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DIY Fall Porch Decor That Doesn't Cost A Fortune

For me, fall is the most wonderful time of year. The mercury is slightly below too-hot-to-be-outside and everything smells like pumpkin spice. If I had the time and money, I would decorate my home to look like one of those homes they feature on a TLC holiday special. But because I have a slight grasp on reality, I settle for normal decorations.

While shopping at my local big box store I noticed some cute fall décor already marked down (because I think it’s already Easter in the retail world). So, I pushed my cart toward the “thankful” signs and the pumpkin candles and surveyed the cinnamon-smelling bounty. I saw a tower made of pumpkins and wondered what it would look like on my porch.

I quickly realized that these lovely knick-knacks and yard decorations were still out of my price range, even with the “discount.” So, I decided I would make my own.

I picked up three plastic trick-or-treat pumpkins for a dollar each, some fallish garland and a pack of kitchen towels.

First, I took out the black handles from each pumpkin. I thought these would be easy to remove since my children always seem to break theirs five minutes into trick-or-treating, but I actually had to use a pair of strong scissors to cut them out.

Because the pumpkins are so light, I knew I’d have to weigh them down so that our clumsy dog (or let’s face it, me) didn’t knock it over on the way out the door. Thankfully, my daughter has a “rock collection” that she keeps on the porch. So, I took a couple from the bottom of the heap and placed them inside the bottom pumpkin.

Then, I hot glued the pumpkins together to keep them from falling over. A stronger glue might work better and last longer, but for now the hot glue is getting the job done. Then I filled the top pumpkin with some festive garland. You could also try putting a plant in the top, but I was going for quick and simple.

I also used the kitchen towels to create some pillows for my porch. I just folded the towels in half (wrong side out) and sewed them together, leaving a space to fill it with fluff. I already had the pillow stuffing, so that didn’t cost me extra.

Now, my porch is festive, and I didn’t have to spend a fortune on decorations.


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Jessa McClure

Jessa McClure

Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects. 

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