Give your porch or patio the ultimate fall makeover by adding décor that celebrates the season and gives your home instant curb appeal. These budget-friendly ideas incorporate warm autumn colors that make your home appear cozy and inviting. Along with comfy seating, a few fuzzy throw blankets, and a patio heater to keep the chill off, consider some other fall décor essentials.

Hay Bales

Hay bales are a traditional fall décor item that can enhance your porch or patio’s harvest theme. For a classic look, drag one or two large hale bales onto your porch and place a few jack-o’-lanterns on top. You can also fill a wagon or cart with hay and nestle winter squash, gourds, and pumpkins on top.

Gourds and Pumpkins

If nothing else, every porch and patio should have at least one gourd or pumpkin. These classic crops scream fall and give your home’s exterior extra pops of rich color. There are many creative ways to decorate with gourds and pumpkins, such as making a gourd garland, filling a window box, or adding them to fall planters.

Flint Corn

Flint corn, otherwise known as Indian corn, features multicolored kernels that have long been used in fall decorating. Multiple ears of corn can be tied together around the husks and hung from the porch to deliver eye-catching color and texture. They can also be placed around a large pillar candle to act as a fall-themed candle holder.


Mums are frost-tolerant plans that prefer fall weather, making them the perfect addition to any porch or patio. You can find mums in a variety of fall colors, such as red, yellow, and orange. Add potted mums to either side of a hale bale, or place a plant on each step leading up to your porch.


Wood crates are a great fall porch or patio decorating tool. These rustic boxes go well with nearly any type of fall décor and can be stacked if you’re short on space. Display the crates on their sides and use them as shelves to display potted plants, pumpkins, lanterns, and other autumn decorations.


It’s easy to adorn your door with a beautiful fall wreath. Use a grapevine wreath for your base, and add accents like faux flowers in warm autumn colors, small pumpkins and gourds, and some decorative ribbon.

Corn Husks

Dried corn husks have a harvest feel and are a simple addition to your porch or patio. Fill a decorative bowl with smaller pieces of corn husk and top with a pile of leaves, gourds, and ornamental corn for a striking centerpiece. Larger corn husk bundles can be used in the corners of your porch or on either side of the door as country-style décor.

Welcome Mat

Finish your porch or patio with a fall-themed welcome mat. You can purchase a mat from a local retailer or create your own by using stencils to make your own unique design.