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How to Get a Fun {Colorful} Fall Front Door Porch On the Cheap

Posted in DECOR, Fall: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on September 29, 2017

Bring all the best of Autumn to your front door porch with inexpensive plants and decor items you likely already have. Outdoor decorating that can take you from September all the way to Thanksgiving. These ideas are fast and easy too! Fantastic autumn outdoor decor ideas for your front door porch!

Y’all, my yard and garden were a mess – still are honestly. So much so that I almost bowed out of this seasons Outdoor Spaces blog hop – thanks to Sara for hosting, by the way! PS: Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for more fantastic ideas for your Fall Outdoor Spaces!

 

Front Door Porch Fall 2017

Where was I? Oh yes, September=hiney-kicking and not one project in or around the house and home complete and the only action my front porch has seen has been my running in and out of the front door zillion of times a day. Whereas usually by now I’ve been enjoying a lovely front door porch decorated for the season it’s not the case this year! Instead, my porch was full of dust, pollen, and loads of spiderwebs – perfect for Halloween I guess?

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The thing is, it makes me feel cheery and happy when I see a front porch nicely decorated for the season, and it makes me feel not so good when it looks terrible. With a teeny bit of effort and cash – and a broom – I had my front door porch in ship-shape in under an hour, including plant shopping time!

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - Welcome Sign

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How to Quickly and Easily Spice up Your Fall Front Door Porch with Plants

The first thing I did was to make a date with my broom. It’s amazing what a difference a good cleaning will make! After we were back to basics and fewer spider condos on board, it was time for a little styling.

Continuing with my current trend of less traditional and ultra-colorful decor, I made the following minor changes:

  • Switched out the front door porch mat
  • Add color and exotic plants
  • Shopped my home for colorful pillows, throws and blanket scarves
  • Added pumpkins – ’cause.. fall.

Doormat

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - rug

I started with this doormat from Better Homes and Gardens, which I used to set the tone and color scheme for the porch – not traditional – but who says it has to be? I had a hard time picking a mat to layer over the wide black and white stripe. I loved this one – so cute, and this one is pretty adorable as well. I, myself, decided to go full-on color instead.  If you are partial to the stripes but aren’t too keen on your doormat yelling at you, even if it is sweet, this one is extra large and similar in style without the wording.

Choosing Plants

I did a quick run to pick out some plants. Because I wasn’t doing a ton of decorating, I relied pretty heavily on plants for color, texture, and interest. You can easily spend a fortune on plants, but you can also find some good deals at this time of year with perennials (they come back every year) that are past their season and looking a little worse for wear. If you can afford them, now is a good time to buy them – they’ll be full price in the spring.

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - Asparagus Fern

Perennials

I wasn’t looking to do any significant planting, but I did splurge on a few perennials – this fun and interesting-looking chartreuse Asparagus Fern is my new favorite, which I came to find out isn’t a fern at all but related to asparagus! I look the spiky texture and think it will be just as fun for Halloween. The Asparagus Fern doesn’t tolerate frost – it’ll be coming inside when the temperatures drop.

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - mums

Mums in violet and burnt orange are always a favorite, and I can plant them in my front flower bed at the end of the season – If I’m lucky they’ll come back next year! I picked these up at my local nursery for $6 each earlier in the month. They’ve been slow to bloom, but when they do get around to it, they’ll be spectacular.

Annuals

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - Celosia

Annuals are a great way to add color and are relatively inexpensive. I used a fuschia Celosia with soft, bright spikes to contrast against the Asparagus Fern at the front door. Pansies and an annual hanging basket of Petunias and Verbena will take some frost. Ornamental cabbage in dark purples and greens will be sticking around for Halloween, too!

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - Pansy Basket

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - Ornamental Cabbage

You can find ideas for other fun and colorful plants on this list, available for free download. Be sure to check your gardening zone, especially when planting perennials.

 Decor

Decor cost me nothing. I shop my home, moving furniture from inside to out and reusing items where I can as the seasons change. Styling in this way saves me a fortune and keeps me from getting bored with my decor – it’s never the same twice! With a covered porch I’m pretty comfortable using inexpensive, indoor furniture like this console table outside for short periods of time. If this isn’t the case with you, use your discretion.

