Bub said, Babe- did you see the house down the street with the pumpkins? I near about lost it! My friends have already started posting on their blogs and on their instagram their front door decorations (ahem, Laura and Courtney) and I was already feeling behind. And then I saw the pumpkins down the street and I knew that I would not get any rest until I got my front porch decorated for Fall!
I have been keeping my eyes open for something awesome that didn’t break the bank. I knew the orange and red and yellow leaves typical of fall decorations would really pop against my red front door. I also knew that I could make something relatively inexpensive that would work great and also that I might could deconstruct and repurpose for the next holiday season. (Hello President’s Day.)
I am not going to lie, I was not totally unprepared to decorate the front porch for Fall. I had picked up a couple red flower pots from Target that were half off. And I had already been looking for some good fall plants and had Croton really struck me last week at Lowe’s. It’s all variegated looking with reds and yellows and green- very Fall looking and very hardy. Bub and I kind of had an errand running kind of day- he wanted to go to Home Depot and check out their plants and luck would have it that they had Croton 3 for $10! An omen.
I wanted some last minute 3-D Fall inspiration. I mean, there is a plethora of Fall inspiration on Pinterest but, sometimes, you just need to just see some stuff. So, Bub let me run in Pier 1 and they were totally decked out for Fall! Bub and Baby Bub stayed in the car and I just ran in for a minute but, a minute was all I needed. I was totally struck by these pumpkins that were made of wreath material and had Christmas lights in them- maybe you have seen them? And I thought, I might could make something similar to that!
So, I hightailed it out to the car and asked Bub to take me to Old Time Pottery. OTP, as I like to call it, is a warehouse the size of a Super Wal-Mart full of inexpensive everything. And I mean everything. I do much better in there when I have a specific thing I am after rather than just wondering around shopping. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots and lots and lots of treasures in there but, it’s a treasure hunt situation. But, I knew if there was anywhere I could go to get my Fall decorating fix, OTP was the place.
I was not disappointed. I found a wreath and some fall picks that I really liked and in total it was $22. So- even better. And when I got home, I remembered I had some burlap ribbon I had gotten earlier in the summer at Hobby Lobby. I was in business! So, I started sticking the picks in the wreath and I was pleased with where it was going. And I decided to just tie a bow with the burlap ribbon- it looked great! On out to the front porch I went to get my new plants potted in the new red pots.
I got it all set up the way I liked it. I deconstructed the stacked flower pots and pulled the bottom pot to the front porch. I planted variegated ginger in the back of it and the 3rd Croton plant in the front. (I am really into multiple plants in one pot.) I had taken a step back to consult with my short stop on if everything was in the right place when it became very obvious that our steps were no longer white- they were GREEN! And although everything was looking to be in the right place on the porch, the green was very distracting.
Bub and I don’t really know what the green stuff is, in all likelihood it’s probably mildew or algae or something like that- but, we do know that it’s a common pest down here. Washing it off is a chore that has to be tackled 3-4 times a year. The front porch steps were over due. We use Krud Kutter. You can find it at Lowe’s or Home Depot or Wal-Mart among others.
And by the way, we set our short stop up in the front yard with his bouncer and he bounced the entire time he was out there- he only slowed to give me his opinion on the plant placement but then got right back to bouncing! He has a new talent as well- Bub and I honestly don’t know what it’s called. All children to it- it’s where they bounce their hand on their mouth while they’re talking… He was doing it in this picture- but, what’s that called?
Anyway, here it is after the steps were all scrubbed and the pots were all in place.
And here is a close up of the wreath on the door-
I pretty much love it and I totally intend to leave it up there until Thanksgiving night where in I will be switching to Christmas. But, that’s another post for another day. What have you got planned for your front door for Fall? I wanna hear all about it.