When we were in the process of building our new house this past spring, I was unsure how I would like the size of the front porch. Our last home in Wisconsin had a huge front porch - just over 200 sq ft. You can see what I'm talking about here. I was determined to pay just as much attention to the outside of our house as the inside here in Minnesota. I've always had no problem making our home's interior look pretty, but the outside....well, in Wisconsin it was our landscaper friends and next door neighbors who made it look good.
Now that we are here, I realize it was the size of the front porch in Wisconsin why I never did much with the porch aside from these outdoor lighted holiday gift boxes that my handsome handy husband made. Our old porch was just too big. I thought our new porch would be too small, but now that I've decorated our new front porch for both fall and Christmas, I definitely prefer the smaller porch over the larger porch.
Christmas porch pot planters can be very, very pricey. Our local grocery store here in Rochester had them for $80. Woah. Yes, they are gorgeous and had beautiful birch logs in them, but $80? No way!
I found these equally festive porch pot planters at Menards for only $14.88. At that price, I could afford to get more than one. They had several different ones to choose from that were all decorated a bit different. I picked the ones with the red berries and pine cones because of the colors.
I added little elves to each pot for a bit of whimsy. I had the Merry Christmas sign for a few years that I purchased at the dollar store so if it doesn't hold up outdoors, I won't feel too bad. The outdoor mat is from Michaels.
In the garden center at Menards, they have fresh rope garland for around $12. This garland reminded me of how in the movie Little Women (1994), they used evergreen branches to decorate both the interior and exterior of their home for Christmas. I've always loved that look. I have never used fresh garland before and I thought it would look pretty against our white board and batten siding. After we hung the garland though, I was unhappy with the way the left side was hanging. The right side looked so much better! Once I realized that the rope garland is held together by floral wires and nylon string, I deconstructed part of the garland. This was easier than I thought it would be.
I just picked a spot that would make the garland even on both sides, cut the nylon rope and unwound part of the floral wire. I then flipped the left side of the garland so it way lay like the right side and tightly wound the floral wire back to the right side. It looks so much better this way!
The two lower porch pots have red flood lights to light the doorway at night. I tried twinkle lights in the pots but decided against it because it was just too much.The wreath was my yearly Boy Scout fundraising purchase. I've always purchased a wreath from a Boy Scout when we lived in Wisconsin so I was happy when one of them knocked on our door here in Minnesota. Unfortunately I left it in the plastic bag it was delivered in too long so it's a bit deformed looking. Oops.
I'm really happy with the way this all turned out! I hope this post has been an inspiration to you and you are able to make your front porch festive for this holiday season too!