Front Porch Fall Decorations to Celebrate the Season
For quick and easy fall decorating ideas for the front porch, you’ve come to the right place! Every porch space is unique, but I’m sharing five elements anyone can incorporate this autumn season.
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Welcome to the Embracing Fall Home Tours
One of my favorite aspects of running a home and garden website is collaborating with fellow bloggers. It gives me all the warm fuzzies!
This month, Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home has organized a fabulous collaboration called Embracing Fall Home Tours!
Did you come here by way of Michelle at Thistle Key Lane? She’s one of my favorite ladies in the blogosphere. We have very similar tastes in decor, and I adore her classic, timeless style.
However you landed here, I’m so glad to see you!
If you live in cooler climes, I encourage you to grab a cup of hot apple cider as we begin our tour. If you live where I do, I encourage you to grab a fan and some iced tea…
5 Fall Porch Decorating Ideas
Recently, I shared early fall decorating ideas for the living room and dining room. Today, I’m focusing on the outdoors with fall porch decor.
Since I have a porch that is deep but not wide, I’m sharing tips that will work with porches of any size, large or small.
Hopefully, this will give the porch-challenged some realistic #porchgoals this season.
Tip #1: The Fall Grapevine Wreath
I have a confession to make…
I love DIY wreaths. (You can see my spring wreath tips and holiday knock-off wreath as proof.)
HOWEVER, I did not make this wispy grapevine wreath. [Gasp!]
Whether you make your own or buy one off the shelf, a front door wreath with plenty of texture helps to ground the whole front porch ensemble.
The variety of gourds, leaves, burlap and velvety cattails in this number made me stick it in my cart and guard it like a hawk while I was shopping.
(C’mon, I’ve seen you do the same thing before.)
This wreath set the stage to decorate with rich, traditional fall colors like yellow, red and rust orange.
Tip #2: Mums Galore
Mum’s the word, friends! I believe mums were created to sit on fall porches. It might be a scientific fact.
When working with a narrow or small porch, it helps to pair 2-3 mums of different colors and textures.
I chose to include one “statement” 3-gallon yellow mum and a smaller red Pelee mum for this reason.
Don’t limit yourself to just the nurseries or home improvement stores when shopping. I found my mums at a local grocery store for a fraction of the price!
Having a rustic olive bucket or wood barrel planter as a container also helps create more visual interest on your front porch.
Tip #3: Gorgeous Gourds
It seems the assortment of pumpkins and gourds available only increases from year to year.
Having a variety of pumpkins on your porch really helps to activate the fall season.
If loving pumpkins is wrong, I don’t wanna be right, you know?
I adore the diversity of stems on these little pumpkins, too! (The matching orange minis are a little nod to my twin boys. It’s always nice to have a personal touch.)
Tip #4: The Welcome Mat
Changing out the front porch mat with a festive fall design always helps tie your decor together.
Normally, I have a monogrammed coco mat sitting in front of our door, but I swapped it out for this cute farmhouse truck mat.
If your mat is slightly small (as mine was), you can layer a larger mat underneath in buffalo plaid or another complementary design.
Tip #5: Risers to Create Height
Can I share something with you? I see photos of New England brownstones with pumpkins and mums layered on a series of steps leading up to a stately door, and I think…”Wouldn’t that be lovely someday?”
Alas, I have one step on my porch, and I suspect many of you are step-less, too.
When you don’t have steps, you can get creative with risers!
To prop up my yellow mums and create more height, I used a little red stool that my hubby made when I was (very) pregnant with the twins. (I needed a little help hoisting myself into bed.)
Below, I’ll link to a few risers you can buy (and reuse) to create varying height on your own fall front porch.
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Continue Your Tour
Don’t forget this is just one stop on your fall tour of homes! Next up is Kristin from White Arrows Home. You’re sure to enjoy her log home in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. It’s the perfect setting for everything fall!
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Such a beautiful fall welcome. I just adore the use of traditional fall colors!
Thank you, Christy. I can’t believe we’re already about to transition to Christmas, or so it seems anyway!
Crissy, that wreath is gorgeous. What a wonderful way to welcome friends at your front door. We don’t even have one step to our front door so I understand you wanting to add height. The mums are fabulous. Love the colors. I’ve been buying pumpkins like crazy and you are right about the variety. You’ve created a stunning entry. Enjoy the bragging rights.
