The 5 Rustic and Chic DIY Projects for Your Front Porch This Autumn

Who doesn't love the fall? The change in colors, the scenery, the cool weather: there is so much inspiration all around us. It's time to bring out those pumpkins, mums, leaves, and a lot of rustic wood. Creating a welcoming and cozy front porch space for the fall time can be simple and affordable.

While some might opt for a more traditional look, others might decorate their walkways with tree stump pumpkins or pineapple jack-o'-lanterns. All that matters is that you're happy with your front porch, and are ready to sip this Apple Pie Whiskey Cocktail on it at the end of a long day spent with good friends. If you're looking to revamp your porch this weekend, here are 5 DIY projects to try out this season.

1. Modern and Metallic

Taryn Whiteaker

Step aside, orange pumpkins! White pumpkins are the perfect way to create a modern and chic porch space. You can also paint them gold or even add your house number to each pumpkin.

If you want to add a splash of color, try including an orange or yellow mum plant. The neutral color of the cornstalks really make this color scheme pop in such a pretty way. You can purchase them online or at a local farm.

2. Pumpkins, Vegetables & Mums


This front porch idea will definitely impress your guests and look beautiful! Simply carve and remove the inside of a pumpkin (you can even use a fake one) and plant mums inside or the vegetable of your choice. Mums are a classic fall flower and are easy to take care of: they will last just about the whole season, and need water and good soil to survive.

Some hearty vegetables to plant in the pumpkins are kale, Swiss chard and cabbage. They can stand up to cold temperatures and taste delicious to boot. If you would like some extra height, place the pumpkins on top of a large vase or container so neighbors can see your creations from the road.

3. Wooden Fall Sign

Nifty Mom

Get your wood stain out and gloves on! Yes, you can easily create this rustic sign and then tell all your friends about it! This is a great project to make and can be reused every fall. You can purchase the wooden letters at a craft store and attach them with wood glue. This sign goes along nicely with pumpkins and bales of hay, perfect for the corner of your porch.

4. Minimal Designs for Limited Space

Thistlewood Farms

Not enough porch space? No problem! You can still have a festive doorway! Try using leaf garlands around the door frame and corn stalks. You can purchase leaf garlands at a craft store and corn stalks at a local farm.

Lilacs & Longhorns

You can also make decorations like wreaths and signs for your door. This chalkboard sign from Lilacs & Longhorns is a fun project or you can even purchase one at the store and decorate it.

5. Hearty Designs for Larger Spaces

Better Homes and Gardens

If you have a large space that you want to occupy, this is the decoration for you! Fill an empty wheelbarrow, wagon or container for your pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and leaves. You can also paint a message on your pumpkins to welcome your guests.

Did any these projects spark some inspiration? Let us know in the comments!

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