Welcome to the 254th Metamorphosis Monday!
For this week’s Met Monday, I’m sharing how I decided to decorate the porch for Christmas this year. But first, let’s take a quick look at the previous three years.
For Christmas, 2010 I purchased a fir wreath and pine garland and embellished both with magnolia leaves from the magnolia tree in my front yard. It was also the first year I decorated the columns with my Pottery Barn inspired garland.
You’ll find the tutorial to make your own here: Make Your Own Garland Inspired by Pottery Barn
The Christmas, 2011 porch was Grandinroad inspired as I decorated the front door with three wreaths. I used cedar garland around the door. You may also notice, I almost always use a vintage sled and skates on the porch each year.
The following year, for Christmas, 2012, I fell in love with this snowflake-shaped wreath and loved it for the front door. Every year, I decorate with a live wreath and garland.
I loved the snowflake wreath so much, this year I went back to the store where I purchased it to get another one. Unfortunately, they aren’t getting them in for this year.
So I decided to decorate with triple wreaths again, except this time I’m using boxwood wreaths.
I couldn’t decide if I wanted to use pine or cedar around the door so I ended up buying some of each. I love the fullness mixing two different types of greenery gave to the look of the garland.
I didn’t place the sled or skates on the porch this year. They have ended up on the screened-in porch, instead. I hope to share the screened porch decorated for Christmas, soon.
Remember this fun guy–he hangs above the mirror in my office? (See the post where I added him to the office here: A Bit of Whimsy for the Office.)
I decided to use him on the porch this year.
In each corner I wired in a shed deer antler along with an acorn mercury-glass ornament. Here’s the left side…
…and the right side.
I also placed another shed antler and mercury glass ornament in the center just above Mr. Deer. Here are a few close-ups of this handsome guy.
Instead of regular ribbon, I linked the wreaths together with burlap ribbon this year. I started to weave the burlap ribbon throughout the pine and cedar garland surrounding the door, but I wasn’t that thrilled with how it was looking so I removed it and left the garland unadorned.
I love how he looked surrounded by the boxwood wreath. He’s hanging on a nail that’s in the wood door, but he’s also wired securely to the scoop/hook on the long wreath hanger thingy from which the top wreath hangs. He isn’t that heavy but I just didn’t want him to fall off the door if a gust of wind caught the door and slammed it shut.
Mr. Deer got a festive red bow for the season.
I also added a pretty planter filled with cedar, fir, pine cones, berries and a tiny little tree in the center. It has the “Fill, Thrill and Spill” factor going on that we talked about in THIS post.
Pssst: I finally got around to adding a brief tutorial showing how I hung the triple wreaths on the door a few years back and kept them from sagging in the center from the weight. You’ll find it here: http://betweennapsontheporch.net/christmas-door-ideas-decorate-with-triple-wreaths/
So that’s the porch for this year!
Looking forward to the Before and Afters linked for this Met Monday!
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