Here’s our Christmas front porch from a couple of years ago.


We had just painted the bricks gray and I kept it simple with greenery and swags and evergreen trees by the front door.

Just between us though?

All the cedar swags were fresh cedar from the garden center.

The challenge with fresh greenery is that it looks amazing and smells amazing for a hot Christmas minute. And then? It starts looking a little faded and sad weeks before Santa and his reindeer show up to prance on the roof.

So this year I’m changing things up a little with faux greenery.

Have you seen the greenery options on the market now?

The greenery looks so good and SO REAL. And you want to make sure to order everything now—shipping times are longer and supplies go fast. So to get a jump on Christmas decorating with a side of winter?

Here’s my favorite faux greenery for winter (and tons of tips on how to decorate with them).

1. Faux Eucalyptus

I’ve tried different Eucalyptus options—but this one is my favorite.

I really like the silver dollar eucalyptus instead of other versions. It looks a little more 2023. The leaves on each stem are slightly farther apart rounder and it has a light silver dusting that looks so real.

Here are a couple of other more affordable options here and here.

And if you are all about seeded Eucalyptus, here’s a pretty garland (I used almost an identical one for Zack’s rehearsal dinner.

2. Faux Pine branches

I love this pine garland. Most of the ones I found don’t have enough pine in them.

But this one?

It’s super thick and looks so real.

I also love these cypress pine stems here and these pinecone stems here.

3. Faux Cedar

This cedar garland is so realistic. It would be perfect to mix with another garland on a porch on inside on a mantel.

We have cedar in abundance here in Texas, but so many people are allergic to it.

I think with cedar, faux is better.

I love this stem here and this set of cedar topiaries here.

4. Faux branches

Never underestimate the texture of branches.

You can always shop the yard for branches to add to your decor.

Or here are a few suggestions for branches to use to decorate for Christmas:

One last suggestion–if you are using faux greenery outside and you want to protect it?

Use a UV protectant spray like this one from Krylon (follow directions when applying and use outdoors with safety googles and a mask)

This will help the faux plants from fading.

I can’t wait for you to see the front porch decorated for Christmas this year. Actually—I can’t wait for you to see ALL THE CHRISTMAS this year. I’ve been planning for a while.

I’ll give you a hint with these two words.

Vintage finds.

It’s going to be EPIC. 🙂

I’ve tried to load almost everything from the post over on my Amazon page so you can shop everything in one place.

You can see all the faux greenery here.

(quick tip—there’s an arrow to the right that you can click on to see more items)

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  1. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Love your choices, KA. TY for always making it easy on us. Being here in very cold Ohio my real stuff lasts a long time. I do two things that help it. Outdoors stuff gets misted with a water sprayer twice a day. Every day. It's a cold job but boy does it keep things green and keeps those needles ON. I am glad we have all 4 seasons. I just wish winter was a little less long. (Like Jan 2nd start warming up!)

  2. Image for Lauren SCHMIDT Lauren SCHMIDT

    Hi KariAnne. I have been a longtime follower of your lovely blog. This week I did not get any posts and was concerned that perhaps you were ill. So I typed your blog into Google and saw that there were posts the last few days that I didn't get. Any ideas of why that might be?

  3. Image for Mary Evans Mary Evans

    Love your blog. Excited to see the vintage Christmas. I was on another site and saw something you might really like since they are Blue. Polka dot blue dishes at Walmart. Good price for 4 piece setting.

  4. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Im in the look right now for long roping greenery. Thanks for the suggestions. I cant believe we are already talking Christmas. But its coming fast. Take care

  5. Image for Teresa Teresa

    I am into Christmas decor too. And, I had a meeting of our ladies committee for our 2023 Ladies Event. We want to make small small crowns of thorns like Jesus wore on the cross. Seeing your resources for Christmas branches did you run across anything that would work to make these crowns? Thank you so much.

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