Saturday, December 13, 2014
After decorating the mantle, putting festive bits and bobs on the front porch is definitely one of my favorite things. Part of the thrill is probably still new home-owner giddiness but part of it is nostalgia. Growing up, we didn't have AC so in the summers we spent a lot of time on our porch. A LOT of time. I can't even tell you how many library books I read rocking in my parents porch swing.
Now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure there were even a few times where my sister and I hauled all our construction paper and kiddie craft supplies out on the porch. (Life foreshadowing?) We might have abandoned the mess once our art projects were properly bedazzled but more likely we cleaned everything up and did NOT leave sticker sheets to blow around the neighborhood ;)
Anyways, all that to say I LOVE porches! And I have a porch! And it's currently decorated to feel like cozy Christmas!
Want to know a secret? This whole setup is primarily our firewood. It's strategically placed in a cute vintage wagon with bits of greenery and a few pine cones to look like it took lots of effort and thought, but it really didn't. Nothing complicated or expensive. The best part - after Christmas we will burn the wood and have almost nothing to store that we don't use for other things!
Christmas JOY door banner
I feel a bit like I'm bragging about reinventing the wheel since the door-banner wreath-alternative idea has been around for a few ages but, by golly, I MADE this one and I'm going to show it off!
Once upon a time that golden corduroy was a pair of pants. I enjoyed wearing them until the back pocket ripped out. It was a sad day when that happened, but now the memory of the pants lives on in the banner. A banner that has a polka dot backing, making it way better than a pair of pants.
I made the pompom using cotton string. If you want to learn how to make pompoms, go to Pinterest. There are literally 1000s of tutorials.
The wooden letters were purchased at Hob Lob, painted, and embellished with reclaimed wooden bits. I hot glued them to the banner.
As for the hanging apparatus, I stuck a couple wooden knobs on a trimmed down kabob stick and gave them a spritz with the paint.
That about wraps it up for the outside. Christmas is kinda the best, yeah?