Fall Inspiration: Outdoor Decorating Ideas

It's not too early, I promise.

I could not be more ready for fall, but after a brutally hot summer, can you blame me? Decorating your interior for the season is a given, but what about the exterior? Get your outdoor spaces fall-ready with these lovely decorating ideas:

A Fresh Take on an Autumn Wreath

Fresh Fall Decorating: Ribbon Rose Wreath

Fresh Fall Decorating: Ribbon Rose Wreath

Craft a cheery touch of fall for your front door with a moss-covered wreath form and autumnal ribbon roses.

Photo by: H. Camille Smith

H. Camille Smith

Steering away from the traditional, this moss-covered beauty incorporates autumnal ribbon roses, silk fall leaves and acorns. The pop of green is refreshing and unexpected for fall, which makes it a great choice for the front door.

Welcome Guests With a Custom Doormat

Design a doormat that makes your feet happy. For this project, visit your local craft store to find a plain doormat to decorate. You can download the Autumn Daze template or choose your own stencil to use.

DIY Welcome Mat

DIY Welcome Mat

Sprucing up your front porch for fall? Get creative with this DIY door mat - it’s fun to make and your design options are endless!

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Decorate the Front Porch

Create a display that will last all season long. For visual appeal, vary the height of the straw and lanterns and stick to a color theme.



Bring a touch of ambiance to your porch with lanterns. For maximum visual impact, group the lanterns together and be consistent with your choice of pillar candles.

©Rustic White Photography

Rustic White Photography

Prepare for the Cooler Nights

We’re not too far away from those chilly evenings. Put together a basket of blankets for guests to wrap around them as the sun starts to set. End the perfect night with a bonfire and s’mores. 

Grab and snuggle

Grab and snuggle

Invite guests to grab a blanket and gather together.

Photo by: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo by Sam Henderson

Spruce up the Garden

It’s time to think about adding fall color to your garden or planting your fall crops. Yellow, red and orange mixed with green makes for a lovely color combination. Clear the pathway and add a festive wreath to the entrance.

Fall Garden Tour

Fall Garden Tour

A wreath of dried fall flowers and foliage adorns the gate to a side entrance to the garden, accented by pumpkins and squashes.

Photo by: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo by Ben Rollins

Don’t Forget About the Garage

Most people don’t think about decorating the garage for the season. Vinyl decals work well to show your festivity without being permanent. You can select decals that will last the whole season or opt for a Halloween theme instead. Find more ideas for cool silhouettes here.

Garage Door Pumpkin Patch

Garage Door Pumpkin Patch

Decorate your garage doors this Halloween with vinyl decals. All you need are some sheets of adhesive vinyl, scissors and a little bit of time! We cut out a majestic buck looking out over a pumpkin patch while a colony of bats soars into the sky behind him. If your garage door rolls up and down, be sure to cut the vinyl at each seam in the door so the panels can move freely as the door opens.

Create a Cozy Hangout

Complete with throw pillows, blankets and a fire pit, this is the perfect spot for roasting marshmallows. Long after the sun fades, the deck makes for a great entertaining place to reminisce with friends and family.

Adirondack Chairs and Fire Pit Make Up Deck Sitting Area

Adirondack Chairs and Fire Pit Make Up Deck Sitting Area

With so many fire-pit styles available these days, it can be difficult to choose the right one for your outdoor space. Consider propane-fueled fire pits, as they help conceal the small tanks and foster a clean look.

Try Something Different With Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a staple of the season, so why not display them in a unique way? Turn your pumpkins into planters and fill them with succulents. You can showcase them in your garden, on your front porch or wherever your heart desires.

Fall Garden Tour

Fall Garden Tour

Succulents are all the rage, and Addington uses them year round. In fall, she hollows out gray pumpkins to create planters for varieties that have small foliage. Bright green Creeping Jenny forms the perfect foil for the display. 

Photo by: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo by Ben Rollins

Let the Plants Do the Talking

Your home’s front entry does not have to be completely decked out. As the saying goes, a little goes a long way. Simply, let the landscaping take the center stage and add some planters along the walkway.

Entry Garden With Autumn Accents

Entry Garden With Autumn Accents

Fall containers, window boxes and hanging baskets complement established plantings at this country-style home. Mums, ornamental kale and grasses, and decorative accents like cornstalks, dried flower wreaths and country-style ornaments complete the inviting harvest display.

Photo by: Photo by Janet Loughrey

Photo by Janet Loughrey

Hang Festive Lanterns

Mini pumpkin lanterns are a cute way to light up your walkway or garden pathway. You won’t need many supplies to make these carved darlings.

DIY: Mini Pumpkin Lanterns

DIY: Mini Pumpkin Lanterns

Light up your walkway or garden path with these adorable pumpkin lanterns

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

Wow With an Outdoor Tablescape

Get ready to impress with an incredible outdoor dining experience. Just look at the view! Setup a picnic table with fall décor, sip some wine and enjoy the company, you’re going to be here awhile.

Neutral Rustic Outdoor Dining

Neutral Rustic Outdoor Dining

The only thing prettier than this rustic picnic table and its place setting is the view.

Photo by: Jason Kisner ©Copyright 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Jason Kisner, Copyright 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Mix Up Gourds

Line your stoop or walkway with an assortment of pumpkins and gourds in a variety of sizes. Try layering and interlacing them with ivy and other greens to get a natural pumpkin-patch look. 

Display Colorful Mums

Mums come in a variety of colors and sizes. Choose one or two colors for a uniform look or go wild and get as many colors as you can find. Display your mums in different ways like in a wagon, bushel basket, wheelbarrow or an old caldron. 

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Hang Dried Corn

Indian corn adds color and texture to any setting. Tie a few cobs together for a simple arrangement to hang on your door or porch railing.  

Photo By: felder rushing

Layer With Hay

Haybales are an easy way to stagger the height of your display. When winter comes along, throw the hay (and pumpkins) on your compost pile, then fertile your garden with it come springtime. 

It Doesn't Have to be All Orange

Making a striking statement by sticking to one unexpected color. 

Photo By: Stephanie Frey

Feed the Birds While You're at It

Birds will start to look for reliable sources of food when the weather cools down. Include a gourd bird feeder with your outdoor decor. Continue making feeders throughout the winter months to make sure the bird population sticks around your yard. This is a great project for kids; take a look at the instructions >>

Photo By: Photo By Debbie Wolfe

Use Pinecones to Feed the Birds

Pinecones are another great way to feed your feathery garden friends. Simple tie a string to the top of the pinecone, the cover the cone in peanut butter and bird seed. Put it in the freezer to harden up before you put it outside. 

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sprinkle in Some Cabbage or Kale

You don't have to like the taste of it to decorate with it. Flowering cabbage and kale will bring bright hues to your autumn landscape. Try combining these eye-catching plants with sweet alyssum, viola, nemesia, and garden mums. Best of all, flowering cabbage and kale stand up to temps as low as 5°F and light snows. In areas where frost comes early, buy these plants in the largest size you can find, because once the cold air hits, they'll stop growing.

At the Very Least, Hang a Wreath

Wreaths aren't just for Christmas. A floral display in rich autumn colors will make your entry warm and welcoming. Check out these beautiful DIY wreaths >>

©Rustic White Photography

Add Cornstalks for Height

Simply take about 15 to 20 dried cornstalks and bunch them together with bailer's twine to secure. Leave the twine bare or add a ribbon in any fall color. Place a couple of stacks of hay, mums and pumpkins in front of the cornstalks and you're done. Easy!

Photo By: Jyeshern Cheng

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