43 Pretty Fall Front Entry Ideas You Can Keep Up All Season Long

Celebrate the season in style with a welcoming fall front entry complete with pumpkins, mums, and cornstalks.

Add seasonal touches to your front entry with an array of pumpkins, colorful mums, flowering kale, and a festive fall wreath. Go traditional with fiery oranges, yellows, and reds, or try something new with a muted color palette for a sophisticated fall front entry this year. You can’t go wrong with classic jack-o’-lanterns on your front steps, but if you want to try your hand at a fun new fall craft, try etching an autumnal design or greeting onto your pumpkins this year. Read on to see our favorite fall front entries all decked out for the season. 

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Etched Pumpkin Greeting

hello fall carved pumpkin on steps

Better Homes & Gardens / Adam Albright

Create a bountiful display of seasonal pumpkins for a warm and welcoming fall front entry. Use pumpkins of various sizes and colors and stack them for height, starting with the widest and flattest on the bottom. Nestle in potted mums and ornamental kale for depth and a touch of greenery. A muted color palette of soft white, light orange, and greenish-gray creates an elegant autumnal backdrop for a bright orange pumpkin with an etched seasonal greeting on these festive front steps.

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Fall Harvest Front Entry

door with glass pane and small fall wreath

Better Homes & Gardens / Jay Wilde

Decorative grasses in shades of brown, beige, and green add a festive feel to this fall front entry. Tall galvanized buckets filled with leafy branches, ornamental grasses, and soft pampas grass provide a neutral backdrop for colorful mums, gourds, and pumpkins and tie in with a wood front door. To create a dramatic seasonal display, stagger the height of your decorative elements by using stools and wood crates. 

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Elegant Carved Pumpkins

succulent carved pumpkins

Better Homes & Gardens / Adam Albright

For a twist on traditional carved pumpkins, go sophisticated with an elegant succulent design. This technique combines traditional with etching, which removes the outer layer of skin instead of cutting all the way through the pumpkin. With etched pumpkins, there's no need to de-seed the pumpkins, making it a mess-free craft. Create a simple floral design, etch your house number, or use the pumpkin to convey a seasonal greeting. Finish off your pumpkins with petroleum jelly or lacquer spray so they maintain their freshness and keep the squirrels away.

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Muted Fall Colors

assorted gourds fall decor front cement steps

Better Homes & Gardens / Adam Albright

Celebrate the spirit of the season with a front entry all decked out for fall. Utilize vertical space next to your front door by flanking it with tall corn stalks that add neutral color and texture. Instead of using saturated orange pumpkins, opt for a softer, more muted color palette of whites, creams, light orange and pinks, and greenish-grays. Arrange pumpkins organically on your front steps and add large white mums to blend with the color scheme and pop against a dark brick exterior. 

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Traditional Fall Front Entry

fall wreath and garland on gray door

Better Homes & Gardens / John Granen

An impressive magnolia leaf garland framing this door makes for a stately and traditional fall front entry. The warmth and fullness of the greenery stand out against a slate gray door and a lantern-style pendant, which continue the classic look. Seasonal planters flank the door and a large festive wreath made from magnolia leaves and persimmons completes the look and adds the final touch to this beautiful front entry. 

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Keep It Simple

pumpkins on front porch steps

Better Homes & Gardens / David Land

Keep your fall front entry simple and understated with a couple of small seasonal touches that add a big impact. An asymmetrical arrangement of pumpkins, lanterns, and tall planters stands out against the warmth of horizontal wood planks on this front door. Use tall planters to add height and fill vertical space. Give them an autumnal makeover by planting flowering kale and nestling decorative pumpkins inside.

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Fall Front Steps

brick home fall decor on steps

Better Homes & Gardens / Bob Stefko

Add a touch of seasonal cheer to your front steps with orange and yellow mums for a big splash of color. Lanterns offer a soft glow of candlelight, and pumpkins contribute autumnal charm. Instead of filling your planters with greenery or flowers, fill them with a towering heap of mini pumpkins for a quick and easy fall decoration that will last for months and doesn’t need to be watered.  

