Have a Merry Retro Christmas
Decorating for Christmas is not just about making our homes look pretty, it’s about creating memories and traditions for our families, especially our children. I have very distinct memories of the ornaments on our Christmas tree and the twinkling lights in my childhood home, and I want my children to look back someday with fond memories of our holiday home.
Each year my kids request a few more Christmas decorations in the house, and this year they started asking for lights and decorations outside as well. A few years back I bought two small Christmas trees for our front porch, but this year I really knew I would need to step up my Christmas porch decor game in order to meet the kids’ request.
When I spotted the Retro Bottlebrush Wreaths, I was drawn in by the vintage look and the combo of bright, fun colors.
I typically hang one wreath on each of our double doors, but these adorable mini-wreaths made me think outside the box. I decided to hang three wreaths down the center of each door.
I simply used one long, continuous piece of fringed ribbon that I wrapped once around the top of each wreath. The two columns of small wreaths help to emphasize the height of our front doors.
Above the door I swagged two sets of Multicolor Mercury Glass Finial String Lights. The shape of the glass finials gives these lights a very vintage feel, which is a perfect combination with the retro style of the bottlebrush wreaths.
It is recommended that these string lights should be brought inside during inclement weather. Since our front porch is deep-set and covered, our lights really won’t be exposed to the elements, but keep this in mind if you plan to use these mercury glass lights as part of your porch decor.
Below each front door I placed a ”Get Your Jingle On” Doormat. I love the vibrant red color, and the style of writing continues the retro feel of the porch decor. These doormats are perfect for welcoming all of our guests this season, and may even encourage the big guy himself to enter through the front door rather than down the chimney this year.
Between the two-story height of our porch and the five stairs leading up to the porch, getting the scale right when decorating our porch for the holidays can be a challenge. I really wanted to incorporate the Christmas Tree Galvanized Tin Candleholders, but when I sat them on the stairs they just looked too small.
Instead, I grabbed four of my red lanterns from the garage and placed the tin candleholders inside atop blocks of wood wrapped in faux-pine greenery.
In order to give the tin candleholders a bit more of a retro feel, I painted the inside of each teal and added just a bit of teal paint to the front around each Christmas tree cutout. This pop of teal provides a perfect contrast to the red lanterns and looks especially great when the Flameless LED Tea Light Candles are aglow at night.
Finally, I wrapped each small Christmas trees in two strands of Retro Felt Pom Pom Garland.
The vibrant colors of the pom poms tie the entire porch together, and the garland helps to complete the simple, retro Christmas look that I was after.
I only wish we’d gotten an early snowfall so that I could capture this porch decor in all of its Christmas glory. I can’t wait to see how the Christmas trees and lanterns look when they are dusted in snow to match the flocking on the bottlebrush wreaths.
I love the way our simple, retro Christmas porch turned out, and even more importantly, the kids have given it two thumbs up as well. This is the stuff that childhood memories are made of!
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