I think Fall is my favorite season to decorate for, especially outdoors. While summer was made for stripes and ferns on the front porch, Fall is made for orange pumpkins and throw pillows.
But sometime’s it’s easy to get in a decorating rut so your front porch looks like the rest of the front porches on your block. To avoid the repetition and create a Fall porch that is uniquely yours, take a look at these 25 ideas to outfit your front porch for Fall.
The Best Items for Your Fall Front Porch Decor
We know after a long summer, you’re anxious to freshen up the look of your front porch for fall. But while Mother Nature knows how to use what she has on hand to create stunning, timeless displays of beauty, do you?
Finding the right materials to get your front porch ready for fall is easy- just steal Mother Nature’s ideas! If you use the same materials and color palettes you find in nature, you can create a stylish and memorable fall front porch that will be the envy of your neighborhood.
A Quick List of the Perfect Items to Use in Creating Your Fall Front Porch
- Vintage Farm Tools
The options for your fall front porch decor are nearly limitless. Sticking to a predominantly red, orange, white, and brown color palette with whatever you decide to decorate with is a sure-fire way to create your perfect front porch for fall!
Finding the Perfect Time to Decorate Your Front Porch for Fall
If you wait till the leaves are piling up in the yard to break out your fall front porch decor, you may find that the season passes you by before you can get your first piece displayed. Timing is key if you want to pull off the perfect fall front porch display.
Now, this may vary a bit depending on your location, but in general, having your decorations and a plan ready to go around the middle of September will be the perfect time to get your front porch decor up. This seems to be the sweet spot for maximizing the longevity of any natural materials you may be using in your decorations. And it’s the perfect amount of time to enjoy the look of your fall porch without getting burned out before Christmas.
It Won’t Take Much to be Ready for Halloween
Fall and Halloween decorations go together like plastic pumpkins and candy- perfect! Halloween’s very origins are built around the fall season. You won’t have to change a thing on your fall front porch as you get ready for the Trick or Treating holiday!
One thing you should do is plan ahead; think about the style and theme of the display you want to create. You’re going to use many of the same materials and decorations, whether you’re going for a dark and scary look or a fun spooky one. Knowing what you want to create ahead of time can make the entire process go smoother, and you may even find it easier to come up with exciting new ideas on the fly!
Spooky Items to Add to Your Fall Front Porch
- Fog Machine
- Halloween Themed Lighting
- Hanging Bats
- Spooky Ghosts
- Sinister, or Sinisterly Silly, Signs
- Vampire and Witch Displays
Know When to Bring Down Your Fall Front Porch Decor
As much as we all love fall, toward its end, things are beginning to look a bit drab outside. Undoubtedly, all the decorating you did on your front porch for fall is starting to look a little run down as well. Possibly a bigger faux pas than putting your fall front porch decor up too soon is leaving it up for too long!
Your front porch and home will still look stylish decked out in fall decor all the way through Thanksgiving; just be sure you removed the Halloween decorations soon after October 31st! Sure the air is getting colder by the day, which themselves are getting shorter and shorter, but the season’s beauty is still there. After Thanksgiving, though, nature and everyone else will be moving on to holly, jollier days.
For many, the weekend after Thanksgiving is when they begin putting out their Christmas decorations. The stores have had theirs out for a couple of months at this point! Thanksgiving really does seem to be the perfect time to transition from one season to the next. It was a great season, and your fall front porch was the envy of the neighborhood; I’m sure they can’t wait to see what you do next year!
25 Ideas to Decorate Your Front Porch for Fall
1. A Warm and Cozy Fall Front Porch
One of the easiest ways to change up a room is to change up the textiles. You’ve probably already got a throw pillow or a blanket on your front porch if you have a chair or a swing, right?
So switch out your pillow covers or your blanket for something plaid. I mean, full on tartan patterned glory. (via Stone Gable)
2. A Fun Versatile Front Porch for Fall
Everybody loves a nice welcome when they arrive on your front porch. Use a chalkboard to say “Hello,” scrawl out a Fall quote, or simply let the kids color it up. You’ll love the versatility and the friendly look. (via Cottage In The Oaks)
3. Give Your House Number a Fall Redesign
If you’re going to have pumpkins on your front porch, you might as well make them work for your decorating good. Grab yourself some plastic house numbers the next time you’re at the hardware store and make a Fall pumpkin tower that will make even the mailman smile. (via Our Feathered Nest)
4. Frame Your Front Porch Entryway in Fall Decor
It’s always wise to use the nature around you to decorate if you can. If you’re friends with a farmer, see if you can have a couple of his dried corn stalks to stand up on your front porch. All you need is a Jack-O-Lantern to complete the Fall picture. (via Thrifty Decor Chick)
5. Rustic and Durable Fall Front Porch Decorations
Maybe you’re looking for some decor that won’t rot away as quickly as pumpkins will. Make these wooden pumpkins from scrap wood and paint and they can stay beautiful on your porch all the way through Thanksgiving! (via Creative Me Inspired You)
6. Lighting Ideas on Your Front Porch for Fall
As it gets dark earlier in the evening, it’s nice to have a little light on your porch for guests who are coming or going. While you could always just flip on the porch light, you could also display some glowing candles in glass lanterns. They’ll stay put unlike luminaries but have a more romantic feel than your front porch light. (via Crafting Chicks)
7. Simple Fall Front Porch Wreath Ideas
Nothing says welcome more than a wreath on your front door. In the Autumn season, you have so many different wreath styles to choose from! Will you go for pumpkins or burlap or leaves or pinecones? (via Worthing Court)
8. Repurposed Burlap DIY Fall Front Porch Projects
Did I say burlap? I couldn’t help but include this lovely DIY burlap pillow that would be so perfect on your front porch. You can stencil this saying or “Welcome” or “Give Thanks” or “Gather”… or whatever words speak the most Fall to you. (via Opulent Cottage)
9. Add Some Fall Flair to Your Existing Front Porch Planters
No, that’s not a real pumpkin. Collect one or two fake plastic pumpkins and cut a hole in the middle.
