Ring in autumn with small touches for your front porch, and easily transition them to Halloween + Thanksgiving. Plus, an easy wreath DIY!
Fall Front Porch Decor That’s Simple
Fall is my favorite season of the year. It conjures up so many cherished memories. All the colors and smells hit me right in the nostalgic center of my brain. I always look forward to family gatherings, fire pit nights with friends, Halloween (our neighborhood is so much fun at Halloween!) and all the other fun ways we celebrate fall.
I tend to keep things really simple when it comes to outdoor decor, so just a few small touches help to ring in the first day of fall…and set it up to easily transition to Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Texture and Color with Seasonal Plants + Natural Items
We have box planters on the front step that I change up once or twice a year. Creamy white mums are inexpensive and super seasonal, and the flowers will really pop along with cream colored pumpkins.
Our local nursery always has a great selection of pumpkins in different shapes and sizes. One huge pumpkin or a handful to pile up by planters or the side of the porch make a nice statement. Mixing in some seasonal floral stems and tiny gourds can add additional color and texture.
Off to the side, we have a crushed stone patio area where we like to sit in the evenings. I set aside a few pumpkins for this space along with a smaller mum. I didn’t have a nice container to repot the mum, so I glued some twigs from the yard around the pot and tied it up with some jute twine. It’ll do the job.
At Christmas, I hang greenery from the porch lights, and wanted to add a little something here for the fall. It’s difficult to find anything that isn’t over-the-top, so I pulled something together on my own. With a few craft store items and a few minutes, I created a couple of perfectly understated wreaths.
The links below are to the exact items I used for this project.
- (2) 14-inch grapevine wreaths
- (1) 5-foot fall garland
- (2) fall floral picks (optional)
- floral wire, pipe cleaner, or something similar
- wire edged ribbon
- wire cutters
Find the center point of the 5-foot garland and snip it in half using wire cutters. You’ll use one half on each wreath. If you want a fuller look, use the entire length for one wreath (but, don’t forget to pick up two garlands).
Decide where you want to position the garland on your wreath. Tuck the base of the garland into the wreath and find a spot to twist the end securely. Cut two lengths of floral wire and secure the garland to the wreath at the center and end of the garland.
Cut a length of ribbon and tie it into a bow. Nothing fancy about it — you can bend and manipulate the wire edges to create the look you want. Decide where you want to put this on your wreath and use floral wire or additional ribbon to secure it. Use your scissors to give the ends of your ribbon a little decorative flourish.
You can use the floral pick to add a little volume or contrast to your wreath. Decide where you want to locate it and tuck it in.
Here’s a little video to show you how I made the wreaths for our porch. (I didn’t use the floral picks originally, but once the pumpkins were in place, the wreaths needed a little pop of orange to balance things out, so in they went.)
Want to try another DIY great for fall? Try this stump stool project.
How do you decorate your porch for the fall? Would love to hear your ideas! And, if you try the easy wreath DIY, post it on Instagram and tag me — @sipandsanity!