DIY Home & Décor


September 29, 2015
Autumn Porch Decorations

Decorating the outside of your home for fall while on a budget

This past weekend I finally had the opportunity to start putting up some fall decorations. I’m totally one of those people who walks into HomeSense, and my eyes just light up! The fall decor there is off the charts – candles, glitter pumpkins, wreaths and more wreaths, potpourri, and lots of little room accent pieces. One thing I try to do is stay away from glitter (except for Christmas!). My decorating style and tastes have more of a rustic feel. I love natural wood, antiques, neutral tones to create an earthy feel – well, I try at least! So even though I love a lot of things they have in HomeSense, I don’t tend to give in, which means more money in my pocket.

Blooming mums

Blooming mums

When I’m adding seasonal decoration pieces, I try to make them multipurpose items. As I mentioned before in the post on farmers’ markets, pie pumpkins are the perfect example – useful decor around the house that you can later than eat. YUM! Last year with the wedding, I didn’t get a chance to really do any outside decorations for fall, so this year I wasn’t missing out. Trying to be budget conscious, I thought of a couple things to make the front porch of our home ready for fall:

  • A large pot of mums from Costco, they have the best deal and the planter is huge!
  • A couple pumpkins for us to carve the night before Halloween (we started this tradition two years ago when we moved in)
  • Some great big leaf cut outs from the dollar store to put in our big living room window
  • And lastly, a big bale of straw!

Now you may be thinking to yourself, a bale of straw, how is that practical?! Well, let me tell you how I convinced Ryan we needed to get one, hehe. We have a small vegetable garden in the backyard. The past two summers we’ve planted several different things such as tomatoes, kale, onions, red cabbage, jalapenos, and lots of lettuce. One thing we haven’t tried yet is garlic. When planting garlic in the fall, it needs to be insulated to protect it from any potential frost or very cool temperatures as it begins to set its roots. So with my plans to plant garlic, a straw bale for decoration can be later used for insulating the garden! Woohoo! A great multipurpose item!

There are a few more items I’d love to add… a wreath of some sort to the front door and maybe another pot of mums, but if those don’t happen I’ll be pretty happy with my little setup this year. A little touch of colour and autumn has been added to our front porch, all while on a budget! In the meantime, I’ll keep admiring all those beautiful fall-styled homes on Pinterest!

I’d love to hear how you decorate the outside of your home for fall! Have you invested in fall decoration pieces for the outside of your home or do you like to buy new fresh items each year?

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