There’s something about October that officializes fall, and with it comes highly-anticipated festivities. One of those festivities is experimenting with fun fall decor ideas from the porch to the mantel. Here are some of our favorite DIY porch decor ideas, plus a must-try fall recipe.
Having a couple of nice full planters brimming with showy fall-themed flowers like mums is a simple yet stunning way to instantly dress up your fall porch. Chrysanthemums bloom until November making them a fan favorite for fall porch decor. With over 5,000 varieties, there are mums that come in every shape, size, and color imaginable. To stick with a fall theme we recommend choosing hues of maroon, orange, or violet for a gorgeous fall display.
The best thing about planter arrangements is that you can get as creative as you like. If you want something other than mums gracing your front porch you can make a fall arrangement out of other cool-season plants, too. Ornamental kale and ornamental peppers are fantastic fall decor and can be easily arranged in a planter for the porch. Just remember the golden rule of planter arrangements, which is to have a thriller plant, filler plant, and spiller plant so that your container looks full and balanced.
Mini Pumpkins, Mini Gourds, and More!
Perhaps knowing that before long winter will be upon us here in Moline and everything will soon be covered in a soft blanket of snow has us leaning towards filling our homes with natural decor elements. A simple arrangement of mini pumpkins and gourds—real, not plastic!—make for exceptionally delightful fall decor.
The choice is yours whether you want to arrange them outside on your porch, bring them inside to greet guests at the front entrance of your home, or perhaps create a simple centerpiece on your dining table. Mini pumpkins are most commonly a stunning eggshell white or pale orange, plain, or with vertical stripe patterns—all being pleasant options that will suit anyone’s home aesthetic. Mini gourds are like snowflakes in that they come in so many different sizes, shapes, and colors that each one is unique. As a centerpiece for your hall table try filling a large vase with mini gourds. The same can be done with other fall elements like corn stalks, acorns, pinecones, or branches of bittersweet. To help your natural decor last longer apply a layer of clear-drying sealant to each piece.
Classic Pumpkin Pie
Finally, nothing says fall like a good old-fashioned pumpkin pie. Here’s our favorite homemade pumpkin pie recipe. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
- 3 eggs
- ⅓ cup white sugar
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp lemon zest
- 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
- 12 oz can of evaporated milk
- 1 pie shell
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Beat eggs in a large bowl and mix in white sugar, brown sugar, salt, spices, and lemon zest.
- Mix in the pumpkin puree and stir in the cream. Beat the ingredients together on a medium setting until they’re well blended.
- Pour the mixture into the pie shell and bake in the oven for 45-55 mins. The pie is done when you’re able to pierce the center with a knife, and it comes out moderately clean. The center should barely jiggle, and it will set more as it rests.
- Let the pie cool on a wire rack for 2 hours and then serve with whipped cream.
If you enjoy fall as much as we do, then visit Meyer Garden Center in Moline, Illinois, to shop our fall products, pumpkins, and get more porch décor inspiration from our landscaping experts.