With Halloween and Christmas being the two holidays most decorated for, we have been seeing black cats and bats popping up all over town. Ironically, I am not one to do a lot of decorating for the seasons or holidays. If I do, they tend to stay there for awhile past their celebratory time. This year, for some reason Fall has me digging out a wreath for the front door and painting a doormat.
A few years ago, I made my favorite Fall/Halloween wreath ever. I spray painted a grapevine wreath bright orange, and bought several little rubber snakes to weave through the branches. It still makes me smile, which means I still get to use it on the front door. To update it a bit this year, I added some orange and black feathers from our craft closet.
The snakes could be replaced with branches of leaves, mini pumpkins or even little turkeys for Thanksgiving. I love to decorate with grapevine wreaths. They are so simple and inexpensive, and look great in their natural brown or spraypainted any color of the rainbow.
After seeing some fun painted doormats on Pinterest, I decided to make one of my own. Since it seems we are going with a Halloween theme, I cut the mat into a half-circle shape and painted a spider’s web on the doormat with white craft paint.
Since it felt a little small for our porch area, I moved the flower planters and pumpkins closer to the door for a more cozy feel. After Halloween is over, I plan to repaint the larger doormat that was at the front door. It is very faded and could use a spicy new paint job. Even if it only lasts the season, it could be painted again in the spring, or exchanged for a new one at that time.
Our yellow door is metal, so I had the idea to use my kid’s magnetic alphabet pieces to spell out BOO. In the future, I will probably paint all of the magnets the same color so they stand out better against the door. It is a fun and easy way to update a little message for your visitors. For example, ‘Be Thankful’ for Thanksgiving, or even a simple ‘Hello’ for an everyday greeting. The kids have been having fun rearranging them and adding some of the other letters from our fridge!
Arranging pumpkins, gourds, fall mums and other flowers around your front door also adds to the festive fall mood. The succulents I planted in the spring are still looking really healthy, so I decided they were just perfect for fall, too! We had a few pumpkins from the garden and some large rocks that fill in the space.
Indoors, we are taking advantage of the last flowers growing in our yard and gardens and filling up vases all over the house.
We have a tree that has flowing branches with berries and they are also pretty in a small vase or jar. Add a pumpkin spice candle or a simmering pot of homemade citrus and cinnamon potpourri and there is no question that fall is in the air.