Potting Shed: Christmas Sprucing of the Porch


I’m Sprucing Up the Porch of my Potting Shed and counting the down the days until Christmas with the help of my Birds of a Feather Advent Calendar!


I started with the back porch of my Potting Shed, since ‘sprucing up the porch’ has been on my ‘to do’ list since her movewith her once hidden back door now visible and embarrassingly naked.

Bluebottle Flowers & Daisies Field


I found a pair of tall chippy, distressed red shutters to flank the back door at a favorite antique mall this fall.


Adding a little greenery goes a long way towards holiday decorating when you have access to some pine, cedar and magnolia for decking the halls!


Hanging a wreath on the back door was the first step and Day 1 of my advent calendar.



I started with an artificial wreath and added some fresh magnolia, cypress, cedar and fir to soften and add a natural element.


The wreath is framing a decorative metal half bird cage and home to some pine cones for the season.


Clip-on bird ornaments flew in to spruce up the porch. . .



And more ornaments are hanging on a vintage rake.



Wellies are filled with greenery, pine cones, and red leaves blazing with the last bit of fleeting fall color.


I trimmed a tree with assorted garden ornaments, grapevine and ribbon.


Assorted salvaged tools~ a rake, pitch fork and hand fork, join a bird house and nest as a tree topper.



Jute-wrapped and pine cone-covered birds are nesting in the tree with watering cans and wellies. . .



And goldenrod gone to seed and dried hydrangeas provide some soft texture and filler.



Tartan ribbon and plaid ornaments add a bright punch of cheery color.



Hope you’re enjoying trimming your tree and sprucing your porch!

Christmas Sprucing of the Potting Shed

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  43 comments for “Potting Shed: Christmas Sprucing of the Porch

  1. December 5, 2014 at 5:18 am

    You have decorated your potting shed just adorably! I love the wreath with the half a bird cage, that is my favorite thing! You always do such a great job!

  2. Vicky from Athens
    December 5, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Love, love, love it!!!!

  3. December 5, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Everything looks great Mary, I love the shutters! The tree in the tub looks perfect too:@)

  4. December 5, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Loving your decorating talents!👏 Have a great weekend!

  5. December 5, 2014 at 7:12 am

    It looks wonderful, you did a tremendous job!

  6. Cher
    December 5, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Beautiful! Inspiring! Thanks for some clever holiday decorating ideas

  7. Sue
    December 5, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I LOVE what you have done with the wreath & wire basket–inspired!

  8. Phyllis Farr
    December 5, 2014 at 8:08 am

    WONDERFUL! WONDERFUL! (as always…:)

  9. December 5, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Oh Christmas Tree! From the bird house and tool topper down through the branches adorned with pine cone birds and red garden boots, you’ve added all the right touches for your potting shed tree! It looks so cute in the big bucket by your chippy red shutters! I would have never guessed you used an artificial wreath as the base for the one on your door, adding those natural elements makes the whole thing look so natural~great idea! As usual, I could stay here all day spotting all the wonderful details and surprises! :) Love the clip on bird ornaments!

  10. Kim
    December 5, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Mary, I always love seeing your seasonal decor at your shed. Well, done again!

  11. Sandi Allen
    December 5, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Love, Love, Love this! Beautiful as always!

  12. Bonbongirl
    December 5, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Stunning as usual! Your back porch (and door) looks better than most front porches I’ve seen… just sayin!!

  13. Kathryn Harris
    December 5, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I love the wreath with the pinecones in the birdcage….what a great idea. I wish I had your knack for decorating.
    The holidays are such a fun time and your ideas make my day brighter…thanks for sharing them with us.

  14. December 5, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Oh Mary, I want to move right into the potting shed! It’s like a little dream cottage to me. the wreath doesn’t even look artificial with your natural elements added. I love the iron piece hanging in the middle with the pine cones. The tree is perfectly adorned. You must have so much fun playing at your potting shed.

  15. December 5, 2014 at 9:26 am

    LOVE!! the magnolia and pine wreath ~ it is all lovely!

  16. Kristie
    December 5, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Mary I love the falling snow. So fun!

  17. franki
    December 5, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Count me in with the multitudes…that wreath with the half bird-cage…genius!! EVERY THING is just perfect…did I see any spruce branches…hmmm… franki

  18. December 5, 2014 at 9:36 am

    i adore your new location, i know its been tough for you, BUT LOOK AT THESE NEW SHOTS! the shutters are picture perfect, you have doubled your real estate pleasure~

    and you have quadrupled my advent fun, this is exactly how i knew you would play with it! all the little details are just deep down heart warming, every inch is holiday magic. such a pretty wreath, faux, i can’t spot a single speck of nothing but fresh fresh fresh! you know i adore seeing those little clothespins pointing out all your hard work ;-)

    oh your boot ornament, pitter patter!

    dang girl this is so fun for me, now please PIN EVERY SINGLE PIC so i can steal them for the birds of feather advent board, i adore caging all your fun in one place!

