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Last Minute Decorating: 5 Tips to a Pretty Fall Front Door and Porch

I finally got my porch decorated — just in time for snow (gah).

Yes — it snowed yesterday.

I am NOT ready for Winter.

But it got me thinking about some easy ways to decorate our front doors and/or porches for Fall.

Here are 5 tips to decorate YOUR Fall front door and/or porch that will take you through Thanksgiving!!


1. Play up your front door with a festive Fall wreath or rug. There are so many pretty Fall wreath ideas around. Pick one that you love. I made one the other day with a couple of Dollar Store hula wreaths. I also found this great indoor/outdoor black and white rug at Lowes. Indoor/Outdoor rugs are great outdoors or inside in high traffic areas.

2. If your porch is big enough for a chair or bench — it is a great way to add a “homey” feeling to your space. I made a bench out of an old crib and I love sitting there as the sun goes down.

3. Bring the colors of Fall to your front door/porch with colorful flowers, plants or pillows. I found these pretty mums with at Lowes in a pretty basket. Also —  make sure you purchase plants appropriate for your climate and weather. Another great way to add color to your front porch is pillows. I made these Halloween pillows (my porch is also covered so I can leave pillows on the porch without worrying about moisture). If you want to make pillows for your front porch but are worried about moisture, you can make them out of plastic tablecloths or sunbrella fabric which hold up to the elements better than traditional fabric.

4. Also, if you have room, a little table on your porch is a good place to display gourds, pumpkins or lanterns. I made this little table and attached some chevron material with resin.

5. Of course pumpkins look amazing on a porch for Fall. And if you want to embellish them, I have found that paint pens are so fun to use. I bought three the other day — white, gold and silver and have had a great time embellishing every pumpkin around with them. My kids also had fun trying them out. Here’s one that Ella made:

Have you decorated YOUR porch or front door for Fall??

Leave a link to YOUR project — so we can all see it.

And let me know YOUR Fall front porch tips – I would love to hear them.

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Have a Beautiful Day!!



  1. Love your porch, here is the link to my 2012 Fall porch http://pinterest.com/pin/207587864045494813/

  2. Lisa Hampton says:

    I love the H wreath. How did you make that? I could use that all year round our last name is Hampton. Love the Porch. Thanks so much for inspiring me to do more!!!

  3. Ohhh, and here’s the link if you’d like to see it :) http://www.gallamorewest.com/2012/10/burlap-broomsticks-front-porch.html

  4. I love your Fall porch!! I love that cute bench and those bright yellow mums! And your pillows are adorable. My porch is currently all decked out for Halloween because my kids LOVE Halloween, but I have my Fall ideas ready to go for later next week. You did a fabulous job, as always Jen!
    Laurie @ Gallamore West

  5. One of the cutest porches I’ve seen! I LOVE your bench with the pillows!!

  6. Love your porch! It looks so festive, and yet so beautiful! I decorated my porch with black planters/urns with pumpkins too! http://thebybeefamily-kellieab.blogspot.com/

  7. Jen what a festiv porch! Here is my porch right now. I usually have mums and pumpkins that will easily transfer to Thanksgiving and add a few pops of Halloween. http://www.poshideas.com/2012/10/tomato-cage-topiary-for-halloween.html

  8. Your porch looks so great! We just moved into our house in April, and I am having such a fun time decorating for our first fall. I had a similar idea with the black urns and pumpkins- Great minds think alike, I guess. :) http://thebybeefamily-kellieab.blogspot.com/

  9. I just love your front porch!! I did not decorate mine at all this fall, I only did the mantel. We have an odd shaped front area that’s not totally covered so it’s hard to figure out what to do with it! Your painted pumpkins look so cute!

  10. I love your porch! Do you bring in your pillows when the weather is bad? I’ve been wanting to add some outdoor pillows but it gets so windy here I’m afraid they’d blow away!

    • Hi Heather!! My porch is covered pretty well so the pillows are ok out there. But it does get really windy. I would probably add a couple ties in the back and tie them onto your bench or chairs just in case. Also, if you make pillows out of laminated fabric from shower curtains then it’s ok if they get wet – or even buy Sunbrella fabric :)


  11. Love it!!

  12. This is my Halloween Porch, but I will take a different approach after the 31st :)
    Thanks Jen! :)

  13. I just love those orange dot pillows!

  14. Ella’s lil pumpkin is CUTE!

  15. Oh I am loving that rug! I wonder if my Lowes has it.

    • Hi Amanda!! I just barely bought it — and I thought that $39 was a really good price. I think the size is 5×7. They were in the rug section but rolled up and then in a bin with other outdoor rugs :)



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