Welcome guests to your front porch with layers of harvest style. Colorful pumpkins and mums, scarecrows and jack-o’-lanterns will accentuate your porch, patio or balcony and set the stage for fall entertaining.
By creating layers of decoration, you can segue successfully from the hazy days of late summer to the candy corn fun of Halloween and the cozy gatherings at Thanksgiving.
Begin with fall’s favorite annual, chrysanthemums, in colors ranging from deep red, sunshine yellow and bright purple.
Some are available in the Garden Center already in decorative planters. You can also place them directly into containers or urns on your porch.
While you’re in the Garden Center, pick up a flat of pansies for this pumpkin container project, pansies in pumpkins.
Add gorgeous gourds to your display with stacks of decorative pumpkins next to live pumpkins. The stacked pumpkins become topiaries when placed on urns beside your front door.
For truly rustic harvest style, you need a scarecrow. With repurposed clothes and an up-cycled noggin, this DIY scarecrow comes together in under an hour.
The skeleton of the scarecrow is formed with yardsticks bound together with floral wire. The head could be an artificial or live pumpkin, or in this case, a recycled plastic trick-or-treat jack-o’-lantern bucket.
Stuff and fluff the scarecrow with straw and prop in a corner of the porch beside a cornstalk.
As the season edges closer to Thanksgiving, switch out Halloween decor for welcoming Thanksgiving touches, like a wreath of autumn leaves and miniature pumpkins.
The days and evenings of autumn are perfect for porch sitting. Enjoy your harvest decor more with a pair of rocking chairs outfitted with seasonal pillows.