Operation Christmas: The Front Step

Well, I have a few minutes this morning, hubby is in the kitchen making pancakes and entertaining the baby.  So I poured a delish cup of Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee, and am sitting down to do my new favourite thing, blog.
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I am in the Christmas mode now, and there is no stopping me!  This -21 degrees is making everything feel so cozy and nice.  It’s amazing how fast our weather changes here – it’s so cliche, but true.  To think, last Sunday I was out on our front step, hot in a tank top, putting these Christmas urns together!  And now they are covered in a layer of snow!

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Moving these pots from our lonely backyard for my fall urns, was such a great idea – now they provide me with such inspiration for holiday decorating, and add much needed festivity to our front step.  They were so easy and inexpensive to make.  I used lights and greenery I already had, and hit WalMart for the ornaments and fillers.
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Over the last few Christmas seasons I have become obsessed with glass balls for decorating inside and outside of our home (Actually they are shatterproof which is a must in our crazy household.  These balls bounce across our floor regularily!)  I’ve got them on our banisters, mantel, tree, wreaths, the trees outside and now in my urns.  But they are so pretty, so colourful and festive!

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I challenge you to get decorating, and let me know what kind of neat ideas you have!
Happy decorating, and stay warm this weekend!


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  • Reply Barb November 21, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    Jo, your front step is so beautiful! Everything matches so perfectly, I love the big ribbon! Too bad I can’t take advantage of that Starbucks offer – maybe next time.

  • Reply Lisa November 5, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Hi Jo-Anna, I just found your blog and I am thrilled. I was looking for Christmas Planter ideas & came across your’s. Beautiful! I can’t wait to see what you do this year. Cheers!

  • Reply Jill November 17, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Hi! I love these urns. A couple questions about them though. Is the whole urn filled with garland or is there something on the bottom? Also, are these under an over hang or do you think they can hold up through outdoor elements. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  • Reply isabel December 5, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    i was wondering where you bought the planters. Thank you.

  • Reply kate October 8, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    I was wonder the name of the paint color you used on your front door. It looks great with the trim!

  • Reply Anne Huskey June 8, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Is there anyway you could give your paint color ( and brand ) for your front door, darker gray area around the door, and paint for the lighter stucco on front porch. We are about to paint and absolutely love your colors.

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