A few buckets of mums, a pretty assortment of pumpkins, and rusty junky items makes my Fall porch display sing.
Fall is here even though you can’t tell it by the temperature. I couldn’t wait for cooler weather to decorate so I headed to the local pumpkin patch which opened on September 25th and loaded up on pumpkins.Next I went to Lowes and got a few Mums. Then I went home and started getting the porch ready for the new décor.
Fall is my favorite season. I love it when the wind gets a bit cool and the dried leaves blow around in the breeze. The colors of the season are my go to for decorating too.
Decorating The Porch For Fall With Buckets of Mums
I haven’t been feeling up to par for a few weeks and still a bit puny so I took my time working on the porch display. I would work for a while and break for a while. No hurry. It’s still darn hot here in Tennessee.
Select The Perfect Pumpkins
My haul from the pumpkin patch included white pumpkins, Heirloom pumpkins, and regular orange pumpkins. There were 10 smallish pumpkins and two large pumpkins in all and the total cost was $27. You can't beat that price. I love this longtime local family owned pumpkin patch.
Select Colorful Fall Mums
You can't decorate for Fall and not include mums. These will be long past blooming stage before Halloween gets here but that’s okay too. I might have to buy a few more pots.
Prepare The Porch For The Fall Decorations
I took all of my scraggly about-had-it flowers off of the porch. But no worries, I replanted all of them in the rusty wagon out by the workshop and drowned them in water. Maybe they'll make a comeback.
This is how the Summer porch looked when all the flowers were blooming and everything was nice and fresh. My Margaretville/Parrot Wreath added a cute whimsical touch.
After I removed the Summer wreath and flowers this is what was left on the porch to start the Fall display.
Gather Fun Items For The Porch Display
Then I went to the workshop and gathered my latest junk finds which include rusty galvanized buckets, a wood drawer, and a rusty metal stand.
I’ve had the coal scuttle for a while and the bottom was rusted out when I bought it. No problem when it's used as a flower container. Natural drain hole. It also came in handy in my Christmas porch décor to hold poinsettias.
Arrange The Buckets of Mums and Pumpkins On The Porch
Now that I had all this stuff to work with I just put it together until I was happy with the placement of everything. I moved things back and forth, took items out, added items, and tweaked stuff here and there.
The black cat is a small little crate thingy I bought at my favorite junk shop. It was too cute to pass up although it was missing a bit of paint. I knew Fall and Halloween was just around the corner and I needed the cat thing.
The rusty stand is a favorite find from the junk shop too. I added the wood box and round wood and wire frame bug container just for fun.
The Mums got plopped into the galvanized buckets or pails. The 5 gallon vintage Igloo cooler was a $10 garage sale purchase. I bought it because it reminds me of my younger days.
I was raised on a farm and we used coolers like this when we were working in the fields. My Dad still lives on the farm and my Mom is in the nursing home. If you guys have been visiting Petticoat Junktion for a while you know the story. I haven’t posted a story in a while……maybe think about doing an update soon.
Pale blue Heirloom Pumpkins are some of my favorites. Of course I have to add a conventional orange pumpkin or two.
Tweak Your Fall Display Until It's Perfect
On the opposite side of the porch I have a rusty chippy vintage metal lawn chair I purchased at a local indoor flea market. It’s loaded with more pumpkins and a white mum.
I like the pale orange pumpkin a lot! For some reason I'm gravitating to the softer colors this year.
I need to find some items that fit my porch theme to put under the pumpkins sitting on the concrete. The lady at the pumpkin patch said the pumpkins will rot faster if they are sitting on concrete. Did you know that?
A couple of my newest old galvanized pails came from my favorite junk shop and they were $5 each. Not too much to ask for a plant container with character.
That chair is perfectly rusty and worn. I know this look isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and that’s okay. How about the tiny pail with the small white mum? I thought it was the cutest thing….for $2. It has a handle on it too.
Enjoy Your New Decor and Wave At The Neighbors
One more look at those two pretty pumpkins. I went to the pumpkin patch on opening day and I’ll go back several times. Miss Sofi and her friend like to go to the pumpkin patch and run around. There is also a field of sunflowers and cotton planted by the pumpkin patch owner.
He plants a bit of cotton for the kids because most of them have never seen a cotton patch and they don’t know what a cotton boll looks like. I was raised on a farm and I remember seeing my grandfather’s cotton patch when I was really young, probably 4 or 5.
There is also a great big slide and swings at the patch and I try to get photos of the girls. There is a charge to go through a large corn maze and when the weather cools off we will probably do the maze.
The yellow kids chairs are antique shop purchases and they brighten up all of my seasonal porch displays. I might change them out for something else for Christmas depending on the color scheme and theme I go with.
Are you ready to decorate for Fall? What colors do you like and do you decorate your porch, deck, mantel, or something else? Leave a note and I’ll see you later this week. Visiting in Arkansas with my parents for several days. As always thanks for being here, Kathy