I like for my home to reflect where it is and the culture around it, so naturally, we have a country Christmas porch here in the North Carolina mountains.
I tuck branches of greenery into pots filled with dirt for outside. Not only will they survive all winter, they will most likely root by spring and you can plant the seedlings:-) I know this firsthand.
I have simply added fresh greenery to baskets and pots and used a few of the old things from around the property to bring a little Christmas cheer to the porch this year.
A lantern from the smokehouse and my grandfather's basket sit on the sled he made. This sled would have been loaded with wood and pulled by a dog:-)
I draped greenery across the old sign and tied red ribbons onto the antique railroad lanterns.
My grandmother always tied bunches of greenery with a red ribbon just like this, and I love this simple look. I added burlap and a tartan ribbon. But seriously, no shrubbery digging has happened here. -- just cutting:-)
My grandfather's little chairs have weathered to the perfect shade of red.
I made this star from pinecones last year and never really liked it. I added the ribbon for some color and it's fine out here.
We did have a dusting of snow and might get some for Christmas eve.
Instead of buying or making fresh wreathes for the 10 windows I put them on, I simply add fresh greenery to inexpensive faux wreathes. They make a great base for the fresh greens and it's SO much easier than making them from scratch -- not to mention less expensive than buying 10 wreathes. They look great too. I just pull out the dead stems when I take them down and store them for next year.
I brought back the red cushions, and super dog has not been able to get chew them up because I sewed ties on them and secured them to the chairs:-)
Just in case you don't remember him...super dog is my mother's Norwegian elkhound who keeps us safe from coyotes, bears, etc., and *loves* pillows, gloves, and my dad's cell phone:-)
He has not discovered these ribbons yet, either. Simple branches of balsam and white pine, accented with tartan and red ribbon.
Instead of white lights, I use colored lights all around the porch and railings, and the color looks awesome at night. I love, love, love changing from the clear lights. Plus, my parents get to enjoy the lights at night and they love the retro look of color. It's just looks festive and happy.
That is just about it for my Christmas posts! I will put everything together for a home tour, though, on Monday.
In the meantime you can click on these links for more easy, diy, vintage Christmas ideas:
Thanks for stopping by:-)