Ideas for decorating a cozy cottage Christmas front porch featuring a festive red and white garland and adorable Christmas planters.
I can’t think of a better way to create a festive feel and to welcome visitors to your home at Christmas than to decorate your front porch with festive and cheery red and white!
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Those are the colors that I used this year to create my cozy cottage Christmas front porch, but I also added a touch of blue here and there to be a reflection of the Christmas decorations that you can expect to see on the interior of my home (which I’ll show you in a post on Wednesday!). Before I show you around though, I want to welcome you to the annual Christmas Porch Tour, hosted by my real-life friend Amy, from Atta Girl Says! Once again, Amy has rounded up a group of your favorite bloggers who are all sharing their Christmas porches decked out for the holiday. There’s a porch for every taste, so be sure to scroll to the bottom for a link to everyone’s blog post, where you’re bound to find some inspiration for decorating your own home.
CHRISTMAS FRONT DOOR DECOR
The star of the show is always the front door, which I’ve decorated with two layered garlands around my door and sidelights, a door swag, Christmas planters, fun layered Christmas doormats and two pairs of lanterns.
To create my garland, I used a pre-lit evergreen garland as the base. I spread all its branches out nearly flat and then topped it with a garland filled with red poinsettias, snowy pinecones, twigs, flocked greenery and red and white ornaments. I used a total of 18′ of garland to surround my door and sidelights. If you’re in the market for a good quality, pre-lit evergreen garland, THIS ONE is in stock (as of this writing), has quick delivery and is on sale. Unfortunately, the red poinsettia garland is out of stock online, but you may be able to find it in your At Home store.
CHRISTMAS WREATH ALTERNATIVE
Instead of a traditional Christmas wreath or hanging basket, like I’ve done in the past, I decided to use a swag the front door.
The swag was a little sparse on its own, so I beefed it up by adding a bow and hot-gluing some extra red berries and pieces from a long needle pine bush that I cut apart.
FUN & EASY CHRISTMAS PLANTERS
The planters that flank the front door, were inspired by these cute birdhouses that I found at Hobby Lobby.
To create them, I first added three birch branches to an inexpensive plastic planter and placed it toward the back, in the bottom of my large planter. By placing the branches toward the back, it creates a “background” for the birdhouse. I filled in around the branches with gravel to hold them in place.
Next, I added some boards that are cut to size (so that they won’t drop down into the planter) a few inches from the top, which act as a base to hold the birdhouse in place. After that, it was simply a matter of tucking in pieces of greenery, pinecones and red berries. So easy, but super cute!
To finish the doorway off, I reused my Merry & Bright doormat layered over a pretty tartan plaid rug. The plaid rug was a bit of an investment, but it’s worth it to me because I will use it year after year!
THE REST OF THE COZY COTTAGE CHRISTMAS PORCH
We have a typical Southern-style covered front porch, which is very wide. I decorate each end of the porch almost identically and then just change it up for the different seasons and holidays.
Our fall and early Christmas season has been unusually warm this year, which gives us the perfect excuse to sit outside with a cup of hot cocoa to enjoy the scenery. It’s especially wonderful at night, when we cover our laps with a throw blanket and admire the Christmas lights and decorations that all of our neighbors have put out.
Every single house on our street has decorated their houses with beautiful Christmas lights! We live on a court, so this is the perfect spot for enjoying all of them at once.
I love the way that the porch runs across the front of our house, but the size of it makes it a challenge to keep it cozy and inviting at Christmas and during the rest of the winter. My solution is to add lots of cozy touches, such as pillows, baskets, cozy throw blankets and a small area rug, which helps to define each area.
You may have noticed that between the pillows and the rugs, I’ve mixed several different patterns, which I think adds to the cozy porch factor. The blue snowflake pillows were a $5 Walmart find. I can’t find them online, but you may be able to find them in your local store.
My favorite of all, are the tartan plaid pillow covers! I ordered several of them in both the lumbar shape and the 18×18 size and have them spread throughout my house this year. The covers can be found HERE.
Thank you so much for stopping by my cozy cottage Christmas front porch today!
Be sure to visit all the participating bloggers for festive decorating inspiration for your porches and sunrooms.