Decorating your Doorstep

Fall is more than here, folks — it’s in full color! The sidewalks are decorated with fallen leaves, the days are a little shorter and cooler and what to wear on All Hallows’ Eve is the topic of conversation. (This year our friends decided we’d all play characters from The Royal Tenenbaums!) So we thought, what better way to be festive than to show how to decorate your doorstep to celebrate the season? Instead of using straw bales, corn stalks and the traditional jack-o-lantern (not that we don’t love all those things), we embraced equally seasonal but more unusual elements that were harvested from local farms and nurseries. — The Ladies of Forêt

More images and the full how-to after the jump . . .

To start, use the cornucopia as your inspiration by collecting a variety of elements that can be showcased together. We focused on texture and color — pink berries and white pumpkins, flax-like grasses and woody vines and circus peanut-colored squashes with coral mums. Check with your local farm or orchard to see what ornamental and edible gourds, squashes and pumpkins they’re offering. In the steps below, we’ll show you how to build a cornucopia cascading down your doorstep.

Material Ideas

  • white pumpkins
  • squashes
  • snowberries
  • vines
  • grasses
  • lotus pods
  • mums
  • burlap
  • wire
  • raffia

Prep: Cut squares of burlap and wrap any potted plants, such as mums, grasses or kale, to hide the plastic pots, securing with raffia.


1. Start by layering your biggest elements at the top of the stairs and work downward. We began with our pumpkins/squashes and grasses. Think of creating a small zigzag as you work down the steps. We even piled some smaller varieties on top. But please make sure to leave a big enough path along your stairway so that no one will trip when using the stairs.

2. Next pop in your florals. We loved these little potted mums, and they nestled so nicely between the pumpkins and grasses!

3. Using vines, plunge one end into a potted grass at the top of the stairs, and twist the vines down and around the pumpkins, tucking them underneath the pumpkin bellies. The vines help to create the spilling downward motion.

4. Lastly, we added berries and lotus pods for an extra punch of color. For these, we attached the berry branches with craft wire.

Our favorite thing about this display is that when you decide to take it down, you can transfer the grasses into the ground before the first frost and enjoy them next season!

  1. Que decoración tan preciosa.

  2. Veneta Nikolova says:

    Waw very nice!!!

  3. Lovely doorstep decoration! Our farmer’s market has some of these unique gourds. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Rozzi says:

    Love it! Beautiful!!!

  5. Emily says:

    What a wonderful and festive way to welcome autumn! Quick question: how long do you think the snowberries will last as part of the decoration?

  6. Julia A. says:

    I love the way this looks. I’m (finally) getting into seasonal decorating.

  7. Dyan says:

    I love this idea and the easy instructions a nice option instead of scary Halloween spiders and such!

  8. Barb says:

    Very nicely put together and a great idea!

  9. Holly says:

    Beautiful! And I’d love to know how the homeowner painted their storm door such a lovely shade. I have the same door, and it looks impossible to paint well.

  10. kathy white says:

    Thanks, i am doing it today. Gathering the wine branches on my walk! ha

    sidebar: I love the ‘After the jump’ pods! thank you.

  11. SOO pretty! Love the front door color!

  12. Vanessa Cole says:

    Lovely, festive and fun! So pretty.

  13. A Day in May says:

    Love this! So cute and warm, perfect for Fall!

  14. Anna says:

    if only i had stairs…

  15. Monica says:

    This is beautiful. I love the idea of using burlap to cover the pot for mums. Much cheaper than going out to buy a new pot to cover the plastic pot. I think the burlap gives the covered pot a rustic look.

  16. Melinda says:

    Gorgeous! I have pumpkins out but the squirrels in the area have been gnawing away at them. Do you have any tips on how to keep them away?

  17. Laura says:

    Love the decorations. Do you know what color/brand of paint the front door is?


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