10 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Front Door For the Holidays

From feathers to frames, these twists on classic door and porch decor will make your house the star of the street this Christmas season.
By: Lisa Frederick

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Gift-Box Topiary

Pile up the presents. Overscale boxes, wrapped in sturdy paper and topped off with ribbon, perch atop a footed urn for a whimsical twist on the usual topiary. Want to take this idea a step or two farther? Line porch steps with tiny wrapped boxes, stack faux gifts like columns beside the front door, or glue small boxes in varying sizes to a wreath form and mount it on the door.

Door Frames

Try a frame treatment. Got an old picture frame that’s begging for a fresh face? Transform it into a festive holiday door decoration that makes a fun alternative to a wreath. Here, a frame painted brilliant turquoise sets off a cluster of ornaments. Choose one with sculptural lines and detailing to create visual depth. Amp up the effect by hanging three of them in a vertical stack — keep them identical for a contemporary look, or vary the sizes, shapes and colors if your style is more collected.

Personal Welcome

Pay tribute to your favorite crafts and hobbies. Yarn-covered balls are grouped into a one-of-a-kind wreath that leaves no doubt as to the owner's love of handmade treasures. This one features wintry cream, blue and gray tones; go with reds and greens if you like the traditional Christmas color scheme. Or try bright blue and white for Hanukkah.

Modern Greenery

Freshen up the scheme with contemporary elements. Pheasant feathers and green apples inspire the palette of this sophisticated front door ensemble. The feathers feel slightly edgy yet still suitable for the classic garland, wreath and topiary trio. Keeping the colors monochromatic also helps to modernize the look.

Watch Your Step

Illuminate your walkway. Simple glass votives interspersed with sprigs of greenery and berries cast a gentle glow to guide guests to your door. Just as a blazing fire draws people to the hearth, the candles set an unmistakable tone of welcome. They look especially bewitching in the snow, but if you live in a warmer climate, try tucking shatterproof silver and white ornaments among the votives to create the impression of glittering ice. Or use sand, shells and beach grasses in a coastal setting.

Layered Look

Blend traditional colors and themes with unexpected touches. On this porch, old-fashioned ice skates, bountiful bows and lush greenery mingle with wooden clogs, twig trees and a jaunty plaid pillow. The combination feels homey, relaxed, slightly rustic and stylish. You could put your own spin on this approach by layering items you have around the house or inexpensive thrift-store finds.

Initial Appeal

Show off your monogram. Embrace family pride with a custom monogram crafted from wood or another material. It’s easy to personalize this idea to suit the lines of your home and the style of your holiday decor — it would look just as lovely in a simple sans-serif font as in the scrolled version here.

Local Flair

Rethink the standard garland. Pine, fir, spruce? You've done them all, and you're in the mood for something new. Instead, go for different types of evergreens that grow in the area where you live. For example, a Southern front porch and door would look pitch-perfect with a garland of magnolia leaves such as this one. Oversized white bulbs mimic the look of flower buds.

Glistening Columns

Mass outdoor lights for a magical effect. Take traditional Christmas lights in a different direction by wrapping them tightly around columns, railings and other front-entry architectural details to yield an extra-radiant shimmer. You also could use this technique with tree trunks, mailboxes, trellises or any other part of the landscape that lends itself.

Salvage Show

Repurpose architectural elements. Two pairs of oversized shutters, painted jaunty red and hinged together, add a dash of holiday spirit without going over the top. Reclaimed shutters have an appealing weathered look, but you could simply buy them from a home improvement store and paint them the color of your choice.

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