Instead of admiring that pretty fall porch across the street this year, pretty up your own porch! It shouldn’t take a lot of money or ‘stuff’ to create a fall front porch on a budget, because fall colors pack such a punch- a little goes a long way.
6 Tips For A Fall Front Porch On A Budget
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(Interested in my summer front porch? click here)
1. Color Scheme + Pots
When shopping for the flowers, first come up with your color scheme. White and yellow? Dark purples and deep reds still say fall. If you choose mums with buds instead of flowers the blooms will last much longer. I’m just impatient! Side note- you can replant these in your yard (even in October in NC). If you replant them they will come back for you every year. I am too lazy, but I’m just saying… it can be done!
For a big statement on your fall front porch without having to buy more flowers, find an extra tall pot! The taller the pot, the bigger the impact. I would have preferred even bigger for the pot next to my door to be honest, but I do like these pots – Amazon you guys! Make sure it’s about the same or a tad bigger in diameter as your flower pot. A little trick I do is to put something inside the bottom of the tall pot (I used bricks) and just set the plant up on top, instead of actually planting them. As long as the top of the plant is flush with the top of the pot, you’re good to go.
2. Consider Your Doormat
Be extra and layer your doormat! You guys- even my UPS man commented on this doormat combo. Don’t you think he’s probably a porch expert? 😉 The gingham mat (links at the bottom of the post) is actually a kitchen mat so it can pull double duty for you as long as it stays relatively dry. I could have used my regular doormat on top, but I found this Hey There Pumpkin mat on Etsy. I will be bringing this out for many falls in the future! At the same time… I KNOW there are some good DIYs for a doormat like this Pinterest!
3. Consider Fake Pumpkins
I did something new this year… I bought fake pumpkins. Last year when I decorated at this time they all rotted with bugs and sank into themselves. Maybe that won’t happen where you live, but here in NC even early October is still plenty hot. I scooped up these white and orange plastic guys at Lowes and Target. I told Jose it was an investment? 💁🏽♀️
Ok seriously the best place to buy pumpkins on a budget I have found is Trader Joes or a mainstream grocery store in those big cardboard boxes they keep out front. But if you have fake pumpkins- you can use them every single year!
Click to shop – Tall Black Pots
4. Bring In Fall Colors With Pillows
Do you have a bench or a rocking chair on your front porch? Put away those summer themed cushions and find pillows or blankets with fall colors to pull in more Autumn tones. Look around your home to use those first- just make sure they are for outdoor use or they will get moldy. Sometimes I’ll put an indoor cushion out for just a few days. I’m a rule breaker though! 😉
5. No Pillows? No Problem
If you don’t have pillows with fall colors (I only had one) and don’t want to buy any more, try a blanket. This is actually a blanket scarf from the dollar spot at Target. I think it might have been $3.
6. Reuse A Wreath
A wreath on the door is a must have, but it doesn’t have to be over the top fall themed. These eucalyptus wreaths are my summer wreaths from Magnolia. They look appropriate for all seasons (except Winter?), so I left them up.
There you have it! I hope you enjoyed this little tour and you’re convinced you don’t *have* to go overboard (or even just give up) to have a pretty porch this fall!
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