You don’t have to spend a fortune to have an amazing fall porch. Today we’re sharing all our tips and tricks with you for budget-friendly fall porch decorating!
We absolutely love decorating our porches for fall!
As soon as we feel the first hint of a little chill in the air?
It’s time to go all pumpkin spice, spice baby…
We couldn’t resist!
Seriously though, getting our porches decorated for fall is definitely one of our favorites.
This year we discovered a little secret to make your fall porch decorating easy on your bank account, and we can’t wait to share it with you!
Let’s see if you can figure it out with our hints!
We’re thrilled to be joining 9 talented bloggers today for a fabulous fall porch decor tour hosted by our friend Stacy from Stacy Ling/Bricks ‘n’ Blooms. She’s an amazing gardener from AnnMarie’s home state of New Jersey. If you ever want great gardening tips, she’s your gal!
If you’re visiting us from Jennifer at J Dub By Design, or if you’re new to our blog, Hello and welcome to Simply2Moms!
We’re friends who are lucky to live across the street from each other, and we’d love to be friends with you.
After all, if you’re here right now we must have stuff in common!
But you’re here for fall porch decorating ideas, right?
So let’s take a look at our porches all decorated for fall! We’ll start with Anne’s and then head across the street to AnnMarie’s.
Anne’s Traditional Fall Porch Decorating
Anne’s home is a traditional southern style with a big welcoming front porch that stretches across the front of their pretty home.
The front door is set back and she likes to keep everything symmetrical in that area of her porch.
Blame that type A personality! LOL
Don’t you just want to knock on that pretty black front door Anne painted last year?
It used to be red.
But everything just pops against that black door!
Displaying pairs of mums, pumpkins, and lanterns on both sides of her entryway create a beautiful welcome for you!
And what about that amazing door wreath?
You have to go check out how she created her simple fall floral wreath for a fraction of the cost of buying one!
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AnnMarie’s Farmhouse Style Fall Porch Decorating
Although AnnMarie’s house is also a bit traditional, she loves the modern farmhouse style.
She gave that vibe to her front porch with some great farmhouse decorating elements.
Using the steps and area next to the sidewalk to display pumpkins, mums and lanterns makes her small front porch feel bigger.
She recently updated her front door so she switched up her usual fall wreath for a farmhouse style flower basket for something fresh.
Stay tuned for a tutorial to make a basket like this yourself!
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Tips to “Dress Up” Your Mums
Although we want our fall mums to look pretty we don’t want to spend a fortune.
So what’s a girl to do?
Reuse planters you already have!
I bet you have flower pots that you plant annuals in each spring and summer.
Just dig those back out and drop your grocery store mum in.
See what I mean? Boom! That plastic pot instantly gets a pretty new look.
Another trick is to paint old bushel baskets to give them new life.
Anne painted her baskets black to coordinate with the other planters and decor items on her front porch.
We’re both all about shopping our homes and reusing what we have to keep it simple and affordable.
For fall, AnnMarie pulled out a galvanized olive bucket she already had to use as a planter for her mums.
And the tall one behind? That’s the planter that’s always on the porch and gets changed out seasonally with different plants or flowers.
AnnMarie refreshed her whole front porch this summer. It looked good before, but you’ve got to see all the details of the transformation!
This wire basket planter has a white plastic liner.
It looked a little out of place with all the farmhouse fall elements.
But adding some burlap to wrap the liner gives AnnMarie all the farmhouse feels she loves!
Using a variety of flower pots adds visual interest and makes it look “upscale” when you’re decorating your porch for fall.
Anne added a colorful coleus plant with a small mum in a $2 basket she picked up from our local farmer’s market.
Don’t you just love the different texture the coleus provides to break up the mums!?
Our Fall Decorating Trick for Pumpkins & Gourds
Heirloom pumpkins are so much fun when decorating for fall, but they can be pricey.
Farmer’s markets and garden centers have beautiful heirloom pumpkins, but they come with a pretty high sticker price.
We found some right at our local grocery stores for less than half the price!
They may be a bit more banged up.
But if you dig through that big box outside the supermarket, you’ll find some great pumpkins like we did.
We wanted to fill our porches with pumpkins but even at half the price that can add up quickly.
Especially on Anne’s large front porch!
Want to hear our simple trick?
Mix in faux pumpkins & gourds along with the real ones!
Anne mixed some faux mini pumpkins from her stash with some real grocery store gourds in an iron planter.
No one would ever know the difference!
And here you can see a peek of a large faux pumpkin nestled between the mums and real pumpkins.
See that cute little black riser?
It’s actually a footstool that usually is by Anne’s pool area. She snagged it to use here on her front porch.
Which brings us to our next tip for fall porch decorating…
Mums, Pumpkins, Gourds: OH MY!
Have you noticed the different heights in our front porch displays?
We use risers to vary the heights of our mums, pumpkins, and gourds!
So simple right?!
Using wood crates and boxes adds lots of texture and more visual interest.
But you can also use stools as risers…
…or even little mini stools.
That little pumpkin would look lost between the large mums and lantern on AnnMarie’s front steps.
But propping this little guy up on a mini stool gives him some height.
And let’s not forget the farmhouse charm!
Another way to add some visual interest and height in your fall porch decorating is with a tall statement piece.
Anne uses this tall, three-tiered iron planter on her front porch and changes how she styles it seasonally.
Did you know Anne has a collection of Z’s?
So that little Z tucked in between the gourds is the perfect personal touch for their family’s fall porch.
Light Up Your Fall Porch Decorating
What fall front porch wouldn’t be complete without some candle lanterns?
They’re a decorating staple in both our homes!
We love lanterns in all different sizes, shapes, colors and styles.
But for outdoors we tend to stick with classic metal lanterns.
Black is the perfect color to coordinate with our homes!
This lantern has a battery-operated candle which is a great alternative to a real candle outside.
But lanterns aren’t just for candles!
Why not fill them with mini pumpkins or gourds?
This traditional black lantern looks super cute filled with little faux white pumpkins (less than a dollar a piece!).
Our Number One Secret For Fall Porch Decorating
Did you figure it out?
We dropped you some hints throughout…
Our number one secret to fall porch decorating?
Using grocery store mums and pumpkins!
Seriously, you don’t have to spend a fortune on big, beautiful mums or gorgeous heirloom pumpkins!
We’ve found the best deals on pumpkins & mums right at our local grocery store!
And the quality has been fantastic!
No need to travel to a garden nursery or farmer’s market anymore.
Just check out your local grocery store!
We found oversized mums for just 2/$12!
And gorgeous heirloom pumpkins for only $5.99 each! Even the biggest ones were only $5.99!
At a price like that you can buy enough to really make a statement, don’t you think?
We hope you enjoyed the tours of our fall porches! Did you like our ideas for decorating with grocery store finds?
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And now, be sure to visit our friend Jessica from Itty Bitty Farmhouse! She has transformed her home into a beautiful vintage farmhouse that’s been featured in American Farmhouse Style Magazine!
You can find links to all the other bloggers participating today below.