Front Door Decorations for Christmas from Carrie of Hazardous Design

Article Posted By: Carrie Rigsby

Holiday decorating with Carrie of Hazardous Design | Front door with garland, wreaths, and small Christmas trees

In our Style Challenge series, we challenge some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point. 

Carrie Rigsby of the blog Hazardous Design took part in the Holiday Edition of the Style Challenge by creating a festive front porch space, perfect for her historic New England home. Take a look at her lovely Christmas front door decorations, and learn how she made decorative swags using greenery from her own garden. 

The holiday season in New England is truly a magical time of year. The winter air is crisp and puts a rosy glow on people’s cheeks. Freshly fallen snow makes everything look like a Norman Rockwell painting. I can’t help but get into a festive mood. Most importantly, I love how friends and family make time to get together and celebrate the season. And what better way to welcome friends and family to your home during the holidays than with a beautifully decorated front door?

Holiday decorating with Carrie of Hazardous Design | Front door with garland, wreaths, and small Christmas trees

I like decorating with lots of greenery. This year I used clippings from the evergreen shrubs in our yard to make my own swags.

Holiday decorating with Carrie of Hazardous Design | Swags of evergreen clippings on the front door

I didn’t have any floral tape on hand, so I used green electrical tape. It turned out to be a great substitute!

Holiday decorating with Carrie of Hazardous Design | How to create swags of evergreen clippings

My clippings were small, so I taped several branches together to make the swags fuller and larger.

Holiday decorating with Carrie of Hazardous Design | How to create swags of evergreen clippings

Then I attached large bows and hung them from the storm doors using silver ribbon.

Holiday decorating with Carrie of Hazardous Design | Hang swags of evergreen clippings from ribbon

I love the symmetry on the double doors.

Holiday decorating with Carrie of Hazardous Design

I combined two different faux garlands — one strung with white lights, the other strung with colored — and hung them over door frame.

Holiday decorating with Carrie of Hazardous Design | Drape garland over door

A lighted wreath to top it off is the perfect finishing touch.

Holiday decorating with Carrie of Hazardous Design

Rounding out the look are two pre-lit artificial trees that I trimmed with lighted ribbons and ornaments and put in planters.

Holiday decorating with Carrie of Hazardous Design

Plus pretty luminaries that will invite our guests up the front steps.

Holiday decorating with Carrie of Hazardous Design | Luminary kits light the front steps

Ding Dong! Our holiday visitors have arrived!

Holiday decorating with Carrie of Hazardous Design | Guests arrive bringing gifts!
Holiday decorating with Carrie of Hazardous Design | Guests arrive bringing gifts!
Holiday decorating with Carrie of Hazardous Design

Happy Holidays from Hazardous Design!

Carrie Rigsby and her husband Chris are renovating their 125-year-old New England home, and Carrie writes about it and offers practical DIY tips on her blog, Hazardous Design. Thank you, Carrie, for your terrific ideas for Christmas front door decorations!

Take a look at the other great Christmas decorating ideas in our Holiday Edition of the Style Challenge series here on the Apron blog. 

In her mystery package, Carrie received the following items: 

Style Challenge is a series of posts from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using a single Home Depot product as a starting point.  Carrie received a selection of Christmas decorations  from The Home Depot, but The Home Depot provided no other compensation. The opinions and ideas Carrie expressed are her own.

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