Fall Front Porch Decorating

Our front porch is one of the areas of our home that I absolutely love to decorate! We live on one of the main streets in our town, and although there isn’t a lot of car traffic, we have lots of walkers and bike riders that travel our street. Growing up in this town, this street was known for the large, beautiful homes, I love decorating our home for others to enjoy. Somehow it takes me back to being a child and remembering all the homes the way they used to be.

Next to Christmas, decorating our front porch for Fall is my favorite! And let me tell you, constructing the Fall Garland and hanging it around the door was much easier this week then when I hung the Christmas garland in the snow!

The inspiration for the Fall Front Porch Decorating all came from a trip to Hobby Lobby, they have gorgeous garlands and wreaths, and when we spotted a wreath that had more natural elements with the deeper colors, we fell in love with it. BUT, the price tag was $230! Yes, you read that right, my friends! So, Doug and I pulled on our boots, grabbed our clippers and headed for the park. We struck gold!

Before I show you how I put together the Fall Garland, let me take you on a little tour of the Front Porch…

Let me give you a little closer look…

Behind the wagon, we placed an old trellis that has a well worn look about it, a tall galvanized bucket holds the Plume Grass, then in front of that, the Chalkboard, Antique Wagon filled with pumpkins and vines, a basket with mums and an Antique Watering Can and an wool blanket.

The chalkbaord is made with an old gold frame I found in the attic. Doug removed the picture, and cut a piece of wood to fit, then painted it with Chalkboard Paint, spraying on a few coats. Chalkboard Tip: Wet the board and use wet chalk that you wrap in a wash cloth…works like a charm!

I love the color of these Mums! We found them at Lowe’s for only $2 each.

On the Trellis, I added grape vines, a little burlap held on with clothespins and a little crow.

My old blue wagon was filled with pumpkins in different colors and shades, gourds, vines and pine cones.

On the opposite side of the porch, I placed an Antique Suitcase with a Watering Can, pumpkins and an Antique Railroad Lantern.

To pull everything together, I decorated a wreath for each side and hung them on the windows. I used the same supplies I used on the garland…let me show you how to make your own…

First, gather your supplies…like I mentioned at the beginning, the inspiration came from a very expensive wreath. We picked all the greenery and grasses along side of the road and at the county park. Every park has rules, we did ask permission first. We bought the silk sunflowers at JoAnn’s on sale for $10 and I made the pumpkins.

The pumpkins were covered in fabric that I had in my stash. I just wrapped the fabric around and tied it with twine. Then I cut a stick for the stem and used the hot glue gun to attach it. To finish it off, I tied a little raffia around.

The base of the garland is a wild grapevine, it is free form, which I think is pretty cool. I laid out each of the greenery, grasses and other decorations the way I wanted it to look.

Then the assembly began…with my paddle of wire and cutters, I started wiring on each of the pieces of greenery and other decorations.

I couldn’t be more excited with how the Fall Garland turned out!

So what do you think? I hope I have inspired you to decorate your Front Porch or outside area for Fall!

Update…we added the DIY Painted Shutter and more Outdoor Fall Decorations at the bottom of the steps…

Linking to…Southern Hospitality , Show & Tell FridayWeekend Wrap Up PartySundae Scoop PartySaturday SevensMade By You MondayAutumn PartyFall Nesting Party


  1. Terri D. says:

    This looks beautiful! Your summer porch decorating inspired me for summer, now I can’t wait to do it for fall.

  2. MelanieL says:

    Your home is lovely, I would stop to look if I was walking by:)

  3. ruthi says:

    love it….big question? what do you do with that great looking porch when the weather is bad?? !!!! my front door decoration gets soaking when it rains, so i need to hopefully be home and run to bring it in.

    • CupcakeLady says:

      Hi Ruthi, my of my porch is covered, I try to keep the things that will get wet under that, but it doesn’t always work. I did bring the blanket inside so it wouldn’t get wet. Everything else is fine to stay outside.
      So glad you like it, thanks for stopping by!

  4. Gina Blank says:

    I love your front porch! I was wondering how you attached the garland around the door. I have windows on each side too and can never get it to stay right.

  5. Kim says:

    This is so very fall and welcoming. Love the shabby wagon.

  6. I love the mums in the picnic basket. Such a welcoming home :)
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  7. Oh this is fall perfection at its finest! A truly cozy entry.

    While we don’t have much fall here in Phoenix I would love for you to stop by to see where I did find a bit of fall.

    Have a blessed day!

  8. Cathy says:

    I love your porch decor – the colors are beautiful and the garland is amazing. I really love the chalkboard on the porch – so cute. I was looking for something to do to my porch and you have inspired me – following from Southern Hospitality…..

  9. Karen says:

    Your porch looks great. It all came together beautifully.Love the wagon and chalkboard.

  10. Love your front porch. The chalkboard, stepladder, and gate are so perfect mixed with the pumpkins and mums.

  11. Debra says:

    Pleasent to look at and come home to.

  12. Rita says:

    Your porch is beautiful. What a treat for all of your neighbors and friends to see.

  13. Lovely display!

  14. mary says:

    Such a pretty porch area you have created! I love the garland . It looks like it would be easy to just change out the fall items for more winter ones when the time comes!

  15. Angie M says:

    It’s obvious you spent a lot of time and energy and it paid off. You porch looks like its out of a magazine!!! Beautiful!!!

  16. It seems we just decorated for summer… but fall is such a fun season to decorate for! I love the welcome sign!

  17. Hi Liz, I love your front porch ideas. It looks lovely there. So fun in fact that I’d like to invite you to come link it up at our linky party at http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/ Hope to see you join in!
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  18. Valerie says:

    I love how it turned out, and I’m sure the families passing by your house really appreciate the view! Looks like a fun project. Those fabric pumpkins are adorable :)

  19. Shirley says:

    I loved the idea of having the mums in a basket instead of the traditional planter. I also liked the pumpkins on the old wooden step stool. That stood out really nice! Wood and pumpkin next to each other is always a wonderful look!!!

    Thanks for sharing,
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  20. Love all of your fall decor…you have inspired me…I am a new follower…Hope you will visit my royal blog sometimes! Tiff
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  21. HI Liz, I love all that you’ve done to your front porch!!! I wanted to let you know that I featured it today on my blog. Below is the link if you would like to take a look at it. Let me know if you want anything changed.


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  22. Rondell says:

    Love the garland, you make it look so easy to do:)

  23. Isis says:

    First time here! I really love your vignette with the blue wagon! Thanks for the trick for the chalkboard too hihi! Really inspiring, so nice porch…

  24. Rilane says:

    Great decoration with pumpkins. Great for Halloween. Great Welcome message :)

  25. Wow! Your porch looks fantastic! Perfect for fall!


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