Add festive cheer to your front entry with these modern farmhouse colorful Christmas porch decor ideas in red, black and white.
Some people love to fill their yard with blow-up Christmas characters (you should see our neighbours house!). Some people string lights all over their entire home and yard. But come Christmas time, I’m most definitely a sucker for a festive and cheery front porch.
So if you are wondering how to decorate a porch for Christmas, or how to make your house look Christmassy, then today I’ve got some simple tips you can follow to ensure that your front porch looks nice for the holidays. And, to me, a bright and cheerful entry porch starts with Christmas greens!
Add Christmas Greenery
The key items that I like to add each year to make our front porch cheery and festive for the holidays is pots full of Christmas greenery, a live Christmas wreath and natural cedar garlands around our front door and windows. Christmas greenery is often the simplest and most thrifty way to add a merry, joyful feel to your outdoor decor.
I have two big pots either side of our front door that have an evergreen shrub in them to last throughout the seasons. Normally, I would stuff cuttings of cedar and pine right into the soil of my large pots, but this year I just laid the cedar and pine boughs on top and capped them off with some fabric ornaments and antlers that I wasn’t using indoors. Because our porch is covered they will be fine to weather the holiday season outdoors.
I also had a couple of large empty pots on either side of our pew that I stuffed with natural greenery, wooden sticks and branches (saved from year’s past), as well as berries and pine cones. I keep my Christmas porch items like these from year to year and store them in a bin in the shed or garage so that I don’t have to buy new ones each holiday season. I also usually cut my own greenery from the forests around our home, though you can often buy it at local farm markets or grocery stores.
I also added natural cedar garland around our front window and two natural wreaths hanging from the scones on either side of it.
Although I normally make my own Christmas greenery pots, this year I also purchased two through my son’s school as they were doing a fundraiser for PAC. It was nice to have the extra pots already done for me, and they are really cute!
I followed a similar plan and added lots of Christmas greenery, sticks, pine cones, and ornaments to the pots on either side of our garage. I hung a large (faux) wreath (that I already owned) from the scones on either side of the garage and added cheery and dramatic black and white buffalo check ribbon and bows.
Dressing up the front of garage made quite a difference to the overall festive feel of our house and helped balance out all the holiday touches on the porch.
Collect Thrifted Wintery Items like Sleds, Skis, and Skates
I have amassed a small collection of items that I love to display on our front porch each Christmas season, including a vintage sled (that I picked up on Facebook Marketplace), two pairs of slightly broken cross-country skis (that I got free from the side of the road), and some thrift store ice skates (which I forgot to put out this year!).
These thrifted and collected pieces add a festive winter feel and great pops of colour that really up the cuteness and cheer factor on the porch. And because the color scheme is quite classic with a mix of black, white, red, and blue it feels crisp and fresh rather than overwhelming or tacky.
I also have a vintage wine crate that looks super cute with winter greens displayed in it. The natural, rustic wood of the old crate adds to that collected and unique feel of our Christmas porch display.
Another favourite that I love to add to our Christmas porch is signs that I have made myself. I’ve seen Christmas signs all over this year at big box stores like Walmart, so if you are short on time you can always buy one. I just enjoy the process of DIYing and then feeling the pride of creating something unique and your own.
I made the U-Cut Christmas Tree sign using a similar process, but with a surprising item (you might not believe it’s not actually a wooden sign!). Both of these add a fresh and crisp pop of colour that works beautifully with our cheery Christmas porch decor.
Years ago, when I first started blogging, I made the large PEACE sign as a Pottery Barn Knockoff for the holidays – you can read about the process here (though don’t judge my early post and photo quality!).
Pepper in some Lanterns and Candles
The one new thing that I did purchase this year, aside from the greenery pots that I mentioned previously, are the black Christmas lanterns. They add such a pretty soft light to our porch in the evenings, and the glow that emanates from them is super welcoming and cozy. I think that lanterns and candles are such a lovely way to welcome visitors to your home during the long, dark evenings of the Christmas season.
Add a Bench or Chair with Pillows and Throws
Another thing that we have almost always had on our porch, even when it was a smaller entry at our lake house, is a bench or chair. In this house we had the perfect spot for our nine-foot vintage church pew right in front of my office window! It’s a super fun piece to decorate for the seasons, and this year I’ve dressed it with a black and white buffalo check furry throw and some beautiful Christmas pillows that I had in my Christmas storage bin.
There was no spot for them indoors, but they are really make a strong impact on our front porch decor. I’ve had several people stop and take pictures as they drive by, and I think it’s a combination of all the greenery and the display on our pew.
Those are my favourite tips for adding a cheery and festive feel to your front porch this holiday season. I always find that putting the porch together is one of my favourite parts of decorating for the holidays. It’s great to get outside when it’s nice and crisp out, and very fun to spend some time creating a space that makes your home feel that much more joyful and welcoming for the season.