Fall Front Door Welcome
Fall is here once again and it’s time to start thinking about decorating your house to celebrate the transition from summer to fall. A good place to start decorating is your front door as this is where your family and guests first see upon arriving at your home. This season, greet guests with a fall theme with large chrysanthemums, pumpkins, gourds, grasses, wreaths and straw bales arranged on your front porch or entrance.
The first option is to hang up a fall wreath to welcome your family and friends. It can even last until the whole fall season, because most of the things you will use will be dried or preserved. You can make your own or purchase a pre-made wreath to save time and will add fall beauty to your front door quickly. If you only add one piece of seasonal décor, this would be the one to invest in for the most impact.
For a fully balanced look, arrange elements symmetrically along the sides of your front steps. Start with potted chrysanthemums on the top step. Arrange groupings of small gourds and heads of flowering kale on the lower steps.
Whether you display them indoors or outdoors on a porch or patio, few flowers brighten fall days like chrysanthemums in pots. Late summer and fall, is the mum’s natural flowering season. Mums will bloom longest outdoors if placed in filtered shade and watered regularly. Indoors, they do best in bright but indirect light. As flowers fade, pinch them off. Once the mums have finished blooming, you can either discard them or plant them outdoors. Most mums are hardy in all but the coldest climates and will bloom again next fall if grown in well-drained soil in a place that gets full sun.
Turn an old planter into a pumpkin perch for fall. Hot-glue cornhusks to a straw wreath form, along the top, bottoms, and sides so that the ends of the husks all point outward. Stick sprigs of ornamental grass into the wreath form to fill in any gaps. Set the wreath on top of a garden urn and nestle a pumpkin in the wreath.
Festive Harvest Tree
Adapt Christmas lights for the Halloween and Thanksgiving season. Position sturdy bare branches in a pot half filled with small rocks or potting soil. Fill in the top of the pot with gourds and pumpkins. Wrap strands of lights (white lights or specialty outdoor party lights) around the bare branches.