Here is an article I recently did for Southlakemoms.com..hope you enjoy...
The cooler weather in Texas is the first indicator that Christmas is just around the corner. The front porch is usually the first thing I decorate, and yes, I do it before Thanksgiving. While I am far from a professional, let me share with you my front porch for the upcoming holiday season.
The first step in hanging the pre-lit garland is to string heavy-duty wire around the doorframe. I accomplish this by drilling about 8 screws evenly spaced around the frame. The wire serves as a solid base to which to attach the garland. After the garland is hung, I weave the mesh around the garland. All that is left is to attach ornaments to the garland using floral wire.
Last year I made these elf legs to hang from the mantle. My son loved them so much that I decided to use them again this year but outside. I plan on making three more sets for the inside of my house to represent Dad, Mom and Son.
The 'Santa stop here' sign was a quick and easy addition to my decorations this year. I like to make a sign each year to keep the decorations new and interesting for family and friends. My dad cut the wood for me this past summer. I simply painted the sign red and used my vinyl cutting machine to make the letters. After I adhered the vinyl, I applied glue and glitter to add some sparkle. The lollipops are for yard decorations and I got them at my local craft store. I simply put them in silver buckets and secured with styrofoam in the bucket, covered with snow and hot glued the ribbon around the buckets.
My wreath is just that with a little extra embellishing and Christmas lights. I have owned this same wreath for years. Each year I change the decoration a bit to freshen things up. Last year, I had colored ornaments all over it. This year, I decided to take my metal 'Merry Christmas' tag and secure it with wire!
I hope you have enjoyed looking around my front porch. I hope it inspires you to create something special for your guests. Decorating does not have to be expensive if you just use a little creativity.
Thanks for stopping by and from my family to yours....I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.