Dips in morning temperatures and the changing colors of leaves mean fall is here! It’s the start of the holiday season, and that means pumpkin spice, cookies, scarves and decorating your door to welcome in fall.
From traditional to creative, options for decorations are as versatile as the shifting colors of leaves. Make a wreath or a topiary, or invite a scarecrow to guard your door. There is an abundance of ideas you can try to make your front door festive this fall.
1. [Don’t Eat] The Apple Wreath
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Apple picking season is almost over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show appreciation for the bounty of the harvest by making a DIY apple wreath. Pick up a few fake apples, arrange them onto a burlap-wrapped foam wreath and secure them with a hot glue gun. Fill in gaps with Spanish moss. This wreath will look so delicious, you may be tempted to eat it.
2. Plaid Wreath
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Plaid isn’t limited to bonny lads in kilts. You can purchase some plaid fabric or use old plaid shirts to make this rad plaid wreath — which is basically a rag wreath.
You’ll cut out different size strips of plaid for fullness. Frayed edges add to the rustic look. Secure the strips onto any hoop by tying tightly. A glue gun may be used as needed. This warm plaid wreath will make your guests feel at home as soon as they set foot at your door.
3. Leafy Felt Autumn Wreath
Get a simple twig wreath from the craft store and glue felt leaves onto it with a hot glue gun. You can arrange the leaves any way you’d like to, but you might try ordering the colors from light to dark. You’ll have your own rainbow of autumnal leaves, and soon the real leaves will catch up to the beauty of your DIY leafy wreath!
4. “Happy Fall, Y’all!” Sign
Keep your decorating simple by hanging a sign on or by the door. Repurpose an old chalkboard, frame, canvas or pallet wood. Add paint as needed and write the words “Happy Fall, Y’all!”
When all else fails, use chalkboard paint on an eclectic, hang-able item around the house. You can always add leaves or ribbons to the sign with a hot glue gun. Nothing says welcome home like some simple Southern charm.
5. Straw Hat Scarecrow
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Get creative by hanging an old straw hat on your door. Turn the top of the hat into a scarecrow face with googly eyes, raffia for the hair, black felt for the mouth, autumn silk leaves, assorted ribbons and a hot glue gun. All you have to do is glue the items in place, and you can make your scarecrow as silly as you like.
If you have extra silk leaves, you can coordinate your garage door and front-door. Put spare leaves on the window-portion of your garage door with a removable adhesive. Then, hang a strand of orange or pumpkin lights behind it to create a festive fall theme.
6. Simple Wheat Sheave
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The best decorations are often the simplest. If you don’t care for plastic items or spending a lot of money on decorative items, this wheat sheave is the fall front-door decoration for you.
Make the wheat sheave by gathering a wheat bunch, plastic or not, from a local farmer or from a craft store. Use a thick rubber band to secure. Cut to your desired length. Use a door hanger to judge how high or low you want it to hang. The sheave will hang by the rubber band. Then, tie a beautiful long ribbon around center of the bunch, and you’re done!
Fall front-door decorations can be eclectic or simple, depending on your personal taste and mood this season. You’re not limited to wreaths, either. Apples, pumpkins, cinnamon, twigs and anything rustic are wonderfully traditional items to start with, but they may still be used in versatile ways, as you’ve seen here. Let your imagination run wild. Happy Fall, Y’all!