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Pumpkin-Packed Fall Porch

Red front porch with variety of plants and pumpkins
Carson Downing

Design a fall front entry that transitions effortlessly from harvest season to Halloween. This front porch relies on easy-to-replicate pumpkin colors, like muted orange and creamy off-white accents. Once you've crafted your outdoor pumpkin decorations (we used this gingham pattern), add layers to your entrance by arranging various-sized pumpkins on porch steps alongside vintage lanterns and sweet-smelling mums in a similar color.

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Hydrangea Accents

white front door with grapevine wreath and pumpkins fall decorating
Miki Duisterhof

Welcome your guests with a colorful array of hydrangeas strung on a grapevine wreath. Carry the theme through to hydrangea-topped galvanized buckets, which add height and texture to this front entry's harvest display of pumpkins, gourds, mums, and leaves.

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Farmhouse Chic Front Entrance

Front porch with fall décor
Jacob Fox

Every home deserves a jaw-dropping DIY wreath during autumn. To channel this farmhouse-inspired front porch, build a dynamic fall display starting with a faux twig wreath accented with harvest-hued silk flowers. To complete the charming entry, stack colorful pumpkin decorations and bright flowers atop bales of hay. The decorative framing along the entryway will draw family and friends into your home with a smile.

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Fiery Foliage Watering Can

Watering can with fall plants and pumpkins
Jay Wilde

Need a quick brightener for an entryway corner? Head out to your garden 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, surround your embellished watering can with an assortment of gourds in a variety of sizes.

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Colorful Fall Window Box

Window planter with variety of plants
Jay Wilde

Remember to brighten even small spaces on your front porch. Small containers or window boxes are prime fall decorating opportunities. These overflowing window boxes are filled with flowering kale, a rainbow of mums, and Black-eyed Susans to give a warm welcome to guests.

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Nature-Inspired Entry

Front porch with plants and Halloween decor
Laurie Black

Wispy golden grasses, evergreens, fiery barberry, and silvery mounds of lavender hug the walkway leading to this festive fall home. The landscaped front entry was planned so the patchwork of fall colors would mirror the house. Guests are further welcomed with a leafy wreath hung on the door, a DIY rope spiderweb on the porch, and pumpkins scattered about.

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Fall for This Pumpkin

pumpkin carved with leaf shapes
Peter Krumhardt

Decorate your doorstep with a longer-lasting carved pumpkin design. Trace a maple leaf onto your pumpkin, then use a ribbon tool to scrape out the design, being careful not to cut completely through. Elevate your creation on a pedestal with moss and a few maple leaves for all your visitors to see.

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DIY Fall Welcome Mat

Welcome mat with pumpkins and leaves
Carson Downing

A hand-painted welcome mat can make your porch pop with seasonal spirit as soon as autumn weather hits. This DIY outdoor fall decor project uses pumpkin and leaf stencils—just trace your favorite fall shapes, and tape them against a plain coir doormat. Once the shapes are in place, use a foam brush to dab paint over the design. After the mat dries, scatter pumpkins around the porch to get the full fall effect.

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Multipurpose Pumpkin Bowls

Front porch with pumpkins and planters
Scott Little

These elegant fall pumpkin decorations can hold candles, flowers, or candy on your front porch—plus, they are inexpensive to craft and don't require storage space when the season is over. Cut off the top of a pumpkin, creating a straight edge, and scrape out the insides. Trace and cut a scallop pattern along the top edge of the bowl. Use a drill and drill bits of various sizes to create the lacework design.

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Pumpkin Lanterns

Front porch with pumpkins and painted lights
Scott Little

Illuminate your entryway with this festive DIY front door pumpkin decor. Start by tracing a lantern pattern onto a hollowed-out white pumpkin with a pencil. Cut away the interior sections of the lantern where you'll want the light to shine through. Paint the lanterns black and place a votive candle inside the pumpkin. Rest the pumpkins on tall, black candlesticks to complete the look.

