Hey, everyone! The week is just blowing on by, isn’t it? Guess how much of my Christmas shopping I’ve got done? (Hint–the answer rhymes with “hero”.) I’ve got a shopping date planned with a friend this weekend and we’re going to knock it all out in a few hours, with plenty of time left over for a cocktail.
I’m sure at this point you thought the Christmas decorating posts were over. First there was my home tour, followed by a post about my tree, another home tour, and finally the post about the cocoa bar. Stop the insanity! Well, we can’t, because I’m participating in yet another blogging group exercise, this time hosted by the lovely Tiffany of The House Down the Lane. (Say what you will about me, but you can’t say I’m not a team player.)
This time a group of bloggers wanted to share a room that they haven’t already shared on a holiday tour, which should be really interesting, because bloggers will be decorating pantries, musty basements, closets–you know, the leftover rooms. Which red-headed step-child of a space did I pick to get some holiday love? My back porch.
This picture is from my April porch update, which means it looks way nicer here than it did before I decided to spruce it up for this post. (Just imagine all the plants being dead and the porch not being swept for several months and you’ll get the general idea.) Once again, I kept things simple (and cheap) because we aren’t going to be here for Christmas, and I’m only willing to spend so much when a space is being used for blogging stunt-purposes.
I added rosemary and pansies to the urns, just like I do every year when it gets cold. It adds a little bit of color and is significantly better looking than the dead plants. For the table, I grabbed a simple glass vase, stuck a candle in it, and then added some small ornaments. The finishing touch is a wreath. I had all of these items on hand, so this didn’t cost me anything. Woohoo!
Another bargain decor idea is to create a simple greenery swag with the branch cuttings you can get for free from Home Depot. (I’m guessing Lowe’s does the same, but Home Depot is closer to my house.) I clipped the branches and wired them together with some floral wire. The last step is to add the ribbon of your choice.
Hang these bad-boys from outdoor lights, in between windows, on the backs of your outdoor chairs, etc. (They’re free, after all.)
The next item I set my thrifty-eyes on was my obelisk and planter. The obelisk is from Wal-Mart and is a bargain at $5.87. (I scooped up 3 last spring, and I bet they’ll be back in stock soon.) Place a wreath on top of your planter (real or artificial–I won’t tell). Set a poinsettia inside, and place the obelisk over the poinsettia. Then carefully pull a few blooms through the openings. These would be crazy-impressive as a pair flanking your front door. (I only had one container, so you’ll have to use your imagination.)
Smaller poinsettias are much more affordable than the big ones. I clustered them together in a pretty basket for more impact.
The wreaths are my favorite part of this budget makeover. I’ve had them forever and decided to update them with some new ribbon that I found at Target in the dollar section. I was like a mad woman digging through the bins to get all of the remaining rolls. Remember, we don’t go to Target to make friends. #truth
To get the same look, hang your wreath with a Command hook and tape the faux ribbon hanger to the door. Making a loop bow is as easy as it sounds. Make loops with the ribbon and wrap some floral wire around the loops to secure them before fanning them out. (Do y’all want a tutorial? I’ve been making these bows forever so I think it’s simple, but maybe you don’t feel the same way. Let me know.)
Ahh, so festive! I love when simple (and cheap) ideas turn out this pretty.
Now it’s time to see what everyone else came up with for their formerly neglected, not-included-on-any-tour spaces!
1. Casa Watkins ~ Winter Home Tour, Part 3
2. Kolb Corner ~ Christmas Dining Room Tour and Holiday Homes Blog Hop
3. Green with Decor ~ 5 Must Haves for Christmas Decorating: The Family Room Christmas Tour
4. Karen’s Up On the Hill ~ Holiday Hallway and Holiday Homes Blog Hop
5. Twelve on Main ~ Farmhouse Christmas Dining Room Tour
6. The House Down the Lane ~ Holiday Homes Blog Hop: Red and White Christmas Dining Room
7. Creatively Homespun ~ A Vintage Christmas Dining Room
8. 2 Bees in a Pod ~ Guest Room Christmas Home Tour
9. Sew a Fine Seam ~ Dining Room Decked Out For Christmas
10. Knock It Off Crafts ~ Holiday Homes Blog Hop: Festive Master
11. Vintage Paint and More ~ Christmas Home Tour 2015, Part 1
12. Inside the Fox Den ~ Candy Coated Living Room
13. Penny Love Projects ~ Holiday Home Tour
14. Made In a Day ~ Mini Holiday Decor Tour
15. Refashionably Late ~ Holiday Home Hop
16. Pretty Practical Home ~ Simple (and Cheap) Holiday Porch Decor – Holiday Homes Blog Hop
17. Intelligent Domestications ~ Christmas Traditions Home Tour 2015
18. Our Crafty Mom ~ Outdoor Holiday Decor: Front Entry
19. Lehman Lane ~ Green and Gold Christmas Dining Room
20. C’mon, Get Crafty ~ 2015 Holiday Homes Blog Hop
21. My Pinterventures ~ 2015 Holiday Homes Blog Hop – Festive Family Room
I hope you have a great day, and I appreciate you stopping by!