My Christmas Front Porch & A DIY Anthropologie Inspired Gingerbread House Door Mat (Using An Ikea Trampa Door Mat)

My Christmas Front Porch & A DIY Anthropologie Inspired Gingerbread House Door Mat

I’m normally a white lights kind of girl, but this year I’ve put aside my need for a perfect, classy Christmas, and added some stuff that will make magical memories for the kids. One of my best memories growing up was going Christmas light looking. I grew up in expensive San Diego, and we didn’t have much. So it was always AMAZING to see all the beautiful expensive houses all decorated during Christmas. And as a kid, I naturally always loved the ones with the colorful lights.

I never dreamed that I would have the most perfect house of my own to decorate.

So why not make it colorful for MY kids?!

My Christmas Front Porch & A DIY Anthropologie Inspired Gingerbread House Door Mat

One fun touch I wanted to add was a Christmas Door Mat. I saw a gingerbread one at Anthropologie and my heart skipped a beat. I couldn’t justify spending $40 on a door mat though. But then I remembered the cheap $9 Ikea Trampa door mats.

My Christmas Front Porch & A DIY Anthropologie Inspired Gingerbread House Door Mat

So I bought one, and cut out my own version of a gingerbread house. I reccomend turning the door mat upside down, drawing your design out, and then cutting with an exacto knife.

My Christmas Front Porch & A DIY Anthropologie Inspired Gingerbread House Door Mat

Mine was going to be under my covered porch, so I just used acrylic paint. If yours is going to get really wet, I would use an outdoor paint.

My Christmas Front Porch & A DIY Anthropologie Inspired Gingerbread House Door Mat

I found that pouring the paint straight from the squirt bottle gave the cleanest lines.

My Christmas Front Porch & A DIY Anthropologie Inspired Gingerbread House Door Mat

So now I have a cute DIY gingerbread door mat for my dreamy front porch. I seriously can’t get over how pretty the DIY corbels I built look.

I am also in love with having an all white farmhouse this year thanks to my husband letting me “German Schemear” our brick white.

My Christmas Front Porch & A DIY Anthropologie Inspired Gingerbread House Door Mat

I STILL have my fall wreath up though… and you know what? It’s probably not coming down.

My Christmas Front Porch & A DIY Anthropologie Inspired Gingerbread House Door Mat

It kinda matches the leaves we still need to rake up and the dead potted pine trees on my porch. Haha!

My Christmas Front Porch & A DIY Anthropologie Inspired Gingerbread House Door Mat

For my porch garlands, I used garlands from Hobby Lobby, and I added extra branches and leaves from my yard. I mean, nature is free.

Haha! Merry Christmas Friends (I’m the annoying person who says that to everyone I see during the month of December)

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