Pretty Front Entry Decorating Ideas for Fall

Use these pretty fall decorating ideas to deck out your front porch this autumn. From gourds to wreaths to porch displays, you're sure to find beautiful fall inspiration.

By Elizabeth Jensen

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Mums and White Pumpkins Entry
Entry with Mums and White Pumpkins

    Give your home a symmetrical look by incorporating overflowing potted mums and pumpkins, plus a pretty wreath. Place two pots of burnt orange mums on every other step and line with simple white pumpkins. Hanging planters and Chinese lanterns is an easy way to finish the autumnal look.

Hanging Pinecones and Monogram

    Welcome the season with a pretty display at your door. A thick ribbon and some inexpensive embellishments give a personal fall feel in minutes. To make the pinecone bunches, hot-glue the flat end of pinecones around a 3-inch-wide plastic foam ball. Tie a bow and hot-glue it on, as well. Hang your family monogram from velvet ribbon as the centerpiece.

    Editor's Tip: Attach your ribbon to the door (rather than the door frame) if you go in and out of the door often. A touch of tacky wax can help prevent it from brushing against your door in the wind.

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.

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.

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 to greet your unexpected fall guests.

Creative Wreath and Door Path

    Pops of fall color are easy to achieve (and don't have to be costly to create)! Glossy red paint (spray paint works best) transforms a grapevine wreath from country to cozy. An ordinary outdoor rug goes from basic gray to autumn splendor with stencils. Start with an outdoor rug with a short, tight nap. Make your own stencil by tracing a leaf onto poster board (we used tulip poplar leaves for our pattern). Cut out the stencil, place on the rug, and roll on the color. Continue until you're satisfied with the design. Finish off the look with a colorful assortment of potted mums.

Colorful Fall Porch

    Take a color scheme through the season with pretty, inexpensive fall accents. Outdoor pillows add pick-me-up to a porch swing 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 base board to make it mobile.

Monogrammed Planter

    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, complete the fall feel.

Vintage Garden Fork with Corn Husks

    Give second life to a vintage find by hanging an old pitchfork on your fall door. Wire dried husks of corn on the prongs so you can remove them later if you like. Use two long nailheads to hang the pitchfork to your door.

    Editor's Tip: Add extra nails or use wire to ensure that the pitchfork is extra-secure if you're placing it on an often-used door.

Ornamental Kale in Purple and Green

    A colorful, ruffled member of the cabbage family, kale perks up pots when temperatures tumble. Here we alternated purple and green ornamental kale in a galvanized-steel container to create a simple pattern that can move around the porch on a whim.

Pumpkin Stepping Path

    Squatty, tall, colorful, or scarred: All pumpkins are stars when you line them up along your walking path. Fall guests will enjoy traversing your hand-selected patch. Add white candles in small clear jars to light the way at night.

Monogrammed Doormat

    Turn a plain coir mat into a custom fall welcome. Print a letter onto cardstock and cut it out. Pin the cardstock stencil on the mat and cover the letter with spray paint. To add dots, repeat the process, masking off the letter before painting the dots.

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, coral bells, creeping Jenny, and marguerite daisy.

Porch with Monogram and Mums

    Nothing says fall like gorgeous assortments of chrysanthemums. Place them in brightly colored pots and set them on each step. To give the front door more personality, use wood glue to attach cut wood dowels to a plywood monogram. A clear polyurethane spray protects the finish from outdoor elements.

White-and-Purple Entryway

    Use a fresh and clean color palette to decorate your entry this autumn. Fill pots with purple and white chrysanthemums and other varieties of fall foliage. Stack white pumpkins on a bench and around the pots. A burlap bag filled with fall goodies adds door interest without requiring extra nails or door damage.

Harvesttime Display

    Stand cornstalks behind an old chair to add texture to your fall entryway. Adorn the chair with an old quilt, mini pumpkins, and other fall items. A three-dimensional wreath (bought at a crafts store) holds a collection of favorite fall gourds.

Washtub with Kale

    A vintage-style washtub holds a collection of fall-color plants. We used tall 'Redbor' kale, pink mums, and two varieties of ornamental kale. The best part? This tub's totally portable.

Simple Fall Entryway

    Skip the complexity -- simple designs can shine in the fall. A feathery grass wreath, a bright orange pumpkin plopped atop a chair, and a pretty pot of mums are enough to give your porch the harvesttime look it needs.

Mini Apothecary Fall Display

    Being tight on space doesn't mean you have to go light on decorations. These fall beauties can sit on your porch railing; simply fill glass apothecary jars with tiny gourds and plants. Keep it in natural sunlight to let the beauty shine through.

Natural Fall Entryway

    If the area around your doorway is already naturally full and flush, a few small autumnal touches, such a pair of cascading fall arrangements and an assortment of fall flowers in urns, will give your porch a warm and hearty look.

Pumpkin-Filled Wheelbarrow

    Fill an old wheelbarrow with an assortment of gourds, pumpkins, and bittersweet for a sweet decorative touch. Choose orange, bronze, yellow, and creamy-white mums to pair with decorative pumpkins and gourds.

Wreath and Natural Elements

    A full and flush front entryway doesn't need much to give it a hint of fall. Large pumpkins do the trick in turning your front porch into an autumnal paradise. Pick a few bright and hefty pumpkins and place them on your front step. Add a seasonal wreath that complements your door and voila! You have a gorgeous fall entry.

Leafy Front Entry

    Love natural fall elements, such as gourds, cattails, and leaves? This display includes them all. The collection of fall elements fills out the steps while fake, oversize gourds welcome guests with carved grins.

Leaves-and-Pumpkin Door Decor

    Long, gorgeous branches in fall colors get even more play at your door. Cut two branches to grace both sides of your entry (work with your local garden center if you're uncomfortable trimming your own trees). Poke a hole in the top of each pumpkin with a screwdriver and insert the branches.

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