Decorating a Cape Cod Home for Christmas


Cape Cod houses have an architectural style that lends themselves to nautical-style Christmas decorating. Originating from 17th Century New England, Cape Cod homes are known for their charming dormer roofs, window shutters, interior molding and cozy interior fireplaces. By incorporating a few techniques and using several easy-to-find items, it is simple to create gorgeous nautical-style Christmas decor in your Cape Cod home.

Decorating a Cape Cod home for Christmas.

Step 1

Hang fresh wreaths on windows. Affix a bow to each wreath using wire. Floral wiring will work. Wrap a portion of the wire around the wreath to attach the bow. Use easy-to-remove temporary hooks, or hooks attached to suction cups, to hang wreaths on window glass.

Step 2

Drape the perimeter of your doorway with a fresh pine garland. Take large suction cup hangers, moisten the cups, and affix them to the top right and left corners of the casing around your door. Add several more suction cup hooks down the door casing sides. Hang a fresh pine garland on the hooks to highlight the entrance of your Cape Cod home.

Step 3

Hang a themed wreath on your front door. Take an over-the-top wreath hanger hook and install it over the top of the door until the hook is in place. Use floral wire to attach nautical items to your wreath. Use starfish, sand dollars, small toy boats, lighthouses and blue and white ornaments. Attach a large blue bow to the top of the wreath with floral wire.

Step 4

Place potted topiaries to each side of your doorway. Topiaries should be at least 4 feet tall. Drape the topiaries with white lights for added appeal.

Step 5

Wrap inside banisters with fresh or artificial garland. Use floral wire to affix sand dollars, starfish, small boats, lighthouses and blue and white ornaments.

Step 6

Decorate your Cape Cod Christmas tree. Drape a fresh or artificial tree with white lights. Add nautical-themed ornaments and a tree skirt in a nautical theme.

Step 7

Wrap 10 empty boxes in nautical wrapping paper and top them with large bows. Place them under the tree as a decoration.

Step 8

Hang a nautical picture above your mantel and drape it with fresh garland. Inexpensive paintings of ships and other nautical icons can be found at thrift shops and yard sales.

Step 9

Decorate your mantle with fresh or faux garland and nautical-themed items. Attach blue and white ornaments using florist wire. Place it on top of the mantle. Add three model ships in various sizes to the mantle top. Add additional seaside items in odd numbers to round out your display.

Tips and Warnings

  • If your windows have an exterior film on them, make sure that the large suction cups do not scratch this film before using them to hang your wreaths. When hanging your wreaths, be certain to not block fire exit window areas. Anchor mantle garland with thumbtacks to prevent mantle items from falling into fireplace area.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh pine garlands
  • Fresh wreaths
  • Blue velvet bows
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Large suction cup hangers
  • Metal over-the-door wreath hanger
  • White, battery-operated lights
  • Fresh or faux potted topiaries
  • Nautical items such as starfish, sand dollars, small boats, lighthouses, blue and white ornaments
  • Faux garlands
  • Green chenille pipe cleaners
  • Fresh or faux Christmas tree
  • Tree stand
  • Hand saw
  • White plug-in stands of lights
  • Nautical ornaments
  • Empty cardboard boxes
  • Ribbon
  • Clear tape
  • Nautical tree skirt
  • Nautical painting
  • Nautical accessories such as 3 model ships


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Who Can Help

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Keywords: Cape Cod decorating, Cape Cod homes, Cape Cod Christmas

About this Author

Based in north-central Pennsylvania, Amy Mosher has been writing interior design and lifestyle articles since 2005. She is a prolific professional blogger, designer, artist, and writer for eHow. She holds a bachelor's degree from Mansfield University and is a graduate of the Sheffield School of Interior Design.

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