Decorating your entryway gives your home curb appeal, shows off your personal style and gives guests a glimpse of the holiday cheer awaiting them inside. It can be as simple or as complex as you like. But have fun with whatever you decide to do. Get the kids involved and make it a family project.
We’ve listed some suggestions to get you started:
Beautify Your Door
1. Make a Pom-Pom Wreath: Wrap a straw wreath shape with yarn in different autumn colors. Wind the yarn around to the thickness you want. Add an accent of yarn pom-poms at the base.
2. Braid Burlap: With three colors of wide strips of burlap in hand, loosely braid them around a Styrofoam wreath. Anchor at the bottom with a group of small faux pumpkins, fake berries and twigs.
3. Pinecones Rule: Take a field trip and gather a host of similar-size pinecones. Hot glue them to a Styrofoam wreath shape until it’s completely covered. Add a large orange bow for a pop of color.
4. Candy Corn Wreath: Use red, orange and beige muslin to cover a foam wreath form. Cut the fabric into four-inch squares and pin each square to the foam as close together as possible. You’ll create a blossom of candy corn.
5. Use a Frame: Instead of the traditional circular wreath, use a square or rectangular frame instead.
6. Hang a Basket: Fill a hanging basket with autumn foliage, berries and leaves. Then hang it close to your front door.
Adorn the Stairs
7. Decorate the Front Steps: Baskets of gourds, a decorated lantern and bouquets of sunflowers placed at different levels tell guests you embrace the season.
8. Stair-Step Pumpkins: Blend different sizes and colors of pumpkins with potted mums. You can even paint some of the pumpkins with blackboard paint and write messages on them.
Transform the Porch
9. A Little Bit Country: Line the sides of the door with cornstalks and place pumpkins or gourds or both on hay bales.
10. Embellish a Rake: Decorate the tines with corncobs, artificial fall flowers and whatever else you think looks good.
11. Make a Scarecrow: Buy or build a skeleton from wood, then dress it with secondhand finds. Stuff with plastic bags or newspapers. Have raffia coming out the sleeves and pant legs. Use an old white pillowcase for the head and draw a face on with markers or create one with leftover materials.
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