How to Spruce Up Your Porch for the Holidays

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First impressions are always important. This is why it is a good idea to decorate your front porch during the holidays. It sets the tone and ambiance of holiday cheer the whole season long. A decorated porch will warmly welcome guests to a holiday party. Or it may just brighten your day as you come and go during the busy holiday season. You may be wondering how to spruce up your porch this holiday season. This article will give you a few great ideas that are sure to spruce up your porch today! So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

Spruce Up Your Porch Entryway

The first place you should focus on when trying to spruce up your porch is the entryway. Whether you are coming or going, everyone will go through your front door. Here are some simple ways to keep your entryway looking fresh and fun during the holidays.

Paint Your Door

A great way to give your entryway a fresh look is by adding a coat of paint. This is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to give your porch a makeover. Consider painting your front door a bold color, it is sure to boost your curb appeal. A solid evergreen or a bright poinsettia red door would look great over the holidays. However, if you are looking for a versatile color try a more traditional black, white or navy. Those colors may be easier to transition to other seasons. Use exterior grade paint and primer for the smoothest and best look. Using the proper paint will also ensure that your paint job will last the longer.

Add a Wreath

Another fantastic way to spruce up your porch is to add a festive wreath to your entryway. You can purchase a live wreath or an artificial wreath, but they can get a little pricey. If you are feeling adventurous you can even make your own wreath! Most wreaths come in sizes ranging between 20 inches and 40 inches. The size wreath you choose will largely determine the feeling the wreath will give. On a standard doorway a small wreath will look traditional, yet understated. The larger the wreath the more festive it will feel. Don’t be afraid to experiment with wreaths of different sizes, colors, and textures to find the one that fits best with your decor. You can hang the wreath with a beautiful ribbon, over the door hanger, or on a command hook to avoid adding unnecessary nail damage to your door.


The final way to really spruce up your porch entryway is to add a fun and seasonal doormat. This upgrade will not only help your porch look nicer, but it will keep the inside of your home nicer as well. You may not think much about your doormat, but as you wipe the melting snow from off your boots you will look down and smile. You can choose a doormat with a clever pun, or simply a fresh doormat with a beautiful design. Either way, your porch is sure to look great with the addition of a new doormat.

Spruce Up Your Porch Railings

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If you are lucky enough to have railings on your front porch, do not let them go to waste! Porch railings are prime real estate for hanging up decorations during the winter. Your porch railings are easy to see from the street and will instantly spruce up your porch if decorated correctly.

Hang a Garland

Hanging a garland on your front porch is such a traditional and classic way to decorate for the holidays. If you choose to use a fresh garland instead of an artificial garland your porch will not only look great, it will smell great. Once you have wrapped and secured your garland down, don’t be afraid to decorate it with poinsettias, pine cones, or cranberries. Hanging a garland is such a great way to create a really good looking porch.

Add Bows

If buying decorating and hanging a garland sounds like too much work, you should add big festive bows instead. When choosing bows to hang on your porch, bigger is almost always better! You want your bows to be able to be seen from the street. Don’t over crowd your bows either. It is better to have fewer big bows, than many small bows. If you can’t find bows that you love at the craft store or online, you should consider tying your own bows. Using ribbon with wiring in it will make it easier to shape your bows. It will also keep them looking great by keeping their shape after hanging all season long.

String Up Lights

If you are really looking to spruce up your porch, you should definitely find a way to add outdoor lights to your porch as well as your roof. There is just something so magical about lights hanging up around the house during the winter. It can help chase away the cold feelings outside and replace them with warm fuzzy feelings. If you are hanging lights from your roof or above your garage, please follow proper protocol for hanging porch lights safely.

Outdoor Decorations

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You could also spruce up your porch in some more unique and non-traditional ways. Look online and in stores for decorations that speak to you. If you find the cutest Christmas decoration, but can’t think of a place in your home to put it, you should consider putting it on your porch! Here are a few fun and unique ideas to spruce up your porch this holiday with a more personal flare!

Decorate a Leaning Ladder

There are plenty of DIY ladder decoration tutorials. One of my favorites was simply putting a leaning ladder on your front porch near your entryway and decorating the steps every season. For Christmas it would be easy to wrap the ladder in Christmas lights or greenery and then place little snow globes, poinsettias, or reindeer on the steps. Instant focal point for your porch!

Porch Light Cover

If you have a small porch and don’t have room to place outdoor decorations, consider using a porch light cover for some festive fun. These are quick, easy, and oh so much fun!

Hang Mistletoe

Another Christmas decoration that doesn’t take up much room is a sprig of mistletoe. You can purchase real mistletoe or go with an artificial bunch of mistletoe. Either type is sure to bring a smile to your face each time you have the opportunity to smooch a cutie under your new favorite decoration!

In Conclusion

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We hope that this article was full of inspiration for this holiday season. There is no shortage of ways to spruce up your porch for the holidays. The only thing better than a perfectly decorated house is a perfectly decorated porch, because we all know how important a first impression is.

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