I’ve been blogging for more than 4 1/2 years but I’ve never shared a Christmas front door using my hanging basket. I know that I’ve shared this hanging basket a lot but I just can’t help it. It’s so incredibly easy to change out for the different seasons. Who doesn’t need easy in their life, right?

Last year I used it and went super simple with a bunch of greens in it from the yard. This year I decided to add a bit more thought to it. It’s still very simple but it’s just a bit more put together than a bunch of clipped greens. 

My inspiration for this year’s Christmas front door was a trio of hanging bells that I ordered online a few months ago. I also wanted to use a pretty black and white checked ribbon that’s been added throughout other rooms in the cottage this year. 

Create a simple DIY Christmas front door basket, with just a few supplies, to add holiday color to your front door.

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Supplies for a DIY Christmas Front Door Basket

  • Hanging basket – World Market (I can’t find it on their website anymore)
  • Floral foam – Hobby Lobby
  • Black and white checked ribbon – Etsy (affiliate link)
  • Faux pine stems and berry stems – Hobby Lobby
  • Hanging bells – Amazon (affiliate link)
  • Floral wire – Hobby Lobby
  • Wire cutters

The well-used floral foam needed to be replaced so I cut a new block in half and stuck it in the basket.

Create this simple DIY Christmas front door basket to add holiday color to your front door.

Next, I added 4 pine stems to the back of the basket and 3 berry stems in front.

When I pick out the faux stems that I’m going to use for a project I try to look for the most realistic I can find. I also try to stick with one or two varieties, this time berries and pine. You can certainly use more but I like to keep it simple. 

How to create a simple DIY Christmas front door basket, with a few supplies, to add holiday color to your front door.

Once I was satisfied with the placement of the faux stems, I tied my ribbon around the basket, getting as close to the top as possible. 

From past experience I knew that the ribbon would probably try to slide down so I used a couple pieces of floral wire, in inconspicuous spots, to secure it to the basket.

How to make a simple DIY Christmas front door basket to add holiday color to your front door.

The last step was to add the bells. They aren’t very heavy but they did add a little bit of weight. To attach them securely, I tied all 3 to the basket with more floral wire, trying my best to keep all of the wire hidden under the ribbon.

Create a simple DIY Christmas front door basket with bells to add holiday color to your front door.

The whole project took about 15 minutes to make. Very simple, but it adds a bit of Christmas color to the front door.

Creating a simple DIY Christmas front door basket, with bells and black buffalo check ribbon, to add holiday color to your front door.

The wooden clappers in the bells make such a nice sound when the door opens and closes.

Did you know that was the name of it? I had to look it up.

Gotta love Google. 😉

How to create a simple DIY Christmas front door basket, with bells and black buffalo check ribbon, to add holiday color and style to your front door.

The bells are pretty big but I think the size of the basket and the height of the berries and pine stems balances them out. 

I love how it turned out.

I really love it with my new door (and paint color).

Creating a simple DIY Christmas front door basket, with berries and black buffalo check ribbon, to add holiday color and style to your front door.

How do you decorate your front door for the holidays? 

DIY Christmas Front Door BasketA simple DIY Christmas front door basket to add holiday color and style to your front door.

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time to check in with the DIY Housewives. In keeping with the holiday decorating theme this month, because it is the holidays ;), we’re all sharing Christmas tree ideas. 
 
12 creative Christmas tree ideas to try from pallet trees to fun and easy ornaments.
 
My Christmas idea to try is a DIY ornament. I know…big surprise.
 
I sorta have this tradition going of making an ornament for our tree every year. Last year’s theme was red, and I was really into mirror effect spray paint, so I used the two together to make an easy ornament. You can check out this project here.
 
12 of the best Christmas tree ideas to try including this DIY mercury glass ornament.
 
 If you’ve been following me for a while then you know that I don’t do a craft unless it’s quick and easy. 
 
12 creative Christmas tree ideas to try including this DIY mercury glass ornament.
 
This one was definitely quick and easy and I love how it turned out. How can you not get into the holiday spirit when you’re making a shiny red Christmas tree ornament. Am I right?
 
12 easy Christmas tree ideas to try including this DIY mercury glass ornament.
 
Head on over to see the easy step by step instructions and the supplies I used. I love the red but you can use any color you want. Happy Christmas Crafting!
 
Make sure you check out the rest of the DIY Housewives Christmas tree ideas. 12 Christmas tree ideas
 

 
 12 Christmas tree ideas to try12 creative Christmas tree ideas including an easy DIY mercury glass Christmas ornament.
 
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I have to confess that decor posts are a tough one for me. Don’t get me wrong I love to decorate, but it doesn’t always come easy for me. I feel way more comfortable doing and sharing DIY projects. I have a lot of confidence in those. Decorating…not so much…not all the time. It seems like some people can effortlessly put a room together and it will be beautiful. As far as my own house, I am not one of those people.

Simple and rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space for the holidays.

There’s nothing effortless about my decorating. Sometimes I struggle with our spaces and end up tweaking long after I think I’m done in order to get things just so. Even then I’m not always happy with the way it turned out. 

I’m not telling you this so you’ll tell me that I’m the greatest decorator ever. The reason why I’m confessing this to you is so you know that I struggle with it. I’m confessing to you so that you know you’re not alone if decorating doesn’t come naturally to you either. I have a decor blog and I’m confessing that it’s not always easy for me, especially in my own home.

Simple and rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space.

There’s no right or wrong in decorating, not in my book anyway, but I usually have a vision of how I want a space to look and I work to achieve that. For me, for our home. If that’s not bad enough, it also goes up on my blog for anyone to see. Yeah, it’s way out of my comfort zone. I mean, you’re putting yourself out there for everyone to see…maybe even criticize. I guess I’ve gotten used to it, developed a thicker skin, but it’s still hard.

