Happy Fall Y’all! I know I know, it’s been Fall for a few weeks now but it feels a little more official now that my front porch is ready for the season. I’m sure you already know that I’m more of a Christmas girl but I couldn’t be the only mum free front porch in the neighborhood, right? Good thing decorating your front porch for Fall isn’t difficult. Grab a few mums an assortment of pumpkins & a lantern or two, then boom you can have a Fall porch decor that Pinterest dreams are made of. Here is how I designed mine along with a few budget tips.
Let’s start with florals. Mums… they are easily the hit flower of the season. However, if you aren’t really into the look of them Pampas, Pansys, Croton and Sunset Coleus are beautifully made for the season as well. While we do have Sunsest Coleus around the front and sides of our home, I decided to stick with Mums for my Fall porch decor. When shopping Mum you want to make sure that it’s filled with buds not blooms. The beautiful blooms may be tempting but they won’t last long once you get them home. If you get buds and nurse them for about a week with water and sun, they should serve you well. If for any reason stores like Home Depot and Lowes will allow you to return or exchange them; so save your receipt just in case your thumb is as black as mine. LOL
Don’t for get the importance symmetry if you’re decorating both sides of your front porch, they don’t have to be mirrored but they need to be symmetrical for balance. Also odd numbers for the flowers look best, so its either 1 or 3 or each side depending on the amount of space you have. Let’s say you start with 2 large mums, that’s about $25-30.
Since this is our first year at this home I did buy all new flower pots for my Fall porch decor but I plan to use them year round. You can find the two large urns flanking the front door here and all the other pots here. I also stumbled across these cream potters in my local Walmart for under $20/ each. However, I want to remind you that you can still pull off the perfect Fall front porch WITHOUT buying pots or lanterns.
Another option is to buy Mums that come in the fancier potters. They may cost about $5 more but it saves some money and the trouble of potting, planting and spilling dirt everywhere. Even if you just get the mums in the plain black potters, they work too. Surround them with enough pumpkins and foliage and no one will even notice; large pumpkins hide them best.
Speaking of pumpkins, can you really say that it’s Fall porch decor without them? It’s a no for me but I’m encouraging you to embrace your own style for your front porch. I started off with just four pumpkins and then suddenly found myself accumulating them over the course of a week. You should be able to find them at your local grocery store or plant nursery (where I found the most variety in color). I personally found the pumpkins at Aldi to be the most affordable and they were equally as beautiful as the ones in the nursery and Whole Foods. Then there is always the option to make it a full on family day and take a trip to the local pumpkin patch. Let’s say you get four pumpkins at $7 each for your front porch, that’s $28.
If you want to skip pumpkins all together you can find beautiful foliage to weave between your mums. Two packs of faux Fall foliage start as low as $15.
Last but not least, it’s time choose a Fall wreath. I initially went for something that tied all of the vibrant colors together but settled for a big pop of color. I especially loved that these had a rustic glam feel to them and that they pulled out the yellow from my mums. In terms of pricing I say plan for about $20, the good things is you don’t need two of them unless you have a huge front door line mine. Here are a few of the Fall wreath options that I loved…
If you stick to the basics of mums, a wreath and pumpkins/foliage you can absolutely do Fall porch decor for under $100. Now if you have a little bit extra to spend here are few other things to consider.
I’m obsessed with our personalized doormat so I won’t be changing it anytime soon. They come in a variety of sizes and designs and you can check them out by clicking the photo below.
Alternatively, you can get Fall themed a front doormat for around $20. Here is the one we had last year and a few other options: Shop Doormats Here!
These beauties were not in my initial scope but I strolled by them in the store and immediately loved them. I grabbed both black & gold to have some variety and loved how the complimented everything. Of course the larger they are the more expensive but they start as low as $10 for the smallest size.
There you have it folks, now you should be ready to join in to celebrate the magic of Fall. Let me know in the comments if this encouraged you to start or add to your current Fall porch decor. Be sure you tag me in a your photos so that I can see them.
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