Kale and Flower Arrangement
Kale isn't just for eating. The flowering varieties, available at the farmer's market or flower shops, make beautiful additions to flower arrangements. In the smaller arrangement, we grouped purple kale with purple mini calla lilies and globe-shape yellow billy balls. In the larger arrangement, white kale makes a statement against orange ranunculus and pincushion flowers.
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Burlap Bunting Flag Wreath
Burlap is one of fall's most versatile supplies, and it adds rustic appeal to any wreath. Create a dazzling entry accessory by wrapping a foam wreath with burlap ribbon, securing the ends at the top (you'll cover this with a hanging ribbon). Glue on textural embellishments, such as felt flowers, berry branches, and a burlap bunting, that welcome the season in a single word.
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Chalkboard Pumpkin Planters
Chalkboard pumpkins are popular front porch accessories, and we particularly love the updated take with this pretty planter. Here's the secret: This isn't a pumpkin at all! Take the handle off a plastic candy bucket and cover with matte black chalkboard paint. Place a small pot of orange mums inside. The chalkboard note can change on a whim.
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Wreath with Coffee-Filter Flowers
Shhh! Dyed coffee filters are the secret ingredient behind this DIY front door wreath. Snag the stylish look by dip-dyeing paper coffee filters in bowls of diluted food coloring. Let the filters dry, then hot-glue them to a white grapevine wreath. Use just a dot of hot glue to start, press the center of the coffee filter onto the wreath, and crinkle and fold the edges to achieve the floral effect. A pretty polka-dot burlap ribbon serves as a "spot on" finishing touch.
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Tribal Painted Pumpkins
Add personality and pizzazz to your front interior entryway with a collection of tribal-inspired, no-carve pumpkins. Just paint arrows and spotted details to your gourds using white acrylic paint and a small detail paintbrush. Let dry for an hour before handling.
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Pom-Pom Yarn Wreath
For those holiday decorators who love to customize their creations, this DIY yarn wreath is for you. Simply wrap a straw wreath with complementary colors of yarn; the longer you wrap with a color, the thicker the stripe. Finish with a cluster of yarn pom-poms and your front door will be this season's star.
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Flowering Pumpkin Decoration
Add quick color to a fall decorating staple with chrysanthemums. To make, purchase 40-50 florist's vials (available at crafts supply stores). Cut a band of holes at different heights and about 1 inch apart around the middle of the pumpkin with a small sharp knife. Fill the vials with water and replace the rubber stoppers, then push the vials into the holes so they are just below the surface of the pumpkin. Cut your chrysanthemum flowers so they have 2-inch stems and remove the leaves. Give your pumpkin a floral border by inserting one or two flowers into each vial (the flowers should be big enough to cover the holes).
Editor's Tip: In place of chrysanthemums, you can use thistles, wild asters, or faded hydrangeas.
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Cozy Fall Mum Wreath
Warm up your fall porch with an easy-to-make wreath. To make, press spider mums with 1-inch stems into a foam wreath. The blooms will last a few days, especially if you spritz them with water a few times. Finish the look by hanging with a plaid scarf.
Tiered Fall Display
Using a wire-tiered plant stand on your porch saves display space and creates an easy home for smaller items. Fill with a variety of fall decorations, such as pumpkins, gourds, foliage, and fruit, using wooden bowls and vintage crocks to add interest.
Glimmering Harvest Wreath
Add shine to a traditional harvest wreath with a touch of metallic paint. Divide purchased dried wheat into three groups. Lightly brush each group with a different color of paint (we chose gold, copper, and brass). Let dry, then tuck the stalks into a purchased wheat wreath, starting from the inside and working outward. Complete your creation by attaching a handwritten welcome to the wreath with hot glue.
Artfully Carved Pumpkin
Step up your jack-o'-lantern game this year. Pick an intricate, garden-theme pattern for your pumpkin and nest it in a container amongst attractive foliage (such as bittersweet, shown). The arrangement will look great solo, but can easily be duplicated for a regal front entry look for fall.
Mini Gourd and Pumpkin Wreath
Add a unique fall statement to your front door with this bright and colorful wreath. Using an awl, poke two holes in the bottom of a pumpkin or gourd. Thread florist's wire onto a wreath frame and attach the gourds one by one until you're satisfied with the look, then hang.