Hi, my friend! Thank you! I’m glad you can relate to being step-challenged. It’s fun getting creative and finding new ways to decorate the same spaces. Soon, we’ll be doing it all again for Christmas! Thanks for stopping by!
I love your Fall colors and your front porch! Especially wreath, your door and those beautiful mums!
Hi Kelly! Thanks so much for the kind words. I love adding a bit of fall vibe to the front porch. It was fun being on this hop with you!
Your porch looks so pretty! I love that wreath and the rug is so cute!! All those colors look so great with your front door! I agree with you too, I love doing this tours with other bloggers, its so much fun!!
Thanks, Kristin! Yes, collaborating with others is one of my favorite aspects of blogging. It’s always a treat to see the different styles and surroundings from people across the country. I usually get weather-envy, though! Ha! Happy fall, my friend!
Your front porch is absolutely beautiful!!! I love your wreath so much!! And all of the amazing colors!! So much to love! Looks amazing!
Thank you, Emily! I am debating now whether to transition my porch again for Halloween decor! This time of year just flies by, doesn’t it?! I appreciate you stopping by! -Crissy
This is so pretty, Crissy! Love the wreath and how you went with a traditional color scheme (autumn colors all the way:) Also that doormat is adorable! Have a great weekend!
Hi, Tiffany! You’re so kind. Thanks for stopping by to check out my fall porch. Don’t you love decorating for fall? I really enjoyed your recent fall decor post, too. You always have such a lovely, clean style. I dig it! Have a great week!
Decorating the front porch is one of my favorite things to do for the holidays. Yours looks awesome! I love the mums and the cute riser your hubby made you.
Thank you, Jann! Decorating the porch is one of my favorite things about the holidays, too. It really lifts my spirits to have some fall pumpkins and mums to welcome our guests. I hope you have a lovely fall season. Thanks for stopping by! -Crissy
Crissy, Your fall porch is lovely! I like simplicity and yours is perfect, not overly cluttered! We have a stoop at our condo, with just an itsy bitsy little cover, but I always do what I can to make it as welcoming as yours is. Enjoy the rest of October!
Thank you, Carol. Yes, sometimes I think it’s better to have a smaller space to work with…there’s less risk I’ll accumulate things that I’ll have to store later! I appreciate the kind words. It’s been fun touring with you and getting to know you better. Happy October!
Hi Chrissy! I love your Fall front porch! I love all the colors of the mums and pumpkins. The wreath on the front door is gorgeous! So happy to be on tour with you!
Hi Michelle! Thank you! I’m excited we got to collaborate on this tour as well. It has really gotten me in the fall spirit!
I have been looking forward to reading your post and you didn’t disappoint! Your fall porch looks so inviting and your tips for styling a porch are spot on. The wreath that you purchased is gorgeous and why DIY when then one is so pretty? Plus, if you bought all of the things needed to make this wreath, it would cost way more that what you spent on this one. Using a riser is a good tip for someone who has no steps to decorate. It all looks so pretty and I so much enjoyed reading your post.
Thanks so much for the thoughtful comments, Paula! You’re absolutely right about the wreath. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve decided to create my own decor only to spend more money than buying something off the shelf! I’ve gotten better about that over the years. You start to learn when it’s good to buy vs. DIY.
I always enjoy hopping with you and seeing your exceptional vintage decor. Thanks for stopping by!
Simply beautiful fall front porch with great styling tips! Love the idea to use a stool as a riser to create the illusion of stairs. Your mum colors are so gorgeous and I love your pumpkins and gourds. NO…I don’t wanna be right either! Ha! I love pumpkins!
The two little matching ones as a nod to your twins is the absolute cutest thing!
Thank you so much for embracing fall with us!
You’re so kind, Amber. Thank you! I loved being part of this hop with you. Thanks again for coordinating all of us and putting together such a lovely tour of homes. I always enjoy it! Looking forward to the next one…
Crissy, Little stools can be used so many ways; great idea to use them in your front porch display to give height to all the elements!
Thanks, Lora. They do come in handy sometimes!
Crissy, I love your festive wreath –it complements your door color so nicely. Happy Fall! Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction
Thank you, Cecilia. Happy fall to you, too!
