This year I wanted to do Something Different For my Fall Front Door Decor. Over the years I feel like I have employed every possible combination of mums and pumpkins known to man or, more likely, to woman. And I didn’t want to go in for corn stalks and bales of hay because let’s face it; this ain’t exactly Green Acres. If you read my blog, you may know that I used sunflowers in the fall decorations I created for my screen porch this year. So, because I thought it might be nice to have continuity between the two outdoor spaces, I decided to include sunflowers in my Fall Front Door Decor as well.
Since our house is elevated from the road, I like to incorporate some vertical elements to my front door design. This helps to balance out the two-story height of the porch roof and keeps the plants and other decor items from looking disproportionately small in comparison. Also, taller decor items are more visible from the road. Initially, I thought about using multiple large faux sunflower stems “planted” together in pots. However, I discarded this idea when I realized how many flowers it would take to be substantial enough. This was when I came up with the notion of using garden obelisks to display the sunflowers, as well as other autumn foliage and decoration.
Of course, I had something very specific in mind which proved difficult to find. Don’t you hate it when you imagine the perfect thing and then you realize that it doesn’t exist anywhere but in your head? Well, I had begun to believe that these obelisks only lived in my dreams when I finally found exactly what I had been looking for on Etsy. These sturdy wooden garden obelisks are made right here in North Carolina and were much less expensive than many other options I had considered. I had to put them together when they arrived but assembling them was not difficult. They were unfinished, so I chose to paint them black to coordinate with the shutters on my house. They also had decorative galvanized tin caps which I sprayed with Hammered Antique Bronze Rustoleum paint.
Once the paint dried on the obelisks, I wrapped them with faux grapevine garlands I purchased on sale from Michaels. Sunflowers, sprigs of Fall leaves, berries, small white pumpkins, and pine cones from my yard add the color and interest to the structures.
After the obelisks were completed, I stationed them on either side of my front door. I then added terracotta planters topped with stacks of white and green pumpkins to enhance the arrangement (see last year’s Fall Front Door post, On Board With The Gourd, for tips on how to preserve your pumpkins throughout the season). Bright and cheery daisy mums rounded out the design.
The final touch to my Fall Front Door Decor was a coordinating wreath decorated with the same sunflowers, white pumpkins, and pine cones that adorn the obelisks.
I am pleased with the way my Something Different For Fall Front Door Decor turned out. I think that the obelisks were a good investment because they can be reworked for other seasons. The pumpkins and sunflowers can be removed to make way for Christmas ornaments and lights or daffodils and tulips for Spring. And, when I get tired of using them on the front porch, I can place them in the garden and actually use them for their original purpose by growing climbing roses on them.
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