Fall is the season for decorating your front porch and yard with pumpkins. Do not feel limited to the traditional orange pumpkin; there are dozens of different varieties from which to choose, in a myriad of colors ranging from the traditional orange to creamy white, green and even a reddish hue. Mix in winter squash for even more variety in shape and color. Carved with a fancy pattern or left in their natural state, pumpkins make a festive addition to your outdoor decorations.
Begin by lining your sidewalk with un-carved pumpkins. Vary the sizes and colors for an interesting visual effect. You can make a specific pattern or just place them in a pattern pleasing to your eye.
Litter smaller pumpkins among your flower garden if you have one. This provides a splash of color in the area when many plants have stopped blooming.
Tap into your creative side to draw an old-fashioned lantern, or use a template along with a black magic marker or acrylic paint and a sharp knife to draw lanterns on some pumpkins to place on your steps. The size and number of the pumpkins will depend on the depth of your steps and the number of steps you have leading to your front door. Place candles or lights inside to create lanterns for your stairway.
Use pumpkins and your porch rail to spell out a greeting for passersby. Decide on the phrase you want to display, for instance Happy Fall, Welcome or Autumn Days and purchase one pumpkin for each letter in your phrase. The size of pumpkin you purchase is dependent on the width of your rail and the length of the phrase you choose. Carve out one letter of the phrase in each pumpkin, put them in order and place lights or candles inside to illuminate for a personalized pumpkin greeting. If you do not have a porch, spell out the phrase in a suitable location in the yard or near the driveway.
Place pumpkins at the base of your yard light if you have one. You may wish to tie corn stalks around the lantern pole for added decoration.
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