You may think that the decorations you do for the seasons only matter on the inside of the house but it is also a lot of fun to decorate the outdoor living spaces for the seasons too. For those of you living in the warmer climates, you know that you actually spend a good deal of time in these spaces as the weather cools. Why not make these spaces just as comforting and decorative? Here's a few ideas for your outdoor spaces this fall.
Pumpkin planters- Pumpkin planters are adorable and make wonderful centerpieces for fall mums and other cool climate container plants. For a little bit of trouble you can have beautiful natural bases for flowers. Scoop out the interior cavity of the appropriate sized pumpkin and place your mums container and all inside the top opening. Make sure to place a drainage hole or two in the bottom of your pumpkin to keep the pumpkin from rotting. You can do this with a large drill bit and make several in a circular patter and then cut out with a good knife. If you can, sit your pumpkin on a small bed of gravel to allow for better drainage. Gourds will also work well for planters.
Painted clay pots- Now you may think oh no this is too hard I can't paint but you can make little pumpkin faces on your clay pots, using paint pens or brushed tipped permanent markers. Remember a Jack o Lantern's face is basically triangles, so just practice on paper first, the end result will be a cute planter or vase for your floral décor. Smaller pots make great little Halloween candy dishes too. Fill them up and place on your porch for trick or treaters. If you really are paint shy, you can always purchase adorable Jack-o-Lantern planters.
Baskets- Baskets can be great decorative pieces in outdoor living areas. If you have a glue gun you can do a lot with baskets and even change the look of them entirely. Try adhering nuts, pine straw, branches etc to the outside of the baskets to create cute and earthy décor perfect for your porches, decks and screened in living areas for the cooler seasons. Fill with pine cones, branches, and dried flowers.
Using color- One of the simplest ways we can decorate outdoor living spaces is with the use of color. Orange,red, gold, brown all speak to the coming season's pallet and all give the space the right feel for the right time of year. Try using festive garden flags, seasonal coasters, windchimes, and outdoor pillows.
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