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Rustic Christmas Front Porch – on a Budget

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How to create a rustic Christmas front porch with touches of navy blue. Easy tips to add seasonal, rustic touches to your front porch. 

With all of the houses we’ve ever lived in (11 and counting), this is the first one that’s had a big covered porch to decorate.

Dressing up ours for the holidays has become one of my favorite things to do.

Last year I added simple touches with lots of red.

This year it’s all about rustic Christmas decor on a budget, with natural elements and a touch of navy.

woven chair with black and green pillow on front porch decorated for Christmas
graphic for Christmas ideas tour

I’m joining in on my last Christmas tour of the season, the Christmas Ideas Tour, hosted by Angie, Postcards from the Ridge.

19 of my blogging friends are sharing their holiday decorating ideas today, so grab a cup of coffee and check out all of the beautiful holiday ideas (links at the bottom of the post).


We have a stone cottage that really lends itself to a rustic theme so I worked off of that and started with my vintage $15 wood and wrought iron table.

I added a few birch logs on a basket and blue and green plaid pillows on the woven chairs. A $2 bunch of fresh eucalyptus and beeswax candle round out our rustic seating area.

Of course, you can’t have a rustic Christmas front porch without lighted Christmas trees.

I’ve had ours for a few years and they are perfect on our porch twinkling with warm white lights.

woven chairs on front porch with black checked pillows on each chair

The trees may be faux but I always like to add real garland ($4 from the grocery store) around our blue front door.

The magnolia leaf wreath on the front door is also real, and free since it was recycled from last year. 

view of front door decorated for Christmas with magnolia leaf wreath

You’ll never guess what I used for the bow for the wreath.

It’s actually a $1 fleece scarf from the Dollar Store.

It had the touch of navy that I used in our Christmas dining room in the cottage so I thought it would be perfect.

Not bad for a buck! 

view of front door with magnolia leaf wreath

I dressed up the planter box that I built last year with fresh magnolia leaves (free from our neighbor’s tree), mini rosemary bushes and homemade DIY orange pomanders.

A stack of firewood and extra large pinecones on the bottom shelf add to the rustic look of the front porch.

orange pomander and rosemary bush in planter with front door in the background

Have you ever made orange pomanders?

They are so easy to do and I love the smell of orange and cloves!

orange pomanders and magnolia leaves in planter on front porch decorated for Christmas

My personal assistants (aka Finn and Cooper) wanted to get in on the fun so they put on their navy Christmas bow ties and struck a pose.

They aren’t free but they’re awfully cute!

white dog sitting on chair on front porch and black and white sitting on porch
white dog with blue bowtie sitting on chair on front porch

Cooper traded his bow tie for the fleece navy scarf from the Dollar Store.

Because he’s a puppy, he’s not always a willing model. I had to bribe him with Goldfish crackers and carrots.

Believe it or not he’d choose a carrot over Goldfish any day.

Cheap labor.

dog with blue and tan scarf on in front of Christmas trees

I’m loving the Christmas front porch this year, it’s probably my favorite ever, and it was easy and inexpensive to put together. 

We still have more of our holiday cottage to share so make sure you come back to check it out.

If you sign up for our newsletter you’ll get an email notification when we share it (and you’ll find out stuff about us that I don’t share on the blog). 

Happy Holidays!


mantels decorated for Christmas
porch and deck Christmas decor
ideas for decorating your table for Christmas
Christmas gift wrap ideas
Are you ready for more ideas? Here are some great ones for your mantel, porch, table, plus handmade gift ideas and gift wrap ideas. Be sure to visit everyone to see all the details. 
 

Mantels

Top Row : Worthing Court  // Hearth & Vine
 
 

Porches & Decks

Top row: Postcards from the Ridge // Petticoat Junktion
 
 

Tablescape Ideas 

The Chelsea Project // DIY Beautify  // Atta Girl Says
 

Handmade Gift Ideas

handmade Christmas gift ideas
 

Gift Wrap Ideas

 
 
 
collage with different Christmas decorating ideas
 

33 Comments

  1. Hi Kristi, The porch is looking so inviting and full of Christmas cheer. I love how you decorated the porch and of course, I was thrilled to see the boys all dressed up! Finn and Copper look so darn sweet with their bow ties and scarf, give them extra treats for being so good!!!

  2. Love the porch decorations , but the two dogs are the scene stealers. The both look adorable with their plaid bows waiting for Santa!!
    Good job !
    Mom

  3. The porch looks great, I love everything plaid, and those bow ties are the cutest. (Well the pups are the cutest, but the ties are great).
    Are those pillows from Pottery Barn? I have been shopping around for plaid pillow covers, and i have only found the plaid with faux fur at P.B.
    Pat

    1. Thanks so much, Pat! I couldn’t believe I got them to not only wear the bow ties but sit nicely for a photo. As for the pillows, yes they are from Pottery Barn. I didn’t choose them for the faux fur but it’s a nice touch. Hope you have a great week!

