December 7, 2018

Our Festive Home Exterior for Christmas

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Happy, happy Friday friends! Can you believe we’re already 7 days into December? I’m pathetic but I actually start to get sad as Christmas gets closer because I don’t want it to end. How pathetic is that? Speaking of Christmas ending… Does anyone else despise December 26? If you’re ever on some crazy game show and they happen ask, “What is Jordan Jean’s least favorite day of the year?” and you answer, “December 26”. You’d be a winner.

Moving on Jordan… Moving on… I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’m enjoying giving out these Chick-Fil-A meals on me (us). I just finished writing a couple of cards to send out and by the time I was done writing, I was smiling from ear to ear. I feel really thankful for this past year and for you guys joining me on this journey. I might not be “huge” or whatever they use to classify successful Bloggers/influencers/Instagrammers (who really knows what the “title” is nowadays?) but I have my own little tribe and it brings me so much joy. More than you all know!

Today I’m sharing how we decorated the front of our house this year for Christmas. It’s something a lot of you have been anxious to see so without further ado, here it is!

Christmas Outdoor Decor

Ta-da!! I’ve always loved the look of wreaths on windows for Christmas so I was excited to be able to do that on our own home this year. We used the same wreaths that we used HERE and some dark red ribbon that I had on hand from last year. It’s so festive!

The wreaths are sold out online but they might have some in your local store. If not, I found THESE that actually look even fuller and are on sale for half the price of the Walmart wreath which I’m shocked about considering the Walmart ones were inexpensive!

Wreaths on windows

To hang the wreaths we were going to use Command hooks but we decided to just use good ol’ hammer and nails instead. Since the wind can pick up at times, Stephen ended up adding a command hook at the bottom of the wreath to keep it attached to the window. It has worked out really well!

The ribbon was a big pain to deal with so I just ended up tying two knots and letting the ribbon hang (versus making a bow). It has rained since we put them up and even though I don’t think the wreaths are advertised as outdoor wreaths, they’ve held up really well and still look great.

Christmas decorations outdoor

If you use our window box DIY tutorial, don’t forget to seal your boxes with Poly! I forgot to do that and am kicking myself for it. It’s alright though, this summer I’ll sand them down, restain them, and seal them so this doesn’t happen again. They’ll look good as new!

For our window boxes, I decided to compost the mums we had in their previously and plant Dwarf Albertas. I decided to try them out when I read that Nesting With Grace has had hers in her window boxes for two years. Planting new flowers every season/few months was starting to add up quickly (and take quite a bit of work) so I decided to try this. I really hope they last! We’re going to keep them trimmed so that they don’t get too big in there and take up the whole window. I think they look perfect out here at this time of the year. They remind me of little Christmas trees.

Christmas Decorations

The wind one the battle with that one ribbon strand… Oh well!

This spring our big project is going to be tackling the front yard. For now though, something as simple as hanging wreaths and filling the window boxes with mini trees brings us a whole lot of joy.

Christmas Porch

This is my favorite part- the front porch! I had picked up THIS 4′ tree (out of stock online but check for in store pick-up) and THIS 6′ tree and didn’t know what to do about the tree skirts. Then I saw my friend Hannah at @mistletoetradingco DIY a tree box and thought, “Ha! I can do that with our leftover fencing.” So I did and I took videos of it too! You can find it in my highlights on Instagram under “Christmas Porch”. Needless to say, those were free which was pretty darn great considering how expensive tree skirts and collars can be.

I was asked how the trees hold up in winter weather and to be frank, I don’t know. I wish I did! Our porch is covered so we don’t really have to worry about that problem much. Like I said though, the wreaths have held up well so far in the rain and wind. I have no clue about the snow… We don’t really get that here.

Also, just a reminder… Make sure to use lights and extension cords that are compatible with the outdoors.

I got the buffalo check rug from Hobby Lobby over the summer but HERE is another option and HERE are the lanterns I placed beside it. These are the small and medium size together but I think the large and medium would look better (that’s what we have beside the fireplace inside). I’d love to have a rocking chair here but that wasn’t in the budget last month. 😉

Front Door Decor

I saw this basket when I came out and loved it so much that I picked up two of them. A lot of Bloggers started talking about it and then it sold out but I noticed that it’s back in stock! I stuck a mason jar in the bottom that I filled with water and then added some fresh greens to the jar along with a few white tree fillers? I don’t really know what to call those things but I just added them anyway. Ha!

Christmas Porch

I’ve been waiting a whole year to hang that garland! Stephen and I found it at a thrift shop in Arizona. It was one of the few Christmas decoration pieces that we came here with. The thing is so long and came with lights! We were so excited about it. To hang it up, we stuck a nail on the upper left, right, and middle around the door. Then we wrapped some wire around the garland and then wrapped that wire around the nail to hang it.

Once I made the boxes, which weren’t difficult to make to begin with, decorating the front of our house was quite simple. We love the way it turned out. I’m never going to want to take this stuff down…

I hope this inspires you while decorating the outside of your own home! As always, let me know if you have questions.

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with joy
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  5. Michelle says:

    What color is your shutters. They’re beautiful

    • Jordan Jean says:

      Ah thank you! It was just one of the blue options when we designed our house so I don’t know the exact color but if I had to guess it would be very close to Hale Navy!

  6. Chris says:

    Where did you buy the trees from so I can look next year

  7. J says:

    I am in AZ can you tell me where you got your garland?

  8. Jane wtight says:

    How do you use mesh ribbon to decorate front door

  9. judy says:

    simply stunning!

  10. Kim says:

    I love your Christmas decor, I would love to make the tree box, where can I find your video of making them?

    • Jordan Jean says:

      Thank you so much, Kim! I believe I made them in my Instagram stories (they’d be in my highlights if they’re still there!). However, it has been about three years since then so they might be deleted!

    • Jordan Jean says:

      I used all scrap wood though from the fence we were building. I basically just cut them all evenly so it was a square and nailed them to 4 pieces of wood I cut down to be the height I wanted!

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