While I love the look of a home adorned with classic Christmas lights, my husband and I have never attempted to bedazzle our own home with outdoor lights for three reasons:
- I honestly have no clue how to rig them up without looking ridiculous or setting the house on fire
- We're lazy
- Our marriage wouldn't survive this clueless endeavor ;-)
However, as I mentioned in this post, I'm big on wreaths for the holidays, and I'm all about dressing up my front porch. Consider Exhibit A...
These are the same planters that I use for my summer flowers, and can be easily transformed into great holiday decorations by shopping in your own backyard. When I started, these planters still had the frost-bitten remnants of summer/fall flowers:
Sad, I know.
But with different types of evergreen branches from trees around my yard, glittery pine cone details and some silver spray painted branches, those sad planters transform into festive front porch features!
These planters are as easy to put together as a flower arrangement. You just arrange and design them in a way that is pleasing to your eye. The deep green center cuttings work well to give height and fullness, where the lighter colored branches give a nice contrast. The red glittered pine cones and curly-q's add some nice pops of color, and the silver spray-painted branches give a little more height and interest. Easy!
You can see a glimpse of my front door in the photo above - I told you I love wreaths. I found these Smith & Hawkin cranberry wreaths at Target last year, and couldn't resist. With last year being our first Christmas in this house, I knew they would be perfect for the front doors.
And we haven't even gotten to the inside yet.
How do you decorate outdoors?
Linking up to:
Dittle Dattle - Amaze Me Monday
Between Naps on the Porch - Metamorphosis Monday
Thrifty Decor Chick - Before and After Party
Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesday
At the Picket Fence - Doors & Porches