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Rustic Log Home Christmas Porch

RUSTIC SIDE ENTRANCE OF A LOG HOME DECORATED FOR CHRISTMAS USING TREES CUT FROM THE PROPERTY, A VINTAGE RED WAGON, AN OLD FASHIONED SLED, AND A HANDMADE GRAPEVINE WREATH. WE’LL BE ENJOYING A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS WITH SIMPLE NATURAL DECOR THIS YEAR!


Rustic Log Home Christmas Porch, Fresh Cut Pines, Vintage Red Wagon, Grapevine Wreath, Pine Clippings, and Galvanized Buckets,I’m excited to share with you today our side entrance all decked out for Christmas. Remember an earlier post that I shared with you of collecting the clippings and trees from around our property? Well here is where I used one of the pine trees and some of the clippings. I was so happy to pull my vintage red wagon around our fields and trim what I needed for decorating this year. 

Rustic Log Home Christmas Porch, Fresh Cut Pines, Vintage Red Wagon, Grapevine Wreath, Pine Clippings, and Galvanized Buckets,Every year we have more and more stray pine trees pop up out the earth and some are seeded quite close together and it’s the perfect opportunity for me to thin them out. I just love being able to use what grows in our own fields and not have to pay for a thing. We have 4 variety of pine trees and cedar trees growing so I take advantage of them every year but this is the first year to actually cut a tree, I normally just trim the branches. 

Rustic Log Home Christmas Porch, Fresh Cut Pines, Vintage Red Wagon, Grapevine Wreath, Pine Clippings, Boots, and Galvanized BucketsBut not this year I selected a couple of short full trees to use outside in my decor. I plopped the tree in a large enamelware stovetop canner that I picked up at a flea market for $5. I just couldn’t pass it up and I knew I’d add a tree to it this year along with a few bricks to the bottom to keep it from blowing off the deck. It’s always very windy at our house, we live on a hill surrounded by farmland, so keeping thing actually on the deck is challenging at times. I use bricks to weight things down quite often. 

Rustic Log Home Christmas Porch, Fresh Cut Pines, Vintage Red Wagon, Grapevine Wreath, Pine Clippings, Boots, and Galvanized BucketsI have a funny story to share with you about the Christmas Tree sign hanging on the porch. First I’ll just say my hubby is not observant about decor, I moved in new furniture one time and it took him 3 years to notice. That being said here’s what happened! I heard a knock on the door, I knew it had to be a stranger because anyone that knows us would walk right it without knocking, so I cautiously went to the door to see who it was.

Rustic Log Home Christmas Porch, Fresh Cut Pines, Vintage Red Wagon, Grapevine Wreath, Pine Clippings, Boots, and Galvanized BucketsThere stood my hubby, I figured his hands must be full so I opened the door for him. He said to me, Ma’am where are those Christmas trees you have cut? I looked at him like he’d lost his mind and then I realized he’d been reading the sign on the porch. 

Rustic Log Home Christmas Porch, Fresh Cut Pines, Vintage Red Wagon, Grapevine Wreath, Pine Clippings, Boots, and Galvanized BucketsI couldn’t believe he stopped and noticed that I’d decorated for Christmas. So we both got a good laugh out of it and I directed him over yonder to find his tree. I had to step out and read the sign again to make sure we were both talking about the same thing. 

Christmas Red WagonYou’ll never know how much I’ve enjoyed Christmas decorating this year by using the items I already had, searching the property for things to use, and just making due. It’s been a joyful challenge that I encourage everyone to try. Buying new’s not as fun and using what I have and getting creative!

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14 Comments

  1. Simply gorgeous! I love the simplicity but at the same time it is so festive. Feels like Christmas should look. And I love the little red wagon with the trees. Reminds me of my childhood. Thank you.

    1. Barb I love the wagon too it reminds me of simpler times (which I wish would come back).

  2. Mary Tullila says:

    Oh my goodness…I love your Christmas porch!! Very funny tree story too ?

    1. Mary, it’s not my hubbies normal sense of humor either so it threw me, lol.

  3. Dawn, that is the funniest story I have heard in a long time!! I noticed your sign right away and just love it… The whole side porch looks picture perfect. I’m so glad that you had so much fun decorating with what you have – it is satisfying!
    LOL… I’m the same way when somebody comes knocking on my door – I’ve even opened the window before to talk to a stranger, rather than open the door.
    I just love how you use that canning pot for your tree. I have one in the basement and I’m going to see what I can do to use it this year. There’s even a stray tree growing right next to my husband’s shop. I’ll have to ask him if I can cut it down.

    1. Jen that will be fantastic is you have a small tree to cut. I’m planning on planting a few Frasier trees in the spring just for cutting purposes in upcoming years. The sign is from Walmart if you can believe that, it’s so darn cute.

  4. Kathleen G says:

    The snow falling in the pictures are absolutely beautiful! Your porch with your winter decor and little trees is most welcoming. I love your husbands sense of humor:).
    Kathleen in Az

    1. Kathleen, we use this side door of the cabin exclusively so I decided to decorate it more than usually this year for our family to enjoy. The front porch is decorated pretty but no one sees it.

  5. Debbie Lorson says:

    Darling porch Dawn. Very festive and I have that same red wagon but it lives in the garage. Maybe next year I will bring it out since my front porch is already decorated.

    1. Debbie, you need to get your wagon out and decorate with it. It’s a fun little thing to incorporate!

  6. Anita Roth says:

    Wow such a cute back porch! This year we to used a small tree from our property. We go our daughters for Christmas so need to get a lg. tree decided to put it in a bucket filled with dirt to plant later.I only used old world ornaments I have have some from my and my kids have given as gifts. Also it won’t take long to take it down.

    1. Anita, I wish we could do a live tree here that could be planted but I think it would freeze out in the bucket over winter. I know other plants do that are potted. I’m all for it being easier to take down!

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