It took forever to pull this porch together for fall. Southern Florida doesn’t seem to be the best place to locate hay stacks and pumpkin patches are all but non-existent. We did find a small hydroponic farm where we bought all our small pie pumpkins. The big one we bought at Walmart!
The other challenge is, of course, the double doors. I had a pumpkin wreath from last year that I love, so I did my best to create another one for the other door. Happily, Hobby Lobby still had all the same kinds of materials and everything was 40% off.
I’m happy with how it all turned out. The mums were only $2.77 a piece which is nice because I don’t generally have great luck with them. I’m hoping I can keep them alive through Thanksgiving! The rug I went searching for on purpose. I thought I’d find something at IKEA and I did. But I didn’t want to pay $30 right now. I found the small tan rug at Old Time Pottery for $11.97. Old Time Pottery was fun, but I miss the Christmas Tree Shops in Albany!
I found the cute little scarecrow at a church yard sale years ago for $1.50. I always smile when I pull him out.
The little yellow mum looks a bit — sparse. To be honest, it looked a little sparse when I got it but I hoped the blossoms would all bloom and it would be nice and full. Then one of the kids accidentally stepped on it in the car on the way home and broke off FIVE blooms! Oh well. It still gives the little pop of bright color I wanted. And let’s be honest. In my home, plants don’t have a long lifespan anyway.
Do you decorate your porch for fall? Before I started blogging, I never did anything except throw an old wreath on the front door. I made a wreath about 18 years ago by wrapping a string of fake leaves around a wreath frame and sticking on maybe five little pumpkins with hot glue. I used it for the next 15 years! I’ll admit. That was cheaper than what I do now. But I love coming home to a nicely decorated porch. It’s worth a few bucks to me.