Looking for Christmas decorating ideas for the porch? Here’s how I decorated my front porch with the Christmas color of the season.
Each year I work on decorating the outside of my house for Christmas.
Just between you and me?
It’s a little challenging.
I’ve been looking at this house and all its Christmas decorations for 40 years.
I can see the way my mother decorated it and my heart wants to recreate it.
Except I never could get it exactly right. I tried so hard. I added this and took away this and tried to put more of this.
I was soooo close, but it never really looked like the Christmas house of my childhood.
Until now. This is the year. I FINALLY got it right.
And the best part? If I squint and click my heels together?
I’m back in high school again.
Christmas Decorating Ideas For the Porch
Here’s the front of the house this year.
What I finally figured out?
IT’S the RED.
In a world where people use teal and purple and blue and sequins to decorate for Christmas, I went all old school with the Christmas color of all Christmas colors.
I added red bows everywhere.
And not just any red bows.
Red bows with tails. Bows on sleds. Bows on lanterns. Bows on porches. Bows on wreaths.
RED bows everywhere.
I made them all just like I made this Christmas bow.
If you don’t want to make the bows? I’ve used bows like this before and you can see them here.
See them on wreaths.
I also hung them on the greenery.
I added them to the door.
I tied them to lanterns and the front of a vintage sleigh.
And then I placed buckets and planters full of these poinsettias around the house.
They aren’t real.
Just between us? I’ve tried real poinsettias before and they went south with the first frost. I always tell myself I’ll bring them in, but I forget.
So I went with faux poinsettias and peace of mind this year.
// faux potted poinsettias //
// ho ho ho pillow //
I added Ho Ho Ho pillows to each of the benches on the front porch. They aren’t meant to be outdoor pillows—I just added them to the porch for the party. They are SO CUTE—the letters are stitched onto the top of the pillow.
Next the top of the balcony on the porch and the front railing was swagged with greenery and a GIANT bow on the front of the house.
And of course.
Wait for it…
…more red bows.
I added nutcrackers to the porch this year.
The most inexpensive place I could find them was CVS. You might check your local store and see if they have any. If you don’t have a CVS, I found these that are super similar to mine and 3 feet tall.
They add a little pop of color and some fun on a budget.
And the best part about this house at Christmas?
It looks cute during the day with its greenery and plethora of red bows.
And even cuter at night with its twinkling lights.
I cannot even begin to explain to you how much I adore this house.
All the memories. All the joy. All the Christmas.
If you live in my neighborhood or you are visiting McKinney and you drive by my house, don’t be surprised if you see me sitting on the porch with a Santa cup of coffee.
Or working on my homework.
I’m back in high school after all. 🙂
PS I’ve put together classic Christmas ideas I used to decorate the porch. I tried to link almost everything under the pictures, but I listed them again again here.
- these red velvet bows
- similar nutcrackers
- faux red poinsettias
- ho ho ho pillow
- wood lantern
- longer red velvet bows
- lighted Christmas wreath
- white lantern
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