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Pumpkin-Filled Planter

Flower pot with small pumpkins
Kritsada Panichgul

Carry your potted flowers into fall with this super easy autumn decorating idea. Small pumpkins and gourds make the perfect addition to an oversize pot filled with your favorite flowers. Coordinate the colors of the flowers and pumpkins to enhance this entry decoration's seasonal charm.

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Easy DIY Chalkboard Sign

Chalkboard sign on door that says "Welcome, Fall"
Carson Downing

A simple chalkboard sign can upgrade your front door with a little curbside customization. This inexpensive and easy craft just requires a small chalkboard, a little extra paint, and a pretty ribbon. Once you finish this DIY front entry decor, grab a piece of chalk and scribble your favorite fall-themed phrase or greeting.

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Colorful Porch Steps

decor on steps with mums, kale, grasses, gourds, and pumpkins
Jay Wilde

Orange and red might be top autumnal hues, but we think purple is a strong contender for front entry florals. Dark purple mums brighten this fall front porch, and a variety of gourds and miniature pumpkins play a sweet supporting role. Use this dynamic color combination for your home entrance, in your living room, or wherever you need a happy seasonal palette.

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House Number Pumpkin Topiary

Outdoor stacked pumpkins that have the numbers "142"
Peter Krumhardt

Announce your house numbers in style with this festive DIY topiary. Bonus points: You can reuse it next year since the pumpkins are artificial! Faux pumpkins are painted with house numbers, then threaded onto a dowel for stability and stacked neatly over a decorative urn. Leaves peek over the container for added color.

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DIY Felt Fall Wreath

Wreath made of branches and leaves
Carson Downing

Combine metallic magnolia leaves, natural pinecones, and felt dusty miller leaves to build a one-of-a-kind DIY fall wreath. This front entry builds off a twig wreath form for a custom design. We love the light blue and green leaves, which add a subtle pop of cool color that can carry your wreath from early fall to December.

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Mum's the Word

Fall table setting with wreath, marigolds

Create a modern farmhouse look by accenting an all-white home with pops of muted orange. Fill found items, like vintage milk canisters and stoneware crocks, with colorful mums and line them along your entryway. Finish the look with a fall wreath bursting with harvest blooms.

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Burlap Bunting Flag Wreath

Fall wreath with flowers and bow on green door
Adam Albright

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 and 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.

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Vintage Truck and Pumpkin Display

Toy truck filled with pumpkins and gourds
Jay Wilde

If you're storing a keepsake stash of your kids' old toys (doesn't everybody?), you might find the star of this fall front porch hiding in the attic. Fill a nostalgic truck with an adorable haul of miniature gourds, then park it near a coordinating flower display, like these vivid purple mums. While you're in the attic, bring down those apple baskets from past orchard trips; they make beautiful containers for potted plants on the porch.

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Flowering Pumpkin Decoration

Pumpkin with flowers wrapped around
Andre' Baranowski

Add quick color to a fall decorating staple with chrysanthemums. To make this flowering 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 sit just below the surface of the pumpkin. Cut chrysanthemum flowers so they have 2-inch stems and remove any 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 also use thistles, wild asters, or hydrangeas.

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Cozy Fall Mum Wreath

Treat spread with large white flower wreath
Dana Gallagher

Warm up your fall porch decor with an easy-to-make wreath. To craft this design, press spider mums with 1-inch stems into a foam wreath. The bright blooms will last a few days, especially if you spritz them with water a few times. Finish off your fall front door display by hanging the DIY wreath with a plaid scarf.

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Update a Store-Bought Fall Wreath

fall wreath with sunflowers on door
Jacob Fox

Give existing fall front door decor a seasonal update with a few inexpensive add-ons. Faux sunflowers easily attach to a store-bought white berry wreath with the help of florists wire. A burlap ribbon serves as the finishing touch to this DIY fall wreath.

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Fall Kale and Flower Arrangement

Two metal buckets with flowers
Marty Baldwin

Kale isn't just for eating. The flowering varieties, available at the farmer's market or floral shops, make beautiful additions to outdoor fall decor. In the smaller planter, 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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Stenciled House Number Pumpkin

Outdoor décor with house number pumpkin and flowers
Jay Wilde

A printer, pen, permanent marker, and pumpkin complete this easy pumpkin idea. 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 with gourds and mums.

