With Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away, it’s time to add some holiday flair to your porch! Here are some of our home improvement company’s favorite ways to make your home all about fall:
Nothing says fall like a scarecrow, and making your own is a great way to spend a day with the family. Gather up some old “farm” clothes, a pillowcase, some newspaper, straw, safety pins, and some felt or markers and bring your festive friend to life. Here’s a great tutorial for an easy DIY scarecrow.
Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween, and they’re one of the easiest ways to dress up your porch for the fall season. Stick with the traditional orange color or get creative and paint your pumpkins with autumn colors like gold, burgundy, white, and crimson. (You can even find pumpkin varities that are already colored, like Cinderella pumpkins, Blue Moon pumpkins, Jarrahdale pumpkins, and more). Cluster several different sizes together on either side of your front door or line your porch with smaller ones and you’ll add instant Thanksgiving charm.
Crafty leaf garlands are another easy way to add both a touch of decor and a pop of color to your porch. You can find garlands of various lengths and styles at nearly any craft store. Then, hang it around your door frame, wrap it around your banister, tack it to your ceiling to frame your doorway, or wrap it around your columns.
Wreaths are a great porch decor idea all year round and if you don’t want to buy one, you can easily make a Thanksgiving wreath from just a few materials. Once you have a base, wrap it with fall-colored ribbon, yarn, or fabric and finish with a festive bow. Or use craft flowers and some glue to give your porch a little pop of texture.
When you think “fall flowers,” the image of mums probably comes to mind. These flowers are great for fall decorating because they’re hardy and can withstand the cooler temperatures. Mums come in beautiful fall colors like yellow, orange, red, purple, and gold, so you can mix and match to your preference. Just be sure to choose some darker planters to make their colors really stand out.
Once the temperatures drop, nothing gives you that warm, cozy feeling like candles, so why not make them part of your front porch curb appeal? You can find inexpensive lanterns at your local craft or home goods store and fill them with colorful pillar candles to add a soft glow to your home.
If you can get your hands on a hay bale, you can easily use it as a “shelf” for things like pumpkins, flowers, cornucopias, lanterns, and more. Or, cut it in half and place the two smaller pieces on either side of your front door.