Autumn decorating ideas for your front porch

Autumn is officially here, the season of falling leaves, Halloween and fireworks. It’s the ideal time to spruce up your front porch with some low-cost, max-impact Autumn decorating ideas that will give visitors a warm welcome as the temperatures drop.

Jess Martin from party supplier Ginger Ray shares eight Autumn decorating ideas for your front doorstep or porch that are simple to put together, and won’t break the bank.

From harvest displays to Autumn foliage garlands and pumpkins, these outdoor styling ideas guarantee a cosy welcome.
Choose your favourite from the below style options, or mix and match these ideas for a beautifully layered and textured autumn porch that captures the essence of the season.

Pumpkin pile

Arranging a variety of real or fake pumpkins in different sizes, shapes and colours on your porch steps or along your fence is a simple but effective way to brighten up your doorway. Mix different types of gourds and squashes for extra variety and colour.

Pumpkins on front steps

Floral wreath

Get creative and make your own autumnal wreath, using a combination of dried flowers, colourful leaves and small branches.
“Hang it on your front door for an instant seasonal touch,” Martin says. “Add your foliage to an existing Christmas wreath to repurpose an evergreen wreath for autumn or simply use a wire or wooden base to build your wreath on.”

Leaf garland

To go alongside your wreath, or as an alternative, invest in an artificial autumn garland or string together some branches of colourful fall leaves to create your own. Hang your garland along the porch railing or drape it around the door frame for an instant burst of autumn colour.

Harvest basket

Grab some rustic baskets and fill them up with seasonal produce like apples, pears, mini pumpkins and dried corn cobs.
“Arrange them near the entrance for a gorgeous harvest display. A basket display looks great when paired with one or more other decoration ideas,” Martin says.

Dried corn cobs in a basket

Cornstalk bundle

A bundle of dried cornstalks or bunches of pampas adds a touch of rustic charm. Just tie them loosely with twine, and lean against your porch or doorstep.

“Pair with a few piles of pumpkins for a display that includes all the warm autumn tones and textures,” adds Martin.

Rustic wheelbarrow

“Place a vintage wheelbarrow on your porch and fill it with decorative gourds, pumpkins, and a cosy plaid blanket,” Martin says. “It’s a twist on the harvest basket display that will add a nostalgic and whimsical touch to your outdoor space.”

Hay bale

Hay bales will give your porch the perfect Autumn feel. Invest in one or two bales, and top them with cosy blankets and plaid cushions.

“It’s a perfect spot for guests to sit and enjoy the crisp autumn air – just ensure that it is undercover to stop any bad weather from damaging it,” Martin advises.

Pumpkins on hay bale

Lantern walkway

Lights not only add a warm glow to your front entrance in the evening, but will create a magical pathway to your home. Line your doorstep or garden path with lanterns, bottles or jam jars containing battery-operated candles.

“Don’t underestimate the power of lighting in the darker autumn months,” Martin says.