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Glimmering Harvest Wreath

Wreath on light blue door made with grass
Greg Scheidemann

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 front door creation by attaching a handwritten welcome to the wreath with hot glue.

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Tiered Fall Display

Metal shelving with pumpkins, gourds, and fall décor
Kate Sears

A tiered wire plant stand on your front porch saves display space and creates an easy home for smaller items. Fill the furniture piece with a variety of fall pumpkins, gourds, foliage, and fruit. Use wooden bowls and vintage crocks to add interest.

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Mini Gourd and Pumpkin Wreath

Wreath made of pumpkins and gourds
Kate Sears

Add a unique fall statement to your front door with this colorful DIY wreath idea. Using an awl, poke two holes in the bottom of mini pumpkins or gourds. Thread florist's wire onto a wreath frame and attach the bright gourds one by one until you're satisfied with the look. For a longer-lasting fall wreath, opt for faux gourds.

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Leafy Fall Wreath

Wreath made of fall leaves
Helen Norman

Crafting a DIY fall wreath from artificial leaves and berries ensures that your fall door display lasts for years. For this leafy wreath, cover a foam wreath with Spanish moss. Alternate the leaf colors from burnt orange to autumn brown as you build the wreath in a circle. Fill in any gaps with faux or dried mums and grasses.

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Calligraphy Pumpkins

welcome friends fall pumpkin porch display
Michael Partenio

Instead of decorating every square inch of your front porch, create a single stunning fall installation. The combination of large orange pumpkins, leaves, and gourds in this planter makes bright bittersweet branches stand out. House the fall display in an antique wheelbarrow for a perfectly charming presentation.

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Hanging Gourd Vase

swan neck gourd with foliage
Peter Krumhardt

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.

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Fall Corn Garland

Corn and husks hanging from rope
Blaine Moats

Capture the season's charm with a rustic DIY 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 outdoor 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 the fall garland above your door or along your porch eaves for easy outdoor fall decor.

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Ornamental Grass Wreath

Wreath on door made of grasses
Adam Albright

If warm autumn hues like red, orange, and yellow clash with your home's cool exterior, opt for grassy decorations that complement an earthy facade. To build this fall door wreath, wire bundles of ornamental grass and purple fountain grass seed heads to a wreath form, keeping the shape loose and imperfect.

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Potted Autumn Arrangement

Light green outdoor planter with plant variety
Cameron Sadeghpour

An oversize tin planter is a perfect way to display your fall floral arrangements. A tone-on-tone stenciled design makes the outdoor decoration unique to you. This porch-ready planting includes purple fountain grass, flowering kale, coralbells, creeping Jenny, and marguerite daisies.

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Easy-Carve Pumpkins

Pumpkins with square carvings
Jim Franco

These outdoor pumpkin decorations 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 the fall display on your front porch. For a country-chic look, rest pumpkins on an antique wooden chair or bench.

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Grown-Up Pumpkins

Pumpkins and gourds on table with candles inside
Greg Scheidemann

For a grown-up twist on jack-o'-lanterns, just hollow-out mini pumpkins and place a pillar candle in each. Then, layer an old wooden table with the outdoor pumpkin decorations, along with gourds and squash, for a perfect outdoor fall display.

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Festive Fall Greenery

Outdoor metal planter with plant variety
Christopher Hirsheimer

An old washtub becomes new again when you fill it with blooming fall plants such as wheat stems, fir branches, and holly leaves with berries. Rest your repurposed planter on your front porch for low-fuss outdoor fall decor that works through winter.

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Pumpkin Stack


When you're considering outdoor pumpkin arrangements, consider locations other than the front porch. In this front yard, urns and planters make perfect bases for pumpkin topiaries. For super-easy stacking, look for broad, flat pumpkins to form the base. Simply embellish the towers with bits of garden moss tucked around the pumpkins.

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