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Easy Front Porch Holiday Decorations

Twinkling lights and flickering candles illuminate a front porch for seasonal sparkle. Add grapevine accents, evergreen clippings and pops of silver to create a warm holiday welcome.
String bling.
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Star-light basket.
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Antique illusion.
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String bling Grapevine balls get a luminous lift from string lights. To dress up an urn, top a collar of pine branches with an 18-inch grapevine ball wrapped in white lights (on a brown cord to blend). Matching wreaths wearing pine sprigs twinkle with lights, too.

Star-light basket A few festive trimmings turn a hanging basket into a lighted front door display. Weave a strand of battery-powered lights around pine branches and twigs tucked in a woven basket. Layer velvet ribbon over burlap ribbon, then loop under the basket to hang. Papier-mâché stars—spray-painted silver-—add Yuletide glitz.

Antique illusion Give bargain glass vases the lustrous look of mercury glass with a spray-on mirror finish. We used Krylon’s Looking Glass Mirror-Like Paint. Lightly spray water inside clean vases, then spray the same area with mirror finish. (Paint should run, creating an aged, crackled effect.) Turn upside down to dry. For a heavier finish, repeat. Remember, don’t leave lit candles unattended.  

Buying guide

Door basket Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. (888) 739-4120; joann.com

Glass vases Hobby Lobby. (800) 888-0321; hobbylobby.com

Grapevine ball 18-inch. Save-on-Crafts. (831) 768-8428; save-on-crafts.com

Grapevine wreaths Save-on-Crafts (831) 768-8428; save-on-crafts.com

Mercury glass spray paint Looking Glass Mirror-Like Paint. Krylon. (800) 457-9566; krylon.com

Ribbon Burlap (on pillow and basket); velvet (on basket). Hobby Lobby. (800) 888-0321; hobbylobby.com

Stars Papier-mâché. Hobby Lobby. (800) 888-0321; hobbylobby.com

Urns Lowe’s. (800) 445-6937; lowes.com

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