My Southern Magnolia Christmas Porch

How do you decorate a porch in the South? You use Magnolia leaves!

My inspiration for the Christmas porch theme this year

were these beautiful fresh wreaths from Lynch Creek Farm

that were embellished with magnolia leaves.

Welcome to my Southern Magnolia Christmas Porch.

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I sent my hubby to several garden centers to look for a Magnolia tree.

No luck.

So what did I do?

I made my own Magnolia tree! It is my Lulu Tree for this year.

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Rudy is not on the porch this year. But his sister is!

Meet Rudyanne! She is wearing a grapevine wreath embellished with

Magnolia leaves and a strand of cotton. The southern pearls!

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A tall slim un-lit faux Christmas tree was placed in the garden container.

Thanks to the generosity of my neighbor who has a magnificent Magnolia tree,

I was able to obtain some wonderful magnolia leaves.

Leaves were hot glued to the tree branches.

And there you have it, A Magnolia Christmas Tree!

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Rudyanne loves the tree so much that she has taken residence by the tree.

Magnolia leaves were also added to the garland around the doors.

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I added Magnolia leaves to the swag of fresh winter greens

and placed it on my antique Flexible Flyer sled.

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To add some color to the porch, I placed poinsettias by the doors and the steps.

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A container filled with poinsettias and various house plants

seemed to be the perfect thing for the table alongside the lantern.

Flickering candle by Balsam Hill.

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The Williamsburg Hospitality pillows brought out from my stash to place on the settee

to add a little more Southern flair.

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Large ornaments hung from the ceiling of the porch as they have been

for the past several years.

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Our cooler weather at night forces me to bring the poinsettias indoors.

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But it is worth it as when the sun comes up in the morning,

they come on to the porch again, making it festive and making me smile!

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Thanks for visiting my Southern Porch of Magnolias.

And COME BACK TOMORROW for the 12 Days of Holiday Homes Holiday Homes Link Party

where you can link up your Holiday Home!

I am fluffing 2 additional rooms in the house. Getting ready for guests

and the festivities of the Season of Joy!

Have a most Merry Day!!


Note: The beautiful wreaths (Majestic Magnolia) were sent to me

by the fine folks at Lynch Creek Farm. All rave reviews are entirely and

joyfully my own!

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  1. Beautiful as always and I love the added magnolia leaves. Rudyanne is too cute like her brother.

  2. So gorgeous!! I love the wreath around the reindeer’s neck, the hanging Christmas ornaments and the ancient sled!!

    Have a great day Shirley!

  3. Well, this is just over-the-top gorgeous, Shirley! You have such a beautiful porch anyway. I love your use of the magnolia leaves. We had a Magnolia tree in our yard when we lived in Auburn, AL and they give you plenty of leaves. How nice of your neighbor to share with you! Rudyanne is adorable and obviously loves the porch too!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  4. Beautiful as always!

  5. Amy Kaminski says

    That is just lovely Shirley! I love the look of the poinsettias on the steps. Unfortunately, that would never fly here as we are knee deep in snow right now, but seeing yours sure brightens the day!

  6. Shirley, your front porch is beautiful. Rudyanne is so cute! The magnolia leaves add the perfect Southern touch, and I love how your hung the ornaments from the porch ceiling…so pretty and festive! I hope you have a Happy Tuesday!!!

  7. Shirley, love your traditional Southern porch…aren’t magnolia leaves so beautiful!! The pillows are gorgeous along with the poinsettias. The porch is a warm welcome to your gracious home!

  8. Lovely as always. I’m sitting as I write this looking out at about 8 inches of snow on the ground.
    I envy those of you who can add such extra holiday pop to their entries. I do have garland covered in lights wrapped around my entry door and a small pine three light up to match on a table. We just need to be able to keep the snow cleared. BRRRR it’s cold out today in Minnesota!

  9. I have magnolia leaves on my sled, too! Love everything you’ve done, Shirley…it looks so festive!

  10. Your southern magnolia porch looks beautiful! Lucky you to have such a great neighbor!

  11. Oh I love it!!! The addition of the magnolia leaves is gorgeous! I LOVE the magnolia tree!! Fabulous and oh so beautifully southern!!! Rudyannne is adorable with her necklace of “pearls”:):) The poinsettias are gorgeous, love the 2 colors! I will look for some as I am part of our neighborhood tour of homes this coming Fri. night. They will have to be indoors as it is supposed to be in the low 20’s Thurs., and Fri.:( UGH! Have a beautiful day my friend!!!!

  12. Oh…your porch is so festive! Rudyanne is quite the cutie! Hope it’s not going to be too cold for you! 😉

  13. Your porch is stunning and festive, Shirley! You are so creative and talented…the magnolia tree is gorgeous, and I love how you’ve interspersed the leaves into the swag. You’ve included so many perfect details…Christmas throw, lanterns with candles, adorable Rudyanne, and always loving the hanging ornaments.
    Mary Alice

  14. Shirley – the magnolia leaves with their glossy green are beautiful…I love the ornaments hanging from the porch ceiling…so fun and festive!

  15. I just absolutely love all that greenery on your porch! AND that magnolia tree you made is so nice. I am going to try that myself! Rudyanne is adorable! You are so creative….talented.

  16. I love that Rudyanne is sporting a strand of southern pearls! Your magnolia tree turned out great and I always love to see your porch decked out in its Christmas finery!

  17. Beautiful use of the magnolia, Shirley, just beautiful!

  18. Oh what fun! Your porch would be perfect no matter where it was. I’m tickled to see this year’s Lulu tree and love that it represents a different twist for a Christmas tree. Keep those ideas coming!

  19. oh, I love it all, Shirley! the magnolia leaves add so much and make it so gracious and “Southern”. The staggered ornaments from the ceiling are the icing on the cake!

  20. Everything is so lovely on your porch. You certainly know the meaning of Southern in your decorations. Love the sleigh it’s perfect on the porch.

    Always a treat to see your decorations….

    Merry Christmas


  21. Your porch is lovely for Christmas!

  22. Absolutely gorgeous…

  23. I love your porch – it is beautiful. I just saw it Featured in a magazine. Could you please tell me where you purchased your lanterns?

    Thank you,

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