Woodbank Lane: Decorating Your Front Porch for the Holidays (the Easy Way)

Tuscaloosa native Kathryn Wilkerson is a wife, a mom of three, a teacher, and the author of Woodbank Lane – a blog that offers up a variety of different decorating ideas and projects, recipes, and inspiration for living. Follow Kathryn at woodbanklane.com and on Instagram @woodbanklane.  Tuscaloosa native Kathryn Wilkerson is a wife, a mom of three, a teacher, and the author of Woodbank Lane – a blog that offers up a variety of different decorating ideas and projects, recipes, and inspiration for living. Follow Kathryn at woodbanklane.com and on Instagram @woodbanklane.  Kathryn Wilkerson

Time to dress up our homes, decorate the tree, do a bunch of shopping, and eat some fabulous food. The holidays are here! And for those of you who are hosting this year, that means lots of company. Ready to spruce up your front porch for holiday guests?

Hi there! I'm Kathryn from the blog Woodbank Lane, and I have an easy idea to help you create an inviting holiday entrance. It only requires a few things, most of which you probably have in your yard. And if you don't, I bet you'll have neighbors who do. 

Tall urns live on my front porch year-round. They’re probably the easiest and most versatile of containers to use for prettying up your porch. In the summer, they hold large ferns, and when transitioning to fall, they hold mums. Last year, to welcome the holiday season, I created a new arrangement for my porch, inspired by a picture from Instagram. It’s so simple, you’ll want to try it, too. 

Here's a list of what to round up before you get started: 

  • 2 tall containers 
  • Plenty of evergreen branches 
  • Floral foam or old bricks 
  • Pine cones (around 20 - medium to large) 
  • 6 pieces of cut wood, 2-3" wide in several lengths or thick branches 
  • Decorative stems (to add color) 
  • Holiday colored ribbon 

Let's get started.

Decide on your containers. Urns are my first choice. I found mine at Sam's years ago, but most home improvement stores carry them year-round. Old barrels, metal buckets, or even large flower pots would work just as well. 

Next, gather plenty of your favorite branches. I used Leyland Cypress branches from a sweet friend's yard. Lay them out individually and evaluate the lengths. 

 

Place the floral foam or bricks in the bottom of your container. We had scrap bricks, so that's what I used. This will add the height you're going to want and serve to help position the branches and wood.

 

Start placing the branches in the container, working back to front with the longest ones in the back and the shorter ones towards the front and sides. It's okay if they are not standing at attention. You want them to flop around a bit, so the planter looks full but not stuffed. Now add an odd number of pieces of the wood or sticks, spacing somewhat symmetrically.

 

Once it's nice and full and fluffed to your liking, it's time for the accessories. Add the pine cones for texture and interest. Fill up the front area of the arrangement. This may take around 10 cones. Some of them will sink down, but that's okay. Just pile them on top of one another until they are showing well.  

 

Next, I stuck in just a few stems with red berries for color. Get creative here! Just about anything will work. 

 

For the final touch, add Christmas-colored ribbon. There are several ways to do that. It could be tied around the container, but I chose to make a large bow. After making the bow, I attached it to a straw. Then it was easy to simply stick the straw down in the arrangement. All done! 

Now, head out to your yard (or your neighbor's), pick up some ribbon and berries at a craft store, and get that entrance ready for the holidays! 

 

 

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