Cabins seem to be made for the colder months with the wonderful, cozy vibe they naturally exude. You can bring out that vibe further by making the outside of the cabin just as comfortable as the inside, even through the coldest months of the year. Say goodbye to potted flowers on the porch and hello to evergreens and birch branches. It’s time to decorate the outside of your cabin when it’s cold.
Light It Up
You don’t have to wait until Christmas to hang twinkling lights around the exterior of your home. They bring such warmth on the coldest evenings and make guests feel at home as they come to the door. Here are a few fun ideas to softly light up the outside of your cabin:
- Hang string lights from the porch roof or railings.
- Hang mason jars filled with fairy lights in the trees.
- Place luminaries with battery-operated candles along the walkways.
You can’t go wrong with lights in amber, yellow, or soft white.
Birch Tree Wood
Birch tree wood is the wood of winter with its charming white bark. It suits cabin décor perfectly and can withstand the cold and snow.
Collect branches of birch and tie them together with burlap, ribbon, or twine, then place them in a container near the front porch for a simple decoration. Try these ideas for whimsical containers:
- Antique washtub
- Wooden box or crate
- Metal bucket
- Enamelware stock pot
For tall branches, you can tie them together and stand them on their own to the side of the door.
Fly a Flag
The American flag flying from a cabin’s front porch is like a scene from a Norman Rockwell painting, full of nostalgia. The bright colors look beautiful when the snow falls and the outdoor lights glimmer. If you choose Old Glory as a part of your décor, make sure you choose a durable material for your American flag that can handle the winter elements. Snow, wind, and ice can do a number on some materials. If storms are strong, bring the flag inside, and if it’s not technically an outdoor flag with nighttime illumination, bring it in every evening and when there is precipitation.
Thank goodness for evergreen, or we wouldn’t have many options for foliage as décor when it’s cold. You can hang a fresh, aromatic evergreen wreath on your front door or add sprigs of greenery to the containers holding your birch wood branches. Fall and winter aren’t the time to hide inside and ignore your home’s curb appeal. Instead, let your cozy cabin shine by decorating the outside of your cabin when it’s cold.