  19. December 5, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Looks gorgeous! Every year I tell myself I’m going to decorate our tea room (former greenhouse) and I just never seem to get to it. I would copycat a lot of your ideas!


  20. bobbi duncan
    December 5, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Charming in every way! You always know how to incorporate just the right “pop” for an interesting vignette. I have gotten so many great ideas from your blog and do appreciate all the effort involved to bring fun to my days….sending a big hug. I, too, have done the fresh- added- to- faux wreaths….a dear friend turned me on to that little trick many years ago and it has made wreath making so much easier. Have a great day!

  21. paula
    December 5, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Woooos and awwwwws , coming your way , Love the potting shed all decked out for Christmas, she is looking so lovely !!
    Thanks for sharing all your talents Mary !
    hope your day is filled with smiles :)


  22. December 5, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    You knock my socks off once again! My favorites are the wreath around the bird cage and the wellies ornament!!!!!! SA WEET!!!!! Every element is perfection! This is exactly why I wish we had milder weather and I could decorate like this!!! Gorgeous my friend!!! Have a beautiful weekend. Just finished my stair railing so am DONE!!!! WHOO HOO!!!!

  23. December 5, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Mary, I so enjoy seeing you transform your potting shed with the seasons! You are so creative; and every detail is always perfect! You have inspired me to spruce up one of the sheds at our country home, and make it a potting shed. You have such great ideas!

  24. Rattlebridge Farm
    December 5, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Mary, the red shutters are fabulous. I love seeing the shed in the field–it’s so beguiling and magical. And inside–filled with Christmas cheer. Your birds, wreath, boots, and the calendar itself.

  25. Cynthia Raines
    December 6, 2014 at 12:30 am

    I echo everyone’s comments! Just absolutely awesome!!

  26. Gert
    December 6, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Wish you would come and decorate our house as cute as your pottering shed! Gorgeous!

  27. December 6, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Ok, Mary. You must divulge where you found the wellies ornament because now that I’ve seen it, I must have it! Those red shutters are perfection on your shed. And I noticed your red watering can. Is that its original color or did you paint it? The reason I ask is because I’m considering painting one of mine. Love it ALL!

    • December 6, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks Jane! The red wellies ornament is Smith & Hawken, from Target last year, I think it was $4. I picked the watering can up at an antique mall, someone had already painted it for me :)

  28. December 7, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Mary, I’d rather see your potting shed all dressed for Christmas more than any other place. The Advent Calendar is one of THE most adorable I’ve seen. Thanks for all the wonderful Christmas inspiration!

  29. December 8, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Stop…STOP…please STOP!!!! I just can’t take any more fabulous ideas, Mary!!!
    Every single photo brought up another inspiration, another great idea to try to copy (as if!) another wonderful glimpse into your darling world.

    I never would have thought of using an artificial wreath then adding fresh greens to it…brilliant!
    I adore those cute little red wellies and the leopard ones are fabulous, too.
    The half birdcage filled with pinecones was a fantastic find…I want to go shopping with YOU!
    All your precious woodland creatures and creative uses of gardening implements just take my breath away.
    I’m gobsmacked and I don’t think I’ve ever used that term before…but it fits!!! Thank you for sharing such delicious eye candy!

  30. December 8, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Mary, the back porch looks wonderful! It’s fun to see the back of your potting shed. :) I remember reading your post about having to move the shed. That was quite an adventure.

    I love all these details. The tree is just perfect — I love, love the plaid ribbon and all your birds are precious. I also love the ornaments hanging from your rake and the greenery-filled wellies and watering can. There’s so much inspiration here for the rest of us. :)

    Thank you for sharing Mary — visiting from Met Monday. Hope you’re staying warm today!



  31. December 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Every detail is divine. You never cease to amaze me!

  32. December 9, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    So whimsical and unique! Loved the wellies and bird Advent calendar! Very clever and adorable.

  33. December 10, 2014 at 9:34 am

    OH I LOVE IT ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just adorable

  34. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    December 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Oh my word, how cute and those leopard boots are fabulous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  35. December 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I’m inspired! I will have a tree on the back porch this weekend and it will have lots of nature on it.

  36. December 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    LUV your potting shed and festive attire. so any details to list but the birdcage|wreath & rake w/ ornaments stuck in my head. tfs it’s just lovely. enjoy the season- mj ps. the shutters are perfect.

  37. December 17, 2014 at 8:31 am

    You did an unbelievable job decorating this potting shed! Those red shutters look like they’ve been there for years.
    The small covered deck outside my back door looks so bare and sad – you’ve inspired me to jazz things up a bit!

  38. December 17, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Adorable! Love everything about your shed decorations…want to come do my porch?

  39. December 18, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Just beautiful Mary! I love the wreath and the advent calendar. Thank you for joining HSH! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  40. Lauri
    December 20, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    I’ve pondered my response — you AMAZE me!!

  41. Cindy
    December 7, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Ok! New nickname for you, the Queen Guru !!! You definitely win the prize!!! Your style is stunning! Great job! Love it all!!!!

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