Add seasonal flair with simple curb appeal updates that bring fall color and ambience to any home. These easy-in-a-weekend ideas will get you started.
Dress up a Front Door
Start with fall door decorations. Craft a stylish autumn wreath and garland using sandpaper, cork shelf liner and vinyl flooring. Use a template to trace and cut leaves with identical shapes but subtle color variations. Then hot-glue the leaves onto corrugated plastic. The 24-inch wreath costs between $18 and $28, depending on materials used. A 12-foot section of garland costs about $30.
Make a Pedestal
Design and build your own chic pedestals with deck spindles and post caps. You can make them in about an hour for $8–$15, plus paint. Use them to display pumpkins and gourds or to hold outdoor decorations. The best thing is, they can be used year-round, not just in fall. Create a faux lantern surround to highlight your pedestal candles.
Decorate with Plants
Half the fun of fall decorating is adding plants that show off lively hues while neighbors’ plants are fading. Kale and mums are natural go-to plants for fall. But these crotons have the right hues, too. Crotons are tender tropicals, so take them indoors if frost is expected.
Make a Window Box Display
Those same plants that make great container gardens also work in window boxes. In fact, repeating the plants makes the setting more cohesive and less chaotic. This window box includes crotons, mums, lime-colored sweet potato vine and miniature pumpkins and gourds.
Create Leaf Art
Bring an artistic flourish to your outdoor space with this DIY leaf plaque. It’s easy to assemble and there’s no cutting required. Just stain craft boards and glue them into a square shape. Then trace a leaf shape on the boards and stain the wood in a different color. Cost is just about $30.
It’s easy to bring a friendly, fall feeling to your house. Start with these simple outdoor decorating ideas.