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This garden stool isn’t available in bright red, but it would be just as cute in white and probably a bit more versatile.

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - front door vignette

I’m all about comfort and love the idea of hanging out on the front porch in either a rocker or the porch swing with a cup of hot cider on a crisp, sunny day. These throw cushions are on a constant rotation around the house.

Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - Blanket Scarves

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Front Door Porch Fall 2017 - Swing

Smile Pillow 

I keep throws around everywhere to take the edge off of a seasonal chill. I love the versatility of blanket scarves  – think blank, scarf or shawl – and they come in SO many different colors!

Pumpkins

Nothing says fall like pumpkins and they are available EVERYWHERE. I’ve yet to pick any fresh pumpkins this year – remember, September=hiney-kicking – so, I relied on foam, plastic, and fabric to fulfill my pumpkin needs.

inexpensive fall decorating ideas

I thought of bringing these fun fabric-covered pumpkins out but decided to leave them on the mantle for now.

cute fall porch ideas

Other accents ideas that scream fall:

  • Acorns
  • Apples
  • Pinecones
  • Woodland critters

Enjoying the Fruits of My Labors

So, let’s take stock. September is nearly over. My porch looks great. My yard is STILL a mess. Not bad for an hours worth of minor effort and cash.

With any luck, I’ll be spending at least a few October days enjoying the sights, smells and sounds of Autumn from the comfort of my front porch. If that doesn’t pan out, seeing my porch as I run in and out of the door is guaranteed to make me happy! How could it not with such a fun, colorful, festive porch to come home to?

I hope you were able to find a few budget-friendly ideas to bring the best of Autumn to your front porch. Be sure to stop by and visit these lovely ladies for even more ideas!

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You’ll love this Cheap and Easy Fall Pumpkin Craft

Posted in DECOR, Fall: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on September 15, 2017

Looking to add a punch of color and texture to your home’s Autumn decor? Use this easy tutorial to turn a $1 foam fall pumpkin into a cute home accent!

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Time is just marching along – it’s already mid-September! We are still enjoying mostly summer-ish weather around these parts, but there have been a few glimpses of Fall with crisp mornings and a gentle breeze in the evenings. Although outside isn’t looking like Fall, my Autumn-loving heart is ready to get the Fall party started, at least my inside decor!

The other day I shared some Fireplace Mantel Decorating ideas, that included these adorable fabric embellished Fall pumpkins!  Last year I stayed pretty close to traditional in my Fall decor. I was able to use some of my old favorites from last year, including my favorite Hello Fall pillow. I loved the pillow SO much that I decided to make a matching printable. Feel free to download it!

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Still, I wanted something new to add to my decor, especially since I decided to mix it up this year with turquoise, orange, navy and just a touch of red. Enter this fun, simple, cheap foam fall pumpkin craft!

HOW TO EMBELLISH A FOAM FALL PUMPKIN WITH FABRIC

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Supplies

foam pumpkins
fabric scraps
twine
twigs
scissors
glue gun
gold acrylic paint and paintbrush

Directions

1 – Make a Leaf Template

Draw and cut out a leaf design on a scrap piece of cardstock, making a reversed stencil. If desired, add a serrated edge for interest.

fall pumpkin craft - cut out leaf template

2 – Stencil Leaves on Fabric

Lay the leaf template onto your fabric. Create leaves on the fabric by stenciling around the leaf shape with a paint brush and gold acrylic paint, creating a gold edge. Let dry.  *You will need approximately 60-80 leaf cutouts for the small pumpkin. 

fall pumpkin craft - outline leaves on fabric with paint

3 – Cut out leaves

Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut leaf shapes out, leaving a small border of gold on each leaf.

fall pumpkin craft - cut out leaves following paint line

4 – Attach leaves to Pumpkin

Remove the plastic stem from your foam pumpkin. Begin attaching leaves to the bottom of the pumpkin with hot glue, overlapping the bottoms as you go, one row at a time. Be sure to leave the edges free for more texture on your completed pumpkin.

Continue to add rows, overlapping the preceding row, working up to the top of the pumpkin, and leaving a small space at the top for a stem.

fall pumpkin craft - apply leaves overlapping from bottom up

5 – Add twine definition

Attach the end of a length of twine to the bottom center point of your pumpkin. Stretch the pumpkin over the top and to the center, letting the cord fall into the grooves. Attach at center point and repeat, outlining each groove with twine and gluing the bottom edge to secure.

