Decorating a Fall Front Porch

Decorating a Fall Front Porch

Time to decorate the front porch for fall again!

A front porch begs to draw attention and say,“Welcome Friends! Come on in!”.

So gather some colorful mums, bright pumpkins, and ruffled kale and let’s start decorating for fall!

Sand & Sisal's Fall Porch

This wreath is an old faithful of mine.

And even though it’s faded and a little weathered from the years of wear, it still brings a smile to my face.

I thought I’d add something new to the wreath, like my last name’s initial.

Fall wreath with Letter Initial

This will be a simple addition, or so I thought. Since the letter “W” seemed to be very popular (sold out everywhere), I resorted to cutting the letter out of a Styrofoam sheet I had in the garage. Cutting it was rather laborious and took for-e-vah!!! Next I grabbed a can of spray paint. BIG MISTAKE! I was not aware of what happens to Styrofoam when it’s spray painted. Great!  Nothing like watching your craft dissolve in front of your eyes! Now what?

What happens when you spray paint styrofoam

Ta-da!!! This is how I remedied the poor little “W” initial, by wrapping it in sisal twine! Whew!

wrapping a letter with twine

The “W” received a light spray in brown and gold and found a new home in the fall wreath.

Fall Wreath

The local garden center had a great deal on mums, kale, and heirloom pumpkins. Click to see how to decorate an indoor autumn display with green and cream heirloom pumpkins.

What is nice about southeast Virginia, is that the kale will live all winter long and the mums will come back next spring if I plant them in the ground before winter!

Heirloom pumkins, mums, kale

Black urns are a new addition this year and were placed on each side of the porch, and filled with the kale, mums and a few small gourds.

Monogramed Urn

The fall front porch is decorated and I’m ready for cooler weather, hayrides, pumpkin carving with the kids, and some hot spiced cider, aren’t you?

Welcome Friends!


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  1. Your wreath is really pretty…the initial looks perfect wrapped in sisal, you did good!! Love the mums and kale, too, I’ve never used it but I think I may pick some up this year. Very nice, Kim!


  2. Thanks Jane! I’ve never used kale either until this year. But it’s very popular in our area.

  3. I learned what spray paint does to styrofoam the hard way too. Awesome save on it though.

  4. Looks so great Kin! I love those urns! I’ve been meaning to spruce up our porch for fall too but haven’t gotten to it yet!

  5. Kim, it looks great and I could use the W’s! Love those pumpkins too!

  6. So welcoming! Love the letters on the urns & wreath!


  7. What a great way to save your W! Your porch looks wonderful and I love how big and full y our wreath is!

  8. Kim,
    I love your front porch. The addition of the W is perfect. Love the monogrammed urns. Now, I just need mums and pumpkins so I can finish mine.

  9. I love the front porch and the addition of the monogram. I’m glad you said that about spray painting styrofoam because I had no idea either and I am getting ready to make my own initial as well.

    Stopping by from Rhoda’s party and would love for you to come check out my front porch @

  10. I love me a monogram. I have no doubt that it’s the prettiest porch on the block.

  11. Everything looks so pretty… especially your wreath with the initial!

  12. I didn’t know about spray paint and Styrofoam either! Good to know. I have black urns on my porch too (I spray painted them), so I’ll have to check out how you added the monogram! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Saw this post on pinterest…where did you get those urns? I haven’t been able to find anything similar at walmart or lowe’s!


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