The day I decided to decorate the porch it was cold outside, but by the time I finished a blizzard swept in and this was only the beginning. Before it was over we had about 6 inches of snow. Amazing how quickly a photo can change, and I didn’t even have to use photoshop.
I really tried to use my summer items and make them work for winter (it was easier than trying to store things). I swapped out the Boston Ferns in the tan pots for pre lit faux Christmas trees, added lights to the Boxwoods in the whiskey barrels, made the buffalo check pillows from a $3 Kmart blanket. I also reuse the same wreaths on the windows from year to year, I just swapped out the ribbon color this year to red.
Every year I use real pine garland over the entrances it’s so cheap to buy that I don’t even bother doing it myself. I have small C hooks already in place so it’s a breeze putting it up. I did decided to add the red bows this year, and I think that really made it pop. I just can’t figure out why I was so dead set on removing the red from my house. When I look at photos I think the red really looks nice.
Of course wherever I am the dog is sure to follow. She’s my shadow and can’t be avoided when I’m taking photos. She thinks she’s my keeper and has to watch my every move. I swear she’d be the worst dog for and elderly person, she follows me so closely I trip over her, she sticks to me like glue.
I trimmed the pines on our property for greenery and gathered the pine cones to fill the basket on the table. I didn’t go to a lot of trouble this year, and it’s my favorite look so far. I guess the saying less is more is right.
The cute truck, tree, and wire basket are from Target’s dollar section. They have the nicest stuff in that section and of course it’s hard to pass by without finding something that has to come home with me. I ended up with 3 of the trees (I added them to the red and white bucket that’s from Targets Valentine’s Dollar section from last year) and 2 of the trucks.
Here’s our everyday entrance, the one we use. If someone knocks at the front door we know they’re not invited guests because no one uses that door. The cedar’s are always on the porch all I did was tie red ribbons to the top to give it a Christmas feel, and added pine clippings and birch branches to my galvanized sap buckets. I get my sap buckets from a local place around the corner from me, when they start getting old he sells them for $3 each. What a deal, right?
And of course I couldn’t leave the deer hubby made me feel left out. I used a scrap from making the pillows as a scarf and added a red bird to his antler for a pop of color. Simplest Christmas porch ever! and also my favorite…..