Front Porch Appeal

Holiday Time on the Porch - Issue #72 December 2015

December - 'tis the season to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or other holidays dear to the hearts of many. Whether you celebrate the beginning of winter, one of the designated observances or none at all, December is a most popular month for decorating your front porch.

Having lived in snow country for most our lives, Mary and I know porches sometimes become storage spaces for boots, sleds, skis, skates, and even firewood. Now that we live farther south, porches in winter serve as places for morning cups of coffee.

Decorating your porch for December's festivities is fun and easy to do.


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Greetings from our porch to yours



front porch decorated for christmas with railing lights
Christmas front porch - photo by Painted Bench Photography
In this issue, we highlight decorating, lighting ideas and project ideas from the simple to the sophisticated, all of which almost anyone can do to brighten the season. We also have some gift ideas we know you'll enjoy.




Outdoor Christmas Lighting Ideas

Outdoor lighting has never been more popular and you have a myriad of lighting options. We illustrate a few below using photos to get you thinking what you'd like to display on your home this year.

Whether you prefer traditional lighting or something more extravagant, be sure to see our entire outdoor holiday lighting section.


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Traditional outdoor Christmas light display - photo by hpaich



front porch decorated with traditional Christmas lights
Fun porch and yard lighting ideas - photo by Painted Bench Photography



front porch decorated with traditional Christmas lights
Over-the-top Christmas lighting - photo by Becca Dorstek



photographer becca dorstek

Interested in how Becca takes amazing Christmas light pictures? Listen to our podcast with with Becca for outdoor lighting photography tips and ideas.




Quick and Festive Deoorating Idea

Paint bucket painted red and filled with greenery and ornaments makes for a nice display in the corner of the porch

If you love quick and festive ideas for your porch then this is one of those ideas. We painted a paint bucket red and filled it with fresh greenery and bright red ornaments.

No fresh greenery handy? No problem. You can get free greenery trimmings at most Christmas tree stands. We found ours at a home improvement store.


Surprise Your Kids or Grandchildren

Star Shower Laser Lights

Dave and I are kind of intrigued by the Star Shower Light Show (affiliate) you may have seen on TV. It's a way of lighting up your home for the holidays without having to string lights or get up on ladders.

The following products from Amazon are affiliate links.


Star showers laser light as seen on TV and amazon - light up your porch and home


Star showers laser light as seen on TV and amazon


Star showers laser light as seen on TV and amazon

Depending on how much you want to light up your home, it may take several units to get the effects you see above. But it is kind of fun thinking how quickly you can light up your porch and home.

You can get star shower lights similar to this on Amazon (affiliate).




Create An Amazing Front Porch Holiday Display

We've got ideas for you.

Start with our 20 plus ideas and use our Christmas Decorating Directory to find easy and relatively inexpensive to create.


front porch decorated with traditional Christmas lights
Use our Front Porch Decorating Ideas Directory



front door decorated with gift package garland
Check out this front door gift package garland idea - photo by Words on Wheels



Christmas door display created by Whetstone's Antique

The folks at Whetstone's Antiques of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin created this Christmas door display at their shop to welcome their customers. We can just imagine how magical it will look when it snows. Does this display give you ideas for your porch?




Holiday Wreath Ideas

Wreath designs are a popular topic this time of year. Whether you purchase a wreath or make your own, be sure to find the perfect design for your home by seeing our holiday wreath ideas.


Christmas wreath with red bow on front door
Easy holiday wreath to make
Check out how to make a Grinch front porch for Christmas.


Grinch wreaths for Christmas
Grinch wreath idea





Christmas Project Ideas

We love to make Christmas and know many of you do too. Here's two of our many projects we've made that are fun to do. We have instructions also.


Christmas Mailbox

Our Christmas mailbox project comes with complete instructions for building and painting your mailbox. Fill it full with handmade letters and packages. Perfect for the front porch or yard - the kids (and neighbors) will love it.


Christmas mailbox stuffed with letter
Make this Christmas mailbox filled with letters



Holiday Bucket Decorations

So easy! We used inexpensive buckets from Home Depot to make hold decorative holiday greenery. Use our step-by-step tutorial and add your own special touch.


holiday decorative buckets with greenery
Quick and easy decorative buckets





Listen To Our Christmas Podcasts
To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

We have several podcasts we think you will really enjoy to get expert advice for Christmas decorating and lighting ideas.

front porch pin decorated with Christmas wreaths
Country Christmas ideas from Anita Diaz





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You're invited to be part of our Facebook community. We share ideas with one another for decorating and using our porches. We have over 9,500 porch friends and would love to count you among them.


Mary and Dave Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary and Dave


Life is short. Enjoy your porch.



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