Such a pretty and welcoming entry. Love your wreath, gorgeous and that doormat is super fun.
Thanks, Marty. Appreciate you stopping by.
Your front porch is so pretty all dressed up for fall, Crissy! Your guests must feel very welcomed!
Thank you, Linda. Hopefully, our guests will enjoy it this Thanksgiving. Happy fall to you!
Love the wreath and the contrast against the dark door! All your colors are so happy and festive. That door mat is adorable too. Great hopping with you!
Thank you, Shelley. It’s always a fun challenge to decorate with a dark door and swap out some accents for fall. I’ve enjoyed hopping with you, too! Have a great fall!
Your darling wreath just pops perfectly on your gorgeous door. Such a charming entry!
Thanks, Laura. I appreciate the sweet words. Thanks for stopping by! I’ve enjoyed this tour with you.
Mums and pumpkins are such a natural for fall porches, aren’t they? Great idea to put things on risers if you don’t have steps to arrange them on. Your doormat is just perfect for welcoming guests from now through Thanksgiving! It was great to hop with you!
Thanks, Chloe. I wish we had more steps or a wider porch to work with, but it’s fun to have the challenge of getting creative. I loved seeing your festive porch as well! Can I borrow a few steps? Ha!
Thanks for stopping by. This has been a great hop!
Pretty, pretty, Crissy!! And I love how you have a pair of pumpkins to represent your twins!
Thanks so much, Janet! I always have to include a little nod to my favorite “lil pumpkins.”
Cute!. Risers are a great idea! I love the wreath.
Thanks, Katie! I’ll give my husband credit for the risers. I had a problem, and he helped me solve it. Happy fall to you!
I love your porch ideas ! That door mat is darling, and the wreathe, pumpkins, and mums are perfect. Did the twins find their two pumpkins? I bet they loved them! 🙂 Thanks for the great inspiration!
Thank you, Barbara! Nothing usually gets by the twins. In fact, they are usually trying to offer some props for my “blog posts.” It’s a family affair! I so appreciate you stopping by. 🙂
I totally would have snatched up that wreath too! So cute. Love all the tips. Can you tell me how to keep mums blooming and alive. I buy them every year and after one week, they look like brown sticks. I hate that and my black thumbs. Love how your fall porch turned out. Makes me finally want to get outside and do mine – just in time to take it all down and figure out Christmas!
Hee hee.Thanks, Cindy! I wish I had a list of tips for you about mums. My tip is to take photos of them as soon as you buy them. Ha! Honestly, I think it’s a matter of letting them get some morning sun and afternoon shade. (Not so easy, I know.) Usually, my fail is overwatering. I hear you should wait until the top soil is a bit dry before watering. I totally hear you on putting up and taking down decorations this time of year!
Crissy your front porch is so welcoming. Love the pumpkins and mums. I have a small porch and need inspiration. Thanks for sharing your porch decor with us. Happy October!
Thanks, Terrie! While I’d love to have a sprawling porch, sometimes I think having a simple and easy porch is a good thing. I look forward to checking out your post on the tour as well. Happy fall to you!
You always make me giggle, Crissy… and I smile through-out all of your posts. Love the idea of using risers in place of steps… GENIUS, girl! I’ve pinned your post! 😉
You’re the sweetest supporter, Julie. Thanks for laughing at all my cheesy jokes! Tee hee. I have to give credit to hubby for the step stool idea. I had a problem, and he helped solve it! Thanks for pinning! xoxo
Your porch is beautiful Crissy! I love all the tips you shared and your mix of mums, grourds and pumpkins. They’re all fantastic. Hope your fall season is a happy one, CoCo
Thank you, CoCo! I’m a fan of your porch, too, obviously! I was excited to feature you on Tuesday Turn About this week. I hope you have a wonderful and cozy fall! -Crissy
Hi Crissy, love your beautiful front porch. So smart to use a step stool to elevate flowers or pumpkins. I’ll have to remember that when I work on my porch this week. Great tips to get me started! Thanks friend!
Hi Michelle! Thanks so much. I look forward to seeing how your porch turns out! I’m finally sitting down today to read through all the posts. Looking forward to seeing your pretty entry, dear friend.