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Front Porches That Welcome & Bedazzle

Nov 15, 2017 04:09PM ● Published by Staff Writer

You don’t have to spend hours struggling with elaborate front yard displays, complicated by thousands of Christmas lights, to evoke that special holiday magic for your guests and family, or to inspire joy and winter wonderment throughout the neighborhood. By shifting the focus from the front yard to your front door, you can make a holiday statement that is impactful, inviting, and reflects your unique holiday spirit. 

Whether you live in a palatial estate or a quaint cottage, front door decorating possibilities that set the stage for a warm welcome this chilly season are endless. For those who prefer a simple, rustic touch to their holiday entrance, scores of online DIY ideas, from upcycling old bottles, to using Christmas lights in novel ways, can help you prepare for the holidays on a budget and in style. Even the simplest front door makeovers, adding a new welcome mat, a front door wreath, or a basket full of pinecones, can create a heartwarming, festive mood. 

ADD A TRIO OF LARGE HOLIDAY CANDLES, or a tall votive display, placed strategically by 
the front door, or stagger them on your front steps for an evening glow. Dress them up with stripes of burlap or satin ribbon. 

GLAMORIZE YOUR FRONT DOOR by filling large glass lanterns with colorful ornaments, or fill the lanterns with candles and set them aglow.

GREET VISITORS at the threshold with holiday wreaths that lend a welcoming entrance to the home. Add a pop of color to greenery with a red velvet bow or go all out with ornaments and ribbon.

PLACE GREEN AND RED PLAID THROWS on the backs of your front porch swing or rocking chairs.

FRONT DOOR TREES are a popular Christmas door decorating idea. Wrap existing trees and topiaries with lights, or take advantage of empty pots by staking mini outdoor Christmas trees into soil. Potted Christmas trees create a welcoming entrance, especially when trimmed with berries and pinecones. 

TEARDROP SHAPED GARLANDS can include decorative items such as pine cones, ferns, berries and ornaments adorning their green foliage. Prelit battery operated teardrops provide more freedom when choosing your garland location. 


 WRAP PORCH COLUMNS with lights in colors and styles that complement your home’s exterior. Column wraps provide a quick and uniform alternative to string lights while still illuminating the front yard and porch. 

PRELIT CHRISTMAS WREATHS are a classic way to illuminate the front door. Choose from incandescent or LED wreaths in a variety of sizes and pre-decorated options. Add bows, ornaments and other decorations to greenery to personalize your display or leave them untouched for a traditional look. 

HANG GARLAND over the door and in archways for a traditional front door decorating idea. Lights are welcoming and encourage visitors with their warmth. 








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