My Christmas Front Porch & DIY Boxwood Wreath Chandelier!

Christmas Front Porch

Christmas Front Porch

This post is in partnership with The Home Depot, but the ideas, photos & porch are my own!

I love decorating the outside of my house for Christmas just as much as I love decorating the inside. I think it is so fun to come home to a beautiful front porch, and it is a gift to everyone who drives by or comes to visit! Some years we just get too distracted (or cold) to do much outside, but I always miss it if I don’t make the effort.

This year I decided to make it happen! I really wanted to add a little “festive rustic fairytale feel” to the porch. It is fun to come home and feel like I’ve arrived at a vacation getaway for the holidays, an escape from the ordinary. As usual, I wanted to keep it simple, so I found a way to get the look I was after without going overboard and making things too difficult.

Beautiful Christmas Porch The Inspired Room

Here are the three elements I decided would bring my Christmas porch the look I was hoping for!

1. Festive Lights

2. Natural and Rustic Greenery

3. A DIY Fairytale Wreath Chandelier

I found some gorgeous natural greenery at The Home Depot, which was perfect for setting the rustic and natural vibe I love around my front door. I ordered two strands of this garland and hung them together to give it more fullness. I love how gently it flows around the door.

Christmas Decorating with Rustic Trees and Candles

I can’t get enough of cute little trees! This little burlap wrapped tree is so adorable. I love that it has just a little touch of snow on it!

Wreaths and Battery Operated Candles for Christmas Decor

I LOVE real wreaths because they not only look beautiful but also smell INCREDIBLE! I was so pleased with these wreaths. They add texture and fullness behind my gold reindeer and add the most delicious scent to the porch.

Christmas Decorating Icicle Lights Front Porch The Inspired Room

With icicle lights hung on the two exposed sides of my porch, you feel right away like you’ve entered a magical place at Christmastime.

Christmas decorating battery operated candles for safety Battery-operated candles are one of my favorite inventions ever! Of course I adore real candles, but wherever safety is an issue, battery-operated ones are perfect. I love tucking them in here and there in greenery or pinecones for that warm glow without the risk of real flames.

Christmas Decorating Ideas Front Porch The Inspired Room

Christmas Decorating Hang Lanterns from Plant Hooks

I use plant hooks from The Home Depot (in their garden section) to hang lanterns. I think it gives my porch such a pretty look and brings some of the decor and candles up higher for more interest.

Christmas Front Porch

The adorable little pre-lit stick tree is so whimsical! I would love to have more of these for around the house. They are a fun addition to the real greenery and poinsettias on the teacart. And one of my favorite Christmas decorating DIY projects ever (next to my birch bark monogram wreath!), is my fairytale boxwood wreath chandelier! I’m head over heels in love with it!

The chandelier is so charming, magical, and eye-catching as you walk up to the porch! It sets the perfect festive mood for my porch and makes such a beautiful statement around our lantern.

Christmas Decorating The Inspired Room

I peek outside at my porch a million times a day to see how pretty it looks.

Tomorrow I’ll show you how we made the wreath with more pictures and a simple tutorial, so come on back because I know you’ll love making one too!

We will definitely make one every year from now on!

Christmas Ideas Outside The Inspired Room

Christmas Front Porch with Icicle Lights

Thanks for coming by my festive front porch!

See you tomorrow!

The Home Depot Source List (I ordered everything online, except the Poinsettias!):

24 inch mixed green wreath (behind reindeer)
Boxwood Wreaths 30 inch and 24 inch
White Pine Garland 25 foot garland (doubled around door)
Lighted Twig Tree
Warm light icicle lights
Variegated Poinsettias {via The Home Depot, our local store}

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  1. Christi {Jealous Hands} says:

    Your Christmas porch is lovely! xo

  2. It’s lovely and exactly what you set out to do!
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  3. Melissa, your porch looks great! I especially love the chandelier. Can’t wait to see how you made it.
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  4. Your porch looks so festive! I love the lanterns. And flameless candles outside….BRILLIANT!
    Jill recently posted..Christmas Traditions At Our House: The DecorationsMy Profile

  5. Love it! I had to PIN it too….I have my porch stated, and I think you may have just gave me the little “push” I need to put on the winter coat, brave the snow and finish it….Thanks!
    XO,
    Christine
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  6. Melissa, your porch looks so fresh and festive. It sure makes me want to come up for a visit.

    Speaking of porches, I started my holiday home tour today. Please come by and visit our porch.
    Beverly recently posted..Christmas Home Tour – Day OneMy Profile

  7. I LOVE THIS! I always do live greens outside, but I haven’t gotten around to it this year. You’re making me want to get started!
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  8. So inspiring – nicely done. :)
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  9. Love all of it and the wreath chandelier is beautiful!

  10. Lots of little lights, a bounty of fresh greens … and just a bit of snow. Perfect!

    ;-}
    Linda recently posted..Christmas * Plain & SimpleMy Profile

  11. AlmostRetired says:

    What a treat to see your new post. I was already in love with your home, but now your front porch is over the top. I too decorate with fresh greenery, red berries, pine cones, endless candles, and lanterns. I will be running to HD this week to grab some plant hangars, what a great way to get the lanterns off the ground or table tops. I wasn’t going to bother with my icicle lights this year but I may do just the front porch after seeing yours.

    What interests me even more than your beautiful porch, is your architecture. We have plans completely drawn for our retirement home that we will begin building next spring. My porch roof/ceiling is similar to yours, high and open with a chandelier in the center. I love the beefy beams that you have protruding out to the front under the eaves! I would love to ask you a few questions about your construction if you could email me? I know it’s a busy season, so even in early January would work. You have a beautiful home.
    Thanks!

  12. It looks so pretty! I love the basket of green, pinecones and candles. I haven’t done anything to the front porch except a wreath this year. It’s too cold! I won’t tell you the temp because I’m sure it will be mild to you. ;)
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  13. Lovely porch! I also like that bucket with greenery, pinecones, and candles. I just want to pick it up and carry it around with me!

  14. Melissa, This is gorgeous. Love the hanging boxwood wreath. I can only imagine how beautiful it looks at night! Merry Merry Christmas,
    xo Kathysue
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  15. LOVE the greenery! And, that precious gold deer! So welcoming! Merry Christmas! Melissa
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  16. How cozy :O) Love your style too. Stay warm and blessings!

  17. Your porch looks great Melissa! I love all of the candlelight sprinkled around with the greenery.

    K.
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  18. I love it all, it really does feel magical and is so beautiful. I think I would want to leave it all decorated that way much past Christmas!

  19. Absolutely gorgeous! I would expect to see this home up in the mountains somewhere. I think you truly pictured what you were after with the rustic thing.
    Lisa recently posted..Christmas and Minimalism and {MMB}My Profile

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