Ok, now that I’ve bared my soul to you (I’ve done that a lot lately), I thought I’d share some of my Christmas front porch ideas. This is a perfect example of me struggling to decorate a space.

I knew that I wanted to add a few small trees to the porch but, beyond that, I had no idea where it was going to go. 

Check out these rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space for the holidays.

Rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space for the holidays.

I struggled for two weeks and then I ended up bringing my Christmas decor out of the basement and just started playing with it. Adding and subtracting until it felt right.

I took down the vintage window I had hanging over the IKEA dresser that I recreated and hung up a dried bay leaf wreath from last year. 

Simple yet rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate an outdoor space for the holidays.

Check out these simple yet rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space for the holidays.
I loved how the trees looked so I went with the rustic feel and added a few pieces of firewood, my vintage twig table, and a galvanized lantern. Simple and woodsy. 

Of course, nothing beats having a cute model pose in your space (bowtie and all). It’s the best decor of all. The reason why he’s is sitting so nicely is because he’s staring at his reward, a carrot. Cheap labor.

Check out these rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space for the holidays.

I left the old screen, that I got for a couple of dollars at the flea market this year, and added some red with a plaid pillow on each chair.

Check out these simple Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space for the holidays.

 

I hung garland around the door last year and loved it so I went with it again. It definitely works with my rustic, woodsy theme.

Simple rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space.

Check out these simple rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space.

I filled a wire basket with birch logs and pinecones and hung my DIY front door basket on the door. Love the addition of the cowbells on the basket and you can really see the pretty color of my new front door

Love these simple yet rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space for the holidays.


I love the woodsy feel of the porch and, of course, it helps that we have that beautiful stone to really set it all off. 

Hopefully, it will stay this way. But you never know.

So tell me what kind of decorator you are. Does it come easy for you or do you struggle with it like I do?

 Christmas Porch IdeasLove these rustic and simple Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space for the holidays.

 

Check out my other Christmas decorating posts.

A rustic glam Christmas tree and dining room.Rustic Glam Dining Room

Tour this cozy cottage kitchen dressed for Christmas Cozy Cottage Christmas Kitchen

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I never thought I’d be this excited to share our cottage Christmas kitchen but, yup…I am. This kitchen has quickly become a favorite space in our little cottage, and that’s even before we’ve done any updating. I think it’s the openness and that big beautiful window. It just really draws you in to the space. I tried to keep it simple, as far as holiday decor goes, and I’m loving how festive it feels (even without using red).

A cozy cottage Christmas kitchen tour sharing tons of farmhouse decorating ideas and inspiration.

I’m so excited to be joining 2 Bees in a Pod who are hosting the Come Home for Christmas Tour. Each day this week a different room was shared by a group of talented bloggers. Today is the last day, and it’s all about kitchens, but you can check out the links at the bottom of the post and visit your favorites. You can also find a source list for this space at the end of the post.Cozy Christmas Cottage KitchenWe haven’t done a lot to this space since we moved in but it really feels like “us”. Probably more than any other room. Yes, the cabinets need to be replaced, as well as the countertops, but just painting the window black, hanging my Farmers Market sign (that I made, here) and adding decor that means something to us just makes it special.

I love dressing the big window over the sink and even tried my hand at making a magnolia leaf garland, here. You can see that the leaves have already started to dry and curl. 

A cozy cottage Christmas kitchen with tons of farmhouse decorating ideas.

I always thought that you had to have a big beautiful space with top of the line appliances, marble countertops and a 10 foot island but this kitchen has definitely changed the way I feel about that.

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like fresh greenery from the yard.

No marble countertops here or top of the line appliances, and we could never fit a 10 foot island, but I wouldn’t change the size for anything. It’s small and cozy and it has just enough space for the two of us. Plus that window…I could never give the window up. 😉

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like fresh greenery from the yard and fresh produce for color.

This little area of the kitchen was my least favorite when we moved in. There was a cabinet hanging on the wall with a very dusty built-in wine rack (you can see how it looked before the transformation, here). It didn’t take me long to rip it down and add 2 simple barn wood shelves. Now we store our everyday dishes here so they’re always within reach, and it freed up a little bit of cabinet space for food (since we don’t have a pantry). 

Now we really love this area, and it was so fun to decorate. 

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like fresh greenery and decor you already have.

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like tons of fresh greenery from the yard.

The island in our kitchen is a big favorite in our house. When we were buying the house we fought long and hard to keep it (apparently the sellers loved it too). We think that it was custom made and put together right in the house. The only modification we’ve done is a quick coat of paint. I love it and it’s the hardest working piece in this small space, giving us storage as well as a large work surface. 

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like a two tiered tray for coffee essentials.

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like fresh greenery from the yard to make a live garland for a window.

Most of the greens I used are real, and right from the yard. I did tuck a faux stem in here and there but it’s hard to tell which is which. 

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like fresh greenery from the yard mixed in with faux.

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like fresh greenery from the yard along with a touch of black and white.

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like fresh greenery from the yard and black and white ribbon.

I think you’ve seen just about every inch, at every angle.  Thanks so much for touring our cozy Christmas kitchen space. 

What about you? Have you started your holiday decorating yet?

Happy Holidays!!! xx

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like a two tiered tray and gingerbread houses.

Make sure you check out the other blogger’s holiday spaces. They’ve been sharing them all this week. 

 

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like fresh greenery from the yard and other natural touches.

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You can also check out the dining room that’s all decked out for the holidays, here.

Rustic glam holiday touches in a small dining room. Holiday Home Tour – Christmas Dining Room

 

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