How to Decorate Columns on a Front Porch for Christmas

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There are many creative ways to accent the exterior of a home for Christmas and oftentimes, the front porch is a focal point on the front of the house. Decorating columns on a front porch can be a visually pleasing way to amplify the entire outside decor of a home. The finished result is a festive accent to enhance any style home for the holiday season.

How to Decorate Columns on a Front Porch for Christmas
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Things You'll Need

  • Weatherproof ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Tack nails
  • Hammer
  • Ladder
  • Christmas garlands
  • Small nails
  • Cup hooks
  • Strands of Christmas lights
  • Outdoor electric cord
  • Grounded outdoor outlet
  • Greenery wreaths
  • Floral swags
Step 1

Wrap columns with ribbon. To create a candy cane effect on the Christmas porch columns, take weatherproof ribbon and wind it around the front porch columns. Starting at the top of the column, use a small tack nail to secure the ribbon and wrap the column, leaving areas of the column to show through. When the bottom is reached, secure again with a tack nail.

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Step 2

Add garlands to the design. Take fresh or faux garland and wind it around the columns. Beginning at the top, pound a small nail or cup hook on the area facing the house to conceal it visually. Wrap an end piece of garland around the nail or hook to attach it. Wind the garland around the columns, leaving column areas to show. Attach to a nail or cup hook at the bottom for a quintessential Christmas accent.

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Step 3

Use light strands to decorate columns. Adding either battery-operated or electric light strands to the Christmas porch decor gives the entire porch area a soft night-time glow. Attach lights to the columns at the top and bottom using cup hooks. Wrap the columns with the desired amount of lights. Plug electric lights into a grounded outdoor outlet using an outdoor electric cord for a simple and elegant touch.

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Step 4

Hang wreaths. Pound a small nail on the middle, front area of the columns and hang large wreaths on them. Choose real or faux wreaths with weatherproof accent bows in hues that coordinate with the Christmas theme of the other exterior decorations.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Choose white column lights for a more formal appearance and multi-colored lights for a casual look.
  • Accent outdoor wreaths by adding weatherproof accents, such as pinecones, using floral wire.
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