Fall begins on Sept. 22, and as we all know, autumn in Southern Maryland typically brings more than falling leaves. Many of us gets lots of company, too!
Instead of digging out the same old seasonal décor that you’ve been using for years, let’s take a look at what the pros recommend when it comes to decorating your home for fall.
You can’t go very far in Southern Maryland during the fall without seeing pumpkins! From the mini varieties to the giant ones, pumpkins fill supermarket bins and roadside stands. You’ll even find them for sale at the big home improvement stores!
There are a lot of creative ideas for pumpkins that don’t involve carving scary faces on them.
Mini pumpkins, for example, can be transformed into candle holders or even vases. To make a luminaria out of a tiny pumpkin, cut “a 1-inch-wide circle into each pumpkin, scooping out the centers with a tablespoon,” recommend the decorating geniuses at Southern Living.
Then, stick a votive candle into each pumpkin. See a photo of the finished product at southernliving.com.
Martha Stewart offers a brilliant idea for an autumn party: A pumpkin party cooler to hold bottles of beer or soft drinks. Chose an oversized, wide pumpkin, cut off the top third and discard it. Scrape all the junk out of the pumpkin, insert a glass or plastic bowl, fill the bowl with ice and insert bottled drinks.
Get the full instructions at marthastewart.com.
Create an autumn wonderland
There is no shortage of ideas on how to decorate your porch for the season. If you want to use pumpkins, try lining your walkway with them.
Put hay bales on either side of the front door to hold even more pumpkins. Since pumpkins and gourds come in various shades, choose as many different colors as possible for added interest.
If pumpkins are a little too obvious for your tastes, consider putting on a fall floral display. Head to the nursery and grab flowering plants in autumn colors. Some plants to consider include:
- Chrysanthemum (choose bronze, yellow, and orange varieties)
Pot them up in terra cotta pots and line the walkway with them or create an attractive porch display. Or, use a combination of potted flowers and pumpkins and gourds, like this stunning version at countryliving.com.
Make your front door pop
Once you’ve spent all this time spiffing up your walkway and front porch, don’t ignore the front door! Take some tips from the pros and spruce it up with festive fall colors.
While many homeowners opt for a seasonal wreath, your choices aren’t that limited. Consider a garland around the door, like this one at homedit.com. You’ll find additional fall garland inspiration on Pinterest.
Whether you decide to DIY the project or purchase one ready-made, you can’t go wrong with an attractive wreath. Countryliving.com offers instructions on creating several fall wreaths and Woman’s Day lists more, with links to the tutorials.
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