential for proper drainage, they can sometimes become eyesores. Use an evergreen wreath around the base of a planter to add a touch of holiday style while helping conceal the saucer.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Place a wreath at the base of your plants to add a festive touch while concealing the plant saucer. Display on the porch banister or as a centerpiece during Christmas dinner.

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