Add Holiday Flourish to your Outdoor Furniture

Vintage metal chair, decorated for the holidays

Holiday outdoor decor doesn’t need to be limited to lights, roping, and spruce tips {see “Spruce Tips 101”}. Instead of hibernating for the winter, your outdoor furniture can become just as special as your indoor Christmas decor! By adding a couple of cheap, easy to find embellishments, your entry, deck or porch can be a welcoming feature from the outside and the in!

Scrounge up some old scarves, some pinecones, maybe some under-used ice skates and clip some of your trees and bushes. Then grab some bindwire or chenille bendies and start adding a little pretty to your chairs, benches, even a table!

Remember the vintage chairs I refreshed last summer? {see “How To Refresh and Enjoy Vintage Metal Lawn Chairs”} I don’t send them all to the back forty; I dress them up with some flair to enjoy them all winter long. This year, my two “new” blue ones inspired my porch decorating. I decided to add some blue to the red, green and black color scheme of last year {“Porch Decorating Fun”}.

It’s so easy to wrap and tie a long thrift store scarf around these old metal chairs. Simply wire a couple of pinecones to the knot, tuck in a spray of winter greens, and your chair looks as festive as a present!

Vintage Metal chair dressed up for the Holidays

If your scarf isn’t quite long enough to wrap around the whole back, simply tie it to one of the arms. I love the addition of the large-sized pinecones also.

Vintage metal chair, decorated for the Holidays

The wonderful feature of outdoor benches (and sometimes chairs), is their ability to let the air flow through their frame. Wreaths, skates and other flourishes can easily be wired to the backs and twisted and secured on the backside. Here in MN, we don’t spend much time sitting on cold metal chairs in the winter, so why not make them pretty?

Porch swing, decorated for Christmas

Swinging bench decorated for Christmas

Vintage Metal glider, decorated for Christmas

Wool blankets are naturally weather resistant and can stand up to the weather, when protected by a covered porch. Drape some colorful blankets over the arm and seats of your outdoor furniture for a splash of color and some warm, cozy texture. (And if someone really wants to sit, it will be a little more comfy;)

Tabletops and other flat surfaces can also be treated to a cold weather centerpiece or vignette. If you’ve got a potting table, decorate it with some wintertime pretty! My coffee table got treated to some freshly cut greens and pinecones tucked into my Vintage Fence Squares that Mr. Fix-it makes for me.

Outdoor centerpiece

And my antique stove needed a little Christmas bunting to convey a happy greeting:

Outdoor Christmas decor for the porch

I simply stenciled on some old Bingo game cards and strung them on some Baker’s twine. Luckily, my covered porch enables me to add some fun flourishes like this, without being covered in inches of snow.

Are your creative juices flowing? Are you eyeing your porch furniture in a whole new way? I hope these ideas will unleash your inner stylist and you’ll be on the hunt around your house for some embellishments!

Winter’s pretty long here in the great north, and we’ve got to make the most of our outdoor beauty. Now, if we could just get a nice sprinkling of the white stuff to set everything off!

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Outdoor Furniture, decorated for the Holidays

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