Easy holiday porch decor ideas that don’t take much time, & that can be used year after year. Pops of red & twinkling trees add Christmas cheer! A vintage touch is added with galvanized metal and an antique sled.
My main goal when planning our Christmas decor for this year was to keep things simple…yet cozy. Like many of you, I am craving calm and quiet. I still want pops of red, but I am adding more neutrals, and want our rooms, including the front porch, to feel light and airy. I always follow a 5-step process when I decorate our porch for each season, and this year is no different. All the details are below…but before we get started, I want to let you know that I’m joining some of my favorite bloggers for a Christmas One Room Tour. We are each featuring one room or area in our homes that’s decked out with Christmas decor. Make sure to check out all the ideas at the end of the post.
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Easy Holiday Porch Decor
Step 1: A new (or repurposed) door wreath
When I’m deciding on a seasonal porch switch, my favorite place to start is with the wreath. The front door, along with the wreath, always sets the tone. The evergreen and white berry wreath is neutral, and will be able to stay on the door through the winter months.
Step 2: A porch planter update
If you have enough space, a planter or two is a perfect way to add a bit of your own personal style to your holiday porch. If you are a neutral person, simply add pine boughs to an existing planter for a lovely, festive look. This year, I added 36 inch faux Christmas trees to our planters. The ivy that I planted in the spring is still beautiful, so I wrapped it around the base of the trees. The trees are pre-lit, and have a heavy plastic bucket for the base. I was able to “plant” them by just digging out some of the dirt, and setting the plastic bucket right into the planter. After fluffing the trees into shape, I nestled faux juniper garlands around each tree. This is a quick and very easy way to update your summer planters for the holidays.
Step 3: Lighting
Even a very minimal amount of lighting makes a difference on a Christmas porch. This year, the only place I have extra lights are on the two trees. Some other ideas for placing lights are around the door, along a porch railing, or wound around a lamp post. Another way to add lighting is with lanterns. In the past, I have placed lanterns on the top of our porch steps, and also in the planters.
Step 4: A fresh and festive doormat
I am hopelessly obsessed with doormats. I actually have a shelf in our garage dedicated to storing my collection. I usually try to purchase budget-friendly options, but I have been known to splurge if I fall in love! I’m happy to say that this year, the doormat did not break the bank. Another idea is to layer your doormat over a small outdoor rug. (I love this trick.) It adds interest, and is another way to add color.
Step 5: Soft furnishings and accessories
If you have the space and an area of your porch that is protected from the elements, add a chair or two. Accessorize the area like it’s an indoor room. Add inexpensive pillows, bits of red and green, and any sort of natural element. For our porch, I got my pop of red with the pillows and the little red wagon on the table.
A Vintage Flexible Flyer Sled
I’ve wanted a vintage sled for years. I’ve never seen one in person at our antique mall, so I finally decided to look online, and found the best selection on eBay. I watched the listings for a few weeks before I purchased, because the prices varied quite a bit. I wanted one in good shape, but I also wanted it to look old. I’m so happy with my new/old sled, and it’s a fun addition to our Christmas porch…and the best part is that the original rope is still there!
Holiday Porch Decor Sources
*The juniper garland linked above looks very similar to what I have on the little trees. I got the garlands locally several years ago. I don’t know for sure if it’s the same thing.
I’ve been decorating this porch for a very long time. My blog is almost ten years old, and I was decorating the porch for years before I ever started blogging. It’s something I do because it makes me happy, and right now, we all need some of that. If porches aren’t your thing, that’s perfectly OK…but I encourage you to spruce up a space in your home for Christmas, and do it for you. Your heart will be a bit lighter, and with any luck, there will be a smile on your face. Now…it’s time to send you along to my friends for even more inspiration. Enjoy!