Christmas Porch Decorated With Red Tartan Plaid

Tips for decorating a front porch for Christmas with red plaid, garland, wreaths and a Christmas tree for a cozy and warm holiday welcome!

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Welcome to my first Christmas tour of the year! I love decorating for the holidays and can't wait to show you all the ideas I have!

Today's focus is the front porch and I'm joining Amy of Atta Girls Says and several other bloggers to bring you loads of Christmas porch decorating ideas! Whether you love to go all out or keep it simple, I'm sure you'll find some great ideas! If you're visiting from Southern Home and Hospitality, welcome! Kate has such a beautiful home and I love her southern porch decor ideas!

Decorating a Porch with Red Plaid for Christmas

I don't have the budget to buy all new holiday decor every year, so I have to get creative and reuse what I already have and the challenge is always how to give it a fresh 'new' look.

Inspiration from the dollar store

This year my front porch theme came together when I found these plaid wreath bows at Dollar Tree. This red plaid is known as Royal Stewart Tartan. I thought it was the same one that is featured on the Mackintosh toffee and cookie boxes I grew up with in Canada, but when I did some research, I found out it's actually different. If you're interested in reading a little bit about the popular tartan/plaid patterns, you can click here. I've never decorated with this plaid pattern before, so I was excited to see how I could add a merry Christmas feel to my porch without spending a lot of money!

Designer tip: create a cohesive look with ribbon. Cut off mismatched ribbon and decor from wreaths and garland and use the same ribbon to tie all the pieces together!


Add plaid bows to window wreaths

I attached one of the $1 plaid bows to each of four plain wreaths and had Mr DIY help me hang them in our windows. I have these wreaths in the dormer windows and these wreaths in the bottom windows. I love decorating our white cape cod style home for Christmas because the white and black is the perfect canvas to merry colors and decor!

white house with red plaid Christmas decor on front porch

I knew that I wanted to use this red tartan plaid in lots of other places on my front porch to give it a cohesive look and as you'll find out, the challenge came in finding the right ribbon! 

Add Red Plaid Pillow Covers to Pillows

I hopped on Amazon and was thrilled to find red tartan plaid pillow covers in a set of two for only $13.99! I covered my outdoor cushions with these red plaid covers and set them on our white porch swing. I also purchased a set of two green velvet cushion covers for some complementary pillows. It was such a bright and sunny day when I photographed our porch and the pillows, especially the green ones, look much lighter than they are in real life.

Every porch swing needs some comfy pillows!

DIY Red Tartan Plaid Wired Ribbon

I search high and low for some wide Royal Steward plaid ribbon, but the only ones I found that were 4" wide were over $20 per roll! To keep costs down, I ended up buying 2 yards of the red tartan fabric and made my own wired ribbon for about $15!

I used the tutorial I found here and made my ribbon about 6" wide. Once you fold the edges over the wire and glue in place, it ended up being about 5" wide, which is still very generous and perfect for making a big impact. I got multiple 2 yard lengths of ribbon from the fabric I purchased, and it ended up being the perfect amount to finish decorating my porch!

DIY mini wreaths from a basic garland

I made a couple of small wreaths by cutting an inexpensive garland in half, forming each into an overlapping circle and tying together with some wire. The addition of the plaid ribbon is both functional (it ties the wreaths to the rockers) as well as decorative because it adds a big splash of color to these super budget-friendly wreaths! I cut about 16" of my DIY wired ribbon and tied the wreaths to the seat backs of our white porch rockers.

Add plaid ribbon to Christmas tree

The last few years I've enjoyed adding this small Christmas tree to our porch. I found it in the trash because it had a broken stand, but I figured out a clever way to 'fix' it. Click here for a clever hack to use a tree even if it has a broken stand. If your tree is bigger than mine, you'll need a sturdier fix; click here to find out how to make a PVC and cement tree stand.

After adding lights to the tree, I wove my DIY plaid ribbon around the tree, filling in bare spots and adding more of that cheery plaid color. It makes this rather pathetic little tree look so much better, ha!

A couple of galvanized buckets are filled with large sugar pinecones and berries.

