DIY Christmas Porch Decor Ideas

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Easy and inexpensive Christmas porch decor ideas that are festive and colorful. Includes fresh greenery, a beautiful door wreath, a vintage sled, and more.

christmas porch decor ideas

I want to share a few details about our Christmas front porch decor because I honestly believe that with a little effort, patience, and inspiration, any entrance can be transformed into a space that will welcome your guests in style. It usually doesn’t happen overnight, and it will take some careful budgeting, but our front porch is proof that it’s possible.

How to Add Interest

Our porch is very simple. It’s basic concrete with a white railing, and it’s on the small side. I love that there are two windows to break up the stone front. We painted our door a pretty shade of blue called Distance from Sherwin Williams. Other than the door paint, the only color on the porch is what I add through decor. You can see where I started in the image below. I put away all the fall decor, and gave the porch a good cleaning.

on sutton place front porch no decor-2

In order to give the best first impression possible, the key is to decorate your outdoor space like an indoor room. Depending on the size, include chairs or a bench, pillows, a table, planters or urns, and lighting. Make sure there is color that will show from the street, and texture to add interest.

christmas porch decor vintage sled

The Door

Before you add any Christmas decor at all to your front porch, the door should be addressed. Everyone has a door, so make it count. Add a festive, generously sized wreath or swag. Fresh greenery is wonderful, but for simplicity and convenience, the faux variety works well too.

norfolk pine wreath on blue fron door

Wreath Embellishment Ideas

christmas porch decor blue front door

Add More Presence

To beef up the area around your front door, add planters if room allows. This will provide symmetry, and frame your front door so it has more presence. When you flank a front door, it actually grows in size. Our Christmas planters are simple Polywood boxes with Norfolk pine trees.

Planter Assembly

For our spring + summer porch, I placed pre-potted ferns in the planter boxes. When it was time to decorate for fall, I purchased these round pots to go inside the square boxes.

To anchor the little Christmas trees in the planters, I simply buried the tree bases in the existing potting soil that was in the round pots. There was still some live ivy in the round pots, so I left it there. For another planter idea, see how I added lanterns to square black planters at the Sutton Place house.

christmas porch decor new doormat

At the last minute, I decided to add white twinkle lights to the trees, which makes the area sparkly. It’s always nice to refresh your doormat as well. Instead of layering a rug under the doormat, I chose a doormat in a larger size. It’s a nice change!

white rockers on christmas front porch

The Sitting Area

The sitting area is very simple. I chose these red sweater knit pillow covers to go on the farmhouse rockers, and added a plaid throw blanket.

christmas porch decor ideas throw blanket on rocker

Fresh Greenery

A good place to add fresh evergreens where it won’t make a mess is as an accessory. Place it in an unbreakable container, and add some water. If you’re experiencing cooler temps, the greenery will last for several weeks.

christmas porch decor ideas fresh greens in watering can

We don’t have any bushes appropriate for cutting stems of greenery, so I purchased a mixed bunch at Lowe’s. I love the juniper and cedar together!

vintage sled christmas porch decor idea

Add Something Unexpected

A few years ago, I treated myself to a vintage sled that I displayed on the Sutton Place front porch. When we moved, it disappeared, and I was afraid it somehow got tossed. I finally remembered that it might be in our storage garage, and sure enough, it was buried behind some boxes!

The sled adds a bit of unexpected charm and interest as you come up onto the porch. Extra greenery in the form of a small wreath brings in some more color. Charm, interest, and color all in one!

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I never in a million years thought I would be saying this, but I wish it would snow. Just a little. I’m behind getting my Christmas decor up, but I hope to finish this week.

If you’re behind too, or struggling with finding the Christmas spirit, here are a couple of suggestions. Play some Christmas music, light a scented candle, bake a loaf of bread, and wrap some presents. Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way, and ready to celebrate.

christmas porch decor ideas trees in white planters

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  1. Could you please repost the sources? It just isn’t loading, even after 25 minutes. Thank you!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Jenny…I’m sorry for the trouble. I replaced the widget with text links…so you should be all set. Thank you!

  2. Ellen Sorce says:

    Oh Ann, I am always inspired by your decor. I’m not behind, but still in the gathering/planning process. For me, the only thing that goes up before Thanksgiving is the garland and lights, around my front door. It’s always advisable for me to do this before ice forms. But I never turn them on until after Thanksgiving dinner. I am going to look for a small tree, thanks to you, and some berry picks.

    Happy holidays to you and your family.


  3. Laurie Boies says:

    Hello, Ann!!!

    I LOVE your decor- so simple and so charming. I used your printable of the sled with the wreath on it and the bucket of greenery as my inspiration to decorate my front porch area. The 8×10 picture is framed on the front porch (with a black mat to give it more size and presence), in a protected corner so it doesn’t get rain or much wind, then I placed my old sled in front of the porch, with a wreath on it and a calf bucket full of fresh greenery and a few red berry stems. I need to wrap a couple of cardboard boxes, or at least add red ribbons to them to complete the vignette. I am concerned about how well the boxes will weather so I haven’t put them out there yet, b/c they will be subjected to rain and snow. But empty cardboard boxes are cheap and plentiful, so if I have to replace them a few times this month, it’s not a huge deal. I just LOVE your printables and they are great jumping off points for my decorating. Thank you for ALL of the inspo!!! Merry Christmas!!!

  4. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Ann, your front porch is just beautiful! I love your planters with the lighted trees. Your sled looks so cute! The cushions on your rocking chairs are so colorful. You always do such a great job with all your decor. I always enjoy all your suggestions, too! Have a great week!

  5. Sorry, am I missing the images to click on for sources? I like the knit pillows.

  6. Your porch looks charming especially with the sled that adds a bit of nostalgia. I have my sled from childhood on my front porch along with a Norfolk Pine tree with lights very similar to what you have.Can’t wait to see your new home decorated.Happy decorating !!

  7. very pretty and welcoming, Ann. I look forward to seeing your porch d├ęcor every season.

  8. Love your porch! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Beautiful porch Ann. Very welcoming.

  10. Marlene Stephenson says:

    The porch is beautiful, thanks and Merry Christmas.

  11. I love every picture you post! It is classic and festive and beautiful!!

  12. Mary Johnson says:

    Beautiful, simple, peaceful decorating. Thanks for the inspiration as always!

  13. So warm and welcoming!!