Thanksgiving is fast approaching, so it’s high time we got our fall porch decor set up. (We may or may not still have to take our Halloween decorations down...). This year we plan to go all out on sprucing up our front steps, beyond just a lone corn stalk. Here, 30 fall porch decor ideas—including wreaths, gourds and more—to get your home ready for autumn.
30 Fall Porch Decor Ideas for Autumn Curb Appeal
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1. Hang Up A Wreath
Glitzhome Pip Berry Artificial Wreath
Secure this festive wreath to your front door and you’re instantly ready for autumn. Plus, the soft tones of yellow, orange and brown will look natural among the changing leaves in your front yard.
2. Scatter Lanterns Around
Stonebriar Wooden Candle Lantern
The days are getting shorter and setting up a few of these lanterns will create a warm glow for your entryway each evening. Stick a real candle inside if you plan to stay nearby, or opt for realistic flameless ones if you want to leave them unattended. Either way, they’ll create a cozy ambiance.
3. swap Out Those Summer Cushions
Arden Selections Sedona Two-Piece Outdoor Cushion Set
Your palm leaf-printed outdoor cushions don’t exactly scream ‘Fall is Here!!!’ So, swap them out for burnt orange. This two-piece cushion set from Arden Selections is made from premium foam and covered in sunbrella fabric, making it UV resistant.
4. Then, Add Some Decorative Throw Pillows
Caitlin Wilson Black Buffalo Check Pillow
While you’re at it, you might as well deck out the comfiest part of your porch with decorative throw pillows, too. We like this buffalo check design that comes in three different sizes.
5. Pot Some Mums
Costa Farms 3 Qt. Yellow Ready to Bloom Fall Mums in Whiskey Barrell, Set of 2
Mums are a classic fall plant, and this set of two ships in bud form so they won’t bloom before you place them on your doorstep. They also come in rustic whiskey barrel planters, so they can be put on display ASAP.
6. Hang A Green Wreath
Add some greenery to your front door with this wreath, woven with eucalyptus, olive and rosemary branches. The not-too-autumnal color palette means you can keep it up even after Thanksgiving.
7. Set Up Some Bales Of Hay
FloraCraft Decorative Straw Bale
If scarecrows are too on-the-nose for a fall refresh, you could get a few of these petite straw bales instead. Simply frame them with pumpkins and gourds to complete the look.
8. Lay Out A Festive Welcome Mat
Gingham Door Mat
Skip the obviously autumnal door mat (i.e., anything with pumpkins) and dress up your door with this plaid style instead. It's still festive, but far more tasteful.
9. Hang Some Faux Leaves
DearHouse Artificial Maple Leaf Garlands (Set of 2)
Wrap realistic-looking garlands around your porch railing or hang them around the front door to amp up the autumnal feel. “These are great! I zip tied them to my front railing and they look so cute,” writes one reviewer. Another notes that they look better around the door if you double up the garlands.
10. Have The Kids Make Fall Windstocks
Need a weekend activity for the kids? This easy windstock craft from blogger iHeartCraftyThings is ideal for children ages three and up. All you need is some colorful cardstock paper, crepe paper, acrylic paint, foam leaves, glue sticks and a stapler. Just make sure you hang them away from the elements so no one’s masterpiece gets ruined.
12. Install Hanging Baskets
Macrame Hanging Basket
FYI: Hanging baskets filled with flowers isn’t just a decor idea for spring and summer. But you might want to opt for faux plants, so you don’t have to worry about frost. These macrame hanging baskets will work with any color flowers you choose—even if you go with plain old greenery.
13. Get A Cozy Throw Blanket
Pavilia Buffalo Plaid Fleece Throw Blanket
You can still hang out on the screened in porch even when the temp drops below 60—as long as you plan accordingly. That’s where getting a couple of these fleece throw blankets comes in. They’ll keep you cozy and look great draped over the back of the couch when not in use.
14. Spring For A Space Heater
SMSJ Space Heater
OK, so a space heater isn’t exactly decor, but this one is so chic that you won’t be ashamed to put it on display. Set it to warm or hot to extend your porch happy hours through November. Psst, it has a cooling setting so you can use it in the summer, too.
