Again, I couldn’t help myself.
Once our porch was stripped of the pumpkins that were past their prime and the frost-bitten topiaries, it looks a little sad. And it certainly doesn’t help that we don’t have one evergreen plant or bush in the front gardens. Everything is brown and leafless, just emphasizing the ugly side of winter and the lack of attention we’ve paid to the landscaping.
The garden beds will have to wait until spring, but I felt like some garlands and lights would do a lot to dress things up for Christmas.
I bought two mixed live garlands to hang around the front door and front window and a pair of potted evergreens with some clipped live greens tucked in around them. I also dug some indoor-outdoor string lights from my Christmas bins to wrap around the greenery.
To hang the light-wrapped garlands, I tapped a large nail into each corner above the door and window and one nail centered.
Using a piece of twine-wrapped florist wire (purchased from Hobby Lobby) cut to about 8″, I secured the garland, lights and all, to each nail.
It took me about 30 minutes to do both the door and the window and it adds so much to the front of the house.
And, as a bonus, the lights add a beautiful glow on the inside, through the windows, as well.
I had leftover greenery, so I just tucked it into my antique concrete urns along with some sugar pinecones.
I wish it was socially acceptable to have fresh greens and twinkle lights on your porch year round…