I was way past due on getting the porch cleaned up and decorated for summer. I’m sorry to say that I still had that adorable bunny wreath on the door that we made a few months ago. Bunnies in June and July just don’t seem right!
I started by clearing everything off the porch including the rugs. I cleaned off the dresser and wiped down the door and the windows. Then I was ready to start adding the fun stuff.
The first thing was to add some greenery to the front door. It has been quite a while since I had any greenery swagged like that, and I was really craving that look again. I used this Green Boxwood Garland from Hobby Lobby, I have used these in so many places in our home. I also love to cut them up into pieces for tiered trays and vignettes as well. You get a great bang for your buck that way!
Next, I added this farmhouse style patriotic bunting. It is brand new in my shop, and I just love the twine and wood star accents. I was able to just tie the ends to the greenery since it is so lightweight. There are two options to choose from: a 5 piece bunting and a 7 piece bunting. The 7 piece was the perfect size for my door. Then I pulled the greenery over the top of it in places. I wanted it to have a really organic look.
The next thing I started working on was the door wreath. I had seen an idea a couple of months ago, and I was just waiting for the right time to try it. I’ll share all the details with you later this week, but I basically took apart a grapevine wreath.
Doing this gives you a much fuller looking wreath. An added bonus was that I could easily tuck the sign into the wreath. There was no other hanger needed for it. Now glue, ties, or anything else. The sign is another fun Dollar Tree diy that I will share later on!
The ribbons are a really easy way to get the look of a bow without all of the fuss. I chose 7-10 ribbons that I wanted to use. I made sure to pick a variety of widths, textures, colors, and patterns. The longest ribbons are about 50″ long and the shortest ones are about 30″ long. Lay all of the ribbons out with the thickest ones on the bottom. Find the center and then tightly tie them all together with a piece of twine or ribbon.
Then tie the middle of the ribbons to the top of the wreath. Once that is done, you can then manipulate all of the hanging ribbons how you want. After I had the ribbons on the wreath, I then added the sign. I left the ribbons loosely tucked behind the sign.
Then I started working from the bottom up beginning with the rugs. I found this woven blue and white rug from Hobby Lobby. I really liked the large size of it, and I knew that the color was neutral enough that I would be able to use it for a long time. This particular rug isn’t online, so you will have to look for it in the store.
I already had the coir mat, so I just layered that right on top.
I was gifted these beautiful planters from Jofamy. They come in a pack of 4 and they are very reasonable priced. There is a plug in the bottom that you can remove if you are planting directly into the pots. That’s what I did! Leave the plug in if you are adding a pre-potted planted inside, or if you are using the pots inside your home.
I used a combination of cordyline (the tall spikey plants in the back), white petunias, sweet potato vines, and creeping jenny.
If you are unsure of what to plant in outdoor pots, first determine what kind of sunlight they will get. Then use this phrase as a helpful hint when choosing plants.
Thriller, filler, and spiller!
Use something taller or larger as your thriller plant. Choose other plants to be the filler, and then plant one or two spiller plants. Ones that will spill out over the side of the pot. This will make for a full and eye-pleasing planter.
I also found these expandable plant stands from Walmart. I had never used anything like these, but I new that I would need something to create some different levels to my new planters. I bought two of them and I love them. I might go back and get a couple more! They are very easy to put together (just one screw and they provide a mini screwdriver), and they expand quite a bit, too.
Lastly, I added some patriotic flags and pinwheel stakes to each pot for a little bit of whimsy. These came from Hobby Lobby and I love the look pf them.
After cleaning off the dresser, I added this large sign that I made a few years ago. It is one of my favorite patriotic decor pieces that I have! I layered it in front of a vintage window that I usually have on the dresser anyway.
The last thing that I added was a banner to the front of the dresser. It is another diy but it is pretty simple. All you need are some old denim jeans, shorts, skirts, etc. Cut out the back pockets. Then I made some fabric flags with some vintage lace and button accents. But you could easily just buy a couple of fabric flags from Dollar Tree and use those. I cut out some vinyl with my Zing Orbit and applied it to the pockets. You could choose to not add anything, or use markers or paint pens to get the same effect.
Finally I added some white flowers that I found at Dollar Tree to the denim pockets. It turned out so cute and has a lot of visual interest.
And that’s it! So far at least! I do have a few more diy/crafty ideas that I would like to do for the porch. I’m hoping that I can find the time to get to them.
I love seeing out nation’s colors on our front porch. Do you decorate your porch for 4th of July? What kind of things do you do?
I hope you enjoyed some of the ideas that I used in this space. I so appreciate you stopping by! You can easily pin the photo below to remind yourself of some of these things for later on. While you are at it, be sure to follow me on Pinterest. I am constantly pinning lost of unique and fun decor ideas!
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