Come visit my vintage New England red & green Christmas porch to see how I am incorporating some of my favorite flea market finds along with fresh and artificial greenery and trees for a festive holiday look.
One of my favorite projects every year is to decorate my front porch for Christmas. Even before I had even given blogging a thought I used to go all out on my porch…I must have been practicing for my future career!!
Every year I try and change it up and bring you a different look and some fresh ideas. This year I dragged out quite a few vintage and flea market finds and I am using lots of classic red & green.
The Best Christmas Porch Inspiration
Today I am joining 8 other of my blogging friends who are all sharing their Christmas porches to give you some fresh ideas for your own. Thanks to Rachel down at The Ponds Farmhouse for organizing this
If you are visiting from my sweet friend Kelly over at The Tattered Pew don’t you love her Colorado home??
How I Am Decorating My Porch For Christmas
Hanging Garland Around Front Door
The first thing I do is bring out all my artificial garlands and Christmas lights and make a run to Trader Joe’s to grab a couple of their fresh cedar garlands and a new wreath.
Also, save yourself some time and test out all the strands of lights to make sure they all work before you start using them…there is nothing worse than hanging lights, plugging them in and they don’t work!!
My absolute favorite tip to make your artificial garland look real and extra full is to twist a strand of real garland with a strand of artificial.
To hang my garland I tuck pieces of the artificial garland behind the metal frame around our storm door and it stays in place all season.
Front Door Hanger Idea
On my front door, I hung a faux artificial cedar swag and then tied a pair of mini vintage-looking skis and finished it off with a double ribbon bow to bring in Christmas colors.
Make Easy Winter Planters
One of the nice things about living in New Hampshire is that I only have to walk into the woods behind my house to have access to a variety of pine and evergreen trees to take cuttings from to use when I decorate for Christmas around the house.
I’m using 2 big planters that were filled with summer annuals so they already are filled with potting soil. All I have to do is stick the cuttings into the soil and they will stay in place and fresh all winter here in New England. Actually, they will still be frozen in place and look great in April when I’m trying to decorate for Spring!!
After I arranged the fresh greens I added red winterberries and a few red twigs, large pinecones. You can find fresh winterberries all along the roads here in New Hampshire and I keep a pair of clippers at the ready in the car.
Then I added the cutest sweater print ribbon from Joann’s. I found it when I was shopping for a wreath decorating party last week. The ribbon was my inspiration for this red & green Christmas porch! When I decorate it’s usually one thing that will spark the idea for whatever space I’m working on.
The best part is it only took about 5 minutes to make each planter and it only cost me $2.50 for the roll of ribbon!
What is more New England-y than having a vintage sled on your Christmas porch?? Mine was a $5 yard sale find!
To decorate the sled I made a quick DIY swag to hang on it by layering a few pieces of different greenery and securing them at the top with floral wire…no need to spend money for a pre-made swag from the store!
After attaching the swag to the handle of the sled with jute twine I added a pop of color with a couple of red bells that I used in my red & green kitchen last Christmas and finished it off with a festive bow.
Add Mini Christmas Trees
Originally I had wanted to add one of the small real trees that you can pick up at the grocery store already in the red stands but I couldn’t find them anywhere this year! Just as well because that saved me a few bucks. So I pivoted and brought out 2 nordic style trees that I’ve had for a few years.
For the 4-foot tree, I popped it into a vintage metal bucket that I picked up at the New England Vintage Bazaar last week. Not only did I love the red color it is from a Boston company, I love finding local vintage finds!
For the taller nordic tree, I used an old wood soda crate as a base. To weigh it down I put a pot filled with soil on top of the metal base so the wind wouldn’t blow it over,
Then I covered the base up with an old tree skirt and added a large pine cone an extra greens that I had left over.
Hang a Wreath
Instead of hanging a wreath on my front door I mixed it up a bit and hung a wreath on the wall outside my door. My wreath is from Trader Joe’s, I think it was around $12…they have the best prices!!
To dress up my wreath a little more I popped in a twig reindeer head in the center.
Then I added a few stems of red winterberries and a striped ribbon to finish off the look
Decorating with Vintage Flea Market Finds
The space on the opposite side of my porch is a little narrower. Here I dragged out a bunch of my flea market and vintage finds!!
On the wall using a vinyl siding hook, I hung a set of metal bells…they look vintage but are not! They are from Lee & Co. in Amesbury, MA.
If you are near Amesbury, Mass you have to make a stop down to visit Lee and her store! She has curated the best mix of vintage and new pieces. Lee & Co. is located right in the center of town in Market Square.
Inside an old farm crate, I used the space to add a few more festive touches. A giant pine cone, an old red metal star, and a mini Norfolk pine in a metal pail.
On top of the farm crate, I added a large garden caddy that was a $10 Todd Farm Flea Market find! I bought it from the sweetest 75-year-old man…he even threw in a stack of old books for free!
In the Fall I filled it with pumpkins…but it just looks amazing filled with all the winter things I could fit in it!!!
Birch logs, pinecones, a faux antler, greens, and berries!!
We need a doormat…it might as well be cute!!! Check out how I took a plain $10 coir doormat and painted a gingerbread village!! Listen, it’s not hard and you can do it too!!
Gingerbread House Doormat
Thrifty DIY project
Have you seen the adorable gingerbread house and village doormats that sell for upwards of $30?? Well, I have a $10 DIY hack to make your own (it’s really not hard!!)
Vintage New England Red & Green Christmas Porch
Next up on the Christmas front porch tour is Jessica over at the Old Barn Company…go join her for a little cocoa on her front porch!!!
Have a wonderful holiday season!! Thanks for stopping by today. ~ Jennifer
Christmas Porch Inspiration Blog Tour
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get to know me
here are a few fun facts…
- I’ve lived in New England my entire life! This is good because the beach is my favorite place to be…even in the winter I love to go breathe in the salt air.
- I am an EARLY BIRD!!! I rarely sleep past 4…it’s my favorite time of day and those wee hours are my most productive. (plus, I LOVE coffee!!)
- I am a total Hallmark Christmas movie nut!! Seriously, I know, I know, they are a little sappy but they make me happy!
lOOKING FOR MORE CHRISTMAS INSPIRATION? CHECK OUT THE blOGGERS’ 10 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS.
- Day 1 – Christmas DIY Ideas
- Day 2 – Front Porch Decorating Ideas
- Day 3 – Christmas Tree Ideas
- Day 4 – Christmas Table Decor Ideas
- Day 5 – Christmas Cookies and Sweet Treats
- Day 6 – Christmas Decorating Ideas
- Day 7 – Christmas Hacks You Should Know
- Day 8 – Christmas Gift Wrapping Guide
- Day 9 – Wreaths & Front Door Decor
- Day 10 – Winter Greenery