Guest Author - Donna Coogan
Decorating the outside entry of a home is fun fall project that is very budget friendly. If you are looking for ideas, start with driving around area neighborhoods to see what others are doing. The most common decorations you'll usually come across are scarecrows, pumpkins and hale bales. These are fairly easy to set up on your porch or around your front door.
To decorate with pumpkins, stagger them at various heights for a more pleasing display. Include other gourds in differing sizes for added interest. If you don't like orange, consider painting your pumpkins in colorful patterns, like plaid or in deep cozy hues. Paint inspiring words or favorite seasonal quotes on them to welcome friends. Adorn them with ribbons and holly or carve out the inside to hold dry twigs.
To make a scarecrow, just stuff some old clothes with sheets and let a few pieces of straw to stick out from the openings. Paint a face on a stuffed tee shirt for the head; cover with an old hat and voila - you have a cheap, yet whimsical adornment to greet visitors. Set him on your stairs or a nearby chair and he'll bring a smile to everyone who comes by.
Be sure to visit your local home improvement store or landscape nursery for additional ideas. Small potted evergreens, topiaries or colorful mums in deep gold or burgundy always provide lovely seasonal accents to any entry. If you don't want to worry about wilting flowers, substitute with some large artificial sunflowers casually placed in a watering can or old metal milk jug.
Furnish the space with a small bench or chair and add some comfortable throw pillows in outdoor fabric. Add a wheelbarrow or wagon and fill with hay bales, plants and gourds. Be sure to add a wreath to your front door. If you're the crafty type, visit your local arts and crafts store for supplies and design your own one-of-a-kind accent. While you are creating, consider painting a seasonal welcome sign stenciled with apples, crows, leaves or other motifs that depict the season.
When you set your mind to it, decorating your home's entry for fall is a project that can be accomplished in a weekend for very little money. Using only a few simple elements will provide color and interest to enjoy all season long.