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Home OUTDOOR In Season Festive Front Porch with DIY

A few special decorating tips will add even more holiday cheer to your front entryway.

Materials Needed:

  • 24 shatterproof ornaments, extra-large in size: split between red and silver
  • decorative branches in red and silver
  • 3 strands of evergreen garland
  • 2 short strands of white twinkly lights
  • 2 silver bows
  • 2 spools of thick ribbon to wrap around planters
Traditional Entryway Decorated for Christmas

Traditional Entryway Decorated for Christmas

Simple red-and-silver ornaments are hung from the roof’s eave and used in planters and on a wreath to create a festive, traditional entryway for Christmas.

Establish Color Scheme

For maximum visual impact, choose two main colors to work with and one accent. This porch is silver and red with a bit of evergreen. Then repurpose existing materials: Use big flower pots as a base and fill them with evergreen garland, huge ornaments, sparkly twigs and white lights.

Tie It All Together

Another decorating tip is to repeat a few elements. This project used evergreen garland along the porch railing, which mirrored the green in the planters. The ornaments were also hung from the roof and featured in the red and green wreath on the door.

Festive Front Porch Planter

Festive Front Porch Planter

For maximum visual impact, choose two main colors to work with and one accent. This porch is silver and red with a bit of evergreen. Then repurpose existing materials: Use big flower pots as a base and fill them with evergreen garland, huge ornaments, sparkly twigs and white lights. Another decorating tip is to repeat a few elements. This project used evergreen garland along the porch railing, which mirrored the green in the planters. The ornaments were also hung from the roof and featured in the red and green wreath on the door.

Rustic Front Porch Holiday Decorating Ideas

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

When decorating your home for the holidays, don’t forget the front porch. Spread holiday cheer outdoors with just a few festive touches.

DIY Reindeer Pillow

DIY Reindeer Pillow

Cozy up a front porch chair or bench with this adorable reindeer pillow. With a few basic supplies and our free printable template, you can whip up one of your own in just a few steps (DIY in below).

Add a Special Touch

Add a Special Touch

Embellish storebought finds with a few crafty touches that tie the look together. This rustic twig reindeer is cute enough on its own but better fits our theme with the addition of a satin ribbon and fuzzy yarn-wrapped balls (DIY in below).

Mini Christmas Tree

Mini Christmas Tree

These small faux pine trees found at a garage sale and turned them into something special by adding new baskets, satin ribbon, handmade ornaments and yarn garland. Mini pine trees are perfect for displaying by your front door; try adding one to each side of the entry to frame the door. Learn how to make your own in below.

Easy Ornaments

Easy Ornaments

With a few basic craft supplies, you can quickly whip up a whole bunch. This project is easy enough for even the littlest crafters so get the kiddos to help.

Embellished Wreath

Embellished Wreath

Take a simple everyday wreath and dress it up for the holidays. This driftwood wreath is perfect year-round, but for the holidays it gets an extra special touch with the addition of satin ribbon and a cluster of yarn-wrapped balls in various sizes and colors. Tip: Use hot glue sparingly, so you can easily pop off the embellishments after the holidays without damaging the wreath.

Gorgeous Garland

Gorgeous Garland

Pine garland is perfect for draping along banisters to add a winter touch to your outdoor decor. Another easy option is to string white bunny tail yarn garland around doors and windows to create a mini snowball effect.

Light Up With Luminaries

Light Up With Luminaries

Hosting a holiday party this year? Line your walkway with these simple DIY luminaries. Fill clear glass or plastic vases with stones or sand and add tea lights or votive candles (we prefer the battery-operated kind). Finish each luminary with a cute yarn bow.

How to Make a Reindeer Pillow for the Holidays

Give a plain pillow a playful, holiday update using our free printable reindeer template.

Materials Needed:

Make 50×50 cm Pillow Cover

1. Cut 1 piece of fabric that’s 52,5 x 52,5 cm for the pillow’s front piece.
2. Cut 2 pieces of fabric that are 52,5 x 62,5 cm for the pillow’s back pieces.
3. Create the finished edge of the back envelope enclosure by placing the back piece rectangles right-side-down on your work space. Double hem one 52,5 cm edge of each piece by folding the edge 1,2 cm, pressing, then folding over again 1,2 cm and pressing. Pin and machine stitch at 9 mm. Your back pieces should now be 52,5  x 60 cm
4. Assemble your pillow front and back pieces by placing your front piece right-side-up on your work space. Next, place your back pieces right-side-down on top of your front piece. Align the 52,5 cm raw edges on the left and right of the front piece while in the middle overlapping the finished edges. Pin and machine stitch the perimeter with a 1,2 cm seam allowance.
5. Clip the corners of your pillow cover to reduce bulk as you turn the cover right-side-out — be careful to clip closely without cutting the seams. Use a point turner or a closed pair of scissors to help form your crisp corners. Carefully press your completed cover.

Trace Template

Download and print either the multiple sheet template if using 21 x 29,7  cm (A4) paper or the Reindeer Template for 27,5 x 42,5 cm Paper (A3) (Image 1). Use scissors to cut out the silhouette then trace around the design onto your pillow’s front center using a pencil (Image 2).

Find a Suitable Template

Find a Suitable Template

Cut Out and Trace the Template

Cut Out and Trace the Template

Fill In Design

Use paint brush or foam brush to apply craft paint to pillow, filling in the traced area (Image 1). Once paint has dried, display your finished pillow indoors or outdoors in a covered location (Image 2).

Fill In the Design

Fill In the Design

Dry and Display Your Pillow

Dry and Display Your Pillow

Christmas Kids’ Craft: Yarn Ball Ornaments

Cover inexpensive foam balls with yarn to create a trendy, rustic Christmas ornament.

Materials Needed:

  • foam balls in various sizes
  • yarn (desired colors/styles)
  • tacky glue
  • small paper clips
  • scissors

Add Hook for Hanging

Insert a small paper clip into the top of the foam ball.

Add Hook For Hanging

Add Hook For Hanging

Attach Yarn

Dab a small amount of glue onto the foam ball around the paper clip loop; place the end of the yarn in the loop’s center, then wrap the yarn around the top of the foam ball in a circular motion (Image 1). Add more glue and continue wrapping the yarn around the foam ball, being sure to press the yarn firmly down into the glue (Image 2). Once foam ball is completely covered, cut yarn and glue end to the bottom of the ball (Image 3).

Attach Yarn to Foam Ball

Attach Yarn to Foam Ball

Continue Wrapping Ball

Continue Wrapping Ball

Cut Yarn and Glue End

Cut Yarn and Glue End

Hang on Tree

Loop twine through paper clip loop and tie in a bow to hang the completed ornament on the tree. Tip: These also make great gift toppers and wreath embellishments.

Outdoor Holiday Decorating Idea: Mini Christmas Tree

Spread the holiday cheer to your front porch with this easy-to-decorate mini Christmas tree. A few handmade touches make it special.

Materials Needed:

  • faux small pine tree
  • basket
  • bunny tail yarn garland
  • satin ribbon
  • yarn ball ornaments

Swap Out Container

Instead of using the container your tree came in, swap it out for a rustic basket.

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Add Garland and Ornaments

String white bunny tail yarn around the tree as a garland (Image 1). Add yarn ball ornaments throughout the tree and a satin ribbon bow to the top (Image 2).

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