Today’s post, classic fall decorating for a small porch, is about simple ways to make the most of the space you have. I’ll be sharing two easy projects, plus as many pumpkins and mums as I can squeeze in.
It’s time for our September Pinterest challenge, and we are celebrating fall porches. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for lots of fall porch ideas that you can start using right now.
If this is your first time to join us for a Pinterest challenge, this is how it works. Our host Cindy over at County Road 407, selects a photo for us to recreate, and each participant puts their own spin on the photo.
The best part is seeing how everyone interprets the image, and we always have an interesting variety. Be sure to click through all the links at the end of the post.
If you’re stopping by from my friends AnnMarie and Anne of Simply 2 Moms, welcome to Thistle Key Lane. I’m so happy you’re here! I’m loving AnnMarie’s small porch decorating solutions.
Our photo inspiration for September is from Rachel of Sugar Maple Farmhouse. Rachel’s fall porch is brimming with pumpkins, cornstalks, mums and comfy seating. What a beautiful outdoor space to enjoy in the fall.
If you take a look at the lower left side of the photo, that’s what I’m concentrating on for my small porch. Now you might say that my porch doesn’t look anything like Rachel’s, but I can still use the same types of items to create a look all my own.
Here’s my list of what I’m gathering from the inspiration photo for my small fall porch.
- orange and white pumpkins
- white mums
- tall planter with greenery
- round wooden baskets
- something to substitute for cornstalks
Classic Fall Decorating For A Small Porch
This is our first fall porch with the new double doors, and it is challenging me in more ways than just the Pinterest challenge.
As you can see the porch is a small space with room for decorating on the right side only. This is a much different look from last year. If you want to click over to my post Simple Fall Porch And Entry Way Ideas, you’ll see what I mean.
Classic Fall Pumpkins And Mums
I can’t think of anything more classic than pumpkins and mums. Can you? Throw in a few extra natural elements, and your outdoor fall decorating is all set.
So how do you decorate a small porch? My best advise, if you can’t spread out your decor is to build up instead. That’s what I’m doing starting with the tall planter, which is overflowing with ivy and plants.
Having something tall in the back allows for room to display shorter plants, such as the mums in front. Think of it as decorating on stair steps going down.
I bought mums and pumpkins for the Pinterest challenge, but wanted to use what I already had for the rest. That’s where my first little project comes into play.
In the inspo photo, the white mums by the planter are in a wooden basket. I just happen to have a couple of baskets, but one is looking rather shabby. So to make the baskets look more uniform, I decided to paint both of them with a soft light blue craft paint.
Now the baskets look as if they go together, and don’t distract the eye from the pretty mums or pumpkins.
Speaking of pumpkins, for this year’s fall porch we have five small white pumpkins, and three nice size orange pumpkins.
Since I don’t have space to spread them out, I’m stacking three of the pumpkins in a tower. This creates more of that height we need in the back.
Three more white pumpkins are peeking out of the greenery in the planter. Which leaves an oversized orange fairytale pumpkin and a round white pumpkin to nestle in between the mums.
There’s a lot going on in this small space, however I feel like the different heights help keep it from looking over crowded.
Natural Fall Grapevine Wreaths With Moss and Raffia
Another challenge on our porch is the need for matching wreaths, since we have double doors. I’m using the same wreaths from my spring and summer porch posts, which have now evolved into a natural fall look.
In my list above I noted, something to substitute for the cornstalks. Well I’m hoping that raffia on two grapevine moss wreaths will do the job of mimicking the color, texture and whimsy of the cornstalks. You may have to stretch your imagination here, but it’s working for me. 😉
Moss Grapevine Wreath Fall Makeover
The first step in transforming the wreaths for fall is to add some excelsior in the open spaces between the moss.
Next, hot glue natural elements such as dried pecans, acorns, pieces of bark, mini pine cones and dried flower stems on the mossy areas. These are things you can gather in your yard, walking through your neighborhood or park.
The last step is securing a raffia bow with a piece of floral wire or string.
The grapevine wreaths just like the cornstalks have a natural fall vibe, which I feel compliments the fresh mums and pumpkins. I’m really loving how my small porch looks this year. What do you think?
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Up next on our Pinterest challenge is Laura of Everyday Edits, sharing her outdoor fall decorating ideas.
I hope you’ll find my post classic fall decorating for a small porch helpful. Be sure to click through all the posts below for more fall porch ideas.
Pinterest Challenge continues…