Well Hello, October, I’ve been impatiently waiting to share my Halloween ideas with you!
But, first, let me welcome you if you are visiting from Ashley from Curls and Cashmere. Her blog is full of great and inspiring lifestyle posts and I’m sure you loved her latest post! And speaking of latest posts, don’t forget to check out my Fall Home Tour.
Trick or Treat!
Today, I have a Halloween treat for you.
So, lately, when I started to tackle my Halloween porch, I could feel my Buddy the Elf tendencies reemerged this fall.
It’s Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color? Ok, focus Janine!
Well, here is how it all began.
My Halloween Porch
So, about a week ago, I started decorating our front door, seems innocent, right?
But, after a bit, I glanced at the porch, and I noticed that the whole left side was empty. The designer in me got to thinking.
My porch composition is off kilter.
That one kernel of thought was all I needed. Before I knew it, the Halloween decor had a mind of its own and somehow it grew across the porch!
All my Halloween ideas came bursting out, and I never looked back.
And did I mention that we live in a neighborhood that has a constant flow of walkers and bicyclists?
And as I was up on my ladder working on stringing my gazillion lights, one mom was biking by on her stylish cruiser bike, and she yells out to her kiddos, “Look at her cute porch!”
Thank goodness I waited until October to begin my Halloween decor.
Wreaths, garland, twinkle lights, mums, and finally hanging paper bats are finally up.
And boy, do we have one decked out porch.
So, recently my kiddos spied my new Halloween porch, they had this overwhelmed look on their face and said, “Mom, that’s a lot of decorations!”
Hmm, is this a compliment or criticism, I can’t tell.
Ok, maybe my last trip to the grocery store, I didn’t need those extra six pumpkins. But, how was I to stabilize my branches in the planter?
But, seriously when I have a free moment to create and step away from my computer and phone, I get in the zone, and there is no stopping me.
A google-plex of Halloween ideas are dancing around in my brain.
My husband says I’m a woman on a mission and watch out! There is no token orange pumpkin on our doorstep, but instead a mini pumpkin patch.
A Funny Story
Even my hubster thinks I’m crazy!
One lazy Saturday morning, I’m lounging in my PJs, and I was horrified to discover that he was breaking up some of my precious branches in our backyard and cramming them in our yard debris receptacle.
I instantly ran outside, not batting an eye that I’m still in my PJs and my favorite fuzzy slippers. And I frantically yelled, stop!
Yeah, maybe I was bit dramatic and maybe not so subtle.
He is like, huh? Well, you see, I had held onto to these sticks for over a year, and I had great plans for them.
Bloggers feel that Everything is a possible project.
So, I got busy and hot glued some Halloween inspired black silk leaves. If you are wondering, I just took a bright orange fall leaf garland and spray painted the leaves black.
I added some lights to the branches, but of course, they had to be the cute orange ones to match the Halloween theme.
And don’t you think twinkle lights just add a bit of charm?
A Murder of Crows
These paper bats are from Martha Stewart. Don’t you just love them?
You know how I love paper and all my paper craft projects!
So, I didn’t use Martha Stewart’s template since the bat pattern was so huge and that it was a bit too big for my porch. So, when you download her template, use the reference image which is smaller. I just made mine a tiny bit bigger.
I will be sharing how to make this fun Halloween wreath later this week.
I’m always smitten by calligraphy on objects, and I found this project on Pinterest. The cool thing about using faux pumpkins, I’m able to unearth these pumpkins every Halloween and Fall.
Crows are just as plentiful in our neighborhood as the deer. Both of them are like our resident lawn ornaments all year long.
So, let’s just say they are our home’s mascots.
Black Crows | Tag Crow Door Mat | Black Planter
Anthropologie Initial Mug | Chunky Wool Throw | Pumpkin Pillow
Well, this concludes my front porch tour.
Happy Halloween, and may you be inspired to decorate your front porch! Don’t forget to visit my friend, Judy;s post at Life is Better at Home
Also, pay a visit to my other friends (see the list below) on the blog tour for more Fall and Halloween ideas.
More Fall and Halloween Tours
Mysha | Remington Avenue
Sheila | Maison de Cinq
Ashley | Curls and Cashmere
Janine | Happy Happy Nester
Judy | Life is Better at Home
Martha | Simple Cozy Charm
Olivia | Reinvented Collection
Jodie and Julie | The Design Twins
Jackie | Finding Lovely
Joan | 2 Ladies and a Chair
Ashley | Modern Glam
Kim and Lacey | Styled with Lace
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Oh Janine I just LOVE your porch! So much fun and inspiration to be gathered here! And I feel you on the neighbor situation. I am always getting looks from them wondering what I’m up to now! HA!
um how cute is your porch?! I just love the flying bats
If anyone has ever temped me to decorate for Halloween, it’s YOU!! How fun is this? I loooove the branches with the silk leaves. Marvelous Janine, bravo!
Sam - Raggedy Bits
Oh, my Janine!! I just adore your Halloween Porch!! Those bats are outta this world cute!! Your garland… everything is so awesome!!
Janine, seriously my friend, this might be my absolute favorite post you’ve ever done!! You really outdid yourself this time! Love the hanging bats and all the Halloween details – it’s not too much! I think it looks adorable and amazing and I bet the neighborhood kids will love it come Halloween night!
Thanks again for including me- I just love our monthly hops!
Jodie & Julie
You’ve really outdone yourself….again!!! I’m in love…and in awe. At the same time. And I am taking notes on every single detail! I’m hoping by next year you will have forgotten all about this project so that I can copy it all for my front porch. You think i’m kidding! The branches and the black leaves….brilliant! The crows, the crow mat…the bats….even your striped rug. I love it all. And don’t be surprised if next year my Halloween porch looks a little familiar! eeek!!!
xoxo Jodie & Julie
You have definitely created the perfect Halloween Fall porch. The bats are perfect!
i love how festive this is and your story cracked me up!! our poor hubbies and our crazy antics! haha
Janine I love how you decorated your porch! Those bats are amazing!!! I may have to make some. I love your use of natural elements like the branches and stumps! I bet you have the coolest Halloween porch in the neighborhood!
Wow Janine, you have done an amazing job on you porch decor!! I love how it glows at night and those hanging bats are so creepy!!! Always so much inspiration!!
Janine I absolutely love your porch! The bats and crows are fabulous and love you incorporated white and orange pumpkins. So much fun joining you ladies!! Xx
FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks
Cute porch, Janine, with the banner, black wreath, crows, and branches! Love the pumpkin pillow too.
I’ll be over there to trick or treat this weekend! Your porch is so perfect in every way and I know you had a ball decorating it. And I too have a pile of sticks that are off limits! Great minds.
Coco in the Kitchen
LOVE your porch!
Wish I could sit there, sipping coffee and chatting w ya. xo
Woah!! You have really gone all out and it looks Super Fantastic. I have to say those bats are awesome hanging from the ceiling. I want!!