How to Decorate Your Front Door for the Holidays

This front door display is layered with holiday cheer. See how you can personalize your home's entrance this winter.

Oh, what fun we have while decorating for the holiday season! This year, your home can look beautiful inside and out with a stunning front porch display. More than just a wreath, this home's entrance is all about traditional style set in layers. With a few changes here and there, this look can be personalized to meet any homeowner's vision. Check out below to learn more about the individual elements that make up this winter wonderland. 

20-Minute Holiday Decor

Layers Upon Layers

The trick to a beautiful front porch set up is layers. Before you head out to shop for wintry home decor, come up with a plan. You'll want a design that has layers in height and depth, with the tallest objects tucked up to the wall and other items moving forward as they decrease in size. Stackable objects, such as fake presents, are great for propping other items up and within sight. For the door itself, consider how you want to layer colors. Do you want a traditional all-red-and-green affair, or do you want to throw in icy blues and elegant neutrals? 

Bundle of Cheer

Make your own gorgeous holiday accent by filling a woven basket with an assortment of natural winter elements. We filled ours with white birch logs, oversize pine cones, greenery, and ornaments. Dress up the plain basket with red buffalo check ribbon that matches other elements on the porch. 

Editor's Tip: Before filling with branches and ornaments, fill the bottom of the basket with a neutral-colored spare blanket. It will prop your objects up so you can save extra pine cones that would not have been seen for other projects. 

All Wrapped Up

We are guilty of waiting until the last minute to get our present wrapping done, but these are an exception. For a cute, traditional holiday decoration, wrap a few spare boxes and tie them up with a bow. You can choose to use bright and cheerful wrapping paper or keep it simple with craft paper and burlap ribbon. It's also a good idea to put a heavy weight in the box before you wrap it to keep the presents grounded during those harsh winter gusts of wind. Just be sure the kids know these presents are off limits! 

Winter Greens

While gathering decorations for your front porch, be sure to stop by the nursery to pick up an abundance of fresh greens. This false cypress shrub is bright in color and full of draping branches. We repotted it in a red basket found at the local craft store. Buy a variety of plants and place them around your porch where the decor looks bare. 

A Warm Welcome

Dress the front door up like your favorite winter sweater with a festive welcome mat. Here, a classic red, plaid print welcomes guests into the home and greets them on their way out. For our double front door, we had to do some searching for an outdoor runner to fit, but using two small mats would have worked just fine. Keep an eye on your door mat throughout the season to quickly clean any stains brought in from muddy slush on the streets. 

Draping Beauty

No holiday scene is complete without a beautiful garland to tie it all together. For our front porch, we connected two identical garlands at the top center of our door. From there, we draped each end over the corners of the entrance while the long ends hung loose. A traditional garland would reach all the way to the floor, but we stopped it short to keep the garland separate from the greenery below. Nails work best to hold up your garland, but removable adhesive hooks are a good substitute. 

Light the Way

Add some texture to your design with a glass-paneled lantern. Fit with various-size faux candles, this lantern fits in well with the holiday theme. A darker wood looks stunning when surrounded by the first dusting of snow while the candles illuminate within. After you purchase your lantern, pay good attention to the safety instructions. Most wood lanterns are not meant to be filled with real candles. Flameless LED candles are safe and look just as stunning. 

Rockin' Around...

What holiday setup is complete without a nod to one of our favorite winter traditions? The largest element of our front porch design is two mini spruce albertas flanking the entrance. Decked out in shiny and matte red ornaments, these trees are sure to put you in a festive mood.

The real show-stopper of these, however, are not the trees, but are the handmade boxes they sit in! Made from light wood planks, these farmhouse-inspired planters are perfect for both the fall and winter season. The best part? You can build these farmhouse-style planters yourself with our step-by-step instructions. 

All in the Details

Sure, holiday decorations are traditionally large (trees, garlands, wreaths, light displays) but the holidays would be nothing without the details. Just like ornaments complete a tree, red berries add the perfect final touch to any wintry decor. We snipped a few strands of greenery from our garland and paired it with faux holly berries from the craft store. Tie it all together with a pine cone at the top, and you have a beautiful adornment for your door handle. Guests will be impressed with your attention to detail that makes your front porch perfect for the holidays. 


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