About a month ago, I shared our fall porch, but sadly “Nebraska fall” struck a few weeks ago with a random snowstorm that killed a lot of my cute plants. Womp, womp. Since there was still a good chunk of October left, I decided this year, it was time to decorate our porch for Halloween!
In the really early days of my blog, I used to decorate several rooms in our home for Halloween. Many times, the cats would also get costumes (cutest things ever!). But the reality is, I just don’t love Halloween, so it’s hard to work up the energy to decorate for another holiday. We get a lot of trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood, so this year, after the rogue snowstorm, I decided it would be fun to decorate for the kids that visit and live in the neighborhood! Nothing crazy, but just a bit of a festive touch.
Because the cabbage and kale died with the snow (as did a few mums), I knew my planter was the first thing I would need to address. I schemed up ideas, and ultimately decided I wanted to create a pumpkin topiary with faux pumpkins so I could use it again down the road (and it would sustain the cold temps). I used a combination of sizes and colors of Funkins to make this cute pumpkin topiary. Even though they’re faux, the Funkins are designed to be carved, so I knew it would be easy to cut off two of the tops without much effort.
I literally just used our serrated bread knife from our kitchen to “saw” the tops off of the two bottom pumpkins. I then just glued all the pieces together!
I love how it turned out!
I left the birch logs and ornamental grass from my fall porch, but then collected some fallen sticks and branches around the yard to create a “Halloween tree” vibe in the back of the planter to create some dimension. I love that some of the sticks still had dried birch leaves on them! I then added in a few of these colorful Halloween ornaments. It’s unusual to find navy blue paired in with traditional Halloween colors, so you know I was immediately drawn to it – the colors are so good together! I only used about half of the pack to decorate my stick tree – which is perfect in case the crazy Nebraska winds take any away in the next week or so! I strung two strands of these mini orange lights throughout the sticks and pumpkin topiary. They look so cute at night, and the cords are nearly invisible during the day! I filled the empty spaces on the bottom of the planter with real mini pumpkins I had leftover from my fall porch.
I used this Boo doormat layered on top of our usual buffalo check mat to add a fun, festive feel to the stoop. It gets the Halloween message across without feeling overly spooky! I then hung this darling orange & black yarn ball garland over the door. The black glitter wreath is subtle but also adds a fun element to the overall look – plus it’s 75% off right now!
I think the overall look is still very Halloween-y without being creepy or scary!
And it looks equally as cute at night! The topiary looks so pretty surrounded by those mini orange lights!
Bring on those trick-or-treaters!
Do you decorate for Halloween? I may be a convert – or at least as far as my porch is concerned!
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