You say, "Oh, it's so much work. It takes so much time!". Think about it this way. If you start now to decorate your door for the fall, you won't have to take it down until after Thanksgiving! Now, for some of you, that is good news!
1. Purchase or make an autumn wreath for your front door. If you have a Hobby Lobby where you live, it's a great place to shop for a wreath. Always keep proper perspective in mind. A wreath too small doesn't say anything at all! Size does matter, and in this case a larger wreath is always better than something that gets lost because it's too small.
3. Various colors of mums are popping up everywhere! Even at WalMart! Buy odd numbers of containers of various colors of mums and arrange them in groupings of odd numbers on either side of your front door. I found small bales of hay at Hobby Lobby for $9.99 - 50% off. I'm going to use them to arrange the mums in varied heights. (I'll post pictures later.)
4. Pumpkins and gourds are also becoming plentiful. Be careful. If you set your pumpkins out too soon and the weather is still hot, you'll end up with rotten pumpkins by your front door! I found that out the hard way when we lived in Phoenix. That's not welcoming. I don't usually carve mine until later because they seem to last longer that way. Here's a little tip: After you do clean out your pumpkin, use a cordless drill to drill out tiny holes all around the pumpkin. Then put in a string of white Christmas lights and pop a light through each of the tiny holes. Make sure you drill out a big enough hole in the bottom of the pumpkin so that the plug can come out without being seen. Replace the lid to the pumpkin, plug in the lights and "Voila!" You've got a beautifully lit pumpkin to give a warm glow to your autumn arrangement. Also, if you put a little piece of wood or cardboard underneath your pumpkin, instead of on the cement, it won’t rot as quickly.
8. Find an autumn welcome mat for your front door. Many department stores and craft stores carry a wide variety of autumn door mats.
9. Love this idea! Find a mirror of the appropriate size, attach an autumn spray of sorts to the top of the mirror and hang that on your front door. Shop at Goodwill and other thrift stores. They are FULL of mirrors you could use. I saw the perfect one this week and hesitated for one minute and someone else grabbed it! I hate it when that happens!
OK. There you go! Start decorating! And send me pictures of your finished product and I might post them on my blog. Jen@HuskerDreamHomes.com