3 Front Entry Fall Decorating Ideas

3 Front Entry Fall Decorating Ideas

Welcome the season to your front entry with our 3 creative decorating tips.

By: Debra Steilen

Celebrate fall the natural way by using corn stocks, straw bales, pumpkins, gourds, mums and other iconic symbols of the season to create beautifully rustic displays. How you use these ideas — and how many of them you use — depends on the size and layout of your front porch. Feel free to experiment.

Tip: Not sure if your arrangement works? Stand out on the street to see how it looks for passersby and rearrange as necessary to make the biggest impact.

1. Harvest-inspired Porch Décor
Celebrate this year’s harvest by creating a bountiful display on your front porch. Think of it as a miniature version of an annual State Fair — only without the funnel cakes! 

Dried cornstalks
Bailing twine
Bales of straw
Decorative gourds in various colors and sizes
Decorative pumpkins in various colors and sizes
Fruit crates
Loose straw (optional)
Newspaper (optional)
Harvest baskets
Decorative apples
Potted mums in autumnal colors
Real or faux leaves in fall colors (optional)


  1. Gather 5-10 dried cornstalks and bunch them together with bailing twine to create a self-standing “shock of corn.” Repeat to create a second shock. Stand one shock on either side of the front porch to anchor the harvest display
  2. Place bales of straw — alone or stacked — at the base of the corn shocks to add interest and provide flat surfaces for displaying fall produce. Arrange gourds and pumpkins on top of the straw to showcase their colors and textures
  3. Stuff fruit crates almost to the top with straw or crumpled newspaper. Pile decorative apples or small pumpkins on top of the straw/newspaper to provide that “just-harvested” appearance
  4. Display large pots of mums in deep red, rust, orange, or deep yellow inside vintage harvest baskets (the kind made with slats of wood). If you can’t find actual harvest baskets, any large, round basket made of wicker, rattan, or burnished metal will make an appropriately rustic substitute
  5. Fill gaps in the porch display with pumpkins of different sizes

Tip: For additional fall appeal, tuck colorful fall leaves around the produce displays or weave them into the corn shocks. Too early for real leaves? Buy faux foliage at a crafts store; you can recoup your investment by reusing the silk leaves year after year.

2. Colorful Corncob Wreath
Adorn your front door with an eye-catching wreath from dried ears of harvest corn.

18-inch diameter straw wreath
30-35 ears of dried harvest corn in a variety of colors, husks attached
Spray bottle of water
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Thick twine


  1. Spray each husk with enough water to make it soggy. Carefully unravel the wet husks and pull them back from the ears of corn without detaching them. Allow the husks to dry overnight
  2. Place the wreath form flat on a tabletop or area of the floor that you have covered with newspaper to catch debris and dribbles of hot glue
  3. Arrange the ears of corn on the wreath, with the tip of each ear extending just over the inside edge of the wreath, and the husks flaring out over the outer edge. Test out different arrangements, alternating colors to create the most interesting overall design. When you are happy with your arrangement, remove the ears from the wreath. Take care to keep ears in the same order as in your final design

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Tip: Take a picture with your phone to help you remember the way you want to place the ears of corn on the wreath.

  1. Starting at the top of the wreath, hot glue a single ear of corn with the tip of the ear placed just over the inner edge of the wreath. Let the husks flare over the outside edge of the wreath. As you add more ears around the wreath, the tips of the ears will nestle together, but the ends of the ears will radiate out to create a starburst effect. Repeat until the wreath is completely covered with ears of corn. Let the glue dry completely. Remove any hot-glue threads from the wreath
  2. Loop a piece of twine through the wreath and tie in a knot for hanging

Tip: Bothered by the gaps between ears? Fill them in with glued-on husks or kernels pulled from an extra ear of corn.

3. Pumpkin-patch Topiaries
Colorful stacks of pumpkins make a fabulous fall statement by your front door. Plus, they’ll easily transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving with a few add-ons.

2 large sturdy urns
Sand, dirt or gravel (optional)
4 flat stackable pumpkins in the colors you desire
2 slightly smaller pumpkins — flat or round — in the colors you desire
Dried or silk foliage
Various small pumpkins and gourds (optional)
Purchased or handmade bittersweet wreath (optional)


  1. Place the urns where they will be displayed, such as on either side of the front door, or on opposite ends of the bottom step. To keep the urns from toppling once topped with pumpkins, fill them with sand, dirt or gravel almost to the top edge
  2. Decide which three pumpkins will go on top of each urn to create the topiaries, and in which order. Using a knife, cut the stems off of the first two pumpkins planned for each stack. The pumpkins that will be displayed at the top of each stack should retain their stems
  3. Prepare the top of an urn for the first pumpkin by creating a bed of dried or silk foliage. The foliage should extend beyond the top of the urn to add textural interest and color to the finished display
  4. Rest a stackable pumpkin (without stem) on top of the foliage. Place the second stackable pumpkin (without stem) on top of the first, tucking dried or silk foliage between the two pumpkins to help stabilize the stack. Rest the third pumpkin (with stem) on top of the second, using dried or silk foliage to help stabilize the stack. Repeat with the second urn to create a second topiary

Tip: Personalize the topiary displays by stenciling your monogram on the pumpkins with acrylic paint: one letter per pumpkin, one monogram per stack. Or, stencil your three-digit street number on each stack: one numeral per pumpkin.

Do you have creative ways to decorate your front entry for fall? Share them with the community in the comments below!

Debra is a Midwest-based expert on crafting, home design (especially kitchens, baths, and storage), and holidays. She spends her free time renovating and decorating her 1909 Craftsman home — and wrangling her two Golden Retrievers .

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