30 Fall Porch Decor Ideas for Autumn Curb Appeal

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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11. Use A Wheelbarrow As A Planter

August Grove Skofte Metal Wheelbarrow Planter

If you have the extra space, set up a rustic wheelbarrow like this one and fill it with your fave fall plants. We suggest a mix of pansies, sweet alyssum and snapdragons which will all bloom until the first frost.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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17. Make A Diy Garland

A Beautiful Mess

If you want to let your neighbors know just how much you love this season, try your hand at making this DIY fall phrase garland courtesy of A Beautiful Mess. Pick up some colored felt sheets, a hot glue gun, fabric scissors, cotton cord and yarn and start getting crafty.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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21. Put Some Dried Flowers In A Vase

Dried Bunny Tail Grass Bunch

For fall dinner parties, spruce up the porch table with a vase of dried flowers. This bouquet of dried bunny tail grass should do the trick. Combine them with some dried yarrow if you want to add some color. And pop them into a cheerful vase.

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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.

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23. Roll Out A Bar Cart

OSP Home Furniture Maxwell Serving Cart

Give this industrial bar cart a home on the porch now through Thanksgiving. Outfit it with a mixology kit so you can serve up Moscow mules and cider sidecars. Yum.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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