Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Porch {Garland}

 It's December, 
and the white lights are aglow!
The countdown is on as we prepare our hearts to celebrate 
the birth of the Light of the World! 

 This year I decided to replace the red,
and use more white, ivory, and antique silver.
The square wreaths were my first completed project.   
You can read the tutorial by clicking here.

I added some bare branches that I spray painted silver to my porch ceiling can read more about the porch lighting installation by clicking here.

Using a sheer organza ribbon, I hung 8 different sparkly ornaments at varying lengths from the branches overhead.

 The garland I had used for many years around the front doors needed to be "de-reddened" to match the new wreaths...
I know that's not a word, but you get my drift!
I really didn't want to go out and replace all the reddish ornaments.
With a can of silver metallic spray paint and glitter
I went to town transforming old ornaments to fit my new color scheme!
I used Rustoelum Metallic Silver and Krylon Looking Glass spray paints.

One trick I found...
I wanted some of the silver ornaments to look more antique rather than shiny bright silver. After the silver paint was dry, I sprayed them with Minwax spray stain and that "antiqued" them just right!

One more TIP:
I had 3 decorative picks left over from my wreath project. 
I took them apart and then ended up with 5 smaller pieces per pick, 
to insert throughout the garland!

Hang all your pretty sparkly ornaments in your garland
and the front door is finished!
 The urns that flank the front porch needed some Christmas lights too!
If you missed my Fall Pumpkin Topiaries, you can
check them out by clicking here.

I found these 3' prelit trees at WalMart. They fit right on top of the urns,
but the tree stand was too wide to bury, so I wrapped the base
 with burlap ribbon...wah lah...problem solved!!!
 Here's the porch all lit up at night!

I have to give special thanks to the "hubster" for standing
on the ladder and following ALL of my directions!
It's a group effort for sure!!! 

If you'd like a peek inside to see the Mantle decorations, click here and click here to see the
burlap and velvet stockings I made.
 Here's a view from the front yard...
Thank you boys for putting up the outside lights!! 
They do good work!

Linking to these parties:


  1. How beautiful, Janis! You did a wonderful job of transforming your existing decor. Your front entry is just gorgeous!

    1. I love white you can tell! Thank you Shenita!!

  2. I just love the front of your house. How pretty it is at night. Those trees were the perfect size for those urns. What would we do without our hubbies, huh? :)

    1. Thank you so much Barb! I spotted those trees last year and was so excited that they worked! So very thankful for my sweet hubby!

  3. I think your front porch is just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

  4. AAAAAHHHH!! I want you to come to PA and decorate for me!!! Gorgeous!! Talented you are!!

  5. Gorgeous- I love it and am sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  6. Wow! That's one gorgeous porch!


  7. What a lovely post! I have enjoyed visiting so very much.
    I love that you have included scripture pointing to the One who has created the beauty around us.
    Blessings and thanks for your inspirational blog!

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  9. So gorgeous, Janis, you have a beautiful home!


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