Celebrate fall and transition to Halloween and Thanksgiving with some easy DIY fall porch decor. With a few supplies, these projects come together quickly for budget-friendly ideas that you can incorporate into your own home decor projects.
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Fall is my favorite season! I love the cooler weather, the food, and the holidays. I like to decorate for fall in a way that will last from September to Thanksgiving. Although I might make changes here and there, like adding real pumpkins once the weather cools off, mostly I want something that won’t need too much attention once it’s done.
We just had our house repainted, so I’m super excited to show off my blue front door. I think it makes the fall colors pop even better. Take a look at my fall porch decor for your own inspiration. Then, below, I’ve got simple tutorials on how I created the main pieces with links to the Oriental Trading Halloween decorations and other products I used.
Fall porch decor tour
Take a quick tour of my fall porch decor and then scroll down for the tutorials.
This wreath is made from a foam wreath frame, burlap fabric, and burlap leaves.
I love craft supplies that can be used for a wide range of projects. The burlap leaves are in the wreath and garland. You could use these for a ton of other fall craft projects too.
The crows are from Oriental Trading; my husband made the broom.
The garland was really quick to make and I didn’t need to sew or glue anything.
This planter is made from a galvanized pail, an unfinished pumpkin shape, and sweet potato vines.
Fall porch decor projects
Burlap leaf wreath
- 12″ foam wreath form – Oriental Trading no longer carries this product, but I found a similar wreath on Amazon.
- approximately 1/2 yard of burlap fabric
- 1 package burlap leaves
- hot glue gun and glue
First, cut the burlap into strips. I cut pieces that were about 4 inches wide and 18 inches long. Wrap the pieces around the wreath form, one at a time, overlapping as needed. Use the hot glue to affix the burlap in place and hide the edges.
Next, glue the leaves onto the burlap. I started with a pattern but then mixed in some smaller leaves to give it a more natural look.
Then take a small piece of burlap, about 1 inch by 6 inches. Fold it into a loop and glue it on the back of the wreath for hanging.
Burlap leaf garland
- 36-48 inches of jute cord
- burlap fabric scraps
- extra burlap leaves left from the wreath
- mini clothespins
Start by cutting the jute cord to a length that will fit the place where you are hanging it, plus about 6 inches on either end to tie it off. Hang the cord in place and tie the ends to secure them.
Then cut the burlap into rectangles that are about 4×6 inches. I made 5, but of course, you could make the garland as long as you want by adding more.
For each piece, clothespin a leaf and a piece of burlap onto the jute cord.
- galvanized pail
- large rocks
- potting soil
- unfinished wood pumpkin
- wood stain of your choice (I used Minwax Oak)
- paint stick or any 12-inch piece of wood
- sweet potato vine plants
You’ll also need something to poke drain holes in the bucket. I used a giant nail and rubber mallet.
For the pumpkin, you may want to start by sanding the surface to remove any glue or packaging residue.
Lay it on a protected surface and spray or wipe on the wood stain. I prefer spray stain and I just put my pumpkin inside a large box. Wipe off any excess stain with paper towels or an old rag and let it dry overnight.
When the pumpkin stain is dry, place the pumpkin face-down and trace where you want the paint stick to go. Mix the epoxy on the paint stick and put it in place on the back of the pumpkin. If possible, clamp the stick on the pumpkin until it is dry, about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your product.
While you wait, turn the pail upside-down and place it where it will sit even, but the handle won’t be damaged. Poke 3 drain holes in the bottom of the pail. If the metal dents too much, you can hammer it back flat when you flip it over.
Place a layer of large rocks at the bottom of the pail. Be sure to leave room for the paint stick to fit all the way to the bottom on one side or you’ll need to dig a space later. Cover the rocks with potting soil.
Finally, plant the sweet potato vines in one half of the pail.
Finally, poke the pumpkin stick into the other half of the pail and press it all the way to the bottom behind the sweet potato vine.
My favorite part of this fall porch decor is that it all subtlely goes together without being too matchy. I loved repurposing the extra materials from the wreath to make the garland. And I love using natural materials in my home decor, like wood, burlap, and jute.
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