Quick and Dirty Front Porch Holiday Makeover (for under $ 30)

Our quick (and dirty) front porch makeover for the holidays for under $ 30! See how we did it and the before & after photos. It's quite the change!

When we flew back from Greece, (just in time for Thanksgiving’s dinners – perfect timing!), the first view of our home was pretty…sad. It looked so neglected with its summer plants all dead, the hanging pots gone, bags of dirt and mulch plopped in the driveway and the unfinished look that our porch has sported even before we bought the house – who knows for how many years – giving the unattractive view of an abandoned shack.

I had to do something the quick (as in immediately) and dirty (as in dirt – literally) to shape up our front porch for the holidays season. First of all, see how bad it was:

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Visiting Santa’s Village

TwoPlusCute visiting Yankee Candle Santa's village

Few things get one in the spirit of the Christmas holidays, like visiting a well done Santa village. A well known candle factory, based in western Ma creates a sparkly and fun experience for anyone that loves Christmas. Toddlers, children and…tall children (that’s us – grown ups) alike, get thrilled with the trains, the rotating trees, the sparkly ornaments and the enticing smells all around.

This is not an affiliate post. Hubby took me and The Cute for a surprise drive to Yankee Candle village and we took a few photos to show you a few glimpses of how entertaining it is.

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Picking The Perfect Christmas Tree

Christmas tree needles reflecting the warm sun, photo by TwoPlusCute

With our silver and gold Christmas wreath ready and the front porch tidying going pretty well, it was time to take The Cute for her first ever excursion to get a Christmas tree. The perfect one of course! She is 2 and half years old now and we can finally go in detail about Santa and how to put up her own ornaments on the tree and let her get – safely – infatuated with colorful lights and generally have a blast.

To tell the whole truth, mommy (that’s me!) was super excited about all the Christmas fun and I have been waiting since last year to tell The Cute about Santa and his flying reindeer.

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Christmas 2015 Gold and Silver Wreath

Easy Christmas wreath DIY in gold and silver with oversized golden center star, by TwoPlusCute

This jolly year of 2015, we were into all gold and silver for our home’s Christmas decorations. We hung silver snowflakes, gold and silver ornaments, gold bows on the porch wreaths. All seemed to go as planned until, we brought the tree lights out. The Cute fell in love with the colorful ones and therefore we used those on our tree.

At least our front door wreath stayed true to the gold and silver inspiration and was one of our easiest DIY decorations.

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