If you have a small front porch that you are wanting to decorate for fall, I’m sharing with you my best tips so that you can welcome family, friends, and guests with the best first impression possible.
I absolutely love fall because it brings the beautiful colors of nature in the midwest. In addition, it adds much needed routine to our daily lives after a fun, relaxed summer. When the weather gets a little more cool with the crispness of the air and the leaves crunching under your feet, mother nature is signaling for you to transition your summer decor for fall.
Decorate a Small Front Porch for Fall and Thanksgiving
As our home transitions between seasons, I often bias towards neutral tones for decorating in our home, while also trying balancing making bold statements for our small front porch. Just because you don't have a large wrap around porch with rocking chairs doesn't mean you can't add warmth and character in your small space. Our space is less than 30 square feet, and I'm going to share with you the best tips on how you can maximize the impact of your fall decor and make an warm, cozy, and inviting for guests.
Set a Pot or Planter as the Foundation
Having a pot or planter as the foundation to decorating for fall on your front patio is potentially the first step to getting your fall decor inspiration going. I know it sounds really basic, but if you have a pot or planter that you can use from season to season, it is really easy to then envision different ways you can decorate around it.
Integrate Natural Fall Elements
Often, you’ll be able to find decor around your backyard that you can use to incorporate into the pots and planters you already own. If you have a magnolia tree or bush, you can clip them and incorporate them into your decor (check out my post here on making your own DIY magnolia wreath).
If you have a family with small kids, another bonus is that you can get the kids to help you scavenger for the right tree branches to achieve the look (kids love doing this!). Incorporating natural elements like tree branches provides an organic way to incorporate fall into your small patio.
Display Mums of All Sizes
Mums are definitely representative of early fall. You can find them pretty much everywhere at the start of August in the midwest. I love how easy maintenance mums are. Often, I buy them and leave them in the containers they come in, while dropping them into a pot that I already own. I love getting light pinks and white flowers for my moms.
Use Faux Pumpkins
While I do love real pumpkins (especially heirloom pumpkins), I often find that I absolutely hate throwing away the pumpkins at the end of the season because I find it so wasteful. Instead, I buy these styrofaom faux pumkins to decorate with. Every other season, I do get drawn into buying some of these heirloom pumpkins so I can stack them like a topiary because they are just so beautiful.
Incorporate a Fall Harvest Wreath
Having the right size wreath is also important for your small porch. Too small with too little decor everywhere else on the patio will make your space seem barren. Too much decor will make it feel cluttered. If you want some fall wreath ideas, check out my DIY burlap harvest wreath that you can easily make at home under $25.
Utilize Metal Folding Garden Spheres
I got these spheres a while ago, and they are absolutely amazing. When choosing a metal folding sphere, choose one that is a bit bigger than the opening of the urn if you are trying to go for the oversized look. These are the exact ones I got, but if I had to do it again, I would get thinner wire spheres that are a little less bold. These metal orbs actual extend season to season, so you can pretty much decorate with it all year around.
Display a Basket of Fresh Cut Wood
If you have a fireplace, having a basket of fresh cut wood would look great on your front stoop. What other way to make a statement about the coolness of the fall autumn air than with the most important ingredient to starting a cozy fireplace?
Dried Corn and Wheat
You can use dried corn garlands or wheat to bring in the fall and harvest vibes. This can easily be found in most big box home decor stores or even at the farmer's market.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fall Home Decor
To decorate the outside for a porch for fall, incorporate fall botanicals such as pumpkins, dried wheat, corn stalks, and branches. You can also add warm by adding a bench with outdoor throw pillows as well.
To decorate a front patio affordably for Thanksgiving, utilize organic decor that you can find in your hard such as branches and magnolia leaves. This can be mixed in with home decor that is purchased from stores like potters, plants, and pumpkins, making it a budget friendly way to decoreate.
To create a sense of warmth for your front porch, add in seating such as weather proof benches or ottomans while adding throw pillows and throw blankets. Adding in neutral tones will provide an aesthetic that welcomes your guests into your home.
Summary of Easy Front Door Decor for Small Porches
I hope you enjoyed these tips for decorating your front porch for fall and Thanksgiving! I hope this allowed you to think of ideas where you can decorate with impact, but in an affordable way. Thanks so much for taking a sneak peek at our small space and how we decorated for fall.