Gathering winter greens and vintage pieces to create a charming New England Christmas snow-covered front porch
Decorating My Porch With Vintage And Flea Market Finds
Christmastime here in New Hampshire looks like a Hallmark movie; beautiful old New England homes blanketed in snow, glistening lights adorning homes as you drive by at night, and community tree-lighting ceremonies to welcome the season…oh, I just love it here…I can almost taste the hot cocoa now!!
I look forward to dragging out the garlands and lights every year and decorating my outdoor space. It’s so much fun and puts me in the holiday spirit.
Planning My Porch
I’m lucky enough to have an amazing array of evergreens and pine cones available out my back door. I trekked out with a big bucket and clippers to collect fresh greens and pine cones in the woods.
When I got back from my walk, I brought out all my garlands (check the lights before hanging them!!), and a few of my flea market finds that I wanted to use on this year’s Christmas porch decor.
I like to use prelit garlands because of their shape and durability, but I insert boughs of fresh greens throughout my garlands to make them look like they are all real.
Vintage Christmas Looks
Over by my garage door entranceway, I hung up a vintage-y looking mailbox and filled it with fresh greens and berries. I repeated the same look with my antique milk can ( it was a great flea market find, originally from an old Massachusetts creamery).
I finished off both displays by attaching pine cones with floral wire to hold them in place. Just wrap the base of the pine cone a few times with the wire and then attach it to a piece of the pine bough.
Front Porch Garland Ideas
I attach the garland to the railings first, then fluff and arrange it. After, I go back and pop in the fresh greens. (secure the boughs by twisting them between two of the garland stems).
This garland is the newer version of the garland I use on my porch.
TIP: If you don’t have access to fresh greens in your backyard you can buy a premade fresh pine rope at your home improvement store and wrap it with a prelit garland to create a more real and full look.
Christmas Porch Decor Ideas
I scored the old milk porch cooler and antique watering can at a flea market (Todd Farm in Rowley, Ma.) for a few dollars; I ended up getting the watering can for only $2 because I think the guy was sick of me!!
The sled was a yard sale score for $5.
The BELIEVE sign is an easy DIY. I bought a precut 4-foot board at Lowe’s and a pack of letter stencils at Walmart, along with red and white acrylic paint.
TO MAKE YOUR OWN BELIEVE SIGN:
Paint the board with a couple coats of the red paint, after it dries trace the stencil letters on the board with a pencil and fill in with the white paint. I painted the edges of the sign with white paint as well.
My $2 galvanized watering can looks so festive with fresh red berries that I cut in the woods and fresh holly from a neighbor. For a wintery touch, I added a few faux snow-covered branches.
Cement planters that are original to my house are filled with cedar and evergreen boughs. The good thing about living in a cold climate is that this winter container will stay fresh looking until Spring!! Even after I pull down some of the Christmas decorations in January it’s nice to have the green-filled planters.
It just so happened that we had a pretty light snowfall…I couldn’t have planned the timing out better!! The light dusting of snow makes my porch look magical!!
A Nordic tree sits in a vintage soda crate on the corner of my porch.
Snow Covered Christmas Porch
Get My Porch Look
More of My Winter Front Porch Decor
You can check out my retro-feel front porch to see how I used lots of blues and silvery tones this time.
Here you can read my Easy Winter Porch Decorating Tips for creating a natural-looking porch filled with winter greens and garland,