  4. Brenda Lane says:

    Hi Kristie:

    As usual, a beautiful rustic Christmas through out the house. The front porch is such a perfect scene for a Christmas card, especially with the “pups” and their plaid ties. I wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Brenda

  5. What a gorgeous porch……I am so in love with all things plaid! I’ve added a little bit everywhere. Your pups are absolutely precious and steal the show! Merry Christmas!

  6. I love your porch, so pretty! I especially adore that wreath!!!! We just don’t get magnolia leaves here in Kingston, I would LOVE to make a wreath like that one day!

  7. I will take some goldfish crackers and sit on your porch all day please!! Itโ€™s gorgeous!! Merry Christmas, Kristi!

  8. So rustic and cozy… I just want to sit with some hot cocoa and enjoy your gorgeous space with your cute pups!

    1. Thanks so much, Maryann! We love hanging out with dogs out there when the lights are all lit.

  9. Kristi,

    Your porch is so cozy and welcoming. I love the lighted trees and your magnolia accents. And the pups are the cutest things ever! They look like they enjoy posing for your pictures Adorable.

    1. Thanks so much Angie, and thank you for organizing the tour. I’m loving all of the beautiful Christmas ideas.

  10. It’s so hard to stay focused on your beautiful porch with those cute pups. I can’t even…. LOL… Love how you used natural elements throughout the space. It’s so fresh and festive. And I bet the fragrance is wonderful at your front door. Happy holidays!

    1. Thanks so much, Susie! There’s nothing like the scent of eucalyptus and orange pomanders. Happy Holidays to you!

  11. Your porch looks amazing and your dogs are so precious. Cooper always appears to me to be just on the verge of asking a very important question. My daughter has Australian Shepherds and they have the two different eye colors – also seem to have a perpetually quizzical expression. My big shepherd mix is afraid of the noise the camera makes and my Welsh Terrier won’t hold still long enough – so congrats on getting those photos.

    1. Thanks so much, Pat! Cooper does have that very expression. He always seems to be trying to figure out what you are telling him (probably because I’m always talking to him…all day long). ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was quite the feat getting them to sit nicely together. I think it’s the first time I’ve been able to get a good photo of the two of them.

  12. Ohhhmyyygoshhhh, the dogs!!! How freaking adorable. Totally stealing the show.

    1. Thanks Bliss! It’s so hard to tell how challenging Cooper really is when he’s posing with a bow tie on. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. OK…those pups need to be on your Christmas card!!! Look at them! They are naturals!

    And I am so jealous of that lovely stone on your home. It instantly makes everything cozier, doesn’t it? You’ve done a lovely job incorporating the traditional with those touches of blue!

    Thanks for the inspiration and Merry Christmas!

    Hugs,

    Lynn

    1. Thanks Lynn! The beautiful stone on the house makes decorating easy. The rustic Christmas theme goes so well with it.

      Oh, and between you and me the boys are on our Christmas card. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Kristi, Love the stone backdrop; what a wonderful canvas to get to decorate on! I think your faux trees are awesome; they look so real! You’ve created such a cozy, pretty spot. The lights definitely make it!

    1. Thanks so much Lora, I appreciate it! Happy Holidays!

  15. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Love your front porch so pretty and inviting, especially with your sidekicks all dressed up in their bow ties and ready for company. Your dogs are so cute and i love all your decor house and porch.

    1. Thanks Marlene, I appreciate it! I haven’t been able to get a lot of photos with them together so I was thrilled when they cooperated. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy Holidays to you my friend!

  16. Kristi, your decor is stellar, as usual, but your sweet pups just stole the show! They are precious, sitting there waiting for Santa! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy Holidays my friend!

    1. Thanks so much, Kim! We can’t have Christmas photos without my constant companions. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  17. Kristi, your porch is beautiful and so inviting. Fresh eucalyptus and orange pomanders, I can imagine the scent from here. Those cute dogs are finishing touch. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

    1. Thanks Patti! The scent from the eucalyptus and oranges with cloves is lovely. I loved it so much that I added some inside. Happy Holidays to you!

  18. Debbie Halcomb says:

    Kristi, I am loving your Christmas dรฉcor this year. I would like to spend mornings sipping my coffee on your front porch. My heart just melted when I saw your boys with their bow ties. I know what you mean about Finn not posing for pictures, my dog will sit but turns her head so I can’t get her picture. No bribery will get her to look at the camera. She takes after me, I don’t like posing for pictures either. Looking forward to seeing more of your home decorated for Christmas.

    1. Thanks so much, Debbie! The porch is a great spot to sit with a cup of coffee, especially now that it’s all decorated. Finn is the same as your pup. He just turns his head and won’t look at me. For some reason both of them cooperated that day. A first to get them both together. Thanks for stopping by my friend and Happy Holidays!

  19. I love how you decorated your porch for Christmas, Kristi! Blue is a great accent color with the rustic stone, lit trees, and wood planter. Your idea to use a dollar store scarf as a bow is genius. Now I need to see if my dollar store has any scarves! Your fur babies stole my heart posing in their bow ties and the scarf.

    1. Thanks so much, Paula! I haven’t been able to get the boys to pose together nicely so this was a big accomplishment. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy Holidays!

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