TIPS FOR DECORATING YOUR FRONT PORCH FOR FALL
With the arrival of Autumn comes our desire to add cozy and warm accents to our homes, particularly our porches. If you’re looking to boost your curb appeal this season, or to just give your porch a quick refresh, try incorporating these five essential fall decorations.
Front Porch Seating Ideas
Nothing says “Welcome, please come stay a while” more than a chair or bench on your porch. From a pair of rocking chairs to a simple backless bench or stool, these resting spots can become impromptu conversation spots as well as convenient stands for additional décor accents.
Decorating With Plaid
Adding a touch of plaid in warm fall tones is an instant way to raise the Fall factor. From a throw, pillow or farmhouse-style sign, there are many ways to incorporate this timeless design into your décor. Look for shades of rust, brown, camel, mossy greens and cream to have the most seasonal impact.
Front Porch Pumpkin Ideas
You almost can’t have too many pumpkins on your porch. No matter if you are lining your walkway and steps with a mix of sizes, have adorable minis lining your porch railing or have tiered pumpkin topiaries in urns flanking your front door, pumpkins are the quintessential fall accent. Remember that pumpkins are available in a wide array of colors from traditional oranges to pale creams and greens, allowing you to uniquely personalize your pumpkin passion. Leaves and dried corn stalks are additional accents that will allow you to add variety and interest as well.
Front Porch Basket Ideas
Woven baskets are another terrific way to add texture and interest. You can certainly place baskets brimming over with pumpkins, gourds, and leaves on your steps or near your door, but also consider adding ribbon or wreath hangers to your baskets and hang them from your porch railing, shutters or windowsills. You can even craft an impromptu door-hanging one (Note: Fishing baskets are ideal for front doors since they have a flat side.).
More Fall Decoration Ideas & DIY Wreath
Wreaths, lanterns and welcome signs are more ways to add character and style to your porch. When shopping for lanterns, look for neutral ones in stainless steel, black or cream to make them easier to transition with ribbon and fill throughout every season. Battery operated candles are a child-friendly alternative to traditional flame candles but consider thinking even further outside the box by filling your lanterns with mini faux pumpkins and battery-operated twinkle lights for an extra touch of fall magic!
This year, allow yourself to enjoy the soothing, comforting tones of the seasons, such as creams, oranges and reds, and rustic greens, by getting creative. This DIY wreath craft is easy and timeless, making it one of the perfect fall decorations, while allowing you to spruce it up each year into something new.
- Grapevine Wreath Form
- Fern-Style Branch Bouquet
- Cream & Rust-Toned Flower Bouquet
- Mini Pumpkin Sprays
- Raffia Ribbon
- Over-the-Door Hanger
1. Cut the branches off of the bouquet near the handle so you have a nice long stem.
2. Attach fern pieces to the wreath using the raffia ribbon.
3. Then, place the flowers in the desired spot, one at a time, and wrap the wire stem around the wreath before tucking the end into the wreath form.
4. Once satisfied, give the wreath a shake to ensure everything is in place and secure.
5. Finally, tuck in the stems of the pumpkin sprays, and enjoy.
Note: I decided not to use a glue gun on this wreath so I would be able to easily re-use the wreath form and/or the branches at another time.
Looking for fall fun? Our Family Event Round-Up has information on many fall festivals happening in the area. Be sure to check our Events Calendar, too! The Food & Home section of our site has even more home decor and fall recipe ideas.
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