Get the Look: A Warm Holiday Welcome
There are two things that guests should immediately feel as they approach your holiday front door: The sweet smell of holiday pies and cobblers lingering as far as the front porch, and beautiful Christmas door decorations that make for a grand, cheerful entrance. Don’t get stuck with a lifeless door this holiday season. Let nature inspire you to make a beautiful holiday entryway by recreating this DIY weekend project for your own front porch. Swoon neighbors with these front door decorations and create a beautiful entrance to your holiday-filled home.
Spending the weekend recreating this holiday DIY project will be worth the time. Wrap garland along the bannister, display votive candles, and create a holiday wreath worth envying all in the name of the holiday spirit. Create a rustic display by incorporating burlap and old-fashioned pieces, and make it elegant with copper finishes and satin ribbons. Get guests in a festive mood and be the beauty of the block with our Christmas door decorating tips.
A doorway festooned with pinecones and garland sets a rustic tone for your holiday decor. Birch logs on the railings, simple white candles, and a vintage-style sled on the porch add subtle winter touches for a front door that says "happy holidays" without screaming with red and green.
Custom Pine Cone Wreath
Position large pine cones, with the tips facing outward, in a tight ring around a grapevine wreath, and then attach the cones with florist wire. Nestle pieces of garland and smaller pine cones between the large cones to hide empty spots and create a lush look. Hang the wreath with wide satin ribbon, or add pieces of ribbon for a pop of color.
- 24 in. Grapevine Wreath, $19.99; wreathsgalore.com
Lush Pine Garland
Drape your front door with fragrant pine garland. An average doorway requires about 20 feet of garland. Measure the length of your railings and banisters to determine how much additional garland you’ll need to complete the look. Save leftover pieces to use on the mantel or as seasonal filler in floral arrangements.
- Mixed Garland Douglas Fir and Cedar, $2.50 per foot; christmasfarms.com
Stock up on pinecones of all sizes for a woodland vibe. Bunch a few large cones together with florist wire, and then use clear fishing line to attach the cones to the garland along the top of the doorway. Stagger smaller single pinecones down the length of the draped garland for a unified look.
- Sugar Pinecones, $0.98-$8.40 (3/4”-18”) each; pinecones.com
Accessorize the entry with a nostalgic winter sled. This one, made of birch wood and powder coated steel, recalls memories of childhood snow days.
- 48” Flexible Flyer Sled, $133.99; amazon.com
Wide Satin Ribbon
Add a polished look to your décor with satin ribbon. Just a few yards go a long way: tie a bow on a wreath, wrap around candles, and tie up your gifts. The 3-inch width makes an elegant statement.
- 3” Single Face Satin Ribbon, $2.98 per yard; mjtrim.com
Tall Votive Candles
Dress up these simple, extra-tall candle votives with stripes of burlap and ribbon, and then insert them into your pre-drilled birch logs. If you opt not to create birch candleholders, try staggering the candles on your front steps for an evening glow.
- 8-inch Clear Glass Religious Candle, $1.34; kmart.com
Rustic Birch Logs
For this look, drill evenly spaced holes into birch logs using a 3-inch Forstner bit – the holes will hold 2 ½-inch votives. Attach the logs to your railing using large zip ties, then dress with greenery.
- Birch Logs 15-16”, $53 per box (6-8 logs); firewood.com
As a final festive touch, suspend a copper birdbath from the porch ceiling and fill it with pinecones. Try replacing the chain with clear fishing line and satin ribbon for a more refined effect.
- Copper Hanging Bird Feeder/ Bird Bath, $19.99; Menards.com