I recently showcased our fall porch and had several questions regarding what pumpkins I used, how I created the wreath, and what I used to attach the corn shocks to the columns. I thought I would share some tips today on how to create a beautiful fall porch using natural and neutral elements.
Tip 1: Mix real, faux, and painted pumpkins/gourds together.
I believe that the real thing always looks best. However, sometimes it’s just not practical to use all real pumpkins. Faux pumpkins can look just as great as the real thing when painted. In the picture above, I have mixed real pumpkins, painted faux pumpkins, and painted real pumpkins to create the look and feel I wanted. Just because a pumpkin comes in orange doesn’t mean it has to stay that way! And this brings us to our next tip…
Tip 2: Paint your pumpkins with latex or chalk paint.
I’ve heard that if you spray paint a real pumpkin gases will build up inside the pumpkin causing it to explode. This is obviously not good. I have painted real pumpkins with latex paint and chalk paint and haven’t had this happen. I’m guessing that any paint that seals and traps the gases inside the pumpkin has the potential to cause a pumpkin explosion, so paint at your own risk! I typically leave the bottom of the pumpkin unpainted since no one is going to see that part anyhow. Below I have drawn arrows to all of my painted pumpkins.
I used white chalk paint for the white pumpkins and Valspar paint in Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray color for the blue pumpkins. I also glazed the painted pumpkins using Rustoleum glaze. The glaze gives the pumpkins a more realistic finish.
Tip 3: Use painter’s tape and floral wire to keep things secure.
I used painter’s tape on the bottom of the faux white pumpkins to keep them attached to the window sill. I also created a criss cross pattern of painter’s tape inside each black urn and weaved my hydrangea stems through the tape. The large faux pumpkins where then placed on top of the hydrangea steps. I love to use painter’s tape because it is easily removable, does not damage surfaces, and provides the necessary “sticking power” needed to keep my decorations in place. To secure the corn shocks to the columns, I simply used one piece of floral wire and twisted it around the stalk and column. The bottom of the corn shock is resting on a step so only one piece of wire is needed to keep the shocks in place. You may need to use more wire depending on your situation.
To create the hydrangea grapevine wreath, I literally just “wove” the dried hydrangea stems into the grapevine wreath. I didn’t use wire to secure. You could certainly use some floral wire if desired. To attach the wreath to the door I used a long finishing nail and linen ribbon.
Tip 4: Bring the indoors outside to make it cozy.
I used an indoor throw blanket and a few toss pillows to “cozy up” the porch rocking chairs. Since these would get dirty if left out, I simply bring them inside when not in use. Adding toss pillows and throw blankets are easy ways to make your fall porch warm and inviting. I love to have my morning cup of coffee out here! Also notice that I used a bottle vase on the garden stool filled with hyrdrangeas. This carries the theme of the porch over to the seating area and creates a lived-in feel.
I hope this post gave you some helpful insight on how to create a beautiful fall porch! Below you can check out my Lowes source list for all of the supplies used.
For even more DIY ideas, be sure to visit Lowes Creative Ideas and follow along with Lowe’s on Pinterest or on Instagram! You can sign up to receive their free Creative Ideas Magazine. There’s also a magazine app which includes additional features such as a few projects from the Lowes Creative Ideas bloggers.
Disclosure: I am a Lowes Creative blogger and this post is sponsored by Lowes. All ideas, thoughts, and projects are my own.