15. Add A Rocking Bench
CastleCreek 2-Seat Wooden Rocking Bench
Set this up on your back porch, and it’ll quickly become your favorite spot to sip your morning coffee on crisp November mornings. It’s big enough to fit two, if you want a companion. Set some pumpkins up around the base and drape that aforementioned throw blanket over the back, it’ll quickly become a focal point of your outdoor space.
16. Spice Up Your (faux) Pumpkins With Some Marquee Lights
Kara’s Party Ideas
If you’re looking for minimal upkeep and years of continued use, faux pumpkins are totally the way to go. But they can look a little basic on their own. That’s why we love blogger Kara’s Party Ideas’s thought to set some marquee lights in them. Cut the shape of each letter into your pumpkins with an X-Acto knife, set the marquee letters in the holes and you’re good to go.
17. Make A Diy Garland
18. Stick On Some Leaf Decals
Moon Boat Fall Leaves Window Clings
These leaf decals look so real, we’d swear they were if we didn’t know any better. Simply stick ‘em onto your front windows and peel them off when autumn’s over. They adhere using static cling so they won’t leave any marks on your windows when they’re taken off. Just keep the included backing paper for storage, if you want to reuse them next year.
19. Cover Up The Deck With An Outdoor Rug
Sol 72 Outdoor Laub Outdoor Area Rug
If you haven’t added an understated outdoor rug to your porch seating area yet, now’s the time. When it starts to get chilly, having one will make the space feel much cozier and more comfortable. This particular one from Sol 72 Outdoor is water-, stain- and fade-resistant so it’ll last for years to come.
20. Update Your Front Door
Modern Masters Express Yourself Water-Based Front Door Paint (1 Qt.)
Been ignoring the peeling paint on your front door? Now’s the time to address it. Give it a fresh coat of this bright cranberry red that’ll look great with all types of fall décor flanking it. Psst, this formula is fast-drying, so the project will take eight hours at most.
21. Put Some Dried Flowers In A Vase
22. Put Out A Cornucopia
National Tree Company Harvest Accessories Autumn Cornucopia Basket
If you’re going with a harvest theme, a cornucopia will really drive it home. This one is constructed from woven wood and comes affixed with seasonal decorations, so you don’t have to worry about filling it yourself.
24. Score Some New Rocking Chairs
Sol 72 Outdoor Brayan Rocking Chair with Cushion
Invest in some cushy rocking chairs for outdoor visits with friends and family. Suddenly, the front porch will become your favorite place to soak up the glorious fall foliage.
25. Put Out Some Gourds
Toopify Artificial Pumpkins and Gourds (Set of 13)
While jack-o’-lanterns might look sad past October 31, an assortment of pumpkins and gourds will look right at home on your front steps until December. Our advice, go with an artificial set so you don’t have to worry about rotting or mold.
26. Hang A Banner
Whaline Happy Fall Burlap Banner
Prefer to keep things minimalist? Adding this burlap sign to your front porch will get the message across without being over-the-top.
27. Set Up A Game Of Corn Hole
SkipsGarage Treated Oak Cornhole Boards
Put this rustic-looking cornhole set in the front yard for both decor and entertainment. It’ll be a hit at Thanksgiving.
28. String Up A Thanksgiving Garland
TheElizabethBlaise Thanksgiving Garland
This cardstock banner says “Happy Thanksgiving,” but in a subtle way. FYI: It’s not waterproof, so make sure you place it in a spot that’s sheltered from the elements.
29. Add Some Plant Stakes
CinderellaRags Plant Stakes
If your garden’s looking a little sad after the first frost, don’t sweat it. Stick a few of these plant stakes in the ground to distract from what’s left of your dahlias.
30. Paint A Yard Sign
Lydi Out Loud
Paint a creative yard sign like this one designed by blogger Lydi Out Loud to stick in the front yard or prop up on the porch. It’s a fun touch if you’re hosting a harvest party. Get a wooden board, four unfinished wood arrows, a hammer and nails, wood glue, acrylic paints and some varnish, then follow Lydi’s instructions.