I’m sure that I looked like a complete mess out in the middle of that corn field: a pink John Deere hoodie, polka dot rain boots, my hair in a messy bun, my high school cheerleading shorts and a machete.
Yes, that’s right, a machete…. I looked like a lunatic.
But the way my Fall front porch turned out was so worth it 🙂
One of my favorite things about Fall is all of the natural colors that come along with the season. I love the way that the yellows, oranges, reds and golds all come together to bring the warmth of harvest into my home and how transforms it for this beautiful season.
But the thing that I love about Fall colors is how it can transform the outside of my home, too. Even thought we have zero landscaping done, I didn’t want to waste the opportunity to bring Fall to our front porch this year. Here is the final product and how I did it. I hope it inspires you to do something beautiful to your porch, too.
I wanted to bring the farm side of harvest to our porch this year, so I went out to one of our fields and cut some cornstalks, enough to wrap around all 4 of our front porch beams and to make one extra bundle. My husband helped me wrap the beams in the cornstalks and secure them with baling wire. I ended up using about 7 cornstalks for each beam and another 7 for the bundle in the corner of the porch.
**side note – I LOVE the way that dried cornstalks sound and smell. It just screams Fall to me**
I ripped out all of my summer plants from my galvanized basins and took down my hanging ferns and grabbed some mums at our local garden center. Mums are a fantastic way to bring some pops of color to your porch in the Fall! I used yellow and orange this year and they offset our scarecrow’s maroon shirt perfectly. Mums are pretty hearty plants, but when you do transfer them, they will go through a bit of shock and wilt for a couple of days before popping back up. Just make sure to keep them really well watered the first couple of days and they should be just fine 🙂
Another great way to add color and texture to your porch is with Indian corn. Our pastor came by a couple of weeks ago and dropped some off for us and I think they make a great addition to our décor this year. They can be used inside or outside – they aren’t buggy and last for such a long time!
Nora and I made a homemade scarecrow this year. We had so much fun making it together! I went to our local thrift store and picked up a fall colored button up shirt and some work jeans for about $4.00, we stuffed it full of hay from our shed and tied the ends with twine, making sure to have some hay spraying out the ends. There you have it, Mr. Scarecrow sitting on a bale of hay!
And then there’s this old door. I just love the way the white paint is chipping off and the robin egg blue color shows through. It’s oldness and junkiness just warms my heart…. Old doors and windows always add so much character to porches and are so versatile from season to season.
I ended up using some more Indian corn on our lanterns near our front door as well. I love having lantern dressings!
And yes, my windows right now ARE that dirty. So many handprints, so much dust, so little time to clean them.