Cozy Cottage Christmas Front Porch Tour

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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!

front porch decorated for Christmas with red and white garland, planters, trees, lanterns, rugs and pillows

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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.

front porch decorated for Christmas with red and white garland, planters, trees, lanterns, rugs and pillows

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. front porch decorated for Christmas with red and white garland, planters, trees, lanterns, rugs and pillows 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. front porch decorated for Christmas with red and white garland, planters, trees, lanterns, rugs and pillows

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. 

front porch decorated for Christmas with red and white garland, planters, trees, lanterns, rugs and pillows

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.

front porch decorated for Christmas with red and white garland, planters, trees, lanterns, rugs and pillows

FUN & EASY CHRISTMAS PLANTERS

The planters that flank the front door, were inspired by these cute birdhouses that I found at Hobby Lobby.

front porch decorated for Christmas with red and white garland, planters, trees, lanterns, rugs and pillows

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.

front porch decorated for Christmas with red and white garland, planters, trees, lanterns, rugs and pillows

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! 

front porch decorated for Christmas with red and white garland, planters, trees, lanterns, rugs and pillows

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!

front porch decorated for Christmas with red and white garland, planters, trees, lanterns, rugs and pillows

front porch decorated for Christmas with red and white garland, planters, trees, lanterns, rugs and pillows

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.  

front porch decorated for Christmas with red and white garland, planters, trees, lanterns, rugs and pillows

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.

front porch decorated for Christmas with red and white garland, planters, trees, lanterns, rugs and pillows

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.

front porch decorated for Christmas with red and white garland, planters, trees, lanterns, rugs and pillows

front porch decorated for Christmas with red and white garland, planters, trees, lanterns, rugs and pillows

front porch decorated for Christmas with red and white garland, planters, trees, lanterns, rugs and pillows

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.

front porch decorated for Christmas with red and white garland, planters, trees, lanterns, rugs and pillows

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.

collage photos of five porches decorated for Christmas

Atta Girl Says // Southern Home and Hospitality

DIY Beautify // Sand Dollar Lane // Postcards from the Ridge

collage photos of five porches decorated for Christmas

Sweet Pea // Worthing Court // Our Crafty Mom

Major Hoff Takes a Wife // 2 Bees in a Pod

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12 Comments

  1. Suzy, it’s a good thing I’m not a thief because your porch always tempts me. And since I know where you live…

    I love this year’s look. The red poinsettias really look fabulous against your door, and I am digging all the pops of blue. Your porch is definitely magazine worthy!

  2. Suzy – you have created a gorgeous and festive Christmas porch! We love your attention to detail – and your design choices. Thanks for the tip about cutting wood-to-size for the planters! Borrowing this idea for sure! Merry Christmas!

  3. Every year I look forward to seeing how you decorated your porch for Christmas. I so much enjoyed seeing his year’s decor.

  4. LOVE the bird house!!!!!!

  5. Your front porch just screams welcome Suzy! It’s so vibrant! I especially love the doubled garland around your door and those planters! Pinned 😉

  6. Your front door is so welcoming with the garland, the door swag, and the birdhouses in the planters – I love it all!!! And the seating areas make me want to cozy up with some hot cocoa and view the Christmas lights. Beautiful job friend!!

  7. I always love seeing how you’ve decorated your home for Christmas and your porch is beautiful! Love the garland and swag on the door. And your planters look so pretty. Your chairs look cozy and welcoming along with all of your festive accents. So pretty, all of it!

  8. What a cozy spot to enjoy Christmas lights, Suzy! I love all the decorations but especially the poinsettias on the garland, they really pop!

  9. Love it Suzy! Those planters next to the fantastic door mats are perfection! I love that you went with a swag instead of the traditional circle wreath! It was fun hopping with you, hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  10. Suzy I always enjoy your showcases and this one did not disappoint. I’ve been looking for white River birch sticks and haven’t been able to find them. Where did you get yours?

    1. Thank you, Bonnie! I found the birch sticks at Hobby Lobby this year. I believe it was around $6 for a set of 3.

  11. Susie, your Christmas front porch is just stunning! I love how you added your own touch to the premade garland. The red poinsettia‘s are beautiful. It’s so fun and festive. Those lanterns are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and blessed new year.