Do you have the itch to give your front entryway a seasonal makeover, but you're tired of the constant upkeep required for most fall decor? We feel you - no one has time to replace rotting pumpkins and wilting mums every week. The good news is, there are plenty of pretty fall entryway ideas you can put up once and enjoy all season long without worrying they'll spoil before the season's over. We're talking wreaths, garlands, and planters you'll want to leave up year-round. Read on the five front entry fall decorating ideas that will make you want to invite the neighbours over just so you can show off your creativity. Your front entry is about to become the talk of the neighbourhood!
Welcome Guests With a Fall Foliage Wreath
A gorgeous fall wreath is the perfect way to welcome guests and set the seasonal mood. Fill a wreath form with foliage like maple leaves, oak leaves, and berries for a burst of autumnal colour.
Once you have your foliage, arrange the leaves, berries, and any other elements you want to include. Start with a focal point, like a large leaf or cluster of berries, and build around it. Place the larger pieces towards the outer edge of the wreath and fill in towards the centre with medium and small leaves and berries.
Ensure there is good coverage and your wreath looks full and lush. You can also add ribbon, twine, or raffia to tie everything together for extra embellishment.
Hang your fall foliage wreath on your front door, fence, or porch to create an inviting autumnal vignette. The natural elements will make a lovely seasonal statement that lasts for weeks. Freshen it up as needed by replacing any foliage that starts to fade or dry out.
With a wreath that is easy and affordable to make, you'll want to create one for every season. Your home's exterior will look perfectly on-trend all year round, and you'll save money versus buying pre-made wreaths.
Add Warmth With Lanterns and Candles
Add warmth and cosiness to your front entryway with lanterns and candles. Their soft, flickering glow creates an inviting space for you and your guests.
Place a few lanterns along your front walkway or stairs. Battery-powered or solar lanterns are convenient since you don't have to run electrical cords. Look for lanterns in fall colours like red, orange, or brown. As an alternative, paint plain lanterns in shades of copper, rust, or mustard. For a natural touch, use lanterns made of metal, wood, or woven materials. Position the lanterns at varying heights for visual interest.
Nothing says warmth and welcome like the glow of candles. Fill glass jars, holders, or lanterns with pillar candles, tealights, or votives in fall scents such as cinnamon, clove, or nutmeg. Arrange them on tables, steps, railings, or the ground along your front walkway. For safety, place candles in secure containers away from leaves and other flammable debris. Never leave burning candles unattended.
Grouping the lanterns and candles together creates a cosy vignette for your front entry. Their soft illumination shines a warm welcome for visitors and makes an inviting impression on passersby on the street. Best of all, these elements are easy to set up and maintain all season long. With just a few touches, you can make your front entry glow with fall warmth and welcome.
Display Seasonal Flowers in Urns and Planters
Adding seasonal flowers in planters and urns is an easy way to give your front entry a fall refresh without a major overhaul. You can find colourful blooms that will last throughout the autumn months with some basic care.
Chrysanthemums, or "mums," are a classic fall flower. Their orange, red, and yellow blooms will brighten up your front steps. Look for potted mums at your local garden centre and place a pair on either side of your front door. Water regularly and fertilize once a week. Prune back dead or dying blooms to promote new growth. Mums can last 6-8 weeks with proper care.
Another option is the aster, a daisy-like perennial that comes in shades of pink, purple, and blue. Asters attract butterflies and pair nicely with pumpkins or gourds. Plant asters in containers in early fall and deadhead them to keep blooms coming. Water when the top inch of soil is dry.
Ornamental Cabbage and Kale
For something a bit showier, consider ornamental cabbage and kale. These cool-weather veggies are bred specifically for their colourful foliage. You'll find varieties in shades of red, pink, white, and purple. Place a few plants together in a large pot or urn, and their leaves will last for weeks. Be sure to water them regularly and fertilize them every few weeks.
Using a combination of these flowers and plants in your entryway urns and planters will give you a vibrant display all season long. With some basic care and maintenance, your front steps will be dressed up for fall in no time! Your neighbours won't be able to resist stopping by to admire your autumnal handiwork.
Add chairs and pillows
Adding comfortable seating and plush pillows to your front entryway creates an inviting space for you and your guests to relax.
Place a pair of accent lounge chairs on either side of the entryway for a cosy spot to sit. Look for the best living room lounge chair with a smaller footprint, like wingback chairs, slipper chairs, or barrel chairs. Upholster them in a durable, weather-resistant fabric like canvas, denim, or performance velvet in a fall-inspired hue like olive green, burnt orange, or mustard yellow.
Accent pillows in complementary colours and prints complete the look and provide extra comfort. Velvet, corduroy, or faux fur are ideal for fall. Incorporating pillows with harvest prints featuring leaves, acorns, and pine cones gives a seasonal touch. For a quick switch-up each season, simply swap out the pillows.
DIY Felt Fall Wreath
A felt fall wreath is an easy DIY project that will make a big impact on your front entryway. All you need is a straw wreath form, felt sheets in fall colours, fabric glue, and scissors.
- Gather your supplies. Pick out felt in orange, red, yellow, brown, and green shades. Get a straw wreath base that's at least 12 inches in diameter.
- Cut out felt shapes. Use scissors or craft punches to cut out circles, squares, triangles, and leaf shapes in your selected fall colours. Make the pieces in a variety of sizes for the most interesting look.
- Arrange the felt pieces on your wreath form before glueing. Play around with different colour combinations and layouts until you find one you like. Leave some blank spaces on the wreath for the best visual effect.
- Glue the felt pieces onto the wreath form. Apply a thin layer of fabric glue to the back of one felt shape at a time and press firmly onto the wreath, holding for 30 seconds as it dries. Work your way around the wreath, glueing the felt pieces into your pre-arranged pattern.
- Add final touches. Once all your felt pieces have been glued on, you can tie on a fall-coloured ribbon to hang your wreath and maybe add other embellishments like small fabric flowers, faux leaves, or tiny pumpkins.
Your homemade fall wreath will be a warm welcome for guests all season long. And the best part is, you can easily change out the felt colours and shapes to match the fall foliage and make it new again next year! It is an inexpensive craft project that yields gorgeous results.
You don't need to break the bank or redo your entire front entry to make it pop for fall. With some simple DIY projects using natural materials you already have or can source for little cost, you can create an inviting autumnal scene that lasts beyond just one season. So the above ideas should kickstart your journey towards transforming your Entrance. Your front entryway will be the envy of the neighbourhood, and you'll have an easy, eco-friendly decorating solution you can use year after year. The best part is sitting back and enjoying a warm cup of cider on your accent lounge chair, taking in all your hard work and the beauty of the changing season. Fall never looked so good!