Totally Free Fall Front Porch Ideas

Hey my sweet friends.  Happy Monday!  Thank you so much for coming by, I have some totally free fall front porch ideas to share with you today, courtesy of my decorated for fall and totally free front porch.   Whew, that was a mouthful.



First let me catch you up a bit.   I’ve been keeping something from you for a couple of weeks, my friends, and I guess it’s time to let it out.  My sweet engineer’s employer did some restructuring and let him know a couple of weeks ago that the new structure doesn’t include him.

Yep, had to pick my jaw up from the floor too.

We are moving forward, knowing deep in our guts that God is in control, that he has an amazing plan for us, and that this, for reasons only He knows, is the first step in that plan. (prayers, however, are quite welcome :))

Now for the bright side:  having a husband at home means that our house is cleaner, and that I have someone to help with blog projects!  ;)  As long as they are free…

Totally Free Fall Front Porch Ideas

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So…like any midwestern girl obsessed with fall, I wanted a lovely cozy and rustic front porch for the season.  I had purchased ONE mum for a photo shoot before the job loss, so I had that, and a box of old fall decor from the basement to work with, but I wanted pumpkins.

I asked my sweetie to make me some pumpkins from our abundant supply of scrap wood.

He used pallet wood, barnwood, and a leftover 2×6 to build the cutest gourds this girl ever saw.

Since none of our scraps were substantial enough to stand on their own, they were stacked and glued/nailed together for more heft.  (get a Ryobi Brad Nailer like ours here.  we LOVE this thing!)




He even cut out stems!




Two of the pumpkins got barnwood faces, and the other we left plain.  I painted them all with some leftover orange paint, stained the stems with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain (also leftover) and added some age to the orange with some glaze.

Faux leaves were added to make them look more “pumpkiny.”




Leftover faux fall foliage (say that three times fast) completes that corner.

On the other side of the porch, I threw a cozy throw on the rocking chair (totally free tip:  yes, you can use blankies outside), and perched one of last year’s faux pumpkins on our aged metal side table.




Our front porch is tiny, but now it’s cozy too, and full of rustic fall fun.  I call that a win for the home team!

Looking for more budget decor ideas for fall?  You’ll love these!


A simple, easy, and neutral fall mantel is perfect for this warm and cozy season. Use warm colors and some fall foliage from your yard for simple decor.

Our Rustic and Simple Fall Mantel


Amazing Fall Trash to Treasure Decor Ideas From My Friends and Me!


Amazing Fall Trash to Treasure Decor Ideas

Have a great week!

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16 thoughts on “Totally Free Fall Front Porch Ideas

  1. I’m sorry about your husband’s job but your attitude and trust in the Lord will get you through it. Hey, maybe he could make and sell some of those cute pumpkins while he waits :) I love the “pumpkiny” addition of the leaves, that added the needed touch.

    Happy Fall girl, I’ll be praying for the perfect job for him!
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  2. Your sweet engineer’s employer lucked out BIG time Kimm. Those pumpkins are gorgeous, stems and all. Here’s wishing you guys many happy hours on your tiny porch, it’s beautifully cosy. P.S I’m still trying to say leftover faux fall foliage slowly (i haven’t gotten to doing it fast yet) and all that comes out of my mouth are four letter words that sound wrong :-( I’ll keep on trying though. Sending lots of love from down here in the South

  3. So sorry to hear the news about your hubby’s job loss Kim. I’ve been out of touch the past several weeks so hopefully by now things are looking up. You’re right though, God is in control. Cute pumpkins and such a creative use of materials. It’s amazing what we can come up with when we put our minds to it :)

  4. I have just recently posted about how we made it thru my husband’s layoff. It’s tough but planning is key. Love your wood pumpkins! The Harvest sign is only showing 1/2 of it? Is it cropped or? Nancy

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