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DIY: Christmas Porch Light Decoration

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How to easily decorate your home’s front entrance or porch lights for Christmas with greenery that will withstand wind and winter weather.

Over the weekend, Ed, my daughters, and I went to pick out our Christmas Tree.  While there, I also like to buy the cuttings from all the trees that they tie up into bundles and sell for a few dollars. I like to use them to add fresh greens around the house – usually on the mantel and window sills.

Easy and Affordable DIY Christmas-Outdoor-Porch-Decoration

This year, I made greenery sprays with them to hang under the exterior light fixtures by my front door using a block of foam and a wire coat hanger. I love welcoming guests with holiday porch decorations since it is the first thing they will see.

This is an easy and very affordable way to decorate not only your front porch or entryway, but a door, window, gate, carriage light, or fence post. I added to the greenery I bought by clipping a few sprigs from a boxwood in my yard to create an interesting mix of texture to the hook-on greenery.


It cost about $5 to make each and took about 30 minutes to create this beautiful holiday porch decoration.


How To Make a Hook-On Christmas Porch Light Decoration Using Greenery


supplies needed:

  • Foam block – preferably green
  • Wire coat hanger
  • 4 Green chenille stems
  • U-shaped florist pins or paper clips (open paper clips and form a U-shape with the wire)
  • Variety of greenery from your yard or tree trimmings from a local Christmas tree seller.
  • Tree branch snippers
  • Optional:  ribbon, ornaments, a few more chenille stems

Create Hanger for Greenery

Holiday Greenery 101

1.  Bend the coat hanger as shown and attach with the U-shaped pins.  Twist two chenille stems together to create a longer one. Do the same thing with the other two more chenille stems. Wrap and tie them around the foam block as shown. This will be the back of the greenery hanger.

Fresh Holiday Porch Decoration Greenery Idea

Hang over arm on light fixture.  If hanging on a door or window – add a piece of green felt to the back so the wire does not mar the paint or glass.

How to Attach Greenery to Foam Hanger

My porch lights are large so I wanted to keep the size of the greenery in proportion.

Start by placing the long stem at the top and bottom to mark the length; then mark side edges with shorter stems. Begin to fill in the shape, working from the outside edges of the block, and placing shorter stems on top.  Layer until you cannot see the foam block.

How to make holiday porch decoration with Christmas-Greenery

To keep greenery fresher longer, dip foam into water. I laid the foam and hanger on the ground outside as I worked on it.  Once I had most of it covered, I hung it back up to make sure it was shaped symmetrically.

Exterior Holiday Decorating Ideas

To create the shape – imagine the shape and size of the cluster you want. I mixed Douglas fir, scotch pine, and boxwood for my holiday porch decoration.

How to Make a Ribbon Bow for Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Exterior Christmas Decorating Idea

 I made a red bow using red opalescent ribbon using this bow making method. Instead of making only one set of loops with two tails,  I made three sets of ribbon loops and tied them all together with two tails. I tied a few small ornaments to the center using a chenille stem (pipe cleaner) and then tied it all onto the greenery with another chenille stem.

Christmas-Outdoor-Decorating Ideas Holiday porch light

Add pine cones instead of ornaments or whatever you like.  Mist with water to keep the greens fresher longer.

More Christmas Bow Making Ideas

How to make a ribbon bow with a center button covered with fabric.

Here is another style bow you can use on the porch light greenery. This tutorial shows how you can make colorful bows: How to Make a Bow with a Button Center

More Christmas Greenery and Garland Ideas

How to beef up wimpy faux pine Christmas Garland

When decorating the exterior of your home for Christmas, don’t forget to beef up any garlands you may add around your door or windows.  Most garland both real and fake is pretty wimpy.

Check out how easy it is to make a pine garland fuller:

How to Beef Up Wimpy Pine Garlands

Looking for more Christmas and holiday DIY and decorating ideas like this? Check out my:

Christmas Decorating Ideas Project Gallery

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    1. Hi Debbie – they are so easy to make, too. The hardest part was I made them outside and it is COLD here in Pa. I was freezing making them and taking the photos :) Enjoy your week.

    1. Thanks Kathy. I like to use traditional Christmas decor and color on the exterior of my house. Most of my neighbors do the same thing and it makes our street look very festive.

  1. This is absolutely brilliant! I get my greenery from the leftover bin at HOME DEPOT….did you know they give it away for free? Anyway, after years of getting out the ladder and fighting with making the greens hang right….you in your infinite wisdom have solved the problem…I thank you, my back thanks you….and BTW I pinned this!

    1. Hi Mary – Thanks. Yes -No ladder needed :) I have gotten free greenery leftovers, but when I can, I try to support local family run businesses. I didn’t mind buying a bunch for a few dollars. Thanks for pinning XO

  2. Gorgeous! We spent Thanksgiving with my folks and as we were leaving I asked my Mom if I could take her Southern Living to read on our trip. I was thrilled to see your bathroom makeover featured in the magazine. Congratulations to you!!

      1. Oh! Please excuse me, Diane! Yes, I saw it in This Old House (November/December 2012 issue for those who are interested). And it was very exciting. :)