Autumn Makeover for My Front Entry

This autumn makeover for my front entry adds seasonal flair and great curb appeal.

I love everything about autumn.  When the temperatures start to fall, I know that good things are right around the corner. Having three fun holidays in a row gives me so many options for outside decorations.  This autumn makeover is perfect for Halloween and with a few adjustments in a couple of weeks, it will go right through Thanksgiving.This budget friendly Autumn makeover makes use of many DIY projects, and a few small purchases to give great festive curb appeal to a front door entry.

I’ve been a busy bee lately, doing all sorts of new holiday decor projects.  I decided to bring them all together on my front entry step.  The entry was very pretty as it was.  We redid it this summer and we have new doors and shutters to match. All it needed was a few things to say autumn in a fun way.  Front entry before make over
I knew the caladiums had to go.  They will only take temperatures down to about 50º and then they die.  So I dug them up and replaced them with colorful mums.  (The caladium tubers can be replanted in the same pots next spring.)Mums in planters

I did this project over the course of a few weeks, to give me time to do my other Halloween and fall craft decor projects.  Here is a tip:  Do your decorative work with the pumpkins LAST.  Even though I did not carve my pumpkins but just decorated them with stencils, two of them rotted as I was doing the other projects.   This entry makeover might be more aptly called The case of the vanishing pumpkins, since I had to keep throwing them in the trash as they bit the dust.  But before this, I used some Halloween stencils to decorate my pumpkins. Halloween stencilsThe stencils were super easy to use.  I just peeled off the backing paper and stuck them to my pumpkins.  I had them special ordered in our initials, and the words Boo, Spooky, Jess and Ashleigh for my daughter and our German Shepherd dog.  I thought Ashleigh might like being featured, but here she is, saying, I would rather sleep!
Ashleigh decalThis is a photo of the monogrammed pumpkins before they started their disappearing act!  Alas, I only have three left now…  I love the look of the monogram decals that I got from from Peppermint Twist at Etsy to make them festive.Monogrammed pumpkinsNext in my step decor comes a spooky snake basket. This project was so much fun to do and came together pretty quickly. The hardest part was finding some snake shapes to use in the project, but luck was with me on a trip to Michael’s craft store. See the tutorial on this project here.

Spooky snake basketNext, I added a colorful Jacko Lantern (dontcha love the name?) to the pumpkin area.  I just adore this guy!  The crackle paint on him looks so vintage.Halloween lanternThis basket and the pumpkins were getting my entry into the mood, but I wanted something to add to each side of the steps for more seasonal appeal.  An old mailbox post gave way to both scrap wood ghosts and some colorful Fall cheery pumpkins.  (click these links for the tutorials if you would like to do the projects yourself.)Festive scrap wood pumpkins and ghostsEverything was looking very festive, but I felt that the front door and shutters needed something to dress them up.  I made an autumn door swag from some yard greenery and a few sunflower stems and added a small chime pumpkin to the shutters that I picked up at the Dollar store. See the door swag tutorial here.  Festive autumn front door swagA few more Dollar store faux gourds and pumpkins and the stage was set.  I love the way it turned out.  Very colorful, very festive and a lot of fun.  Bet my local trick or treat friends will love coming up the steps to our front door!Front Porch make over for autumnWhat do you do to decorate your entry for autumn?  I’d love to hear about your decorating projects in the comments below!  If you have a blog, be sure to join our blog hop and show your Halloween or fall outdoor decorations.  Just click the add your link button below to join the blog hop.

Just a few projects and my front entry is ready for fall.

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  38 comments for “Autumn Makeover for My Front Entry

  1. 10/22/2015 at 11:51 am

    Wow! I absolutely love those decorations! My husband’s grandfather made me some Halloween-themed wooden decorations for this year, which is the most I have done in a long time. Thank you so much for sharing these ideas. Making a list for next year!

    • Carol
      10/22/2015 at 1:51 pm

      They have been a labor of love for me for the past month!

  2. 10/22/2015 at 11:59 am

    Love your door! I need to get out and do mine today too. The stencils on the pumpkins is genius. That way in our hot climate they won’t rot on me. Thanks for the great tips!

    • Carol
      10/22/2015 at 1:52 pm

      Same here. So hot that carving pumpkins is out of the question.

  3. 10/22/2015 at 3:25 pm

    Awww everything looks so adorable and fall/halloweenish. I needed this inspiration to get to work on my front entry door and deck.

