How to Dress Up Your Entryway for the Holidays

Spread Christmas cheer to everyone who walks in your home with this traditional display of red and green featuring DIY decor.

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If you go all out with your outdoor holiday light display, you definitely don't want to disappoint your guests once they walk into your home. A festive holiday entryway brings a sense of cheer to your home and will make your family live a little bit brighter this winter. Get inspiration from our classic Christmas display and favorite holiday DIY projects, or make it your own according to your family's favorite traditions.

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Plaid Runner

Make your entryway cozy this winter by covering the cold floor with a stylish DIY rug. Area rugs work great for living rooms, but hallways and entryways are often left without any floor decor. Runners are the perfect fit and can be customized to match any holiday design. For this entryway, a red plaid runner made with a simple paint roller greets guests upon arrival. See how to make this rug for your own home.

Quick Art

Not everyone has the budget or the storage space to buy new decor and artwork for every season. This quick printable artwork makes holiday decorating easy and cost-effective! Find a favorite holiday print online with a quirky graphic or cherished family quote. Print and place in a frame to display at your home's entrance. When the snow is melted and spring has begun, simply switch out the print for a more seasonal option. 

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

One of our favorite parts of the season is receiving holiday cards from family and friends. Choose a few favorites to display on a DIY card holder. A slice of birch log provides a seasonal base for the photo holder, while copper wire easily bends into shapely holders. When the new year has begun and life gets back to normal, switch out the cards for family pictures and memories. 

Learn how to make this wire photo holder.

Rockin' Around

As a prelude to the real deal, place a miniature Christmas tree on your entryway console table. For no-fuss decor, invest in an artificial tree you can reuse year after year, or enjoy the scent of a real tree with a purchase from the local nursery. Repot the real tree in a galvanized bucket and wrap the base with burlap ribbon for a rustic look. Don't forget the ornaments! Choose colors that work best with your decor, or keep it simple with metallic baubles. 

Jolly Garland

Drape a beautifully lit garland up the side of a staircase to fill your entryway with gorgeous greenery. (You can also spiral the garland up the banister, but that makes it more difficult to use the railing.) At each peak, hang an oversize bow made from metallic ribbon.

How to Wrap Lights on a Garland

Wrapping your garland with lights is easier said than done. To ensure that your lights will evenly span the length of your garland, start by wrapping the lights in the middle, not end to end. 

First, find the center of your string of lights and the center of the garland. Starting to your right, begin wrapping the lights up the length of the bough. Continue until you reach the end of the garland, then return to the center to finish the remaining side.

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