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Fall Entryway Makeover- Decorate your Front Door for Autumn

This Fall Entryway Makeover takes my front door and entry through from fall and right into Thanksgiving with natural elements and the rustic colors of autumn leaves, pumpkins and more.

From the robust colors of the foliage to flowering mums and on to the multitude of pumpkins, Indian corn and gourds, Fall has it all. 

Autumn offers us the perfect assortment of items that bring life to any front entry.Blue door on a house with fall decorations and words reading Fall entryway makeover.

Most flowers have stopped blooming right now, although there are a few fall blooming perennials and annuals that will work well.

I love decorating my front porch entry for all the holidays. See how it looks for the 4th of July here.

Fall is just full of colors and natural elements that make them the perfect choice for supplies to use for autumn decorating.

I like decorating my front entry anytime of the year, but when fall rolls around, I love to totally stage my front door and nearby entry.

Getting ready for my Fall entryway makeover

My front door has an oval glass panel in it, so a round wreath was not the perfect option for me. 

I started with a long swag display that I picked up on a shopping trip recently. It fits the oval panel in my door and looks perfect!

My front door is a color called Naval blue and the bricks of my home are rust colored.  The accent pieces that I chose will coordinate not only with my wreath but with my door and bricks as well!

Time to get started on my Fall Entryway Makeover

Since my project is based around my wreath, I started by placing the autumn swag in place, using a door hanger designed for glass. The swag fit the glass panel perfectly and gave me a focal point so that I can move on to staging with my other decor items.

An added bonus:  This swag is one long length, so it will do double duty later when I move from fall to Thanksgiving! I can use it as a door surround and it will coordinate with my grape vine wreath. Win-Win!!

This Autumn swag on front door is the focal point of my fall entryway makeover

Colorful mums are in season now, and they are the perfect addition to my front door swag. The colors are perfect!

I can’t wait to get started on the project!

I started by removing some liriope muscari variegata plants from two tall blue planters and adding my mums to them. The liriope got added to some pumpkin colored planters at the foot of my steps. 

The colors of the mums are just amazing. They are a sort of two toned yellow and rust color that ties in perfectly with my door wreath.

Blue Planters with mums

Once they were planted, I decided that I wanted some extra autumn decor in them to coordinate with the rest of the vignette. Some silk fall greenery adds extra interest to the planters and matches my look well.

It was just FULL of fun autumn decor picks. It was intended to be a fall centerpiece, but I will use parts of it for my fall entryway makeover instead.

The autumn picks sit just below the mums and liriope and tie in with the look of the swag wreath perfectly!

Since the picks have long stems, I just poked them here and there in the planters in a pleasing way.

I’ll also use some extra greenery to hide the top of the door hanger when I hang the grape vine wreath on the door for Thanksgiving.Mums in planters decorated for fall

All that was left to do now was to stage the entry with a few more items.  I love faux pumpkins in fall decor.  They get more realistic looking all the time and you don’t have to worry about rotting pumpkins on your front steps that happens when you carve them. –  YAY!!

I used three different pumpkins for my vignette:

  • 12.2″ cream polyurethane craft pumpkin
  • 7.28″ cream polyurethane craft pumpkin and
  • 12.795″ painted orange craft pumpkinBlack lantern and pumpkins

I like the assortment of sizes of them and they add an early Halloween look to the vignette when positioned next to a tall black candle holder that was given to me by my mother.

Also, they have no Jack O Lantern face, so they will still be perfect for later in the fall as we get closer to Thanksgiving.

All of these items go together so well and set the stage for both fall and Halloween. 

I just love how the colors of the fall entryway makeover look with the colors of the bricks and front door of my entry. It is so warm and comforting to come home to!

Decorate an entryway for fall.

Transitioning my entryway for Thanksgiving.

The entryway scene above is perfect for a general fall and Halloween look.  But I wanted to give it a bit more seasonal Thanksgiving flair later in the season. 

Luckily for me, all parts of my vignette coordinate well and transition well from one holiday to the next.

The whole scene can be altered to highlight Thanksgiving by changing out the swag and using the grapevine wreath on the door.  It uses the same colors, but is a traditional wreath design.

Since the wreath is more round in shape and I have a glass panel in my door that is oval, I made a few adjustments to it.

I used some of the galvanized planter leaves that I had left over to add height to the wreath and hide the door hanger a bit.  This allowed me to position the wreath further down the glass panel.

Autumn leaves above the wreath

Also, grape vine wreaths are quite malleable, so I made the shape a bit more oval looking. I added a few pieces of Indian corn that are perfect for Thanksgiving on the bottom of the wreath under the pumpkins and gourds. 

This gave me the extra length that I needed and it now fits perfectly on my door.

Thanksgiving wreath with Indian corn and autumn leaves

The swag that used to be on the door for the fall look now gets unfolded and is draped over the top of the door for extra fall appeal. Just a few pieces of single gauge wire and a couple of cup hooks and it was in place.  How pretty!

Don’t you just love to re-purpose decor items?

An autumn wreath is draped over the door

I really like the way that the colors of the autumn decor pics coordinate with the garden mums that I chose for my planters, and the way the leaves tie in the colors of the shorter terracotta planters, too.

Planters with mums and autumn decor

The final step in my fall entryway makeover is to add a Thanksgiving door mat in front of the doorway. How easy was that?

I have a roof overhang that protects my entry from the elements, and this indoor mat gives a lovely finished look to the makeover.

Door mat for Thanksgiving

With just a few changes, my Thanksgiving entryway makeover was finished and is ready to welcome my holiday guests.

Just a quick switch between the wreaths give me quite a different look without having to change out the whole scene. And those colors!  Can we say “Welcome Fall?” 

Blue door with greenery for fall and planters in an entryway..

These supplies keep well and can be stored from one year to the next. See what I did with many of them a year later for a new look to my front porch entry makeover.

What do you do to decorate your entry for fall? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below!

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Saturday 8th of September 2018

Beautiful! I am looking to buy square planters like the ones you have pictured. Do you remember where you got yours?


Saturday 8th of September 2018

Hi Teresa We bought our planters at a store called "At Home" in Raleigh. Carol

Terri Beavers

Sunday 15th of October 2017

These are such cute ways to dress up an entrance. I haven't bought any mums yet because it's still warm here and they tend not to do well in the heat. I will though as soon as it cools off some.


Sunday 15th of October 2017

It's been really warm here this year too. Unseasonably so! Carol

Sue Reddel

Saturday 14th of October 2017

We love decorating the front of the house for the holidays. Thanks for giving me some new and fresh ideas.


Saturday 14th of October 2017

It's been hot here too. I know what you mean about having a hard time getting in the right now when the temps are high. Finally a cool spot this weekend! Carol

Joanna Everyday Made Fresh

Saturday 14th of October 2017

Love all of your choices. We have a similar wreath that we put up, and I always but fresh Mums. But this year it's hotter than normal and I'm just not in the outdoor decorating mood. :-/

Tim B

Saturday 14th of October 2017

I always enjoy it when people spruce up the look of their house with an autumn motif. Nice job with your decorations. They look great!


Saturday 14th of October 2017

Thanks Tim. This is one of my favorite times of the year to decorate.

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