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Use these pretty fall decorating ideas to add pizzazz to your porch this autumn. Whether it's a gourd, wreath, or full porch display, you're sure to find beautiful fall inspiration for your front entry.
Announce your house numbers loud and proud with this festive, DIY topiary (and reuse it next year, since the pumpkins are artificial!). White pumpkins are outfitted with vintage-style house numbers, then threaded through a dowel for stability and stacked neatly over a wooden basket foundation. Vivid Spanish moss peeks over the basket top for added color.
Rake wreaths are beautiful, but it's hard to beat an entire embellished garden rake propped upright on your porch. Corncobs and faux flowers are bundled around rake tines to create this country-inspired decoration, and a hand-painted harvest sign finishes the look. Add outdoorsy details to the vignette, such as jarred pheasant feathers and a charming pumpkin bread signboard, for layers of rustic interest.
Need a quick brightener for an entryway corner? Head out to your shed for a watering can, and while you’re there, grab the pruning shears. Found containers, like this galvanized watering pot, add unexpected interest to vibrant yard clippings. For a fuss-free display, pose your embellished watering can with an assortment of multisized pumpkins.
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Flanking your door with towering cornstalks is a bold, seasonal statement (and if you know a friendly farmer, it’s potentially free!). A hanging basket of harvest foliage and berries forms a rustic substitute for a traditional wreath, and a pumpkin-dotted garland of autumn leaves drapes elegantly over the entrance. Bright yellow mums provide foot-level bursts of color.
If you have a rug, scissors, paper, and some painting materials on hand, you have almost everything you need to make this snazzy doormat. (Look outside for a pretty-silhouetted autumn leaf, and you’re set.) Form a stencil by tracing a leaf onto a sheet of paper and cutting carefully along the outline. Place the stencil on the doormat, tracing the outline, and paint over the leaf-shape interior with crafts paint. For smooth painting results, look for natural-fiber, woven mats with low-nap surfaces, like jute or hemp.
Remember to brighten small spaces on your porch. Little containers, like this metal wall planter, are prime decorating opportunities. These overflowing mini pumpkins and cheerful dotted bows give a warm welcome to house-callers. Metal curlicues reminiscent of pumpkin vines are a charming bonus.
Orange and red might receive top autumn billing, but we think pink is a strong contender. Glorious blush-color mums brighten this chairside porch space, and a heaping basket of miniature pumpkins plays a sweet supporting role. Use this dynamic color trio at your front entry, in your living room, or wherever you need a happy, seasonal palette.
Enjoy the cool breezes on your porch with a warm blanket and mug of cocoa, and remember to set out the cuddly shirt pillows you made for just these occasions! Use a premade pillow sham as a cutting template (allowing an extra inch on all sides), then flip right sides together, attach iron-on binding, and iron on all four sides. Open at the buttons to turn your new sham right-side out, and stuff in your new pillow. Plaids are a fall-favorite pattern, but try chunky chevrons or florals in autumn-inspired hues, too.
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.
If you're storing a keepsake stash of your kids' old toys (doesn't everybody?), you might find the star of this porch display hiding in the attic. Fill a nostalgic truck with an adorable haul of miniature pumpkins, then park it near a coordinating flower display, like these vivid orange mums. While you're in the attic, bring down those apple baskets from past orchard trips; they make beautiful containers for potted plants.
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Puzzling over decorating options for an outdoor, evening bash? Try these crafty mason jar votives for an instant autumn atmosphere. To make your own, just slide a small glass votive inside a glass canning jar and gently drop red glass beads in the space between the votive and jar. Place a tea light or battery-operated candle inside the votive for a warm, rosy glow. Suspend them from your porch overhang or use them to brighten out-of-the-way nooks.
A printer, pen, permanent marker, and pumpkin complete this classy house number decoration. Print out your house numbers in an attractive font, then trace them onto your pumpkin with a ballpoint pen. Use a dark permanent marker to fill in the lines, then pop it in a porch nook. If you’re feeling extra elegant, shelter your pumpkin under a planter’s draping fronds for a soft look.
Play up small entryways with bold, attention-grabbing elements that make the space pop. A sunflower-and-burlap wreath and coordinating leafy garland draw the eye in, and layers of colorful decorations, such as baskets of gourds and a foliage-bedecked lantern, hold the viewer's attention. Welcome neighbors to your harvest-theme stoop with a space-saving vertical signboard.
When you’re considering pumpkin arrangements, think outside the porch. Traditional orange and creamy-white pumpkins adorn this pedestal bird feeder, wrapped loosely with leaf and berry garlands. For super-easy stacking, look for broad, flat pumpkins to form the base. Crown your pumpkin stack with a garland of faux fall leaves, pinned to the pumpkins for autumn-breeze security.
Add quick color to a fall decorating staple with chrysanthemums. To make this flowing pumpkin, purchase 40-50 florists 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.
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.
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.
Shhh! Dyed coffee filters are the secret ingredient behind this DIY 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.
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.
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.
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.
These pumpkins got a mod makeover with 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.
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.
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 pumpkins, along with gourds and squash, for a porch-perfect outdoor display that will provide a warm welcome all season long.
Seasonal freshness comes courtesy of fresh 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 guests.
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 the adornment near your front door.
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.
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.
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.
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 fountain grass, flowering kale, coralbells, creeping Jenny, and marguerite daisies.
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.