This year, our Christmas front porch is decorated in shades of red, black and green with fresh garlands and greenery and a garden-inspired theme. Tour 10 beautiful outdoor spaces as part of the 2021 Atta Girl Says Christmas Porches Tour.
I think one of the reasons I love decorating our front porch for Christmas is because the entire process feels very communal.
We usually decorate the front porch as a family, so that’s always fun.
We always try to pick a warm day to work on it, so we’ll usually see neighbors out in their own yards and kids riding their bikes in the cul-de-sac. It just makes me feel really connected to my community.
Afterwards, I love seeing our little cul-de-sac lit up and decked out for Christmas.
I also love the community of bloggers who are particpating in this year’s Atta Girl Says Christmas Porches Tour. There are 10 of us, from all around the country, showing off our porches, stoops and sunrooms.
So many beautiful spaces and so many great ideas. Be sure you check them all out at the end of this post.
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Our Christmas Front Porch
For this year’s decor, I really tried to simplify things — as much as a maximalist Christmas decorator can.
I left a lot of bins and baubles in the attic, but our Christmas front porch is still festive with its red, black and green color scheme and garden-inspired theme.
In a hurry? Watch my web story for a quick tour of the Christmas front porch, then come back for all the decorating details.
Past Christmas Porch Tours
To see how we’ve decorated the porch in years past, check out these blog posts. The 2018 porch tour is a definite highlight because Santa and Mrs. Claus came for a visit!
- 2021 Garden Inspired Christmas Porch Tour
- 2020 Whimsical Vintage Christmas Porch
- 2019 Santa’s Little Helpers Christmas Front Porch
- 2018 Santa-Inspired Christmas Porch Tour
- 2017 Buffalo Check Christmas Porch Tour
- 2016 Lodge-Inspired Christmas Porch Tour
- 2015 Schoolhouse Inspired Christmas Porch Tour
- 2014 Vintage-Inspired Christmas Porch Tour (featured in Cottages & Bungalows magazine)
Now back to this year’s look.
Garden-Inspired Porch Decorations
Like many people, we’ve really gotten into gardening these past few years. So it only seemed fitting to give a nod to the garden with our Christmas decorations this year, both indoors and out.
(Did you see my chinoiserie Christmas tree with hydrangeas?)
For the front porch, I opted to use live cedar and pine garlands, instead of artifical ones.
Tip: If you buy a long garland, you can cut it apart and use the clippings to fill lanterns and other containers. Christmas tree lots may also give you their trimmings for free.
I added fresh pine garlands to my vintage window planter. The centerpiece of the arrangement is an old hoe, decorated with burlap ribbon and greenery.
For the front door, I hung an evergreen wreath with pinecones and a burlap and velvet double bow I made.
I did use artificial trees in our porch urns. But the rustic white tinsel trees, which I bought last year, still work with the garden-theme.
They’re decorated with red berries, grapevine stars, burap jingle bell ribbon, galvanized buckets and some ceramic garden ornaments I found years ago at an after-Christmas clearance sale.
This is always my favorite view of the porch. This year, I hung a large yard sale wreath, embellished with some flocked branches, pinecones and a ticking bow, above the buffet.
A felt banner and vintage enamel pieces provide bright pops of red, while my old wooden toolbox is the perfect shade of faded Christmas green.
I used a chicken wire lighted Christmas ball and more greens in the oversized vintage enamel bowl. These light balls are something of a tradition in our town.
Candles, evergreen branches and a swag decorate rustic oversized lanterns.
I kept the decorations on the top of the buffet fairly simple — wooden trees, more live garland, a tobacco stick star, oversized bells and some miniature ceramic houses. (They match the garden ornaments on the white Christmas trees.)
Pin This! Christmas Front Porch
Now don’t forget to stop by the rest of the beautiful Christmas porches for more inspiration and hospitality.
Christmas Porches Tour
Be sure to visit all the participating bloggers for festive decorating inspiration for your porches and sunrooms.