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4 fun ways to dress up your front porch for fall

by Julie Pennell / / Source: TODAY

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If the scent of pumpkin spice didn't give it away, fall is officially here! If you're ready to welcome this warm and inviting season into your own home, there's no easier place to start than on your front porch.

In the October 2016 issue of HGTV magazine — which also happens to celebrate the publication's fifth birthday — editors share some gorgeous and creative ideas to get your entrance ready via rich colors, fun DIY projects and special touches.

Get your front porch ready for fall.
It's easy to get your front porch ready for fall!Christopher Shane / HGTV magazine

Here are 4 ways to incorporate the spirit of the season easily into your home's front entryway:

1. Make a statement with a pumpkin wreath

Make your front door festive with this pumpkin wreath.
Make your front door festive with this easy DIY pumpkin wreath.Courtesy HGTV magazine

Who says a wreath has to be made from flowers and greenery? This DIY craft project uses mini artificial pumpkins attached to a clamp wire wreath frame. Simply poke the wires into the bottom of each pumpkin and dab hot glue on their sides to hold them in place. The best part of all is that this decor piece works well for both Halloween and Thanksgiving.

2. Place veggies in planters

The team placed kale and cabbage, along with red mums in wood planters to give the porch pops of bold colors along with a rustic seasonal vibe. The single veggie arrangements are not only beautiful but delicious, too!

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3. Decorate a porch pumpkin with your house number

Let trick-or-treaters know where they are with this DIY numbered pumpkin.
Display your address in a fun new way!Courtesy HGTV magazine

Let guests and trick-or-treaters know exactly where they are with this festive way of displaying your house number. Go to to download the template for the digits and get instructions for carving this cool — and informative! — pumpkin.

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4. Embrace the rich colors of the season

Whether it’s through a colorful doormat or piece of furniture, bring the season’s warm hues to your doorstep. Or if you want to go really bold, take some inspiration from the HGTV magazine team which used a deep purple paint (Enigmatic by Pratt and Lambert, to be exact) for the door, creating a gorgeous contrast to the orange pumpkin decor.

See more fun ways to fix up your front porch this fall in the October 2016 issue of HGTV magazine, on sale now.

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