Your potted mums will be more than happy to decorate their new space on your front porch. It’s definitely one of the ultimate Fall decor tips. (via I Heart Naptime)
10. Use Upcycled Materials for Your Fall Front Porch Decor
Here’s another sweet way to put a greeting on your front porch! Hijack a pretty piece of scrap wood (brownie points if you got it from an old barn) and screw some letters on the front. Not only will it complete your Fall front porch decor, but it will also look great with your sparkly porch Christmas trees. But we won’t think about that yet… (via The Wood Grain Cottage)
11. Create a Pumpkin Patch that Leads to Your Front Porch for Fall
By mixing pumpkins, gourds, and other seasonal foliage into and around your home’s existing plants, you can create a gorgeous DIY pumpkin patch that leads visitors right up to your front porch this fall. In an article about fall -inspired lawns, we show us just how beautiful and inviting this project can be.
If you don’t happen to have many plants around your home, that isn’t a problem either. You can create a similar look by adding a few mums into the mix to add a little lushness to your display.
12. Decorative Lettering can Create a Memorable Fall Front Porch
The folks at Sand and Sisal show us how a few decorative letters can create a warm, inviting atmosphere on your front porch this fall. Using only four letters and a few well-placed accent pieces, your front porch will be the go-to standard for the neighborhood.
If you opt for using blank letters, you can paint and decorate them to best suit your home’s style. Or, let the kids and family help paint the letters to create a piece of fall decor that you can pull out every year!
13. Add a Rustic Ladder to Your Front Porch for Fall
One of the most versatile home decor items around today is a classic rustic wooden ladder. These staples of today’s home decor can be used inside or out and make the perfect platform to highlight your other fall pieces. For a bit of inspiration, check out how Trendomat used a wooden ladder as shelving to display beautiful fall plants.
14. Simple and Stunning Fall Front Porch Decor
The folks at Wedding Chicks show us that you don’t have to go extravagant to make a bold statement. Add a few varying-sized pumpkins to a small area of your porch, maybe add a fall-themed throw and pillow to a chair, and you can create what will be one of the most inviting front porches on your block. This is the perfect style for those with limited space on their porch.
15. A Mix of Simple and Stylish Fall Front Porch Ideas
No one idea will stand above the others to create a beautiful display on your front porch for fall. As At the Picket Fence shows us, you can create a stunningly simplistic display by mixing in a few decorative pieces. A gorgeous pumpkin topiary to display your house number, combined with a few scattered pumpkins and a fall-inspired wreath, can capture the look and feel of the fall season.
16. Add Crisp Whites to Highlight Your Fall Front Porch
To really add some pop to your front porch’s fall decor, try what Home Stories A to Z did and use whites to accent your fall decorations. White pumpkins and flowers capture your eye and help to bring attention to cornstalks and a beautiful fall wreath on the door. Using a lot of whites on your front porch for fall is definitely a unique look, but one that works magnificently!
17. Adding a Touch of Halloween to Your Fall Display
If you already have a classic fall display on your front porch, why not check out some of our Halloween decorating ideas and add in a few sinister-looking ravens for Halloween. It won’t take many of the sleek black birds to create a haunting atmosphere on your front porch this fall. This is one look even Poe would be jealous of!
18. An Unforgettable Fall Front Porch Entryway
Don’t forget about the huge blank canvas you have leading into your home. Your front door is the perfect place to show off your creative side.
This door is made frighteningly fun with two yellow cut-out eyes and some jagged white teeth above the entryway. Have a look at Pretty My Party for this and a few other out there fun front door ideas this fall!
19. Add Accents to Your Fall Front Porch Wreath
This beautiful display from House of Hawthrones makes me feel relaxed and at home just looking at it. Pumpkins and a cornstalk work together to bring your eyes to this beautifully decorated fall wreath.
Already adorned with classically colored fall leaves, the beauty of this wreath is magnified with the addition of a large fabric bow on the bottom and a small bowl filled with gourds. This could be the perfect decor for your front porch this fall!
20. Galvanize your Front Porch Fall Decor
Are you tired of pumpkins in your fall front porch displays? If so, copy this galvanized planter look from On Sutton Place.
