With a front porch that is over 200 sq ft, finding outdoor Christmas decorations to fill it up is nearly impossible on a budget. They are either way overpriced or so small that it would take many, many items to fill up the space. I've always loved the lighted holiday gift boxes found at stores like Menards and Home Depot but not only are they way too small, they cost nearly $40 for 3 teeny tiny boxes. Instead of purchasing overpriced cookie cutter outdoor holiday gift boxes for our front porch, my handsome handy husband and I built them.
We created the frame of the boxes out of 1x4's and spray painted the wood so it wouldn't show through as much. We then wrapped each frame with twinkle lights and stapled the cords to the wood so they wouldn't move around.
I found the decorative mesh ribbon at Sam's Club but I'm sure something similar can be found at most of the craft stores.
The boxes are on the heavier side which is good for our Midwest winters. The smaller boxes made of wire available at the stores would probably disappear in our first snow storm. I like my neighbors, but not enough to share my holiday porch decorations with them.
This DIY project only requires cut pieces of 1x4 wood, a hammer and nail to nail them together, and a staple gun to staple the twinkle lights and mesh ribbon on to the wood. Super easy and super affordable! Just make sure you have a place to store them (depending on how large you make them)! :)
Sorry about the yucky picture!