I’m behind in my Fall decorating. I usually have the porch decorating done by the first or second week in September but you know how it goes. I have to say even though it's late and only took about an hour to decorate, the porch looks great. I decorated as usual with mums, pumpkins, and some of my junk finds. I made a funny video of me decorating the porch. I speeded it up so I’m working really fast.
My process for decorating the porch or the fireplace mantel is the same. I go through the house and workshop picking out things I think might look good in what ever area I’m decorating. I usually try to pick a color scheme or some kind of theme before I start searching for decorating stuff.
After I’ve gathered the items I take everything off of the porch or mantel except for a few pieces I will use for the new look. Then I start adding in pieces here and there, changing placements as I’m working. The whole process usually takes less than an hour. I have it down to a science.
I visited our local pumpkin patch and brought home all these pumpkins. I actually had to pick my own this year. When I got to the pumpkin patch the only pumpkins picked and ready to select from were orange. I had already decided the theme for this year would be white mums and blue, white, and any color but orange.
Well, this year they had a patch where the customers could pick there on pumpkins. Maybe for the “experience”. Hey, I was raised on a farm. I really didn’t need the “experience”. But, I picked my own pumpkins. I couldn’t find a single white one in the patch so the white mums will do for the white color now until I get some white pumpkins later.
I got the white mums at Lowes. I had to hit 4 stores before I found white mums in bloom.
This is how the porch looked before I started decorating. My summer porch and the flowers were a mess this year. We were out of town a lot and with the heat the flowers didn’t do well. Not enough attention. So I gave up after a while.
The vintage metal chair is all rusty and crusty. I bought it a while ago at my favorite junk shop and took it to my booth to sell. It has never sold so I brought it home to add to my porch decorations.
I added a little sheen to the chair and also some protection from the rusty stuff with a couple of coats of Howard’s Wax, neutral or clear color.
The metal jar ring pumpkin is a project I made a couple of years ago. I spray painted a bunch of ball jar rings white then wired them together tightly to make the circle. Next I just inserted a wine cork for a stem. Easy!
The tin container with the leaf decor came from the junk shop too. It didn’t have a lid and I don’t know what was in it originally but it looks great as a mum container.
I love the soft color of these pumpkins. For some reason I just wasn't feeling the bold orange color for the porch this year.
The wreath has been on our mantle with some other fun things for the past few months. I added the colorful bow. The ribbon came from Hobby Lobby. Just keeping the wreath simple.
I left some of the Mums in the original containers. The color and design actually fits the porch theme this year.
If you want to see my funny porch decorating video in fast motion click the video below...
How To Decorate The Porch
What do you think of the small dark pumpkin? The lady at the Pumpkin Patch called them "chocolate pumpkins".
The "ghost" is a diy project using a wood piece and fabric scraps. Just a fun piece that makes me smile. After I decorated the porch and took photos I made a few changes. The bold yellow can behind the vintage metal chair was distracting and the yellow color didn't fit the theme so I removed it. Also the old water cooler on the left side of the door didn't look right so I took it down and put the "ghost" on the bench instead.
I learned the photo tip way of editing decor a few years ago while taking photos of the fireplace mantel. The decorations didn't look cohesive and there was too much going on. I took a few things off the mantel and moved a few things and took another photo. I made one more change and that was it. So if you are unsure of your room decor, table setting, whatever.....take a photo. You will find it a big help. Find my manel decorating tips and several of my past Fall mantels here..Fanciful Junk Inspired Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas
That's it for me. I hope my Fall porch decorations inspired you. Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com