While many people really love to create a fun, spooky or downright terrifying approach to their front door when October rolls around, there are two approaches to decorating for the fall months.
If you live in a neighborhood where trick-or-treaters fill the streets and jack-o-lanterns light the night, then you will want to focus your exterior décor on Halloween for the month of October and then transition to a fall look for the month of November.
If you no longer have small children at home or live in an area that doesn’t get much Halloween foot traffic, you can opt to decorate with a general harvest theme. I’ve compiled two great ideas for an entry that will wow all your guests during the fall season.
For a Halloween Theme…
If you do want to embrace the spooky décor of Halloween, our terracotta pumpkins and happy ghost lanterns are a great choice. These cheerful, but festive lanterns are candle-safe and come in two sizes. You can cluster them along the path to your front door, or perch one in a pot. These are adorable Halloween decorations that you can use year after year.
Another colorful option is our bright, tin lanterns with whimsical jack’o lantern faces and a dusting of sparkle. You can also light these with a tea light or battery-operated candle or if you are feeling especially daring, try a flickering strobe light! These fun pumpkins add color during the day and really light things up when it gets dark!
A quick way to add some Halloween spirit to your yard without much effort is by adding our festive plant stakes to an existing pot, or sticking them right into the ground. We have both a pumpkin and a crow version for a primitive look that fits perfectly with Halloween.
For an Autumn Motif…
When decorating with a more general fall theme in mind, using pots to create an outdoor arrangement is always a classic choice. You can use two pots for a symmetrical feel, either on each side of your front door or by flanking your garage. Another option is to fill one pot and place it in a prominent place, either in front of a column, porch rail or by your mailbox. Pick a pot color that compliments your house color, or a rich red or ochre color that really feels like fall.
The secret to creating an interesting and beautiful pot is by decorating by height. The three elements you will need for a large-scale pot arrangement are something tall, something full and a pop of color. For fall, nothing is better for the tall element than a dried corn stalk. Available at garden centers or local nurseries, these dried beauties are the perfect fall décor. We carry an excellent faux version here at Pottery World. Start by loosely arranging these in the center of your pot. If you will be using faux botanicals for this look, you can stuff the pot with newspaper and place a layer of florist foam on top to secure your smaller stems. Remember, any arrangement with faux botanicals would need to be kept in a covered area.
If you are using real plants, fill the pot with soil around your corn stalks to hold them in place. The rest is easy– fill the base of the stalks with fall elements like leaves, small hay bales, pumpkins, gourds, flowers like sunflower or mums and branches with berries. Try to create an arrangement that is full and colorful; when you think you might be done adding to it, add more! This is the secret to achieving the look of a professionally-designed arrangement.
Festive Finishing Touches
Sweep off your porch stairs, add a rustic, fall-themed pillow to a bench or Adirondack chair, pop a rustic wreath on your door and you are ready to welcome guests to your home for the fall season. For more ideas about decorating for fall see our Pinterest board Warm Fall Wishes.