DIY Fall Outdoor Decor Ideas
Autumn has officially become my favorite season (unless you count Christmas as its own season, and in that case, autumn would come in a close second)...
I enjoy all things autumn, the changing leaves, the crispness in the air that makes me feel alive, pumpkin-spiced anything, cozy sweaters, any excuse to wear leggings with fun boots, hiking to the summit to bask in that take-your-breath-away scenic view (one of God's many masterpieces complete with a sea of colors for our enjoyment), PSL's and chai lattes, sitting by a bonfire with a cozy blanket and roasting s'mores, and any excuse to drink spiced hot apple cider...just to name a few.
I love fall so much that we even planned a special trip this year solely around taking advantage of the breathtaking fall colors and foliage in the gorgeous New England states. Check out our trip, scenery, and some of our beautiful photos on my Travel page, 10 States in 10 Days: Fall Foliage Adventure!
On October 31st, my husband and I rounded out the fall season with a plethora of fall activities including but not limited to enjoying a brisk autumn hike while taking in the fall foliage, carving pumpkins while listening to Halloween jams, handing out sugary treats to eager costume-clad munchkins, eating roasted pumpkins seeds, and sipping spiced hot apple cider...
We kept it mildly simple this year with decorating since we had a fun fall trip to plan, but here are a few of our favorite autumn accent pieces.
For the front porch, I added a little whimsical orange, cream, and peach combination to keep it cheerful and festive.
I discovered this vintage chair (that's on its last leg literally...) at a barn sale for $2 and knew it would be a fun addition to the front porch...
The floral arrangements were made up of a few different faux stems from Michaels and some pumpkins from Hobby Lobby. The distressed, rustic metal basket was also discovered at Michael's for 70% off.
The basic stemmed wreath came from Michaels and then I just filled it in with extra flowers that I had purchased from Michaels that coordinated with my floral arrangement in the metal basket. I added a few pumpkins from Hobby Lobby as well as the "hi" wooden accent piece to complete the wreath and add a touch of warmth and whimsy.
The "We're So Glad You Are Here" sign came from Hobby Lobby. It originally had black lettering, but I painted over the letters with cream paint to tie in all the colors.
I switched out the spiker plant in our planters for something a little more fall so went with cordyline "red star" plants from Home Depot. I kept the English Ivy and Dusty Miller from our previous summer arrangement.
The plants are struggling a bit in this picture as I think I took this photo after we returned from neglecting our plants for 10 days on our Fall Foliage Trip... They did spring back to life though after a few good watering days... Since this is a rental home, we are limited with what we can do/change (as the front door personally drives me nuts), but not bad for a quick fall update.
Vintage Chair: Barn Sale in North Carolina
Welcome Sign: Hobby Lobby
Wreath: My Custom Creation with supplies from Michaels & Hobby Lobby
"hi" wooden Accent: Hobby Lobby
Planter Pots: HomeGoods
Plants: Home Depot
Faux Flowers: Michaels
Mini Pumpkins: Hobby Lobby
Metal Basket: Michaels
Larger Pumpkins: Michaels
Easel: Hidden Gem from years ago
If you haven't seen my other Fall Decor Ideas post, check it out. It shows an easy way to bring in your own mix of fall colors by painting craft pumpkins. Fall decorating doesn't just have to entail the traditional orange pumpkins anymore...
The textured Rust-oleum Stone spray paint really added that extra touch I was looking to create.
For the above look, I started with a few craft (orange) pumpkins on sale at Michaels.
I then rummaged through my storage room paint stash and found some colors I could work with. Here are some of the supplies I used for this cream textured pumpkin. (FYI: Since I was in a bit of a hurry and consequently was a tad sloppy with my painting, I used the wood stain in Briarsmoke to repaint the stem since I didn't have any other brown paint around the house.)
Here's the Before & After:
This cream pumpkin worked much better with our seafoam and cream color palette that is used throughout our home.
OTHER FALL DECOR:
These lanterns have a fun fall vibe with faux pumpkins, fall flowers, and gourds.
These fall planters with stacked pumpkins are another fun way to add some autumn colors to your home.
Malta Lanterns: Pottery Barn
Faux Pumpkins: Hobby Lobby
Faux Flowers: Michaels
If you haven't seen my other Fall Decor Ideas post, check it out for a few more fall-themed display and setup ideas.