Christmas Wreath and Front Porch Styling
This year, I've been inspired by a more neutral color palette for the holidays - think fresh and faux greens, eucalyptus, and wood tones. Last year, my mom gave me a lot of her old wreaths for me to pull apart and use in new ways. Included was an assortment of jingle bells, and I KNEW they had to be incorporated into my wreath this year!
Styling my front porch this year for Christmas feels extra special because I just gave our porch a makeover a few months ago complete with a stunning subtle stenciled floor! It's been quite a few years since we switched up the styling of our front porch for Christmas, so this is the perfect opportunity to bring in new ideas - including a full sized Christmas tree!
You can make this gorgeous holiday wreath with my easy to follow tutorial!
Evergreen Wreath with Bells
I pulled apart several old wreaths to make this beauty and I foraged for the rest of my materials! If you don't already have some greens to work with, worry not, I've linked a bunch of different options for a lush, full evergreen look!
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pine picks or fresh evergreen cuttings
eucalyptus - faux or fresh
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How to Make it
For this asymmetrical style, arrange 2 evergreen picks or cuttings with the stems pointing toward one another in the bottom right area of your wreath. Secure them to your wreath with hot glue. Add in more evergreens depending upon how full you want your wreath to look.
Next, add in eucalyptus sprigs. I used a gold long leaf type I found here along with extra eucalyptus from my spring wooden bead wreath. I also found eucalyptus seed pods attached to an old garland and spray painted them black.
Next add in any other materials you want to use - twigs, pine cones, cotton stems, seed pods. For my wreath, I clipped seed pods from some of the lilies in our flower beds along with twigs I found in our yard. Simply put a dot of glue on the end of each stem and insert into the wreath. Continue until the wreath is a full as you'd like.
Tip: Stand back from your wreath from time to time to view the whole picture and make sure you are satisfied with the placement of everything. If there's any element you don't like, simple pull it out gently and re-glue!
Cut 2 pieces of velvet ribbon about 10-12 inches long, each. Attach as desired to the back of your wreath and trim the ends. I found this deep rust colored ribbon and I love how it compliments the golden eucalyptus leaves!
If using bells, hang them on twine or ribbon and tie them together, making sure the bells hang at different lengths. Attach to the back of your wreath. The bells I received from my mom were rusty and brown. I spray painted them gold on a cold morning (outside) and the paint immediately began to crackle - a very happy accident that left them looking vintage!
Styling The Front Porch for Christmas
For the past few years I have displayed small lit trees on either side of the front door, but I was ready to change it up! This 5 foot tree has traditionally been displayed in our basement, but I just love it on the front porch in one of my large planters!
I layered it with other items in varying heights to create depth and interest. I kept styling simple by choosing elements in galvanized metal, wood, and black. The best part of my front porch look? I already owned all of these pieces, and have used them in the past! By rearranging items and adding different levels with crates, it looks like a brand new space filled with brand new décor!
My one new purchase this year, was this beautiful galvanized bow. I love the subtle festive farmhouse touch it brings to the porch!
Another style epiphany I had during this styling session was that by moving all of my décor to the back of the porch by the door, it actually made the porch feel larger! In the past, I have arranged décor in all 4 corners, but pushing everything back and making 2 larger vignettes toward the door, makes the space feel grander!
I hope you find some inspiration here to look at what décor you may already have and think about how you can use or arrange it differently this year! Have an old wreath that feels outdated? Try to reuse its materials in a new wreath for a budget friendly upgrade! Make sure to subscribe to my mailing list at the bottom of the page to receive blog updates so you never miss an opportunity to be inspired! And don't forget to follow along on Instagram and Facebook for more easy DIY's, styling tips, and a peek inside our every day life!