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I know we’re still in the middle of summer, but you might be thinking ahead to decorating your front porch or yard for fall, and if so, you’re in luck. This week’s blog post is all about outdoor fall decor ideas! I am specifically focusing on the front porch scene, but I have some charming ideas for places like your patio as well.

Your fall porch is an ideal place to decorate for fall!
Your front porch is a great place to add fall inspired decor pieces!

So when the summer temperatures start to give way to the cooler autumn ones, after planning this out, you’ll be ready to usher in the season with some gorgeous outdoor decor. I chose to include these ideas because they are both easy to throw together and will not cost you a ton of money!

Before you get started, I recommend making a list of all the materials you’ll need for everything you wish to make. If you’d like an extra hand in this, be sure to sign up for my email community below and snag a free copy of my crafting printable workbook!

Pick a Color Theme

If you aren’t a fan of the traditional fall colors, like reds, yellows, and oranges, you can pick something non-traditional. Some ideas for a color theme:

  • Metallics
  • Black and White
  • Plaids
  • Pastels
  • Pink

After you’ve decided on your theme, you just need to find items that match that color and you’ll be good to go!

Crates Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Crates, like this one, can add an instant lift and level to your fall porch scene!
Simple crates like this one can add a bit of height to your fall decor scene!

I love wooden crates (you can find these at Wal-mart) because they are unfinished and that means they are incredibly easy to stain or paint to suit your decor style. I personally love a deep weathered brown because it adds a rustic touch to your decor, no matter what you pair it with.

Once you’ve painted your crate, you just need to pair it up with the pieces that you wish to have on display. Flowers, pumpkins, apples, or even corn can dress up your crate!

A crate also can form a perfect piece if you wish to put together a lovely Vignette, for some helpful tips and tricks about how to create such a thing, I recommend this article from Erin Spain!

Pumpkins Are Great Fall Pieces

Pumpkins are a pretty common fall vegetable and they make for great decor pieces too!
Pumpkins make great outdoor fall decor pieces and they’re perfect for fall!

I love using craft pumpkins (which you can find wide varieties at most craft stores like Michaels) because they won’t rot. However, you can use real pumpkins as decor; just know that you may not be able to repurpose them afterward.

My favorite idea is to take some pumpkins and make a house number display. All you need are number stencils and some craft paint along with enough pumpkins for each number. For example, four pumpkins if your house number has four digits in it.

Apples Too

Apples are a great outdoor fall decor piece!
Apples are beautiful fall decor pieces and they add just a delightful pop of color to everything!

Everyone is all over the pumpkin trend, so if you aren’t, may I introduce apples as decor items to you? Apples are typically a fall fruit, and the red varieties can add a vibrant pop of color to any outdoor fall decor scene!

For a unique twist, instead of a wreath, you can hang a basket of apples on your door.

Corn For Fall

Dried corn can create a lovely fall accent!
Dried corn can make a great fall decor accent piece!

Another excellent fall vegetable theme to try is corn. Specifically, you’ll want to look to find corn on the cob or corn stalks. You can often find fake options at many crafts stores, which I would recommend as I’m not sure how hardy real corn would be for any length of time! 

Another real option would be to find dried corn. You may still wish to seal the dried corn with an outdoor sealer to preserve it from the elements, though!

Fall – Rustic Style!

Lanterns like these are rustic and natural looking and can create a lovely look.
A rustic old style lantern can add a bit of beauty to your outdoor decor!

Rustic decor is all about natural elements. Think earthy colors and natural wood elements. I like the darker and natural feel to rustic style versus a cleaner and lighter one. However, if you do find rustic a bit too dark, you can add elements of cream or lighter wood stains without losing the appeal of this design style.

My favorite idea is to create a beautiful sign to display. Click here if you want to read my earlier post on how to create a custom wood sign.

Farmhouse Fall

Rustic and farmhouse decor are often quite similar, but one of the key differences is that farmhouse decor is a lot smoother, despite the homey and natural feel. You will also find more creams in this decor style, so I find that the farmhouse style is a little lighter than rustic.

One quick and easy idea for a farmhouse style decor would be to find galvanized steel jugs (you can either leave them as is or paint them cream) and fill them with lovely fall flowers.

When In Doubt – Flowers!

Flowers are an easy way to dress up a front porch with a pop of color. There are a wide variety of flowers that bloom in late summer and early fall that you may wish to consider, such as:

  • Sunflowers
  • Mums
  • Asters
  • Marigolds

You can read all about other types of hardy fall flowers (some that will, in fact, survive the first few frosts) from this helpful article from The Spruce.

Final Thoughts

When the hot summer weather gives way into the cooler fall temperatures, it can be fun to throw together some lovely pieces to set out on your front porch or patio to welcome the season. You don’t need to spend a load of money either to get a beautiful front porch loaded with fall goodies. Creating a theme for your porch can be a fun task to try and picking something you are excited about will help motivate you to keep going.

What’s your favorite thing about fall decor? Hit me up in the comments, share this post to social media, and pin it to Pinterest! 

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Next week is going to be a food post! I’m so excited. I’m going to share with you some of my favorite easy summer food ideas! Until then, stay crafty my friends!

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