Need ideas for your Christmas porch decorations? If you’ve been feeling a little…stuck, this post is for you. Let’s sprinkle some holiday magic on your front porch.
In this post, I’m showing you some of my favorite Christmas porch decorations and how you can style them to create a Pinterest worthy porch.
What Should I Put on My Porch for Christmas?
Have you ever gone to Target and found yourself wandering the Hearth & Home, Studio McGee aisles looking at everything, thinking about how beautiful it is but then having exactly NO idea what you would do with any of it?
Trust me when I say, you are not alone. It is hard. Everything looks so pretty – but how do you put it all together?
If you’re like any of my friends, what you really want is for someone to show you what to buy and where to put it to make your space look Pinterest worthy.
Sooo that’s where I come in. Just consider me your personal shopper, and this is your list of what to buy…mmkay? Below you’ll read about the items I suggest using to style your Christmas porch decor and some various options for purchasing.
Baskets, Buckets, Bins
Real Birch Logs
Live Dwarf Trees
I love a live tree, but having one inside just doesn’t feel super practical. There’s nothing I dislike more than constantly having to pick up stuff on the floor, and lord knows I’m already doing A LOT of that with three kids – so I opt-out of the live tree club…for now.
However, I do love a cute little dwarf tree (like this one) to go on your porch. OR if you have a tall porch, I’ve seen (and loved) houses with a full size tree (fully decorated) on their porch.
Dwarf trees (like this dwarf juniper tree) are great because you can get a few of them and arrange them in a few different ways to find the style you like best. I really love the layered look of more than 2 trees (one on either side of your door) because it adds so much dimension.
Baskets, Buckets & Bins
Baskets, buckets, bins – these are a few of my favorite things. I have an affinity for anything that can look cute and double as a way to hide clutter and random toys my kids can’t seem to ever put away.
But in this case, I also really love them for Christmas porch decorations. Just pop your live dwarf plant in the basket or bin (like this decorative basket from Target) and you’re good to go.
This year in particular, I’m loving the look of baskets (love this one) on the porch. And this does actually work for our porch because it’s totally covered. Here’s the link to the taller basket I have on my porch. And here’s the link to the shorter one. If you don’t have such a covered porch then I’d recommend sealing them with a weather resistant spray like this or something that you don’t mind getting worn.
I use decorative lanterns (like this Threshold one) all over our house and in different seasons for different purposes. This is a staple item to always have on hand because they are so versatile. Especially around the holidays.
Lanterns actually hold a lot of symbolism. They represent guidance, light, and comfort. I knew that lanterns were something that made our space feel cozy – but now I get why.
I especially love them at Christmas time because the symbolism perfectly aligns with the spirit of the season. Not to mention, they really do add an extra element of cozy (like this black one).
What would your Christmas porch decorations be without a Christmas wreath, I mean…come on. Embarrassingly enough, I used to go all out with these. Back in the day, I was a little bit more of an eager DIYer (that was pre all three Huff babies) and would make these elaborate (and frankly, hideous) wreaths. Oh but I thought they were SOOO cute.
These days, post Children – I much prefer a simple greenery wreath (like this Hearth & Hand Cedar wreath) that has a muted ribbon (or maybe even no ribbon at all). I love the look of a full wreath but all one type of greenery (like this cypress wreath). I’m not a big fan of the faux looking (and cheap – yeah, I said it) green wreaths. I also am not a huge fan of wreaths that have tons of different types of greenery in them.
I got so excited when I walked into Target today and at the dollar spot was a bin full of faux birch logs. But as soon as I got up to the bin to touch it I discovered that the logs were soft. Ehhh, no thanks.
I decided this year – I’d go with the real deal. I’ve had faux birch before and while it’s nice, it’s nothing really compared to real birch logs.
I like to use these in pots, and stacked up on a firewood rack for show (we don’t have a wood burning fireplace).
If you want to use birch logs in your Christmas porch decorations – my recommendation would be to check your local hardware store or nursery.
I like to use live greenery to drape over my front door. Of course you could always decorate it with a faux greenery but the live stuff just looks (and smells) so much better! And usually it is fairly affordable!
I love the layered doormat look all year around, but it’s really fun to change it up and see how you can create a new and fresh look with different combinations around the holidays.
The trick with a layered doormat is that you want to get a bigger size bottom layer rug. Typically this is a 2×3 rug. But sometimes it can be a bigger 3×5 rug. I actually really love a simple under rug that can stay the same as I swap out the top doormat for the different seasons.
Shop Your Own House for Christmas Porch Decorations
Before you go out and buy new Christmas porch decorations – be sure to shop your own house first. Take a walk around your home and look for baskets, buckets, and bins. These are common household items that could definitely work on your porch for the season.
Maybe you’re like me and you have lanterns hanging around that you use in different ways each season, pull these out for your Christmas porch decorations.
How Do I Use my Christmas Porch Decorations to Decorate My Porch for Christmas?
Okay, so let’s say you’ve gathered all your pieces and now you want to know how to use your Christmas porch decorations to style your porch for Christmas.
For starters, depending on its size, you can decorate your porch by focusing on your front door and it’s sides. This is where most people are going to look first and you’ll want to make sure your wreath compliments your door well.
My best advice – don’t overdo it. Keep it simple. So often I see people just throw MORE decor at something in hopes that it’ll make it look better. Trust me when I Say, less is more.
Stick to a simple color palette. Especially for Christmas, don’t try to throw too many different colors in. Save the colors to make a statement piece “pop” or draw attention to a certain part of your porch. And whatever you do, make sure your porch decor goes well with your holiday lights or any other exterior decorations you might have.
Live Christmas Trees vs. Faux Christmas Trees
A few years ago I bought a few dwarf trees for our porch for the first time. Previously I had a pre-lit faux tree and I just struggled with it working from year to year.
Live Christmas trees are nice because you can recycle them at the end of the season. You don’t have to store them in the offseason. They also look really nice in comparison to faux trees.
Faux trees are wonderful because you can buy nice looking pre-lit faux trees that will last from year to year.
Use Lanterns for a Cozy Aesthetic with Your Christmas Porch Decorations
There are so many great lantern options to use with your Christmas porch decorations. I had fun gathering a bunch of these for you to shop from! Check them out.
Get a Simple Christmas Wreath
I personally love the look of a simple wreath that can be spruced up with a ribbon or something else. Here’s some of my favorite simple wreaths this year!
Layer Your Doormats
Rug layering gives you lots of options to mix it up and keep it fresh. I’ve put together a few of my favorite combinations for you here.
You might enjoy reading this post I did on the layered doormat look.
When Should You Decorate Your Porch for Christmas?
In my opinion, it’s never too early to decorate. Okay but realistically, I like to start decorating my front porch the second week in November. A lot of people will wait until after Thanksgiving, but I like to enjoy my decor for a little bit longer so I put it up early.
But the point is, there is no right or wrong answer about when. Anytime after November 1st is a free game in my book.
Have you pulled out your Christmas porch decorations yet? Will you keep it simple and neutral or spice things up with a little bit of color?