Learn how to brighten up your drab Christmas porch pots with a dose of Christmas cheer this holiday season.
No matter the size of your outdoor space, it's always a great idea to spruce up your front porch for this time of year. A Christmas porch pot is an easy and fun way to spread holiday decor to your outdoor living area. If you're looking for a special way to welcome your guests, create a unique holiday display this year with Christmas porch pots.
This article will provide you with all the tips and tricks you need to get started, including ideas for design, types of plants, and care instructions. With the right plan and some creativity, you'll have a show-stopping focal point that's sure to impress your family and friends.
How to Create Christmas Porch Pots
A great way to spruce up your front porch for the holidays is to make beautiful winter planters. Instead of pulling my floral planters into my garage at the end of the blooming season this year, I opted to create a holiday planter. It's a thrifty way to incorporate decor onto your exterior porch because you most likely have a few planter pots not being used. Plus, what a fun way to brighten your front door space!
Define Your Focal Point
The first step is to pick out the main attraction for your winter porch pots, AKA your focal point. There is a lot of flexibility here in choosing outdoor items or Christmas decorations to fill your planter. Here are a few different suggestions for a focal point that can make a big impact:
- Mini Christmas tree
- Lantern - shop outdoor lanterns below!
- Faux florals like poinsettia
- Metal Christmas sign
- Winter branches
- Large decorative balls or ornaments
Keep in mind the weather in your area and where your pot is going to be placed when choosing your design. You wouldn't want a harsh winter storm to damage your decorations.
For my main design I chose to use a mini tree as the focal point for my porch pot. I love evergreen trees and so decided to stick with a classic green look. I first added the 24" tree by partially burying the base in the dirt so it would have some stability in remaining upright. You can snag one of my favorite mini trees below.
Use Fill Ins
If the main piece doesn't take up all of the space in the bottom of your pot, you'll want to add in a few fill ins like evergreen branches or even some birch logs or cut branches.
I added in an artificial pine bundle of greenery, followed by long cedar that was a bit more vibrant and hung over the edge of the planter. Mixing different greenery adds depth and makes it look real, especially if you are using a faux variety.
Add Decorative Accents to Christmas Porch Pots
Last, you'll want to apply a finishing touch with some decorative accents. Go for items that will create additional texture and dimension where possible. My preference is to try and implement a bit of color if there is none. But neutral items will work too!
If you are sticking with classic greenery for your Christmas porch pots, then try some of these options:
- Red berries - perfect for their vibrant color and you can get them flocked or frosted
- Pine cones - try a variety with scent or add your own for extra pizazz
- String lights - if you want a little sparkle at the end, grab a battery pack of fairy lights for a subtle glow, or another light strand with a timer
- Small ornaments
- Red ribbon or red bow - you can even try plaid patterns for a fun variety
- Faux flowers
Any of these items below will look lovely in your Christmas pot planter.
I opted for simplicity and finished the whole thing with a burst of holly berry. This was a perfect choice for providing a splash of red and also adding in dimension with the shape and color of the leaves. I love the combination of different textures. And the great thing is that this entire pot can be featured on your front porch all winter season.
I ended up adding the same greenery to my hanging pots too. It sure makes a stunning visual interest as they pop off the white painted brick.
Shop my planters here:
A well-styled planter can make all the difference in your front porch display. Here is another example of a Christmas pot that I made. I used the same planter, but instead of a mini tree I opted for a selection of green branches both flocked and not flocked. An easy way to make it appear full is by placing greens flowing over the sides. Then I added some birch branches for different texture. I topped off this large planter with a few pinecones and berry picks.
Additional Holiday Accents for Front Porches
These beautiful outdoor Christmas planters are perfect for transforming your front porch, but there are more fun ideas to incorporate too. Take a look at how I added a little bit of Christmas to the rest of my porch.
Each year I add green garland to my railings or above my door frame. This garland is real cedar. I found it at Costco for $17. If you want fresh garland, this is an economical option. I purchased two for my whole front porch. You can also accent your garland with white lights strands, bows or ribbon.
TIP: To keep real cedar greens alive longer, soak it in the bathtub before putting it up. Then, spray it with a spray bottle of water every few days, even in the winter.
This classy green look is especially gorgeous once there is a fresh coat of snow! And if you don't have a large porch railing, simply hang it over your front door frame. I love the asymmetrical style.
Add Front Door Decor
If you want to create a true front porch appeal, always add a little something to your front door. This year I chose a wreath that I have used before (similar one here). But you can also go with any sign or word cutout that you love.
Incorporate a Few Accessories
It's always a great idea to throw in a bit of color, especially if you go heavy on the greenery like I did here. I brought in pops of red with a few decorative accessories.
A fun Christmas cutout is a great way to bring in color. I decorated our brick space with my ho ho HO sign cutout. I don't sell my cutouts anymore, but you can use any sign that is red! Or, find different holiday word cutouts here.
Pillows and Throws
The Christmas tree burlap pillows are from CB creations. They are so fun because you can change them out for every season. And you can never go wrong adding in a throw like this one.
Looking for other holiday textiles to match your interior decorations? Shop here.
Lanterns are a great versatile decoration because you can use them for almost anything! I filled my decorative lanterns with leftover Christmas ornaments and set them on the table. But you can also line them up on the sides of your door, or as suggested earlier, put them in a planter. I added in a few empty wrapped boxes for a fun element. These are fun because the neighbor kids always think there are presents on the porch.
A festive porch for the holidays can be stunning if you choose thoughtful decorations to accent with, especially decor like these Christmas porch pots. They are simple and elegant and allow you to use your planters all year long. Plus, these don't require a ton of creativity or time as long as you have all of the materials and a pot to work with. If you aren't sure how to spruce up your front porch for Christmas this year, try one of these winter planters!
Looking for more Christmas tips? Try out some of these budget-friendly Christmas hacks for each room.
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