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These pumpkins get a mod makeover from geometric cutouts in different sizes and patterns. Just hollow out the pumpkins, then stencil on your designs. Cut out each square with a pumpkin carving saw and arrange on your front porch. For a country-chic look, rest pumpkins on an antique wooden chair or bench.
Fall Corn Garland
Capture the season's charm with a rustic garland made from ears of fall corn and dried husks. Colors include ruby red, yellow, and purple, so you can pick the scheme that best matches your decor. Create hooks by twisting small eye screws into the wide end of each ear. Bend the husks into loops and seal the pointy ends together with hot glue. Finally, string the ears onto twine, alternating with corn husks as you go. Hang above your door or along your porch eaves for a simply beautiful effect.
Pumpkins on a Chair
This year, carve personalized pumpkins to welcome your friends and family to your home. Buy a small, medium, and large pumpkin, then etch your monogram into each one. Try using different fonts and styles for a fun fall touch. Rest your masterpieces on an old chair or stool to show off your work.
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Stacks of Pumpkins
For a grown-up twist on jack-o'-lanterns, just hollow out pumpkins and place a pillar candle in each. Then, layer an old wooden table with the pillar pumpkins, gourds, and squash for a porch-perfect outdoor display that will provide a warm welcome all season long.
Welcoming Pumpkin Wheelbarrow
Place an antique wheelbarrow or old wooden wagon near your door and fill it with a cheery mix of fall gourds, berry vines, and pumpkins. Then, use paint, permanent marker, or sticker letters to decorate the pumpkins with a friendly fall welcome.
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Antique-Key Fall Pumpkins
These key-encrusted pale pumpkins are the perfect addition to a natural-color fall entry. To get the look, arrange four pumpkins on a side table, and spell "fall" using antique keys secured with long straight pins.
Decorative Bucket on Door
Seasonal freshness comes courtesy of live hydrangea and hypericum in this hanging bucket. Simply attach a decorative hook to your door and hang an antique bucket filled with water and the fall blooms. The seasonal display stays fresh for a few days -- enough time for your big fall gathering or for greeting unexpected fall guests.
Bright Front Door and Wreath
Your front door becomes its own decoration when you hang a wreath dotted with red berries. Complement your entry's fresh look with a stack of white and orange pumpkins and oversize pots of fall plants. A pretty floral mat adds a pop of color.
A topiary of pumpkins adds a touch of drama to your front entrance. Look for pumpkins in different sizes and colors, then rest the largest pumpkin on a planter. Use wooden skewers to secure each smaller pumpkin to the next, and place near your front door.
Your summer urn does double-duty in this quick and easy fall decor idea. Just fill the urn with gourds, squash, and small pumpkins for a pretty front porch accent.
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Celebrate the changing season with a leafy monogram door marker. Just paint a papier-mache letter and let dry, then hot-glue dried or silk leaves to the letter in layers. Finally, hot-glue a wire loop to the back of the letter for hanging. If you have a metal door, replace the hanging loop with magnets.
Decorative Fall Urn
This gorgeous arrangement is freewheeling and creative -- perfection not required. Build a mound of cut plastic florist's foam pieces inside a plastic urn. Cover with Spanish moss (available at crafts stores), keeping the moss in place with green pins. Make a collar of burlap around the urn and build your arrangement with artificial leaves, berries, Chinese lanterns, dried lotus pods, and other fall favorites from the floral selection of your local crafts store. Green pins help keep everything in place.
Editor's Tip: Take your arrangement inside if you're expecting rain. It works best on a covered porch.
Scatter and stack roly-poly gourds around your front entry for a pretty autumn accent in soft, creamy colors. Try placing them in country-style baskets, antique-inspired metal tubs, or classic wooden trays for a fun, rustic touch. Pots of ornamental kale and fall flowers complete the look.
Hanging Gourd Vase
Decorate your front gate or porch railing with a natural hanging vase made from a swan gourd. Just cut a 1- to 2-inch hole near the gourd's neck, then hollow out enough space for fall flowers such as mums, black-eyed Susans, and Virginia creeper.
