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Outdoor Decorating Ideas for Fall and for Halloween

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Can’t decide between a fall front-door display and one with a Halloween theme? Go for both. Learn how to make these easy outdoor fall and Halloween decorations that can be switched out in a few simple steps.

DIY maple leaf wall art and Trick or Treat Halloween chalkboard sign

Whether you’re decorating for fall, Halloween or a combination of both, we have simple and creative ideas to see you through the season.


Front door decorated for autumn with DIY fall leaves, door wreath and garland

Front Door Decorations

These leaves won’t drop as the weather turns cold. The stylish autumn wreath and garland are made from 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.

DIY Boo Halloween sign on decorated door

When Halloween arrives, switch out the fall wreath with a lighthearted message for the holiday. Making this Halloween door decoration is so easy, it’s scary. Cut out your sign with a jigsaw (or ask a Lowe’s associate to cut it to size in the store), then stain it. Use our template to paint the spooky greeting on the wood. Finally, attach the Halloween sign to the door with a stick painted black. Cost: about $18.

DIY maple leaf wall art surrounded by Fall decorations on an outdoor table

Outdoor Table Display

Bring an artistic flourish to your outdoor space with this DIY autumn leaf artwork. It’s easy to assemble and there’s no cutting required! Just stain craft boards and glue them into a square. Then trace a leaf shape on the boards and paint the leaf in a different color. Cost is about $30.

DIY Trick or Treat chalkboard sign and pumpkins on outdoor table

Make a quick switch for trick-or-treat time. This DIY chalkboard uses a secondhand frame and a piece of hardboard (ask a store associate to cut it to size). Spray the frame and board with chalkboard paint, then write a “Trick or Treat” message for Halloween. Supplies cost about $15.

Decorate your front door for fall or for Halloween. Making the switch is easy. -- Lowe’s Creative Ideas

It’s fun to give your front entryway some added curb appeal—for the fall season in general or Halloween in particular. Why not do both?


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