6 – Add twig stem

Use the tip of a sharp pair of scissors to make a hole at the top of your pumpkin. Push the top of a 3 – small, 2″ long twigs into the hole. Embellish with a twine bow.

fall pumpkin craft - add stems

Enjoy your fall pumpkin craft!

What I love about these little guys is how easy they are to customize to your Fall decor. Don’t feel that you need to use traditional colors or patterns – there aren’t any rules – clearly since I created one with blue leopard print!

fall pumpkin craft - orange completed

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So, if you, too, are looking for something new for your fall home decor, give this little fall pumpkin craft a try. It’s an easy way to turn $1 foam fall pumpkin into a cute and colorful home accent! 

Oh, and don’t forget to download my Hello Fall printable – It’s free to my subscribers!

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How to decorate a fireplace mantel for fall – fireplace decor ideas

Posted in DECOR, Fall: Seasonal Decor and Crafts, LIVING ROOM
on September 12, 2017

Fireplace decor ideas for your Fall mantel. 

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It seems like just yesterday we were at the start of summer and I was waxing poetic about my wish for endless summers and sharing my summer fireplace decor ideas. Scratch that. Although I love the summer, it’s inevitable that when September rolls around, I’m yearning for sweaters, boots and apple cider. I feel like I blinked and here we are, surrounded by the scent of pumpkin spice, apple donuts and endless leaf raking – The pumpkin spice and donuts I’m all over, but the leaf raking.. after the first time, I’m totally over it!

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I love decorating my home for Fall.  I’d guess you do as well. It’s your lucky day because my blogging buddies and I are sharing our fireplace decor ideas for Fall for the Decorate your Mantel through the Year Series, hosted by my lovely friend, Amy. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for all of the inspiration!

Fall Fireplace Decor Ideas for Your Mantel

I reuse many items in my home by moving them around from room to room or even using them in different ways from season to season. One thing never changes though, and that is the formula I follow when decorating my mantel.

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Color

fireplace decor ideas - color palette

We all know I love the color. Most of my decorating start with my color palette, and it’s often inspired by something I’ve seen in my browsing travels. I LOVE to shop by honestly don’t buy nearly as much as I just look. Different than last year’s,  this year’s palette came from a table runner I found at Home Goods, in turquoise, orange, and red. There is a lot of navy in my home and added the navy in for good measure.

Plants

Depending on the season, I may use both live or artificial plants. This year it was easy to choose! These plants have lived most of the summer outdoors. With the temperatures dropping it was time for them to move inside.

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Accents

When decorating for Fall, think pumpkins. Think cozy. Think brilliant leaf colors. Did I mention cozy? You can never have too many soft, warm blankets to curl up with and an ottoman is always welcome when extra guests arrive. This little stool usually lives in the dining room/play room.

These fabric pumpkins are a fun and easy project. They are an inexpensive way to add cheery pops of color and texture. A few other pumpkins complete the scene.

fireplace decor ideas - easy pumpkin crafts

Unfortunately for my mantel-decorating-loving-heart, I have a giant TV right smack in the middle which limits the space I have available to make an impact. You work with what you have – I don’t worry whether or not I have identical objects on either end of the mantel. Instead, I  choose accents close in height and bulk, ensuring both sides of the fireplace are balanced.

To draw the eye away from the TV (ha!) I like to display prints on either side. These seaweed prints are a DIY that I’ll get around to sharing one of these days, but I found something very similar that you may like.

I have gotten more questions about my Hello Fall Pillow – it was a Target dollar aisle find from a few years ago and isn’t available, but you might like this one. If you’re up for creating your own, I’ve created a Hello Fall Printable in the same font and look like the pillow that is available for free to my subscribers.

I’m feeling the Fall spirit!

fireplace decor ideas - fall pillows

Ugh. I believe another leaf just fell. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you were able to gather some ideas for your fireplace mantel. If you need me, you know where to find me – just follow the scents of pumpkin and apple and the trail of leaves!

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Before you go, be sure to stop by all of these lovely lady’s blogs for more fall mantel inspiration!

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