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Easy DIY Christmas Planter for your Front Porch

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Today I’m sharing a beautiful outdoor Christmas planter for your front porch.  This planter is a lovely way to add greenery, lights and a little sparkle to your porch this season.

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Watch and learn how to make this easy DIY outdoor planter that will hold up on your front porch all winter long.

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Outdoor Christmas decorations can be a bit of a challenge, the timing has to be just right to make it happen.  I don’t like to start putting up lights and decorations too soon, but if I wait too long the temps fall and my fingers freeze trying to get all the lights and décor up. 

This year it looks like the weather will cooperate!  I plan on getting everything set up this weekend then flipping on my lights the day after Thanksgiving.  Nothing too over the top, some pretty string lights in the trees, wreaths on the windows and some snowflake spotlights on the house. 

New this year, I am adding this outdoor Christmas planter to my front porch.

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Here is what I used to make this outdoor Christmas planter

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Be sure to watch the video for all the details on how to make this outdoor Christmas planter.  

How to decorate a winter porch

The key to a beautiful front porch in the dead of winter is using items that can withstand the cold. That means no live plants and nothing lightweight that will blow away with the first snow storm.

For this simple CHristmas planter, I chose a heavy pot as a base and faux greenery to decorate. I also used a heavy blank metal lantern as a centerpiece filled with lights and ornaments.

To put this planter together, start by anchoring one end of the wired garland into the soil, then wrapping the garland around the outside of the pot. Wrap each stem over the lip of the pot to keep it in place.

You can also use some landscape fabric stakes to hold the garland in place and really secure it in the dirt. The leftover soil in this pot will freeze keeping my decorations in place.  

Next it’s time to create a centerpiece for this planter. Start by filling the lantern with fairy lights. Gently place them inside so they fill the whole opening.  Be sure to leave the battery pack outside of the lantern so you can access the on/off switch.  Then fill the lantern with ornaments, close the door and set it in the planter.  

Finally, add festive picks to the garland and this planter is ready for the front porch! Make sure these secured to the garland so they don’t blow away.

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This Christmas planter is ready to decorate my front porch.  A sure fire way to keep a little color and festive decoration even when the temps drop below freezing.

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This post was originally published in 2018, updated in 2020 with more project details.

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Wednesday 21st of November 2018

What a sweet update for your porch!

Jessica Lehman

Wednesday 21st of November 2018

Making a few of these! I have everything on hand!


Wednesday 21st of November 2018

I love love love all of the ornaments inside the little lantern! It turned out so cute! I can totally see a few of these decorating the front porch.


Monday 19th of November 2018

This is so pretty! I love how simple it was to put together!


Monday 19th of November 2018

So simple and elegant! I love it!

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