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DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorations for the Porch

Ideas for easy DIY outdoor Christmas decorations for the porch. Inspiration for lighting, a sitting area, door wreath, and more.

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Around here, one thing marks the arrival of each new season more than anything else, and that’s when our front porch is fluffed and decorated. So…Christmas has officially arrived! This year’s decor is colorful and whimsical, with a sprinkling of snowmen. As always, I followed the same formula that I’ve shared many times…but let’s go over the five steps of that formula again.

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DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorations: An Easy 5-Step Process

Here are the five elements on our porch that are updated with each new season:

  • Door Wreath
  • Doormat
  • Planters
  • Soft furnishings in sitting area
  • Accessories & lighting

pine door wreath with red plaid ribbon

The door wreath was easy and so quick to put together. You can see how to assemble it {HERE.} This wreath was made from scratch this year, but the elements were all things I had, except the ribbon. I try not to completely reinvent the wheel. If you can rework and renew your existing Christmas decorations, you will save both time and money.

Front Door Color

snowman doormat on checked rug

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The layered doormats are a combination of something old and new. I used the black and white rug earlier this year, but the snowman doormat is new. I put the planters together when I did our fall front porch, so all they needed was a string of white lights each. 

outdoor christmas decorations on traditional front porch

With the door area under control, I turn my attention to the sitting area. The base for this end of the porch hasn’t changed for several years. I use the same white rockers and round table, but by switching out the seasonal accessories, the space gets a whole new look. 

snowman pillows | lanterns | black & white throw blankets | red plaid ribbon | small flocked tree (similar) | LED candles | white lights

*The snowmen are no longer available. They were part of my mom’s collection. 

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pine in ball jar with cranberries

How to Refresh Outdoor Christmas Decorations

It’s sometimes a challenge to look at your old outdoor Christmas decor, and see ways to refresh it. Here are a few tips that will get you started.

  • Add something new. You may think this is defeating the purpose, but there’s no harm in updating your things by adding new accessories. Even a couple of new bolts of ribbon would brighten any space. Don’t start from scratch…but keep an open mind about purchasing a few, well-chosen decor items. The only items that were newly purchased for this porch are the pillows and doormat. I’m not sure you’ll see the doormat again, but I can guarantee you will see the snowmen pillows someplace inside next year!
  • Switch things around and bring the inside out. Use something outside that you normally use inside. If you always hang the same wreath over your mantel, use it on your front door instead. Bring your stairway garland outdoors and use it around your front door. If you collect snowmen or Santas, bring some of them outside.
  • Add fresh greenery. Even if you don’t have any outdoor Christmas decorations at all, start with fresh pine cuttings. Put them in a bucket or basket beside your front door. If you don’t have pine trees, look around and see if a friend or family member has some. You can buy fresh pine for a great price at places like Costco or Sam’s Club. It’s pricier at nurseries and garden centers, but many times you can find small bunches for a reasonable cost.

outdoor christmas decorations snowman pillow on rocker

outdoor christmas decorations porch rocker

With Thanksgiving in just a few days, the holiday season is in full swing. The coming weeks will be busy for everyone, but I hope you enjoy the hustle and bustle…at least a little. So until next time, may your days be merry and bright.

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