Line your front steps with your favorite fall decor, such as gourds and rustic wooden pumpkins. Plant fall flowers -- we like Mexican sage, sedum, and mums -- in vintage ceramic planters, then arrange them among the pumpkins. Finally, hang a showstopping autumn wreath on your door for front entry perfection.
Festive Fall Greenery
An old washtub is new again when you fill it with fall plants such as wheat stems, fir branches, and holly leaves and berries. Rest your repurposed planter on a porch, front step, or retaining wall, and enjoy.
Turn a plain coir mat into a custom fall welcome. Print a letter onto cardstock and cut it out. Pin the cardstock letter on the mat and spray-paint the mat. To add dots, repeat the process, masking off the letter before painting the dots.
Wreath of Leaves
Adorn your door with this surprisingly simple autumn wreath. Gather leaves and dry them or purchase pliable dried leaves from a crafts store, then use small scissors to cut a slit in the center of each. String each leaf onto a wire wreath form, then hang with a festive ribbon and additional leaves.
Bring the season's harvest to your front door with a homemade wheatgrass wreath. (Say that three times fast!) Purchase a U-shape foam wreath, or cut off the top portion of a circular wreath to create the base. Then, collect the wheat in small bunches and wire together the stems of each as you go. Beginning at the top of the wreath, use U-shape florist's pins to fix a bunch to the wreath. Repeat this step as you work your way down, making sure the top of each bunch covers the stems and wires of the one before it. Trim the stems short on the bottom bunches. To finish your wreath, use hot glue to attach a cluster of grass tails, nuts, seeds, or acorns in the center.
Harvest-Inspired Fall Front Entry
Let the natural elements of a fall harvest inspire your front entry decorations for the season. Stuff the bottoms of vintage harvest baskets with newspaper and fill them with fresh apples. Attach dried cornstalks to porch posts with wire hidden under burlap, then use Indian corn, gourds, and vintage rakes and pitchforks to add to the harvest theme. Pots of red mums and red fall leaves add vibrant color, straw bales add layered height, and the front door wreath -- a head of kale surrounded by faux apples, seedpods, and leaves secured with florist's wire to a foam base -- brings the natural look together.
Fall Front Entry with Paper Lanterns
Use orange paper lanterns as an inexpensive and easy way to decorate your front entry for fall. To re-create this look, affix smaller lanterns in various shades of orange to bamboo stakes using light-color string; put the stakes in planters on either side of the door. Continue to add symmetry with pumpkins in various sizes piled below the elevated planters. Make the look wow-worthy with a larger-than-life orange paper lantern hung from the center of the front entry.
Natural Fall Wreath
Use muted colors and natural elements to decorate your fall front entry with a classic and easy-to-achieve look. Accent your front door with a store-bought square magnolia wreath and embellish with twigs, seedpods, nuts, berries, wheat, and leaves, securing them to the wreath using florist's wire.
Living Monogram Wreath
Give your front entry a bold accent for fall with a living monogram wreath. Construct a letter form from 2-inch cedar boards, a plywood back, and chicken wire. Spray-paint the form a bold color, then fill with sphagnum peat moss and succulents. Add hooks to the back of the letter to make it easy to remove, clean, and add new plants.
Make your house feel like a home with planters that call out your family's initial. This planter is actually a painted wooden trash can. The small frame, featuring a clip art letter, is attached with hot glue. A smattering of mums and pumpkins, plus a high-reaching collection of twigs, completes the fall feel.
Potted Autumn Arrangement
An oversize tin planter is the perfect way to display your fall floral arrangements, and a tone-on-tone stenciled design makes it unique to you. This porch-ready planting includes purple fountaingrass, flowering kale, coralbells, creeping Jenny, and marguerite daisies.
Colorful Fall Porch
Take a color scheme through the season with pretty, inexpensive fall accents. Outdoor pillows act as a porch swing pick-me-up, while a small throw rug keeps the palette going. Make a simple table by sandwiching two colorful tubs between slabs of wood. We added wheels to the baseboard to make it mobile.
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Leafy Fall Wreath
Artificial leaves and berries ensure that your wreath-crafting effort lasts for years. To make this, cover a foam wreath with Spanish moss. Alternate the leaf colors as you build the wreath in a circle. Use green pins to keep leaves in place. Attach pepperberries with pins to finish.
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