DIY Front Porch Ornament Stand

Hey there! It’s Day 10 in our 12 Days of Christmas series!

12DaysCOUNTER10Today’s project is a twist on some of our favorite outdoor posts that we’ve done! It’s super easy and quick to build and it will look so darn cute outside your front door!

Outdoor-Ornament-StandDid I mention you can build it for under $15? 🙂

Here’s how!

attach-top-piecesI bought an 8 ft. 4×4 at Home Depot and cut it down to 3 1/2 ft. If you don’t have a saw that will cut through a 4×4, just have the nice guys at Home Depot cut it down for you (it will make it easier to load in the car too)! Then cut a 2×6 scrap down to 5 1/2″  and screw it to one end of the 4×4. This will be the top of the post.

bottom-pieceNext, I cut a 2×10 scrap down to 9 1/4″ and attached it to the bottom of the post the same way.

drill-pilot-hole-for-finialFlip it back to the top and drill a pilot hole for a final. (The pilot hole should be a size smaller than the screw on the finial). You can find wood finals at your local craft store. If it doesn’t have a screw on it, just attach it with wood glue.

attach-finial-and-fill-screw-holesNow, screw the final in and fill your screw holes with wood filler.

Varathane-early-americanOnce the wood filler was dry, I applied one coat of Varathane Early American stain over the entire piece. Just wipe it on with a clean cloth, wait 5 minutes then blend it with a separate clean cloth to make sure the stain is even.

RustOleum-Spar-Varnish-2When the stain was dry, I applied one coat of spar varnish to the whole piece.

drill-pilot-hole-for-boltsNext, I drilled three 1/2″ pilot holes into the post. I did two holes on one side and one on the side right next to it. I drilled the first hole 5 1/2″ from the top, then moved to the other side and drilled one 12″ from that hole then moved back to the other side and drilled that one 12″ from the second hole.

attach-boltI found these bolts at Home Depot and gave them 2 coats of black spray paint. Then, I just twisted them into the holes!

Outdoor-Ornament-StandI finished it off by hanging large, shatter-proof ornaments from each bolt – The End 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by! Make sure to check out the other Day 10 projects from our friends! One of us is hosting a giveaway each day so you don’t want to miss out!

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  • LoneStarSaver

    Hi. Your site is my go-to as I venture into the DIY world. Very impressed and admire the work you share with all of us.

    Question. I live in Houston TX area and absolutely cannot find untreated 4×4 posts. I have been every where that even thinks about selling lumber and have talked to all the box stores. I see this build and I think you are in TX. Any ideas?

  • lkernodle43

    This is a great idea, and can be used after the holidays.