Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fall Front Porch Decorating

Now that Halloween is over, I am still going to leave my fall decorations up until the Christmas lights go up the day after Thanksgiving.  Here is what you will see when you come to my door.

My front door decoration is a swag of leaves.  I'd love to put a wreath on the door, but it has to be something skinny so it will fit between the inside door and the storm door.

In this photo, I've taken the leaves down from each side of the door.  After they blew down for the third time, I just left them down.  Now they are hanging in the garage on the treadmill (at least it is getting some use).  

I really like the entry on the front cover of the October issue of Southern Living magazine, and there is a photo of a pumpkin topiary inside.

I wasn't sure exactly how to make a topiary, but this is what I did.


I filled the pot with dirt and put a dowel rod deep into the pot.  (OK.  My husband put the dirt in the pot and cut the dowel rod to size for me.)

I found 3 faux pumpkins that were small, medium and large.   You could use real pumpkins, too.

I bought these leaf garlands.  By the time I got this idea, they were 50% off.  

I put holes all the way through the bottom 2 pumpkins and part way through the top one.   Using floral wire I shaped the leaf garland into a circle to fit underneath the pumpkins.  Then I just stacked it all on the dowel rod.  

I love how this turned out.  After I took this photo I took some of the leaves off so that the pumpkins aren't as covered and you can see them better.  

I love fall and the chrysanthemums, ornamental cabbage, pumpkins, gourds and the leaves that have fallen.  I was lucky enough to find one mum in a bushel basket and another in a plastic cauldron.

If you have the supplies, the pumpkin topiary is easy to make.

This was part of our back yard about ten days ago.  Even though we are far inland, we had lots of wind, rain and sleet from hurricane Sandy that hit the east coast, and most of the leaves on these trees have fallen.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
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