Fun and festive outdoor fall decor ideas for your outdoor space that won't demolish your budget.
Looking to make your front porch decor more festive for the fall season, but don't want to break the bank? You're in luck! With a few simple and budget-friendly DIYs, you can spruce up your patio, porch or balcony with cozy autumn vibes.
In this article, we'll share several creative ideas to give your outdoor space festive flair on a budget, plus tips and tricks to help you pull off these projects quickly and efficiently. So whether you are a novice crafter or a seasoned DIYer, you can easily bring the warm and inviting feel of fall to your outdoor space. Let's dive in to this DIY fall decor.
Outdoor fall decorations are so much fun to use to create a fabulous fall curb appeal. My front porch is one of my favorite areas to spruce up with seasonal decorations. But finding affordable home accents can take a bit of creativity. Let me show you these easy options for cheap fall decor.
Cheap DIY Outdoor Fall Decor
Fall Signs or Cutouts
A simple cutout, phrase or sign is the perfect accessory for creating festive fall curb appeal. It's a great way to balance the focal point and draw more attention upward.
I created my own handwritten hello pumpkin cutout for my porch. There are a few similar cutouts on Amazon: hello fall, or welcome fall or autumn. If you want more Halloween style cutouts then check out wicked. You can check any craft or home decor store to find thrifty cutouts. Even stores like Walmart, Target or a dollar store will usually have word cutouts too.
And how about this beautiful gather sign that is so fitting for outdoor fall decor. It looks stunning on the brick exterior next to the front door. I have a special attachment to this sign, because this was my first sign I had ever handwritten and then cut out! You can also try thankful, or this version of gather here.
Use Pumpkins in Outdoor Fall Decor
Pumpkins are some of the best front porch ideas. Whether they are real pumpkins, faux pumpkins or even wooden pumpkins, it's hard to beat a warm welcome with these harvest displays. Artificial are preferred in my house because they never rot.
And instead of traditional bright orange color schemes, why not change it up with white pumpkins and fun pastels.
Layer them up on hay bales, front steps or pile them in heaping baskets. And don't forget to throw in a few mini pumpkins too for added dimension.
Who says you have to use only pumpkins? You might as well represent this harvest season. Utilizing small gourds for your outdoor fall decor definitely puts nature's bounty to good use. Kelley Nan uses these squash so beautifully on her front steps.
I love the soft and beautiful fall colors of these pumpkins. They stack so perfectly! You can never go wrong with a neutral palette for the fall season. These pumpkins encompass Halloween and Thanksgiving so nicely.
Seasonal Plants and Flowers
Mums are a great inexpensive way to add a hint of colorful fall flowers to your front yard. An easy way to get the most out of a mum is to purchase a perennial variety where you can plant and have it come back year after year.
Succulents are another fun option for your outdoor fall decor because they are a hardy plant. My succulents on my table were in need of some sun so I moved them out front and I love the texture they add. You can also use faux succulents. Click here for my favorite ones. Also, you can see them in my tablescape here.
The Hamby Home uses such fun and vibrate colors on her front porch for this time of year. I love the different colors of mums.
A Few Tips for Creating a Fall Porch With Mums
- Find an Inspiration Piece - My color loving heart had to have these mums from Costco. Mums take center stage in my yard because they can come in so many varieties and colors. I planned my porch around these beauties.
- Incorporate Color - I found these pumpkins at Home Goods. I love how the teal pumpkins look with the pink mums. They compliment each other so perfectly. I also brought out my succulent pumpkins (tutorial on how I made them here). Using faux fall foliage is a nice option to bring all of my colors together.
- Mix and Match - Instead of having everything uniform, it is actually more appealing to the eye if you have different sized items. Use some big items as your main pieces, like the mums or a large pumpkin. These large items will help to make the space feel full. Next, add in some medium sized decor. These decorations can be different shapes, sizes and even textures. Last, but not least, add in small filler items. Like these little pumpkins or even a few succulents here and there. This will help to make the space feel full and well balanced.
Adding beautiful fall wreaths to your front door is icing on the cake for outdoor fall decorating. A wreath is always a good idea because they are so welcoming to your guests. If you don't love wreaths, feel free to try festive garland instead.
Cottage in the Oaks is a favorite of mine because I love the simplicity of the cotton wreath.
Pillows for Outdoor Fall Decor
Throw pillows are beneficial to add to make your space more cozy as well as colorful. Tidbits made all of these darling pillows and I love the pop of teal!
Since we are sticking with the pumpkin theme for our pumpkin fall porch, I found these cute pumpkin pillows from Returning Grace.
These burlap pumpkin pillows from CB Creations are so fun as well! See all the buttons? You can take the white part off and switch it out for each holiday.
Shop decor here (affiliate links)
Texture and Dimension
Whenever you can add in additional texture and dimension, it will always look better as a finished product. To add a little bit of height I used my other milk painted ammo box. You can add dimension using milk cans, crates, or even a metal ammo box. You can see the full post here.
Another tip? Check your local thrift shop for baskets. I found this darling wicker basket for $3 and the other buckets were in my basement. If you can use things you have lying around, it definitely will save on your budget for adding curb appeal for fall.
Another tidbit to remember is that having neutral pieces and accenting them with smaller pieces or pops of color is really the best and most frugal way to change up your decor.
I was drawn to Thistle Wood Farms because I love all of the textures she used, and her wreath is beautiful.
And how about this simple, yet elegant front porch by Worthing Court Blog. The basket of artificial flowers and pumpkin stand fall planters are a great option for utilizing texture and dimension.
See more fall planter options here.
And last but not least, On Sutton Place. Her rocking chair, potted mums and colorful pillow are lovely additions of style for this porch. The white wicker table is a gorgeous accent with a lot of texture.
Additional Fall Decorating
Looking for other fall decor ideas?
- Fireplace fall decor
- Toilet paper pumpkin
- Fall Entryway
- Fall Tablescape
- DIY fall sign with free printable
With these easy and inexpensive DIY outdoor fall decorations, you can bring the warmth and coziness of autumn to your own backyard. From wreaths to pumpkins, the possibilities are endless. Anything from a few simple details to a full-scale decor overhaul can create a warm and inviting atmosphere in the coming chilly months.
And if you need a little extra inspiration, try looking to nature - the changing leaves on the trees are a beautiful reminder of the season. So this fall, don't hide away from the colder months - get outside and enjoy the epic beauty of autumn.
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