Add plaid ribbon bows to garland

I used the rest of my DIY plaid ribbon to embellish the garland that's around my door. I love these inexpensive garlands from Walmart, and two was enough to go around my door and down the sides. Whether you use DIY ribbon or store bought, a pretty plaid bow adds so much cheer to any garland! I tied a simple bow in each corner.

I made a double bow for my front door wreath, using burlap as the base and some store bought red tartan plaid for a pop of color. Believe it or not, the plaid wrapping paper was purchased last year on clearance and it is a perfect match so I couldn't resist adding a couple of wrapped packages to the porch!

DIY Christmas sign from a fence board

I used an old fence board to make that cheery red Joy to the World sign that we tacked up above the front door. If you're interested in the sign tutorial,  you can find it here. I love the pop of color against our white home, as well as the proclamation! Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas and I'm so thankful that He came to be our Savior! It truly fills my heart with JOY!

Decorate smaller vignettes

Our porch is very long so we have quite a bit of seating. The black rocking chair doesn't have a partner, so I create a smaller grouping of trees around it. I added a red tartan plaid throw to the rocking chair as well as a Christmas pillow.

The chippy white spindle tree is new this year, and I'll be sharing the tutorial later this week so please make sure you're following along!

Smaller trees are tucked into baskets, which adds such a great country farmhouse touch. We're not into formal around here!

Inexpensive red berry picks are tucked in wherever a little holiday color is needed. In the end, by using what I had and buying just a couple items, I was able to decorate my Christmas plaid porch for around $70!

I'd love to invite you in for a tour of the inside and offer you a cup of hot chocolate and sugar cookies!

Click here to see all my Christmas DIYs and ideas from year's past

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using red plaid on Christmas porch
Sand Dollar Lane is next on the tour and I'm sure you're going to love Leen's nature inspired Christmas porch! Be sure to visit all the participating bloggers below for festive decorating inspiration for your porches and sunrooms.

Atta Girl Says // Southern Home and Hospitality

DIY Beautify // Sand Dollar Lane // Postcards from the Ridge

Sweet Pea // Worthing Court // Our Crafty Mom

Major Hoff Takes a Wife // 2 Bees in a Pod

I'm sharing my nostalgic Santa Christmas tree and hutch filled with ironstone and Santa mugs later this week, as well as the chippy white spindle tree tutorial. Hope to see you back here! 🎅🎄

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  1. You've given me so much inspiration for my porch for next year! Love that sign above the door and all the red tartan touches. I love that plaid more than our Buchanan family plaid, which is orange and brown -- not very Christmasy at all.

    Thanks for joining the porch tour again this year. Your space is always one of my favorites.

    1. Thank you Amy, I'm so impressed that I inspired you, hehe! Your porches are always to die for! Thank you for all your hard work planning this tour ❤

  2. Cindy - we love your beautiful Christmas porch! You have beautifully and artfully used red paid! Love all of your thrifty and vintage style. Merry Christmas sweet friend!

  3. I love how you decorated your porch with red plaid. It looks wonderful and I enjoyed every single picture that you shared so much.

  4. Love all the plaid. I will be checking out fabric and blankets for next year's porch. Thanks again for the inspiration.

  5. I love all of the red tartan plaid! And that you made your own really wide ribbon. It can be hard to find 4" ribbon in exactly what you want and then it usually is pricey. I may have to try that at some time so thanks for the idea! I really enjoyed seeing your cheery porch and being on the tour with you!!

  6. Cindy, I love all of your plaid accents! And you're so clever for making your own ribbon. Love that spindle tree too. It's all so pretty and festive.

  7. Cindy, your porch has just the right amount of plaid! It looks so cozy and festive!
    I love the idea of wrapped presents on the porch. I think I may add some to my porch swing :)

  8. You can never have too much plaid in my book and your porch looks so cozy and inviting with it. I love it all and don't think I can pick a favorite detail!

    1. Thanks so much Suzy, plaid just feels perfect for Christmas!

  9. Cindy, I look so forward to seeing your Christmas porch each year. I am obsessed with your spindle Christmas tree and I love the red plaid tartan that you used. Your porch is so warm and welcoming. Thank you so much for the inspiration. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed new year.


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