ready for fall

getting ready for fall crafting fun projects with pumpkins, mums, burlap, indian corn and doing a front porch home decor makeover

I am officially ready.  It was an extremely hot summer and now I am ready for the crispness in the air, the pumpkin bread in the oven, and the leaves turning gorgeous shades of colors. 

This is my favorite time of year – late September through November.  I feel at home, at peace, and just full of hope every year at this time.  Which I guess is odd since it is the time of year when everything is dying off and shrivelling up – spring would seem more appropriate I guess, but it is just not me.  I love comfy sweaters, cute boots, a nice blanket, and apple cider. 

What really makes this time of year stand out for me is that feeling of family.  I nest this time every year.  I get the house cleaned really good one last time before the holidays hit, get out the fall decorations, start baking, and just make home feel more homey.  It is a time to spend with my family as we get started back to school and into our routine and a time to enjoy the last bit of good outdoor weather before the snow hits.  I love it and therefore, I craft and decorate accordingly.

This weekend, I tackled the front porch.

getting ready for fall crafting fun projects with pumpkins, mums, burlap, indian corn and doing a front porch home decor makeover  getting ready for fall crafting fun projects with pumpkins, mums, burlap, indian corn and doing a front porch home decor makeover  getting ready for fall crafting fun projects with pumpkins, mums, burlap, indian corn and doing a front porch home decor makeover

This is my sad, pathetic, end-of-a-super-hot-summer front porch.  Most of our plantings did not fair so well this year and at some point I think I just gave up on it.  Now that fall is here and I can actually get outside, I feel reinvigorated to just make it pretty!

getting ready for fall crafting fun projects with pumpkins, mums, burlap, indian corn and doing a front porch home decor makeover  getting ready for fall crafting fun projects with pumpkins, mums, burlap, indian corn and doing a front porch home decor makeover

The first thing I did was buy some mums to add color to the front porch.  I just bought some cheap ones in cheap plain black pots at the store.  I honestly did not feel like replanting them and liked how nice they looked as-is that I decided to fix up their current pots instead.  I grabbed some hot glue and upholstery ticking and added a little zing to the plain containers.

getting ready for fall crafting fun projects with pumpkins, mums, burlap, indian corn and doing a front porch home decor makeover   getting ready for fall crafting fun projects with pumpkins, mums, burlap, indian corn and doing a front porch home decor makeover  getting ready for fall crafting fun projects with pumpkins, mums, burlap, indian corn and doing a front porch home decor makeover

The next step was to grab some empty planters from the shed and prettify them right up.  I tied on some ribbons and burlap to give them a little of my flair and then added the pumpkins.  To create the tower, I connected the pumpkins with a dowel rod, cut to about 3-4 inches in length. 

Now – the reality is I bought pumpkins in September.  The thought that they will make it until October 31st is one that is almost silly.  However, I figured that they could either rot on my porch while looking pretty or in a farmer’s stand somewhere.  I chose my porch, knowing full well that I might have to replace them at some point if necessary.  Plus, pumpkins around here will be in short supply this year due to the drought, so I wanted to get them while I still could!

getting ready for fall crafting fun projects with pumpkins, mums, burlap, indian corn and doing a front porch home decor makeover   getting ready for fall crafting fun projects with pumpkins, mums, burlap, indian corn and doing a front porch home decor makeover  getting ready for fall crafting fun projects with pumpkins, mums, burlap, indian corn and doing a front porch home decor makeover  

 All that was left were some final touches with hanging some decorated Indian corn, an old table from the basement, and I tied some burlap and ribbon to the light.  I put the mums and pumpkins into place and then my front porch was done.

getting ready for fall crafting fun projects with pumpkins, mums, burlap, indian corn and doing a front porch home decor makeover

Now, even if the rest of the house isn’t quite ready, at least the front porch is!


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ready for fall — 2 Comments

  1. Me too Steph, me too ! Ready for Fall. I was wondering today if I could find any grapevine in the woods to make a new wreath with. And to go down in the dungeon and find the box of decorations that are stored. I’m ready for pumpkins too– love how you stacked yours- maybe if you sealed the holes where you put the dowel rod, they’ll last a bit longer.

    I have a huge patch of mums (bought from cheap 1.99 at the garden store years ago) but they didn’t do well this year, normally they are HUGE , but this year they are pitiful and are starting to die already. I need to dig up a few starts and put some on the other side of the drive. Need to find an appropriate seasonal flag too — husband hung up an Easter one he found on the porch this past weekend ! Kinda funny with a bunny hanging out !

    I love this time of year too– just something so comforting about the whole feel and smell of Autumn !

  2. I LOVE fall! It is not unusual to find me in my comfy lounge chair wrapped in a warm blanket enjoying a good boom. Your porchscape looks lovely.

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