Fall Front Porch on a Budget


Welcome to our front porch – one of the areas in my home that I have a love/hate relationship with.  I’ve hated most everything about the little concrete stoop, angled front door, falling brick stairs, and weeds growing through the cracks and mulch everywhere I turn.  Although it’s a frustrating space, I realized that when I made a couple of small updates, like painting the front door, installing a new screen door, and stenciling the front stoop, I’ve grown to hate it less.

Due to the ugly past with my front porch, I’ve never decorated it for any holidays.  When Tara of Lehman Lane arranged a fall outdoor blog hop, I thought I should push myself past the hatred.  This is a first for me, and I’m actually happy with how it turned out!  The hate is slowly dwindling.

fall-front-porch-with-pumpkins-and-mums-7When I decorate around here, it is always on a budget.  Because I love using natural elements in my decor, but don’t love spending money on them, I purposely planted a few extra pumpkin plants this year.  All of the pumpkins on our front porch are from our garden!

Fall Mantel using items from the garden and backyard
Garden Harvest Fall Mantel
Last year I used the mini  pumpkins from our garden on our mantel.  This year, needless to say, we have a few more!!

fall-front-porch-with-pumpkins-and-mums-3As I was setting this up, I could hear the squirrels laughing and snickering at me from the massive maple tree in our front yard.  It’s like a breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet for fall, and the upcoming winter combined.   Last year, their laughing would have been justified – they annihilated any pumpkin that made it to the front porch.  But this year, I just chuckled to myself.  I have a trick up my sleeve, and it saved all of these pumpkins from getting devoured on the vine, and it’s going to save them on the front porch, too.  More on that soon, but for now here is the rest of my front porch.

fall-front-porch-with-pumpkins-and-mums-1All of the other items used on my front porch are finds from estate sales.  I sell at a vintage market twice a year, but these items didn’t sell at this past fall market, so I decided to keep them for myself!

fall-front-porch-with-pumpkins-and-mums-2I made this DIY fall sign for less than a couple of bucks.

fall-front-porch-with-pumpkins-and-mums-5I also picked up that vintage galvanized pitcher at an estate sale, but you better believe I didn’t try to sell that beauty.  That one was staying with me from the get go.


It’s hard to see through our screen door, but I also made our wreath from a thrift store find.

This fall wreath looks so easy and inexpensive to make! What a great DIY project using a platter from the thrift store.

Maybe you’ll see more of this front porch in the upcoming seasons…maybe.

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Looking for more outdoor inspiration?  Head on over to these other amazing outdoor spaces all decked out for fall!


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Lehman Lane / 2 Bees in a Pod – Vicki’s House / My Life from Home / North Country Nest


Our Crafty Mom / Twelve on Main / Little Bits of Home / Beauteeful Living / Fun Home Things


Simple Nature Décor / Timeless Creations / Refresh Living / UnCookie Cutter


2 Purple Couches / Our House Now a Home / Knock it Off Kim / Green with Décor


2 Bees in a Pod – Jenn’s House / Joy in Our Home

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14 thoughts on “Fall Front Porch on a Budget

  1. Jenny, your porch looks beautiful! I love all the fun planters! I can’t believe you grew all those pumpkins! I need to do that next year… I went over budget on pumpkins this year! I can’t wait to hear your trick with the squirrels. We have squirrels at our house, too, and they are distructive little things! They literally eat through our metal gutters and make a home in our wood gutter boxes! Grrr!

  2. I love your fall front porch! I totally understand the hatred for you front porch, mine is less than awesome. Maybe I’ll get motivated to make it beautiful too! Pinned.

  3. looks great! and that stoop that bothers you actually has so much potential! the stenciling is nice, but I can hear that you’re still not in love with it. how about going crazy with a bright color and then stencil on top of that, or even do a fun mosaic….from tiles or pebbles? On the other hand, some tall bushes or plants of some kind on each side would also look great…..hope you don’t mind my suggestions it always easier to help others with their design dilemmas as opposed to solving my own! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  4. Push past your porch hate, that’s cute! I know exactly how ya feel. Mine was seriously outdated a couple of years ago. It’s still really small but It’s growing on me.

    I love how you styled yours, very simple and elegant.

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