30 Festive Front Porch Decorating Ideas

Deck your entryway in all the trimmings of the season with our favorite front porch decorating ideas.

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November 27, 2018

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Seasonal + Simple

If you're a fan of simplicity, this front porch decor will be perfect for you. Dress your entry with a festive, red and white pendant garland and a monogrammed (and budget-friendly!) doormat. Follow our step-by-step instructions and DIY your own.

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Twinning Evergreens

Looking for some last-minute holiday flair? Add a pair of potted evergreens to your porch for the perfect Christmasy touch. Let the trees deck your entry all season long then transfer them to your yard for a year-round hint of the holidays. If that's your kind of thing.

Take the Indoors Out

Create a picture-perfect Christmas vignette for a unique take on front porch decor. Set up a Christmas tree and decorate it in all the trimmings of the season. Accent the scene with wrapped boxes and don't forget to hang the stockings on the door!

No Wine Decor

Stop whining about having to decorate. Trust us, this one is easy. Cover recycled wine bottles in a coat of matte black paint. Place pillar candles in the tops of the bottles and let the wax melt down the sides for some added drama. Set them along your staircase or beside your front door for a homey holiday display.

Perfectly Pink

Create a simply stunning holiday front porch by playing up the color of your home. Here, the homeowner accented the lively pink of the siding with several pink poinsettias placed in the door's wreath and a small flower on the tiny lamb peeping around the staircase.

Add Some Whimsy

Add a touch of whimsy to your front porch or staircase by grouping festive-colored boots together and putting them to use as temporary planters. Use matching pairs (or those boots that never have a partner!) and fill with lush greenery, bright berries or even sparkly, decorative branches.

Vintage Vignettes

Use a variety of textures and finishes to create intricate Christmas decor. Here, the use of flea market finds and vintage pieces create a welcoming entry and a one-of-a-kind, festive front porch.

Shimmering Lanterns

Craft some ice lanterns to line your front steps or collect around your door. These shimmering, illuminated orbs are easy to make and will certainly brighten the holiday season.

Learn How: How to Make an Ice Lantern

Season's Greetings

Issue a Christmas greeting to all who pass by your home with this farmhouse-style upholstered letter banner. Hang the banner on the side of your porch, near your front door or drape it across a railing. Wanting a little more pizzazz? Accent it with an evergreen tree or a quaint, old sled.

Make Your Own: How to Make an Upholstered Holiday Banner

Reindeer's Wish

Carved to resemble a reindeer's silhouette, this chalkboard sign brings holiday cheer without spending too much time or money. Simply cut a piece of plywood into the shape of a reindeer head, apply two coats of chalkboard paint and decorate with your Christmas wish. Work into your other front porch decor or craft a larger sign to take center stage.

Wood Slice Banner

Wood slices are a definite trend in decorating. Create a wood slice banner by simply attaching several wood pieces together with a festive string. Decorate the wood slices with holiday-themed phrases and pictures. Display across your front door, over your porch railing or simply on the side of your home. The possibilities are endless.

Rustic + Vintage

Set the mood by creating a rustic Christmas display with the help of a few antiques and some greenery. Layering a table with seasonal garlands, wooden stars, trees and various ornaments is not only simple, but the end result will be beautiful.

Birch Luminaries

Add a woodsy glow to your entryway with a grouping of birch log luminaries. To create them, cut 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-friendly or pet-proof illumination, use a battery-operated votive.

Classic Christmas

This classic front porch features a variety of traditional holiday decorations. A simple, yet elegant wreath hangs on the door while matching evergreens create a more defined entryway. Coordinating ribbons and plenty of pinecones add the finishing touch to this picture-perfect porch.

Sleds + Skates

Put those never-been-used ice skates and old sleds to use this season and create a yuletide masterpiece. Lean a vintage sled against the wall, hang a pair of skates on top and surround the display with an evergreen tree, faux snow and even a few lanterns to create a quintessential Christmas scene.

Pinecones Galore

This gorgeous greenery bestows upon guests a warm, festive welcome. By attaching various-sized pinecones and a bright ribbon that matches the wreaths, this entryway went from basic to beautiful in a few simple steps.

Simple Solutions

No need to replace the plant life already surrounding your front door with evergreens. Rather, decorate what you have. The boxwood topiaries at this front door were wrapped in red beads and white ribbon, but the decor possibilities are endless.

Grand Holiday Entrance

Lanterns and bows make for classic and elegant decor. The entrance to this brick home is a perfect example. Two wreaths hang on the front doors, which are surrounded by a string of lanterns to create a welcoming and warm front porch.

Classic Country

This front porch boasts a sitting area, so naturally the holiday libations had to be brought outside. The bar shelf and surround porch display little holiday touches throughout. A garland surrounds the door while a large gingerbread cookie cutter acts as a wreath substitute. Adding tiny holiday details will not only create a beautifully understated display but also will make clean up much easier.

Holiday Sentiments

Try this playful twist on a standard holiday wreath: Simply 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. This can be hung on the door, like a wreath, but also could be used over a porch railing or hung from the eave of your roof for a unique display.

One Step at a Time

Here's a simple way to decorate outside your home: Place poinsettias in shoes, such as riding or cowboy boots. Line your staircase or doorway with poinsettia-filled boots for an even more eye-catching array.

All Wrapped Up

Need an easy way to spruce up your entry? Wrap your front porch beams in a simple, cream-colored ribbon, and then add greenery.

Holiday Haul

A kid-friendly porch can also be a holiday-friendly porch. Craft mini wagons and fill them with the signs of the season. Put wrapped boxes in one and holiday decor in another. Your porch will be ready for holiday guests of all ages.

All of the Layers

Layer your decor to create a more intricate display. Line the windows, doors and railings on your porch with string lights for a unique take on traditional Christmas lighting. Add wreaths and greenery-filled swags to your windows and doors for a lovely layered look.

Bright White Holiday

This porch is sparkling with holiday spirit. A chandelier hangs over the table and is wrapped in greenery that matches the greenery topping the windows. Red accents were added throughout the space to enhance the holiday feel.

A Christmas Terrarium

Create a large (or small!) terrarium from old windows and architectural elements. and then display holiday greenery, a nativity, ornaments, plants or outdoor candles. Regardless of the contents, a sweet detail like this can be the perfect finishing touch to your front porch decor.

Santa's Workshop

Gather vintage toys (or brand-new ones!) and fashion a front porch display that will get the kids' attention. To create "candy" pieces, wrap foam balls in cellophane wrap or wrapping paper and place at random to create a workshop feel. You could even add a Santa for the perfect finishing touch.

Make It Glow

For a simply gorgeous front porch, add battery-operated twinkle lights to glass-paned lanterns. Sprinkle them around your door for a stunning entryway. The best part? This is the kind of decor you can leave up all year round.

A Traditional Entry

Create a traditional entryway with a few simple materials. Hang simmering ornaments from the roof's eave, and then use the same ornaments in front door planters and to accent a wreath for a cohesive and festive display.

Less Is More

This front porch is the perfect example of 'less is more' approach. Greenery lines the doorframe and hangs from the second story balcony. The pillars are wrapped in a single string of lights and a traditional wreath decking the door adds the finishing touch.