A simple wreath centered between two metal planters filled with mums or other fall flowers creates an elegant and welcoming atmosphere on your front porch. This minimalist display can be used alone or in conjunction with a larger design.
21. Sunflowers can Bring Warmth to Your Front Porch for Fall
Often overlooked, sunflowers can bring a splash of warmth and color to your front porch this fall. Architecture Art Designs shows us how to use these gorgeous flowers in our fall displays.
The bright yellow flowers work great as accent pieces to fall-themed garland and work as the perfect complimenting component to an already fabulous wreath. See what other creative ways you can come up with to use sunflowers on your front porch displays this fall!
22. Don’t Forget Your Window Boxes
Window boxes aren’t just for creating colorful spring displays. Borrowing inspiration from Oh My Creative, you can make some gorgeous fall window box displays that will perfectly complement your fall front porch.
Add a few small pumpkins and gourds mixed with mums and other fall flowers to your window boxes, and you will have the ultimate fall accents to your home. Just know your neighbors will undoubtedly be copying your idea!
23. Add a Splash of Color to Your Front Porch
Don’t let oranges, browns, and reds have all of the fun this fall. Jay Wilde shows us in Better Homes and Garden how stunning dark rich purples can be when they’re used on your front porch. Typical centerpiece pumpkins and gords take a supporting role when surrounding beautiful purple mums. This display creates a bright, joyful look on any front porch.
24. Get Creative with Fall Garland
Whether used at Christmas or fall, it seems garland is typically used to accent and draw attention to other areas you have decorated. Well, the good people at Better Homes and Garden give us a way to make garland a focal point of our displays.
Using alternating cornstalk leaves and colorful Indian corn, you can create an eye-catching display that will look great around your door or going up your front steps’ banister. This gorgeous display can actually work inside or outside of your home. Or better, use it in both places!
25. A Colorful Touch to Your Fall Front Porch
As much as we love fall-themed displays on our front porches, they can begin to feel a little samey and drab. The House that Lars Built turns that all around with this incredible and outside-the-box display! Almost giving off an Easter type of vibe with its array of colors, this display is definitely all fall with its plentiful use of pumpkins. Let your imagination run wild and see how many fun and unique ways you can add a splash of color to your front porch this fall!
How Much Do I Need to Spend to Decorate My Front Porch for Fall?
You don’t need to break open the piggy bank to have a stunningly decorated fall front porch. Sure, you could spend a lot on high-dollar boutique decor, but DIY decorations can look just as fabulous.
Obviously, it’s okay to pick up that perfect piece of fall decor that catches your eye. But don’t feel like you have to spend big bucks year after year to keep up with what your neighbors are doing. DIY fall decor projects are a great way to bond with your family and create memories that will last a lifetime. You can’t buy that in a store!
How Much is Too Much When Decorating My Porch for Fall?
In most cases, if you like the look of your front porch’s fall decor, then it isn’t too much. All of the work put into decorating any space, inside or out, of your home should be to achieve the perfect look that you love.
Some neighbors will think you have too much up, and others won’t believe you put enough fall decorations up, but are you happy with your fall front porch? That is the only question that matters!
The one caveat to what’s said above is homeowners associations. If you live in a neighborhood with HOA rules and guidelines, you will need to follow them. You’d hate to have to take all of your fall decor down, or worse, face fines! So be sure to check in with your HOA before you completely decorate your front porch for fall.
Do I Need to Limit My Fall Decor to the Front Porch?
When decorating your front porch for fall, your only limitations are available space and your imagination. By adding a couple of fodder shocks, a rustic wheelbarrow, and a few pumpkins to your front yard, you can create a gorgeous, classic display that complements your front porch.
Steps leading up to your front porch, a back or side porch, even walkways can all get a fall makeover! Fall is the ultimate outdoor season; with a bit of planning, there isn’t an area of your home that can’t get at least a little touch of fall added to it.
Are Pumpkins Required for a Beautiful Fall Front Porch?
Absolutely not! There is no one item that is a must-have when decorating your front porch for fall. You can mix and match an almost limitless combination of things to create a front porch you will love all season long!
- Vintage Lanterns
- Cozy Throws and Pillows
- A Mix of Mums and Seasonal Flowers
- Decorative Wood Displays
- Fall Themed Garland
The list could keep going. As long as you love the look of your fall front porch, then you’re doing things right!
How can I Keep my Jack-O’ -Lanterns Lasting Longer?
Pumpkins are fruits and, as such, will begin to decay quickly when they’re cut into. To help keep your Jack-O’ -Lanterns lasting longer, scrape and clean the interior walls of your pumpkin as thoroughly as you can. The more cleaned out you can get your pumpkin, the longer it will last.
Another great tip to keep your Jack-O’ Lanterns lasting as long as possible is to reduce moisture loss. To help minimize dehydration, you can apply a layer of olive oil or petroleum jelly to the areas you cut into your pumpkin.
With its stunning array of brilliant colors, crisp cool air, and a genuine feeling of change, fall is truly a special time of year. With a couple of hours of work and a bit of imagination, you can bring a taste of the season to your front porch for fall. Mix and match our ideas to bring out the best in your fall front porch! But no matter what, have fun and enjoy the season!