4 Tips: Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

Since everyone is super busy during the holiday season, the front porch tends to be the last in line to get decorated (but the first thing guests see – ugh)!  So, I wanted to share some simple decorating ideas that you can use from fall…. all the way through winter.  By using the same DIY white wreath, and painted white plants in black planters, you can transition from a fall front porch to a Halloween front porch, and then right into Christmas with only a few easy tweaks.  So, who’s ready?  4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch.

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4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch 

I decided on to use the traditional red as my Christmas accent color for the front porch this year, because I already had the red snowflake doormat and red ribbon on hand.

But feel free to tweak the colors/accessories to fit your theme or style as needed. 

Supplies:

* I bought the red ribbon last year from Target, but they aren’t carrying it this year- sorry! 

Just try to find a 2.5″ red ribbon (that coordinates with your red berry color).

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 


4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch 

Tips:

  1.   Add (white) garland to top of door
  2.   Change orange bow to red
  3.   Add greenery and red berries to planters
  4.   Change black doormat to red

*(For optional accessory/accent ideas, scroll to the end).

Here are some pictures of our fall, Halloween, and Christmas front porch – all together. 

This way you can get an idea of how easy it is to move from one season to the next, with only a handful of simple changes.

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 


4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch 

Tip #1:   Add (White) Garland to Top of Door

The first thing you’ll want to do is add Christmas garland to the top of your door (if possible).

  • Fluff your garland to make it nice and full.
  • Then wrap a set of lights around each garland strand, to give it some Christmas sparkle.
  • Next, hang it above your door.

*I chose white garland for our door – just to keep the white theme going.  (But feel free to use green, flocked or iced-looking garland instead).

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 

If using white garland, try to use lights with a white wire. 

Otherwise the green wire will show 😉

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 

Now it’s time to hang your garland up, outside. 

Since I already had the cup hooks up (holding the orange Halloween lights), all I had to do was attach the white garland.

  • To make it easier, attach one garland strand to each side, then connect them together at the middle of your door.
  • Then adjust them so they drape to your liking.

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 


Tip #2:  Change Orange Bow to Red

Now, all of you have to do is remove/change your orange bow to red on your wreath.

This is also a good time to fluff your wreath, or make sure it still looks “fresh.”

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 

You can also add some lights to your wreath (like mine) if you want.  It does take a little more time, but worth it in the end.

Easy- peasy!  Click here for:  How To Make The Perfect Bow.

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 


Tip #3:  Add Greenery and Red Berries to Planters

Another way to pull in some Christmas color is by adding greenery and berries to your planters.

I simply used the original 8 green bushes from:  Our New Front Door Reveal:  Summer front porch, and then bought 2 red berry stems.

  • 2 small bushes, 2 medium bushes, and 1 red berry stem per planter

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 

My red berries had 8 stems which was the perfect amount needed for both planters. 

I just cut each one, to make 8 individual berry picks (for each planter).

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 

Then I tucked 2 berry picks on each 4 sides of the planter, and then spread them out evenly to cover the greenery.

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 

They will look like the picture below. 

You’ll have to play around with spacing a little bit to get them where you need the extra pop of color.

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 


Tip #4:  Change Black Doormat to Red

Yes, finally one that is super EASY!!

Find a red Christmas doormat that you love and switch it out with your fall/Halloween doormat.

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 

And You are Done!

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 

But…. if you want to do a little extra…..LOL!!

Add some black lanterns and small flocked trees….

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 

Then light it up!!

4 Tips:  Transitioning Fall to Christmas Front Porch

 

Have a Very Merry Christmas!

Love & Hugs 🙂

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