After a 3:00 am wake-up call and 9 hours of hopping onto three different planes, I arrived safely home from my excursion to Montana. It was a great trip and I’ll be sharing all about it and the HGTV Dream Home soon.
But today, I’m going to share the Christmas decorations I added to my porch this year. It’s very similar to last year since I loved how it looked so much.
I added a live garland and some white lights around the door. You can find a tutorial on how I attached it HERE.
On either side of the door, I filled the concrete urns with some fresh greens, twigs, lights, and sugar pine cones. Last year I bought small evergreen trees, but I ended up neglecting them and pitching them in early spring, so that seemed like a waste of money. This was more economical and the greens will still last for several weeks. I wrote a detailed tutorial for HGTV for making these (which will be available next season), but it’s really as simple as putting everything in a pot! It took about five minutes for each one.
(I’d like to add a little bell to my castiron cow for Christmas, but I just haven’t found the right one, yet!)
I was glad to find some nice juniper sprigs for the arrangement. Juniper was made just for my color palette!
On the door, I hung THIS WREATH from Target. It comes with the bells and berries on it. To add some more texture and color variation in the greens, I tied bunches of fresh greens into the wreath.
I also hung some greens and lights over the dining room window and along the trellis we made for the sweet autumn clematis to climb on.
And, lastly, I put up a large wreath on the wall trellis, so it wasn’t completely bare and draped some white lights over the boxwood bushes in the front. I had the cord tucked behind the trellis, but it kept misbehaving, so I’m going to have to secure it with some zip-ties.
Typically I’ll plug the lights in and then forget about them, so they are on all of the time! I finally wised up and bought a simple timer that turns on at dark and off at dusk. I don’t know why it took me so long! THIS is the one I bought.
I was never big on exterior Christmas decorations… I think it’s because I grew up in military housing apartments, so we never put up lights outside or anything beyond a wreath on the door. But, in Minnesota, we have the snow on the ground for so long that it’s nice to have some greenery and lights to make it look festive.
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