While you are hanging your stockings by the chimney with care, spare a thought for your porch. Decorating your porch for the holidays is a delightful way to spread holiday cheer and welcome guests to your new Marvida home. Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas:
Start With a Wreath
Start your decoration journey with a beautiful holiday wreath on your front door. You can choose one with traditional evergreen branches, red bows and ornaments, or get creative with unique materials. If you already have a wreath, update it. Need inspiration? Better Homes & Gardens offers 56 of them.
Frame With Garlands
Frame your front door with festive garlands. Incorporate ribbons, bows and pinecones for a classic touch. String together white and gold ball ornaments for a more modern look. For sparkle, use pre-lit garlands. If your porch has railings or columns, be sure to wrap garlands around them. If not, use them to frame your windows.
Light It Up
No front porch would be complete without lights. Illuminate your porch with festive string lights wrapped around railings or pillars. Hang them along the eaves. Place lanterns with LED candles on a table or stairs for a more rustic look. White lights create an elegant look, while colored lights can add a playful touch.
Potted Plants and Evergreens
Arrange potted evergreen plants such as spruce or pine near the entrance. Decorate the pots with festive ribbons or small ornaments. Consider placing small Christmas trees in decorative containers for an extra festive touch.
Swap out your regular doormat for one that features a holiday design or message. It’s a simple yet effective way to set the tone. Most stores sell themed doormats but for something truly unique, make your own.
If space allows, add a cozy seating area with holiday-themed cushions and throws. This can be a great spot for enjoying hot cocoa or taking in the winter scenery. No snow? Create your own by cutting snowflakes out of cardstock and hanging them from the porch ceiling with clear fishing line.
Make a Scene
Include outdoor decorations like figurines, reindeer or light-up sculptures. These can be arranged on the porch to create a festive outdoor scene. Old-fashioned sleds or wagons filled with wrapped presents will give your porch a Currier and Ives look. Baskets filled with logs, oversized pinecones, greenery and ornaments give your porch rustic appeal.
Before you get started, have a plan. See what you have and throw out any worn decorations. Make a list of what you may need to buy. Think about layering your decorations. You want a mix of tall and short objects. Think about colors, too. Red and green are traditional, but if you are looking for something more elegant, consider blue and white. Gold and silver decorations will give your porch a luxurious look.