36 Christmas Decorations for Front Doors

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Once you've trimmed the tree, head outside to deck your front door for the holidays. Our ideas for front door decorations range from traditional to modern, but all are easy to put together. Using Christmas wreaths, lights, and garlands, you'll have the prettiest house on the block.

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Classic Evergreen Porch Decor

Festive front porch with Christmas tree, bow, and dog
Adam Albright

Going for the neutral look? Keep it simple by working with greens and browns, especially if your house is white. Fill galvanized planters with tabletop Christmas trees to frame the doorway. Finish the display with a collection of wrapped gift boxes and a festive chalkboard sign. Instead of a traditional wreath, arrange greenery, flowers, and a large, layered ribbon bow secured to an upside down shovel using florists wire. Hang with a removable exterior hook.

Editor's Tip: Make a corner swag by wiring greenery to boards attached to each other at a right angle.

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Use Double Boxwood Wreaths

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When it comes to choosing a Christmas wreath, the more the merrier. Twin boxwood wreaths add bold decor—just tie them together with a colorful ribbon and embellish the loops with leftover ornaments for a pop of color.

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Tie In Your Frosted Wreath

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A small embellishment, like this gossamer bow, ties in frosted elements from your wreath. Choose a bow that connects with other colors on your porch, or use it as a statement piece that draws your eye to the door.

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Find Northern Inspiration

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This Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decor combines evergreen branches with red berries for a northern look. Deep red lanterns add crisp holiday color, while a snowflake shaped wreath pops against the dark gray home.

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Add a Rustic Wreath

Nontraditional Wreath

This DIY Christmas wreath is created from precut wood slices, and it will add rustic charm to your front door. Simply arrange and glue the wood slices onto a flat wood wreath, then add a pinecone and berry bedecked bow.

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Make a Cedar-Stacked Christmas Tree

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Eighteen miniature cedar-sprig wreaths stack together for a clever front door Christmas tree idea. Use wire to tie the wreaths together, which will allow you to stack the tree as tall (or as short) as you like.

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Festive Swag Form Wreath

Door wreath made of evergreen, holly, and pinecones
Jay Wilde

Create a classic Christmas swag wreath with just a few basic crafts supplies. Here we dressed up a plain evergreen swag form with red berries, pinecones, and seeded eucalyptus branches. Finish the look with a red bow.

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Tie It All Together

Classsic Holiday Wreath

Douglas fir creates a classic and full wreath, while colorful berries and boxwood greens enhance the traditional holiday greenery. Tie the adornment together with a bright red bow.

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Go for the Bows

Ribbons of Red

To ring in the holiday season, cover your front door with ribbons and bows. Use red to give your greenery garland and evergreen wreath a bright boost of color.

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Light Evergreen Arches

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For a welcoming Christmas display, artfully drape a garland wrapped with Christmas lights above your doorway. Adding evergreen to your tlights will provide extra sparkle to your Christmas curb appeal.

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Play with Pastels

Pinecone Wreath with Ribbon

The deep jewel tones common during Christmas aren't right for every home. If you're looking for a change, try a pastel palette, like the white, sea green, and butter yellow wreath shown here.

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Mix Shapes and Textures

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If matching isn't your style, unusual forms are a wonderful way to add visual interest to a holiday front door. Here, distinctive topiaries play against a gathering of bright berries and the soft white of the wreath.

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Customize Your Traditional Wreath

oversize Christmas wreath made of hula hoops hanging between windows outside
Carson Downing

Dress up your door decor with a customizable hula hoop Christmas wreath that you can make yourself. After applying copper spray paint on the hoops, finish them with layers of seasonal greenery and an oversize bow.

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Hang a Low Wreath

Low Christmas Wreath

Be the first on the block to break tradition. Hang your creative Christmas wreath low on the front door for a modern but welcoming look, which also leaves the window free for collecting sunlight.

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Celebrate Traditional Decor

Ornament Christmas Decorations

Bring your front door back to basics by decorating with Christmas ornaments nestled in fresh greenery. This look is sophisticated and works on a traditional or contemporary home.

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Leather-Wrapped Wreath

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Jason Donnelly

Inexpensive leather cording gives this DIY Christmas wreath a chic upgrade. To create, hot-glue together two wooden crafts rings. Wrap each ring with leather cording, overlapping where the rings meet. Add faux greenery and colored wood balls and attach them with hot glue.

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Add Fresh or Faux Flowers

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If you live in a temperate climate, you might be able to make front door decorations with seasonal flower displays, such as poinsettias. To dress up the arrangement, try selections in an accent color—here, white adds a pop of brightness against the brick. If your weather isn't so mild, go for faux flowers that you can reuse year after year.

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Farmhouse Christmas Door

outdoors-inspired decorated holiday porch with rake and window frame
Jay Wilde

The rustic farmhouse look is easy to execute when you have the right items. Use farm-style finds—garden tools, tin containers, and foliage—in creative ways to yield a down-to-earth display. Layering two doormats will introduce color and pattern to your porch. Suspend simple ball ornaments from a vintage rake for a unique display. Give a plain wreath an upgrade by securing a metal snowflake to its center.

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Change Your Holiday Greeting

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Most seasonal displays are fairly static, but small elements can add a bit more personality to your front door decor. Here, a tiny chalkboard allows the homeowners to add a changing message on the front door wreath. Other ideas: a countdown to Christmas, or ribbons or wreaths that change weekly.

