16 Best Winter Porch Decorating Ideas

White porch covered with winter and holiday decorations

The Spruce / Sarah Crowley

Barren trees. Dormant plants. Frozen lawns. Winter can be a tough season to love when it dashes your home's curb appeal. Fortunately, decorating your front porch, particularly post-holidays, can make up for a sad yard during the drabbest days of the year. How do you take your entrance from boring to Instagram-worthy? Check out the best ways to style your porch for winter.

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    Decorating a Small Porch

    Front door with winter decorations on porch
    A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

    You might have everything you need to create a winter porch that beautifully reflects the season.

    For instance, this charming stoop by Joanna at A Pretty Life in the Suburbs was created using stuff from her home accessories stash. When decorating, the blogger stuck to items in neutral colors that mirror the natural shades of the season, such as birch wood logs, weathered crates, and bare branches. The result is a rustically inspired entrance that's both soothing and inviting.

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    Pour on the Hygge

    Bench on porch with Winter Decorations
    A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

    You don't need a lot of room to bring on the hygge. Decorative accessories including realistic LED candles, a faux fur-trimmed blanket, and a single accent pillow featuring a grizzly bear make a small outdoor bench super appealing.

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    Decorative Evergreens

    Evergreen Winter decorations on Porch
    Just a Girl Blog

    If you're looking for an easy and cost-effective way to spruce up your stoop for winter, behold this idea by Chris at Just a Girl Blog. She filled her porch pots for free using branches and pine cones plucked straight from her yard.

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    Vintage Ski Decor

    Vintage Skis decorating Porch

    An evergreen wreath by ​Caitlin at The Picket Fence Projects isn't just for the holidays. Because it hangs from a pair of vintage wooden skis, it makes a wintry statement that works for the entire season. Another decorating tip worthy of borrowing is dressing up outdoor furniture typically used during the summer for winter. An example is this wicker love seat outfitted with a knitted blanket and accent pillows.

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    Valentine's Day Decor

    Valentines Day decorations on Porch
    Tater Tots and Jello

    February doesn't have to be the grimmest month of the year with these colorful porch ideas by Jennifer at Tatertots and Jello.

    The blogger behind the site refreshed her stoop with cheerful pink and red décor as soon as the holidays were over. A fringed heart accessory updates a boxwood wreath held over from Christmas. The bright, outdoor rug is a colorful touch that works 365 days a year. Another easy idea anyone can do is to tie ribbon bows around light fixtures.

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    Front Door Winter Decorating Idea

    winter wonderland wreath with flowers

    Dress up your front door with this DIY winter wreath by ​the creative bloggers behind Coco Kelley. The project transforms a grapevine wreath form with cedar branches and for additional color, fresh florals that will dry out beautifully. The finishing touch? Woven throughout the design are gold wires for glitzy texture.

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    Fruit Display

    Apple inspired Winter Porch
    House 214 Design

    In the U.S., fruit-laden winter décor was a thing in wealthy homes during the early twentieth century. This porch by ​Melinda at House 214 Design pays homage to old-school style with green apples.

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    Greenery and Planters

    neutral palette for holiday winter porch decorations

    Wood planters, lanterns, and of course fresh evergreens are the key ingredients that make this winter porch by Liz Fourez at Love Grows Wild very inviting. Notice the galvanized metal container on the left? It's an old olive bucket.

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    Transition Your Holiday Decor

    Black white and green neutral winter porch decor
    Taryn Whiteaker

    How do you transition your holiday porch for winter? This porch by Taryn Whiteaker offers great ideas.

    First, she removed all the holiday accents, most notably anything red. Then, she filled the empty spaces with decorative white branches and pine cones. Our favorite feature is the DIY scarf wreath designed to work for the entire winter season.

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    Winter Window Box Ideas

    Winter porch window boxes and cotton ball planters
    Dandelion Patina

    The strawbales are dressed up with cozy throws. Don't you just love the rocking chairs? Another decoration worth mentioning is the window box filled with fresh-cut greenery from the backyard. Puffs of dried hydrangeas add interesting texture. Woven into the arrangement are soft white string lights for nighttime ambiance.

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    Winter Wreath for After Christmas

    alternative winter wreath for porch
    DIY Inspired

    Decorate your front door with a hanging basket wreath you can refresh every season. Dinah Wulf at DIY Inspired ​offers a tutorial that explains how to update a door basket for winter using a mix of branches, feathers, and pine cones.

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    Winter Planter Ideas

    Modern winter porch
    Setting for Four

    Not sure how to fill your large porch planters for winter? Heather at Settings for Four shares the secret in a three-step technique called "thrill, fill, and spill."

    In a nutshell, the "thrill" pieces add height to an arrangement, such as the birch branches shown here. See the pine cones, curly willow branches, and faux snowberries? They're filler pieces that add color and texture. Last, but hardly least, are the elements that spill over, such as the evergreen branches.

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    Winter Porch Urns

    white and green winter porch planters
    Sarah Henderson Interiors

    Making urn arrangements for winter can be cheaper than you think. These beautiful ​examples by Sarah Henderson Interiors combine inexpensive faux flowers with natural elements found in the yard. But here's the kicker: Instead of spending money on gravel or floral foam to keep the beautiful arrangements in place, Henderson used fallen leaves.

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    Easy Winter Porch Arrangement

    Winter porch decorations with sofa and planter
    Making it in the Mountains

    This idea by Kristi at Making it in the Mountains makes it a snap to whip up a cute display for your winter porch. Her arrangement of faux branches in an old milk can took minutes to create. Another idea worthy of stealing is using summer patio furniture, like the faux wicker sofa, used as winter porch décor.

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    Container Arrangements

    Pretty Greenery on Winter Porch
    Deborah Silver

    Container arrangements filled with natural elements that can withstand winter weather are an excellent way to spruce up your porch. These porch urns, artfully arranged by landscape designer Deborah Silver, feature resilient evergreens topped off with pine cones and decorative branches.

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    Flannel Winter Door Wreath

    flannel winter door wreath
    Sadie Seasongoods

    If you could only pick one item to spruce up your porch this winter, this DIY wreath by Sadie Seasongoods is the winner. The project transforms an old straw wreath form with upcycled flannel shirts. Fabric strips were ironed and hemmed before pinning in place.