Looking for ways to welcome guests for the holidays? Whether you have a larger or small front entry, you’ll find lots of unique and creative farmhouse decor ideas to spruce up your front porch. Wait until you see these farmhouse front porch Christmas decorating ideas.
I am SO excited to get in the holiday spirit and decorate the front porch this year for Christmas.
It’s been a lifelong dream for my husband and I to own a front porch where we can sit and enjoy the day, and after moving in late 2021, we finally have one!
But if you are new here, it’s been so fun sprucing up this home and garden with a rustic farmhouse style to make it ours.
I just finished decorating for Christmas and can’t wait to share all the details with you! Wait until you how pretty it all looks!
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5 Easy Farmhouse Front Porch Christmas Decorating Ideas
If you are as excited as me to decorate for the holiday season, you are in good company.
I just wrapped up decorating the inside of my home with lots of holiday cheer and now, it’s time to get the outdoor decor ready on the front porch.
Have you gotten started yet?
Here are 5 easy farmhouse front porch Christmas decorating ideas to try this year.
Front Door Decorating Ideas
First things first, we’ve got to spruce up the entry with some front door Christmas decorations.
Because it’s a great way to welcome guests to your home and really cozies up the front entry with outdoor holiday decorations. I have a few porches here to decorate and approached the front doors differently.
For the main front porch, I used a faux green wreath with pine cones like this one so I didn’t have to care for it so much.
We don’t use this entrance often and I had some faux winter decor I could use there. Plus, it allowed me to get started on my outdoor winter decor a little earlier as the greens will always look fresh.
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Aren’t they so pretty?
Since they are double doors, I needed two of the same wreaths to balance the look of this outdoor space.
I just love the smell of fresh greens as you enter the home, don’t you?
And while we are talking about the front door, don’t forget to spruce up the welcome mat too. They can get tired pretty quickly so I try to freshen them up seasonally if they need it.
Add Fresh Greenery
Another great idea for decorating the front entry or porch is to add lots of greenery. From wreaths to garlands, a galvanized bucket or two and planters filled with fresh greens is the best way to decorate.
Christmas porch decor can be as budget-friendly as you want if you have access to evergreen trees and shrubs in the landscape.
If you don’t, that’s fine too. Most, if not all garden nurseries, sell fresh-cut Christmas greenery this time of year.
If I wait until December and keep the greens hydrated, in my gardening zone 6a climate, they will look good through February.
Here are some ways to decorate with fresh Christmas greenery on the porch this year.
One of my favorite things to do for the holidays is to flank the front door with fresh greenery. They add a rustic farmhouse vibe to the entry and you can make them any way you want!
They are really easy to make and can be very budget-friendly too if you forage from your own landscape.
Here are a few design ideas to try:
- My Favorite Winter Planter Ideas
- Easy Outdoor Winter Planter Idea
- Budget-Friendly Outdoor Winter Planter Idea
We have a lot of options for Christmas greenery here, so I cut a bunch of branches to make winter planters and hanging baskets for the porch.
Pro-Tip: Cut or buy more than you think you need. I stuff my planters to get a full look so I go through the greens pretty quickly.
If you’ve got railings, consider draping fresh or faux garland around the porch railings to add a festive vibe.
For our porch, I simply tucked some fresh white pine garland and added some string lights to get that cozy Christmas glow.
Kissing Ball and Hanging Planters
While you can purchase kissing balls at any market, nursery, or big box store, they are super simple to make too!
I saw a few at the nursery that started at $40…EACH! So the savings are pretty big if you make it yourself.
Kissing balls look beautiful when hung between porch posts, doorways, and windows.
To learn how to make a Christmas kissing ball, click here.
In addition to kissing balls, you can also add hanging baskets filled with greens instead.
Just be sure where you hang it can handle the weight of the potting soil and greens because it can get pretty heavy!
I follow the same approach to design as my outdoor winter planters using the thriller filler and spiller method of container design.
For the porch, I decided to go with hanging planters this year and just got started making them.
Christmas Trees and Mini Trees
For larger outdoor living spaces, consider adding a large porch Christmas tree.
And if you have a small space, opt for what fits best in your front entry outdoor space.
In my former home, I had a very small entry with just a few small stone steps and a front door. For my christmas porch decorations, I spruced up the front door with a wreath, added some festive planters, and called it a day.
But you can still tuck in varying sizes and types of fresh or faux Christmas trees in lieu of potting up winter greens.
Either way, adding festive winter greenery to the front porch says Merry Christmas to all that drop by.
