The holidays are fast approaching and with winter on the way, it’s time to start discarding your pumpkins and thinking about Christmas decorations. Your porch is the first area of your home that visitors see and as such it provides the perfect palette to create a welcoming and festive Christmas display. If you tend to reach for the same string of Christmas lights and a trusty door wreath every holiday season, consider shaking things up this year. Whether you prefer a sleek modern look or antique and rustic touches, these 50 Christmas porch decorating ideas are sure to inspire you.
50 Christmas Decoration Ideas for Your Entryway
1. Easy Christmas Ornament Obelisk
If you suffer from a brown thumb, or if you’re too busy managing your December calendar to care for living greenery, this is a great DIY Christmas alternative to having a living plant on your porch. Made from a wire frame and decorated with lights and ornaments, this easy to make decoration has all of the glitz of a Christmas tree with none of the upkeep. If you want to achieve this look, you could buy a ready-made upright garden obelisk as the base. If you are crafty or on a budget, a similar result can be created by using an upside down tomato cage. Simply put your structure into a clean, empty flower pot, fill the base with silk poinsettia flowers, and wrap with lights before hanging colorful ornaments.
2. Rustic Wooden Holiday Sign
Rustic touches like this wooden sign can help you create a welcoming holiday vignette on your porch. If you’re a fan of primitive holiday decor, a large sign with bold fonts can make the perfect focal point for your porch. A bright pop of red or green text on a whitewashed or naturally colored wooden sign makes a bold statement that easily pairs with other typical Christmas porch decoration such as garlands, sleds, and brown paper packages tied up with string. Phrases can be simple, such as ‘Merry Christmas’, or get creative and use a quote from your favorite holiday movie or song.
3. Galvanized Buckets with Chalk Pen Lettering
This creative project uses small galvanized buckets and a chalk pen to create a quick and easy to put together display for your porch steps. Simply fill the buckets with greenery, and tie them with a burlap or gingham ribbon, then use a chalk pen to write bold letters on each bucket. While this project will look great anywhere on your porch, it’s especially pleasing when used on porch steps to create a whimsical and welcoming pathway to the door. Be sure to match the number of steps you have to the number of letters in the word you choose. For most people, this means a short word like ‘joy’, ‘merry’, or ‘noel’ will work best.
4. Wrapped Pillars with Lantern-Lit Steps
Looking for an elegant look for your entry? By wrapping garland around the columns of your porch and placing lanterns on the steps you can create a visually inviting entryway that leads your visitor’s gaze to the front door where planters and a wreath complete the look. This classic approach looks beautiful on almost any porch, and you can personalize it to suit your needs. Use simple greenery and bare branch twigs for a natural, minimalist look, or jazz it up with bright ornaments and colored Christmas lights for a bolder look.
5. Large Christmas Lanterns
If you don’t want to decorate the whole porch, a simple display by the door can bring a bit of holiday cheer to a plain porch. These lanterns can fit on even a small apartment stoop. The best thing about using these oversized lantern boxes for Christmas porch decorating is their versatility. Fill them with Christmas ornaments for an easy look, or stuff them with pinecones, greenery, or burlap and lights for a more rustic look. In fact, they are so versatile, you could use them for other holidays, too! Fill them with eggs for Easter, or squashes in the fall.
6. Wooden Sign and Wreath
This playful grouping combines a wooden sign with large lettering and a wreath for a fun DIY Christmas look. You can buy pre-cut letters and paint them before attaching them to the board, or you can simply paint the letters directly on the surface. If you are in a home where you can’t hang decorations on your door, this gives you the option to still display your wreath. Other words such as ‘noel’ or ‘snow’ work, too! Add an apple basket filled with greenery – or use it to store wet winter gear like scarves, gloves, and ice skates – for a rustic and practical touch.
8. Classic Garland and Red Bows
If you want time-tested decor ideas, then this simple, eye-catching, and ageless combination of green garland, white Christmas lights, and big red bows is hard to beat. The key to this display is its simplicity: don’t be tempted to add extra ribbon or any additional touches. Best for porches with spacious railings, you can carry the look indoors by using the same garlanding above windows and up the stairs to tie together your indoor and outdoor home decor. This is also a great look for an apartment balcony or for a fence if you don’t have a porch.
9. Neutral Yarn and Twine Ball Wreath
This wreath makes full use of re-purposed materials such as twine and yarn. There are a few ways you could achieve this look, but the simplest and most cost-effective version would incorporate recycled items from previous Christmases. Take old ornaments, and spray paint some of them silver, and wrap the rest of them with neutral twine, yarn, or rope. You could also use old ribbon from last year’s presents if you’d like. Then, simply add some ornaments or wooden snowflakes. Alternately, use natural elements like prickly sweet gum balls, wicker balls, or preserved flowers for a more rustic yet still playful wreath.
10. Hanging Christmas Baskets
Hanging baskets help draw your eye upwards and are a sophisticated way to frame a porch entryway. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many plants that thrive in them when winter weather sets in. Once the summer blooms fade and the first frost kills the plants in your hanging baskets, replace them with these creative Christmas displays. Because the basket can hide a water source, fresh evergreen branches last longer than they would as a wreath or in a garland. With a little greenery, some lights, and some ornaments, you can take your Christmas porch decorating to a new level! Treat these baskets like small Christmas trees and decorate them any way you’d like.
11. DIY Rustic Painted Logs
Simple enough for children to help with, this DIY Christmas project uses cut logs and paint to create an easy-to-make entryway display. You can cut the wood yourself if you have access to a wood pile, or can find birch logs in an arts and crafts store. Then, simply paint your design onto the cut surface of the wood. These Santas use white and red paint, but you can try your hand at snowmen or reindeer instead. Even if you’re not an artist, this simple project will bring a rustic touch to your porch. Tie the logs with a festive ribbon to complete the look.
12. Christmas Firewood Bucket
One of the key things to keep in mind when decorating your porch for Christmas is that your decorations should look good both during the day and at night. This uncomplicated project can be made for free if you have access to evergreen branches, some cut firewood, and a string of lights. Don’t bother to string the lights among the branches, as this arrangement looks best when the lights shine up from the base of the bucket. The best part of this arrangement is that you can use whatever greenery you have available, such as pine, juniper, holly, ivy, or other evergreen branches.
13. Grand Birch Branch Display
This Christmas porch decoration idea is beautiful and showy. Spacious porches need large displays, and this towering display will look stately on a sizeable stoop. In fact, for this style of display, the taller you can make the branches, the better it will look. The long birch branches make a bold contrast to the lush greenery, and along with some red ornaments, create a pleasant red, green, and white Christmas theme. Although it is attractive without lights, you could wrap Christmas lights around the branches to make the arrangement more visible at night. If you don’t have a tall enough pot, consider using an umbrella stand for the base.
14. Bold Wreath Trio
Three wreaths-a-hangin’, two festive bushes, and a giant oversized bow! If you’re planning on going all-out this holiday season, this arrangement is sure to garner compliments. Finding a suitably large bow is the key to perfecting this decor idea to give a cheery focus to the arrangement. Use large 24″ wreaths if you have a wide door, make a scaled down version if you have a smaller door, or if you have a truly grand entryway then consider flanking the entrance with similarly decorated Christmas trees to really make the neighbors jealous.