Have you started decorating for the holidays? Honestly, I can’t wait until Halloween is over so that I can get started on my Christmas decorating. Of course, I don’t put my tree up this soon, but I do start thinking about my indoor and outdoor decorations, which has led me to consider different ways to dress up my porch for the holidays. I wanted something unique to stand by my front door…something perhaps in a planter, and so I started looking for DIY planters that will give my porch the perfect festive touch.
All of these decorations can be made really quickly and many of them can be done with things that you have around the house. From pinecones and evergreen branches to milk jugs and lanterns, there are so many ways to bring a beautifully festive look to your porch and these planters are just the beginning. You should also take a look at these 20 Christmas door decorations that will go perfectly with your DIY Christmas planters. You can dress up your porch for the holidays and give it a warm and welcoming look for all of your friends and family.
1. Rustic Snowy Pinecone Flower Box
An old wooden box, a few pinecones and about 10 minutes of time are all you need to create this beautifully festive box planter for your porch. If you have a couple of boxes, these would look wonderful on the porch railing or you can sit them by the front door. Just add evergreen and pinecones that you “frost” with spray snow. You could even get a bit more creative and add clear Christmas lights and even some plastic berries to give it more color.
2. DIY Antique Washtub Holiday Planter
I love the look of a washtub for a planter. It has such a beautifully rustic look and this antique washtub planter will perfectly complement your DIY farmhouse inspired Christmas décor. If you’re looking to add a rustic feel to the front porch, I highly recommend this planter. You just add chopped firewood, evergreen and clear lights to a washtub and then surround the tub with a lovely red ribbon and bow. Add in a few oversized ornaments to really give it a festive look.
3. Elegant Blue And White DIY Winter Planter
I really love the elegant look of this simple blue and white planter. You can use any planter that you have on hand for this and then just add birch branches, evergreen and some blue and white ornaments. Faux branches in blues would also add a nice touch and a string of clear lights will really make this one stand out. You could even spray over your evergreen branches with fake snow to give it that nice winter wonderland look.
4. Decorated Christmas Tree Topiary Planter
Topiary planters are so gorgeous and they are great for adding a welcoming touch to the front door. This particular one has a decorated Christmas tree in it and it’s really simple to make. You will need a planter, some ivy and a few evergreen clippings. Just fashion your evergreen clippings to look like a Christmas tree and then add in any ornaments, lights or other decorations that you want.
5. Cranberry, Evergreen and Lights Planter
Cranberries are wonderful for decorating for the holidays – and they taste so good, too! Take a large planter pot, a trellis or tomato cage and evergreen branches (real or fake), along with cranberries and lights and you have a lovely holiday planter to decorate your porch. Just stuff the branches inside the trellis or tomato cage and then add real or fake cranberry bunches around it as well as some clear lights.
6. Easy And Cheap Rustic Winter Planter
If you have a few sticks of firewood and a large planter, you can turn them into a gorgeous holiday planter for the porch. You literally just put your firewood inside the planter vertically and then add pinecones and evergreen sprigs. You could even add lights and berries to this one and paint your planter any number of holiday colors – like silver, gold, or red – add a big bow to the top of the planter and you’re all set.
7. Traditionally Rustic Lantern Planter
Take that planter and add a cheap lantern (You can get these at the Dollar Store for around $5 or so each) and some evergreen sprigs for a beautiful and really rustic looking planter for the holidays. This one is so simple and only takes about five minutes to put together. Inside the lantern, you can add a candle or fill it with glass or plastic Christmas ornaments to give it more color.
8. Rustic Poinsettia Milk Can Planter
I have an old milk can on my front porch that I just love including in my holiday decorating. If you don’t have one of these on hand, you can get them at Tractor Supply or you may be able to find one at your local thrift store. When you have your milk can, just fill the top with evergreen sprigs, silk poinsettias and fake berries and top it off with a bow or candy cane. This is a wonderful DIY rustic Christmas décor project that you can put together in no time.
9. Reclaimed Wood Reindeer Planter
How perfect is this little reindeer planter? And, he’s made from reclaimed wood. You can use this planter for live plants or fill it with evergreen sprigs and plastic berries. Add a bow and you have the most adorable front porch decoration for the holidays. I found this little planter on Etsy and it’s less than $30. It’s 18 inches high and perfect for holiday decorating – and since it’s wood, you can paint it if you want to make it a bit more festive.
10. Vintage Galvanized Bucket Planters
Turn a couple of old galvanized buckets into beautiful Christmas planters with just a little paint. These striped buckets have such a great rustic quality to them and are perfect for adding mini Christmas trees or evergreen sprigs along with a few ornaments and other decorations. You can find buckets at Walmart for just a few dollars each if you don’t have a couple on hand. If you have older buckets – even if they have a bit of rust – those are perfect for creating that rustic look.
11. Oversized Ornament Lantern Planter
I really love decorating with these old fashioned lanterns, especially for the holidays. This planter uses a lantern – which you can pick up at the Dollar Store really cheap – along with some larger ornaments and evergreen sprigs to create a lovely welcoming touch for the front porch. You can use any planter that you have on hand for this one. Just add pillar candles to your lantern and then stick it in the planter surrounded by evergreen. Add your ornaments and maybe even some clear lights and you’re all done.
12. Pinecone And Evergreen Basket Planters
Some old baskets and pinecones give you just about all you need to create a festive look for the front porch. Just add pinecones and some evergreen sprigs to your baskets and you can even add lights, ribbons, bows and ornaments if you want to add a bit more of a decorative touch. These are the easiest and probably the least expensive planters to make – especially if you have the baskets on hand.
13. Rustic Pine Planter
This pine planter has a great rustic look and is perfect if you are looking to add some country charm to your outdoor Christmas decorating. Just fill a large outdoor planter with potting soil and then add spruce tips, birch logs and curly willow or any other tall branch. You can then add decorative picks, pinecones, and even a bow to make this one really festive.
14. DIY Tomato Cage Poinsettia Christmas Tree
This tomato cage Christmas tree is my favorite outdoor decoration and it is really simple to make. You’ll need a tomato cage, which you can get right now at any farm supply store really cheap, along with a few strands of garland and some lights. You can use lighted garland if you have it and save yourself a step or two. Once you have created your tree, just add silk poinsettias and a nice big bow on top.
15. Rustic Birch Log Planter
I love these rustic looking planters! This one uses birch logs and evergreen sprigs to create a beautifully festive display for the front porch. This would look lovely paired with a nice evergreen wreath – if you are planning to make your own DIY Christmas wreath, that is. Just fill your planter with logs, evergreen branches, pinecones and anything else that you can find that will give it a nice festive look. I would personally finish this one off with a burlap bow around the planter.