Today I'm showing how I decorated my front porches for Christmas and hoping to bring a little inspiration on how to extend the holiday cheer onto those outdoor spaces.
For anyone who's new here, we have a large screened porch across the front of our home. And because we live in South Carolina, we can use our porch for most of the year except on those extremely hot or cold days. So to decorate the front porch this year, I decided on a "Winter Wonderland" theme. It's a real wonder if we get snow here so I decided to bring a little to us!
This metal snowman is waiting to greet everyone to the Crossroads saying, "Come on in!"
The first thing that you'll see after you step up onto the porch is this garland around the front door, our new red lanterns, and a skate wreath. There's even another wreath on a metal stand beside the front door.
The grapevine garland has been around our door for a whole year. I put it up last year when I was decorating the front porch for Christmas, and I've used it for every season since.
This year I added a photo of everyone who comes to the Crossroads on Christmas Eve.
I made the ornaments by painting some old wooden curtain rings and gluing photos on the back of them. I had to trim them a little bit before hanging them, though.
I picked up the old frame and the skate at the auction that Leo and I go to just about every week. The snowflakes came from the Dollar Tree, and the snowman on the skate was hand painted by yours truly.
I love, love, love our new red lanterns, and they will stay on the porch year round. The battery operated candles work great and you can even see them from the street.
On a table there's a snowman tree with a little "snow" underneath.
A few days ago, I was taking photos late in the evening and captured the "blue hour" which I didn't even know anything about until I started blogging!
On one end of the porch, I tried to create a snowy, wintry scene but putting up some "icy" garland, a tree with snowflakes, and more snowmen in the little planter on the wall.
I spray painted the Spanish moss white, and you really can't tell but the overall effect is very wintry.
Here's another cute snowman in a rocker.
And another favorite here.
And a miniature cabinet is on this table as well.
And I'm glad I found a spot for this little "roly-poly" snowman!
Have you noticed? We have new curtains on our porch with red ticking ruffles.
They're made out of muslin with red toile tab tops. My friend Brenda, who made my ruffled stool cover, made these as well. I'm sorry I couldn't get a decent picture of them hanging. It's been dark and dreary here for days!
On the table that's on the porch, I created another little snow scene with this bucket of snowballs. It's so easy to make them. Just roll some Styrofoam balls in watered down white glue and then Epsom salt and let them dry overnight. They look amazingly like the real thing!
Thank you for visiting and remember, it's not too late to decorate your porch!