Christmas Porch Festive Bucket Decorations

We love getting inspiration for seasonal decorating from Pinterest and blogs and when we saw a trio of pots filled with greenery and Christmas decorations lining the edge of a porch, we knew that idea would look great on our open porch. And we knew just how to put our own 'Cabin Christmas' spin on it - by using 5 gallon buckets!
Not only do we love how they turned out, they were quick and the only cost was for the new buckets (but if you have some already, this could be completely free, using what you have!).
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Aren't they cute? Take a look at how we transformed lowly buckets into show-stopping porch decor:
We sprayed the buckets red to coordinate with our Cabin Christmas porch theme. Green, silver, gold, or any color that coordinates with your decor would work, too.
We placed bricks in the bottom for weight and a wood divider near the top (optional) and to take up the space. You could use sand or stones as well.
We acquired greenery for free from Home Depot! Just ask if you can have the cuttings which they are going to discard. Then we gathered other natural items and ornaments.
Here's a close-up of how festive our buckets look from the top. It's fun how awesome these natural elements (and ornaments) look together on our porch!
After arranging the greenery we placed pine cones, osage oranges, and ornaments on top of the branches and finished with holiday ribbons around the tops of the buckets. This was such an easy & inexpensive project and they add so much holiday curb appeal, too!
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  • Jane Smiddy Muldoon
    on Dec 9, 2018

    Are those Hedge Apples?

    • CJ
      on Dec 13, 2019

      I thought Hedge Apples were poisonous to humans?!?

      We used to toss hedge apples under our house to repel rodents and spiders and it seemed to work for us. It's too difficult to use them in our current house as access is long and difficult.

  • Fran Bacak
    on Dec 9, 2018

    How do y ou keep the greenery fresh or how long does the greenery last if you just put it in water. Does it last the whole Christmas season? Thank you for your response.

    • Melinda Brown Inglesby
      on Dec 18, 2019

      We put fresh-cut holly branches in my Grandpop's coal becket on our front porch every year (just the branches- no sand or water) and they still look as good on the first day of spring as they did tge day they were cut...(in southeastern PA)

  • Queenbee
    on Dec 10, 2018

    Why did u not put sticks or something into the ingredients laying on the top of the greenery? U can not see what is inside until u r standing above and looking into the bucket.

    • Front Porch Ideas
      on Dec 10, 2018

      You make a nice point but they are also pretty from the front. The red buckets with the plaid ribbon facing the street and the fresh evergreen and other natural elements peeking out. Adding branches could be nice too. There are many creative ways you could present this indeed.

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  • Love this! Did something similar for my front porch on a smaller scale. But free from Home Depot? Ha! That gave me a good laugh. Here they gather, bundle and charge $10.

    • Unfortunately, not the case where I live, they won't even give leftover trees away to those less fortunate on Christmas Eve. Haul to the recycle center? Even more laughable. No "hauling" going on here. Most rent a chipper and call it a day. Or pay to have it hauled off to a landfill. Independent lots have disappeared, as they can't compete price wise. The era that I grew up in is long gone and the kids these days know nothing of the fun it used to be to go buy a tree - now they just want to point and pay or even better click, pay and have delivered.

  • Barbara
    on Dec 19, 2019


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