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Choose Monochromatic Christmas Decorations

Silver and White Christmas Front Porch

Go all out this year and create a winter wonderland at your front door. Enlist the kids to cut paper snowflakes. Spray faux trees white and plant them in galvanized buckets on either side of the door. For the final touch, spray-paint wire baskets white, then hang them full of sparkling silver orbs.

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Use a Symmetrical Design

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When in doubt, a symmetrical arrangement of Christmas decorations always looks polished. Spiral topiaries welcome guests onto the landing, where an evergreen arch accents existing architecture.

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Choose an Unusual Accent Color

Orange and Green Christmas Front Porch

For a fresh front door idea, add an unexpected accent color. Here, ripe oranges and tangerine-colored ribbon make classic pine greens pop.

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Use Garden-Inspired Decorations

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This large, leafy Christmas garland and matching decorations are made from evergreen branches, pinecones, berries, apples, magnolia leaves, and festive holiday ribbon. At night, the intertwined lights add a cozy, cheery glow to the front door. Add your own favorite elements.

Editor's Tip: Purchase a long evergreen garland to serve as the base, then use florists pins and hot glue to secure the embellishments.

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Decorate Front Yard Trees and Shrubs

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Don't stop at simply accenting your front door, try integrating the rest of the front yard into your design. Here, simple orb lights add unexpected brilliance to the large tree. These oversize Christmas lights also make the house as attractive at night as it is by day.

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Add a Twist to Your Front Door Decor

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Wreaths are a lovely addition to nearly every front entryway. But there are other items that can add seasonal interest to your door. Here, ice skates—tied with a bit of fresh greenery and a Christmas bow—dress up the traditional entry.

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Match Decor to the Architectural Style

lit Christmas tree near red bench and gifts on holiday front porch
John Granen

If you're new to Christmas decorating, use your home's architectural style as inspiration. Traditional homes look great in classic decorations, while rustic homes call for a more casual setup. Here, a cozy cabin gets dressed up with simple, unadorned fresh evergreen greenery.

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Rely on Color for Contrast

Door wreath with ornaments and pink bow
Greg Scheidemann

One way to make your Christmas door decorations stand out is with color. A simple flocked wreath is a great contrast to dark or bright front door colors. Here, an evergreen wreath is dressed up with vintage ornaments. A ribbon tied into a classic bow adds a simple, elegant finish.

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Decorate All Your Surfaces

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If you have a large front entryway, you're lucky: You have more room to add pretty holiday accents. One way to unify them is to choose just a few materials to repeat, such as the grapevine and fir shown here.

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Create a Wreath from Nontraditional Materials

Ombre Pine Wreath

Evergreens and pinecones are standard elements for front door decorations, but unconventional colors will make your door stand out. Here, pinecones are painted in shades of blue for an update to a classic wreath.

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Balance Your Decorations

Elegant Holiday Entryway

Ornate doors and wide front entryways need little decoration. Instead, add accents to the surrounding areas to create the perfect holiday look. Two containers flank this wide entry, playing off the elegant symmetry. Bright silver and red ornaments accent both the containers and the evergreen wreath.

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Add Glitter to Your Christmas Door Decorations

Glittery Christmas Front Door

Sparkle and shine are synonymous with the season. Use this pretty silver front door decoration as inspiration for your own glittering welcome. Purchase a silver wreath, or paint a grapevine wreath using metallic spray paint, add a sparkling ribbon, then weave in silver and blue ornaments. For another sparkling color scheme, use gold and bronze decorations to glam up your Christmas door.

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Make a Festive Yarn Wreath

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Using fresh greenery is a beautiful way to add farmhouse charm to your front porch, and the possibilities are endless. Drape greenery around your front door, fashion a wreath, or put greenery in planters. You can add ornaments to mini Christmas trees in planters for a punch of color. The soft gold of candlelight from lanterns gives a warm welcome to guests.

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Use Seasonal Colors for Christmas Door Decorations

Merry Carnation Wreath

Play up the traditional Christmas red-and-green color scheme with a modern spin. If you have a green door, accent it with an all-red wreath and place bright red flowers on the front porch. Don't have a green door? Play around with other color schemes, such as white and blue (good for lighter doors) or silver and gold (good for darker doors).

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Go for Traditional Decor

Traditional Christmas wreath

You can decorate a door for Christmas in a way that's both classic and fresh with traditional accents. Hang a medium-size boxwood wreath with a bright red bow in the middle for pretty texture and style. Add symmetrical accents on either side of the door to complete the look, such as the shaped topiaries shown here.

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Use a Single Color

Traditional Christmas Front Door

There is a surprising array of diversity in the green color spectrum, from deep and rich to light and bright. These simple and traditional Christmas door decorations focus on color variations to add visual interest. A green ribbon adds luster to an evergreen wreath, while tiny lights brighten the garland around the front door.

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Transform Premade into One-of-a-Kind

Pinecone and Ornament Garland

For extraordinary impact, it's easy to customize an ordinary garland. Small holiday ornaments secured with hot glue coordinate with this red front door and add bright pops of color to a premade pinecone garland. Tall lanterns, adorned with small sprigs of berries, lead the way to Christmas celebrations.

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