    • Carol
      10/22/2015 at 5:28 pm

      I just love decorating this time of the year!

  4. 10/22/2015 at 4:25 pm

    Wow, I LOVE your front entry- so fun and festive for Fall. I especially love the pumpkins and ghosts on the steps! Adorable!

    • Carol
      10/22/2015 at 5:29 pm

      Those were both such fun projects to do and so easy!

  5. 10/22/2015 at 5:06 pm

    CAROL! I don’t know what happened! I am so upset. I have you added to my blog again. I think I must have deleted it when I updated my linky post. I am so sorry. You are on there now, and I plan to promote this post on FB next week so you will be a part of that group. I am kicking myself now.

  6. 10/22/2015 at 5:20 pm

    I failed to mention how much I love your decor. Those personalized pumpkins are adorable. The lantern is so fun! I bet he’s really cute all lit up!

    • Carol
      10/22/2015 at 5:29 pm

      Heavens Terri…not a problem. Glad you like it all. Hope the blog hop goes well,.

  7. 10/22/2015 at 5:46 pm

    Your front porch is so pretty and inviting! And I love the decals you used on the pumpkins. It all goes together so nicely and your home is lovely. So pretty!

    • Carol
      10/22/2015 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks Alli. We redid the front shutters and door this summer to the dark blue and I love it.

  8. 10/22/2015 at 6:49 pm

    The monogram pumpkin and the flowers on the door are my faves. What a warm and beautiful way to welcome guests!

    • Carol
      10/22/2015 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks Jelli. I wish the monograms had lasted longer. They had to get thrown when the pumpkins started to go bad.

  9. 10/22/2015 at 7:01 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your front stoop–it should be in a magazine! The intricate details give such a great polish to your holiday decorations. And I LOVE the blue door and shutters.

    • Carol
      10/22/2015 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you for the kind words Amanda!

  10. 10/22/2015 at 7:18 pm

    The decorations look beautiful. I really like the ghosts made from the mail post, clever way to reuse something old.

    • Carol
      10/22/2015 at 9:27 pm

      My favorite type of craft project is using something old and making something new.

  11. 10/22/2015 at 11:11 pm

    So cute. I love those pumpkins with the names on them. And the flowers are beautiful.

    • Carol
      10/23/2015 at 10:53 am

      It was nice to include my daughter and my dog on them!

  12. Mar
    10/22/2015 at 11:49 pm

    This is beautiful! I love the contrast betweenthe navydoor and the fall accents!

    • Carol
      10/23/2015 at 10:53 am

      Thanks Mar. I love the colors too.

  13. 10/22/2015 at 11:57 pm

    Oh I love what you did! I saw your front door decoration tutorial. Your front walk area looks similar to mine, I love the pumpkins with the names on it.

    • Carol
      10/23/2015 at 10:54 am

      Thanks Heather. Glad you like it!

  14. 10/23/2015 at 7:58 am

    Ooh, I love how you added the ghosts to the pumpkin blocks. They’re really cute. And I’m loving the new front door colour!

    • Carol
      10/23/2015 at 10:54 am

      We are so in love with that door color too!

  15. 10/23/2015 at 9:04 am

    The pumpkins looks really cool especially the white one. This would really add a sense of spookiness in the area.

    • Carol
      10/23/2015 at 10:55 am

      This was the first year that I had white pumpkins on display

  16. 10/23/2015 at 10:45 am

    Wow it looks lovely. You have a gorgeous front entry. This is what I’ll miss from moving this summer is decorating out front of our house, we no longer have space to so I’m totally bummed. This looks great.

    • Carol
      10/23/2015 at 10:55 am

      Once we cut down the dogwood bushes, I was amazed how much room I have for display.

  17. 10/23/2015 at 11:23 am

    Ooohh! Monogrammed pumpkins! I hadn’t thought of that!

    • Carol
      10/23/2015 at 11:53 am

      This was the first year I had done them and loved the way they turned out!

  18. 10/23/2015 at 12:40 pm

    OMG that pumpkin lantern is too cute and I love your door decorations! Vinyl on the pumpkins is just perfect!

    • Carol
      10/23/2015 at 6:02 pm

      I love Old Jack too. Such a cute face!

  19. 10/23/2015 at 10:18 pm

    Your entry looks great! I love the idea of having the names on the pumpkins! The wooden pumpkin blocks are also super cute, great job!

    • Carol
      10/24/2015 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Chantal. Glad you like it!

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