There is something so welcoming and charming when a front porch is decorated, even just a little. To me, it’s like the first chapter of a book, the porch either builds anticipation to see inside the home, or not so much. I love seeing how others decorate, inside and outside of their home even if their style isn’t my style. This is only the second year that I really decorated our front porch. I know, I know, how can someone who loves decorating so much fail on the front porch scene? Well, better late than never is my answer~ This post is all about fall porch decorating ideas and inspiration. I have some very talented Instagram friends that have created lovely front porches, so I’ll be sharing those, as well as my second-ever front porch design.
I knew that I wanted some dried cornstalks. At this point, there weren’t any at Lowe’s, Walmart, or the local nurseries, but I lucked out when I checked Facebook Marketplace. I got six stalks for $2, I seriously couldn’t believe it, and we only had to drive twelve minutes away to get them! The farmer was incredibly nice and we discovered a little antique shop right down the road.
My next layer is tree stumps or risers. We had to cut down an old dead tree this summer. It had been dead a while and was precariously leaning toward Quinn’s bedroom window so it was time to go. The company did a great job cutting it down and they even cut several stumps for me at no extra charge. I have many ideas for these stumps, but the first is on the front porch. I don’t expect anyone to go get stumps, but the bigger idea to this layer of porch decorating is to have something to give height to some items as well as adding texture and interest. You can use anything you have that will withstand the outdoors, like crates, a wagon, a crock, planters, risers, stools, etc. Find something, anything, that will allow you to add items at varying heights. We also have three very tall oak trees in our front yard. We love the old growth trees, but when the wind blows we will find chunks of downed branches piercing our yard. I have been stacking and saving them up and love how they add some natural texture and interest to the porch design.
My next layer was adding pumpkins. I got all of these (except for three fake ones closest to the door) from Walmart. They had the best prices and I couldn’t believe the selection of heirloom colored pumpkins. After giving them a little bleach bath, I set them up on the porch making sure to spread out the various colors and sizes of pumpkins. I found I needed a few more to balance the design and then that layer was complete. I also extended some smaller ones into the flowerbeds to continue the look – my girls noticed right away and loved it.
With the pumpkins stacked and set up, I could easily see where there were natural places to add some mums and fall foliage. I got my mums from Walmart for $4.94 and didn’t expect too much from them, but I’m following Ari’s advice from True Style with Ari on mum care. You can check out her tips here! I have been taking off the dead flower heads and making sure not to over or under water them. For $5 a mum, they’re doing pretty well. I also found some very inexpensive plants from Lowe’s. I love the look of cabbage plants, I even considered putting in faux ones, but the real ones were too affordable and cute to pass up. Using real plants has always felt like such a big deal to me because I’m worried that they’ll die after I spend all this money and time on them. Well, I found the plastic planters at the Dollar store, and a large bag of soil was under $8. So, my overall investment wasn’t too much and I’m learning more about caring for plants in the process.
I wanted to add some lanterns or lighting of some kind, but I had to consider our irrigation system and the rain that will be coming this time of year. So, I picked up some 5/8 inch dowels from The Home Depot and some votive holders from the dollar store and crafted my own little lights. All I did was glue thumbtacks to the bottom of the votive holders and once dry they could be easily pushed into the top of the dowel. I cut the bottom end of the dowels at a 45 degree angle and hammered them into the flowerbed. I could have painted or stained the dowels, but the natural color was find to me. Then I placed LED tealights inside the votives and that’s it! Super simple and if it rains, I just pull the votive holder out, dump the water and put it back into the dowel. These aren’t permanent lighting fixtures for my porch, but they’re fun for this season and didn’t cost much at all to make. My youngest says that the lights are huge marshmallows – so there’s that.
I have already added a few fake spiders as we get closer to Halloween. That’s one of things I love about this fall porch design, I can add or remove layers to create different looks throughout the fall season.
Fall porch decorating ideas and inspiration
Without further ado, here are some of my favorite fall porch decorating ideas and inspiration. You can click on the photo for more information about the designer. Be sure to follow them on Instagram for so much more decor and design inspiration.
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