Provide Seating with a Porch Swing, Wooden Bench, or Porch Rockers
If you have room on the porch, consider making an outdoor living room or seating area so you or your guests can linger.
To me, it’s the perfect addition to any front or back porch living space because it’s a change of venue when you want to hang out!
So it’s important to me to create seating areas in each of them so we can enjoy them year-round with a hot cup of cocoa, morning coffee, or glass of wine.
And we make it a point to use each seating space depending on the day and what we are doing.
The Back Porch
On the back porch, I created a small conversation area on the back porch too so we can enjoy the zen garden and small koi pond year-round.
To cozy up each seating space, I incorporated simple ideas with a festive flair like galvanized bucket planters, boho planters, and thrift store vintage tins with winter greenery or a small Christmas tree.
We aren’t out here as much as we were during the warmer months but spend more time here on the weekends.
The Front Porch
But my favorite spot out of all the porches is the porch swing that came with the house when we bought it. I love hanging out there and am out here all the time with my dogs.
To decorate this area, I added a beautiful bright red boho area rug, Cascade, from Well Woven, fresh winter greens, and string lights going down the swing chain to cozy it up at night.
It’s the perfect way to enjoy a beautiful winter sunrise or close out a long day at the office.
Choose your own style that works best with your aesthetic. I love cozy farmhouse porches, so that’s the vibe I go for when decorating.
Of course, no farmhouse Christmas porches are complete without lots of lights! And there are so many different options now to decorate with!
And I also LOVE these pretty snowflake like string lights too.
Buffalo Check Pillows, Throw Blankets, and Other Farmhouse Front Porch Christmas Decorating Ideas
To cozy up seating spaces with more farmhouse decorating ideas, I added a few throw pillows and cozy blankets for those chilly mornings and nights. It makes such a difference to have them available because it’s readily available to keep you extra warm.
I add them to my porch swing and rockers. Without them, the seating spaces don’t look nearly as inviting.
Where the throw pillows are concerned, I use outdoor pillow covers that can handle the elements like these:
- Red and black buffalo plaid pillows covers
- Red Snowflake Pillow Covers
- Farmhouse Christmas Pillow Covers
And as for the throw blankets? I just toss them in the wash every now and again to keep them fresh.
But if you lack the space, you could even tuck a few pillows and blankets in a small basket to cozy up the front entry too.
A great thing about farmhouse decor is the casual, almost effortless style. So here are a few more ideas to try this holiday season.
- Tuck in some side tables to hold drinks, light snacks, and small Christmas vignettes.
- Add some jingle bells to a side table, fresh garland, or front door wreath.
- Tuck in some rustic lanterns with battery-operated candles set on a timer so you don’t have to think about it.
- Add small area rugs to anchor a seating space or welcome guests at the front door.
More About Decorating the Front Porch for Christmas
That’s it! Thanks so much for dropping by my home today and hanging out with the dogs and me. I hope you got a lot of Chrismtas front porch ideas that inspire you to create your own unique style.
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Christmas Porch Inspiration Blog Tour
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The 10 Days of Christmas
Did you catch the 10 days of Christmas where my friends and I shared daily inspiration to get you psyched up and ready for the holidays?
In case you missed it, you can catch the 10 Days of Christmas lineup here:
- Day 1 – Christmas DIY Ideas
- Day 2 – Front Porch Decorating Ideas
- Day 3 – Christmas Tree Ideas
- Day 4 – Christmas Table Decor Ideas
- Day 5 – Christmas Cookies and Sweet Treats
- Day 6 – Christmas Decorating Ideas
- Day 7 – Bloggers’ Favorite Christmas Idea
- Day 8 – Gift Wrapping Ideas
- Day 9 – Wreaths & Front Door Decor
- Day 10 – Winter Greenery
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Christmas Porch Blog Hop
Thanks to my good friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse for pulling together such a beautiful group of talented bloggers with the most incredible front porch inspiration for the holidays. Thanks for hopping over from my good friend Michelle from Thistle Key Lane, welcome!
Whether you have a covered, small vestibule or another type of front entry, this post is chock full of pretty farmhouse front porch Christmas decorating ideas.
If you are new here, I’m Stacy, a self-taught master gardener who lives and gardens in northern New Jersey, zone 6a.
I’ve been gardening for over 20 years and enjoy helping beginner gardeners find their inner green thumb, as well as discover a love for all things plants and flowers. I love to bring the outdoors inside my home too.
I hope you enjoy visiting my home today and hope you come back so we can grow stuff and create beautiful spaces together.
Next up on the Christmas Porch Inspiration Blog Hop is my good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells who is sharing some pretty Christmas decorating ideas for small porch spaces.