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Six Easy Projects To Decorate Your Front Porch for The Holidays In an Afternoon

Yep, it’s that time again to start getting your front porch ready for the holidays. Don’t have much money or time? Don’t want to over complicate things? Oh, good! Then this is the post for you. Here are six easy projects to decorate your front porch for the holidays in just one afternoon!

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Yep, it’s that time again to start getting your front porch ready for the holidays. Don’t have much money or time? Don’t want to over complicate things? Oh, good! Then this is the post for you. Here are six easy projects to decorate your front porch for the holidays in just one afternoon!

Project 1: Inexpensive Eucalyptus Garland

This one is such an easy garland hack, especially if you have some just lying around! I went to the store the other day to buy garland and there were basically two types available for purchase. The first type of garland was simple and a little boring, but it was SO affordable. The second type of garland was full of different types of greenery and layers of berries, but it was so expensive. Here’s my best tip to create an expensive garland for HALF the price.

Start by purchasing the inexpensive garland, you’ll see it typically only includes one kind of greenery. Next, purchase inexpensive eucalyptus and other greenery stems. You can find both inexpensive garlands at a dollar store or craft store! The key is to find different types of greenery to layer in.

Then, simply layer in the different stems of greenery by using florist wire to add them to the original garland. Keep layering until you have the look of that fancy, more expensive garland. Need some ideas as to what greenery to look for? Here are a few stems to layer in: Pine, cedar, spruce, pinecones, and magnolia.

You can also do the same thing to wreaths like I did with this pre-purchased wreath. I added magnolia leaves to the wreath to make it appear fuller and more expensive-looking.

green wreath with magnolia

Project 2: Box Planters

Why spend a ton of money on planters, when you can just make your own? All you need is inexpensive plywood, wood glue, and wood trim. Here’s the reader’s digest version of how to make the planters.

Step 1.  Nail sides and bottom of plywood

Line up the two of the pieces together at a right angle and nail together. Repeat with each of the plywood pieces until you have a box. Then, the edge of the bottom of the planter should line up with the sides of the planter. Nail bottom piece to the box.

Step 2.  Sand any rough edges

Sand off any of the rough edges on your plywood box and you are ready for the trim.

Step 3.  Add trim

Attach trim to the top and bottom of the box.

Step 4.  Prep the planter for painting

Sand off any rough edges and caulk the gaps.

Step 5.  Prime and paint

We added a monogram to the front of the planter, but you don’t need to if you don’t want to, I just thought it looked a little fancier.

 

You can see the entire step-by-step here.

Project 3: Lantern bows

Nothing says a holiday front porch like a bow. I made these simple bows from black and white check ribbon. Here’s how I made these in about 2 minutes:

Step 1: Find and fold your ribbon

Decide how wide you want your bow to be. Fold the ribbon halfway. The edge will already have a hem on it, so there’s no need to cut it to start.  Just begin folding. The end of the folded piece of ribbon is where the center of your bow will be.

Step 3: Continue folding your ribbon

Each time you make a fold make it just a little smaller than the previous fold (as shown). Cut last fold of ribbon so it ends in the center.

Step 4: Wrap the florist wire

In the center of the folds, wrap a piece of florist wire around the ribbon

Step 5: Cut the edges

Step 6: Fluff

BONUS PROJECT: Here’s how I made a similar bow with burlap.

You can see the entire project here.

Project 4: twig wreath

Hello free wreath project. Nice to meet you.

These would look so cute hanging from ribbons on lanterns or planters by the front door. You can see the entire step-by-step here.

Step 1: spray paint circle

I found this wreath form that measures 14″ across.

Step 2: cut branches

I found these branches in my back yard.

Step 3: add first layer of branches

I found the pieces that were already curved and started laying them clockwise around the inner circle to form the first layer.

Step 4: add next layer

Step 5: continue adding layers

Step 6: add pinecones

Step 7: spray paint white

You could leave it plain wood.

Or, if you could spray paint it white.

Add a couple of layers of spray paint to cover the wood.

Project 5: Monogrammed welcome mat

Here’s a simple and easy project for your front door. All you need is paint and a stencil you can print out on your computer. You can see the entire step-by-step here.

Step 1:  Print out letters on the computer

I printed out the letters in Baskerville Old Style.

Step 2:  Cut out letters

Cut out the letters leaving an outline.

Step 3: Tape off the border

Step 4: Center the outline of the letters in the middle and tape

Place the letters in the center of the mat and completely tape off with painter’s tape so that only the parts that should be spray painted remain.

Step 5: Paint and pull off the tape

Project 6: DIY Magnolia Wreath

This is a wreath that you can make with either real magnolia wreaths or faux magnolia leaves. It’s an easy project you can finish during the first 30 minutes of a Hallmark movie. You can see the entire step-by-step version of the wreath here.

Step 1: Start with a wreath form

You will need the soft kind of floral foam so the leaves could stick right into the form.

Step 2: Add first layer of leaves

Place wreath form on top of an upside-down bowl.

It makes it easier to turn as you work around the wreath.

Step 3: Continue adding layers

Repeat step 2.

Again.

And again.

Add layers until the wreath is completely covered with magnolia leaves.

I added about 4 layers to completely cover the wreath.

So there you have it friends, six easy (and budget-friendly) ways to decorate your porch for the holidays! I love all of them, but I want to know what project you’re planning to do tonight, leave your favorite in the comments below! 

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KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm, from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like.

2 Replies to Six Easy Projects To Decorate Your Front Porch for The Holidays In an Afternoon

  1. I love all these ideas! Did you preserve the magnolia leaves first? I am wondering how long they will last if you don’t.
    Also, I am searching for faux magnolia flowers and can’t find any I love that are affordable. Any suggestions?

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