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Cozy Christmas Front Porch with Colorful Vintage Finds

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Christmas front porch with vintage decor

white chair with granny square blanket

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A cozy Christmas front porch decorated with vintage finds

It all started with a trip to Biltmore a couple of weeks ago. “What? This porch looks nothing like anything I’ve ever seen at Biltmore.” I know that’s what you’re saying. And you’re right. The trip also involved a visit to a few favorite stops including an antique shop. And that’s where I found an amazing old blue ice cream churn. 

vintage turquoise wooden ice cream bucket with plaid fabric

I think my mom and sister, who were with me that day, thought I had lost my mind. And my husband didn’t exactly welcome it with open arms. But none of that mattered to me. I could just see a little Christmas tree in it for the holidays, and some hydrangeas during the summer. 

red wagon with red thermoses and tree in turquoise wooden ice cream bucket

So that’s how this year’s front porch Christmas decor started. An old turquoise wooden bucket. Ya gotta start somewhere, right?

I’m sharing my front porch today as part of a home blogger Christmas porch tour coordinated by my friend Amy at Atta Girl Says. Her Christmas porches are always dreamy. You can see hers and my friends’ porches at the bottom of the post so be sure to visit everyone for some great ideas.

First let me say that turquoise can be a challenging color to work with for Christmas. Mainly because I like to use red. But I think I made it work. 

old turquoise wooden ice cream bucket with plaid fabric

And I mostly used things that I already had to go with it. See the plaid fabric in the bucket? Don’t tell anyone, but it’s actually an old flannel nightgown that I haven’t worn in several years. I’ve held onto it  in my stash so I could make something Christmas-y with it. That never happened, so I scrunched it up and used it like a tree skirt. The blues and greens go perfectly with the turquoise.

vintage red thermoses on old wood box

I have several old red thermoses that I thought would be fun to add to the mix. The red and white one is my mom’s but she was happy to let me borrow it. When I photographed the porch, the temperature was in the low 40’s and I was wishing that one of them had hot cocoa inside. Let’s just say that I worked quickly, lol. 

red wagon with old wooden bucket and vintage thermoses

I usually add a plaid throw blanket out here. But earlier this year I painted our front door black, so I decided that my thrifted black vintage granny square throw blanket would look nice. And lo and behold, it has lots of glorious turquoise in it! I found this blanket at Goodwill many years ago. It’s wool, it’s colorful, and I love it. 

vintage granny square throw in white adirondack chair

Here’s a view of the whole porch. You can’t see the door very well because of the glare. But it’s black. And the red wagon was my dad’s when he was a little boy back in the 1940’s. My great uncle refurbished it a few years back and my dad gave it to me. It stays out here all year and brightens up the porch. 

front porch decorated for Christmas with red wagon, white chairs, and various decor

Here’s a better shot of the door. I added a wreath with red berries that I’ve had for several years. The ribbon was also from my stash. 

black front door with green and red wreath for Christmas

And on the wall behind the chairs I hung my vintage tobacco basket and added a sign with a vintage red truck from my shop. The little stool in between the chairs was a second hand find and makes a great little table. Perfect for a cup of cocoa, or a little tree in this case. 

white wooden adirondack chairs and vintage tobacco basket on wall

The sign isn’t old, but I think it definitely fits in with the vintage theme since it’s a silhouette of a vintage truck. Do you agree? I love the wreath on the front of it too. 

metal red truck sign on old tobacco basket

Here’s one last peek at the old bucket that inspired this year’s porch decor. I can’t wait to use it in the spring. 

plaid fabric in vintage turquoise wooden ice cream bucket

Sources: known sources are listed at the bottom of the post, so scroll down if you’re interested in recreating this look. 

More Christmas Porch Inspiration

Be sure to visit all the participating bloggers for festive decorating inspiration for your front porch, patio, sunroom and screened-in porch.

collage showing four porches decorated for Christmas

Atta Girl Says // The Frugal Homemaker // House of Hawthornes // Southern State of Mind

collage showing four porches decorated for Christmas

2 Bees In a Pod // The Chelsea Project // Virginia Sweet Pea // T. Moore Home

collage showing five festive Christmas porches

Top Row: Our Crafty Mom // Postcards from the Ridge

Bottom Row: Cottage at the Crossroads // Worthing Court // Major Hoff Takes a Wife

collage photo showing Christmas porches with the title Festive Christmas porches

A couple of days ago I shared our deck, which is also decorated for Christmas. You can see all the details here → Cozy Natural Christmas Porch with Vintage Mantel

outdoor mantel with Christmas decorations



  1. The little Christmas tree looks perfect in the infamous aqua pot wrapped in a nightgown. I always LOVE the thinking-outside-the-box approach.. and this creative example is truly inspiring. I haven't started my front porch yet….so it's time to get busy. Happy happy holidays! XO

    1. Thanks, Susie! I love being a little different with my decorating ideas, especially if I can use things I already have. Happy holidays to you too!

  2. Now I want to dig my radio flyer wagon out of storage! I love the vintage thermos too! Such a cheerful porch with that giant basket!

  3. Your family may not have grasped your vision when you bought that churn, but I bet they're in love with it now. That color is perfect for the holidays, especially paired with your plaid nightgown. Hilarious! Seriously, the churn makes the perfect planter for your tree. I love everything about your porch, but the old afghan is also a favorite. We used to have a similar one made by my grandma.

    1. You're so right, Amy! They just didn't get it. And the afghan is one of my favorite finds.

  4. Love your porch, Angie! I always enjoy seeing your dad's wagon and how you decorate it. It looks fabulous with your turquoise ice cream churn and your great collection of red thermoses. You were smart to think to use your plaid nightgown as a Christmas tree skirt. I love your old granny square afghan. Someone spent so many hours making it and it's great that you gave it a home.

    1. Thanks, Paula! That wagon is always fun to decorate, especially at Christmas. The ice cream churn was a great find. And the nightgown had the best colors of anything I had. The afghan is one of my favorite finds.

    1. Thank you, Suzy! That wagon is one of my most cherished belongings and I especially love it at Christmas.

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