Pumpkin Porch Decor Roundup

Fall is here and that means decorating up your front porch with, you guessed it - pumpkins!  I've rounded up 15 very different pumpkin-themed decor ideas for you.  Just click on the author's name to be brought to the original post for the how-to details.  Enjoy!  

Pumpkin Porch Decor Roundup

Pumpkin Porch Decor Roundup

5 Minute Monogramed Pumpkin 

5 Minute Monogram Pumpkin

Gourds in an Obelisk

Gourds in an Obelisk

Teal Pumpkin Project

DIY Wooden Teal Pumpkin | Teal Pumpkin Project

Wooden Pumpkin Fall Sign

Wooden Pumpkin Fall Sign

Nail Head Pumpkins

Nail Head Pumpkins

Shabby Chic Door Hanger

Shabby Chic Pumpkin Door Hanger

Painted Pumpkins and DIY Stems

Painted Pumpkin and DIY Stems
 

DIY White Pumpkin Fall Wreath

DIY White Pumpkin Fall Wreath

Pink Fall Decor for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pink Fall Decor for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

How to Build a Rustic Pumpkin Stand

How to Build a Rustic Pumpkin Stand

DIY Fall Wreaths

DIY Fall Wreaths

DIY Pretty Porch Pumpkins

DIY Pretty Porch Pumpkins

DIY Wood Pallet Pumpkins

DIY Wood Pallet Pumpkins

Fall Porch & Courtyard Home Decor

Fall Porch & Courtyard Home Decor

Pumpkin Wreath Tutorial with Burlap

Pumpkin Wreath Tutorial with Burlap

All images and links are used with permission from the authors.  

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Porch and Garden Farmhouse Finds on Amazon

I don't know about you, but I'm obsessed with HGTV's Fixer Upper and Joanna Gaines' Industrial Farmhouse Style.  Summer has me dreaming about redoing our outdoor spaces so I thought I'd put together a collection of great Amazon finds to bring you some farmhouse inspiration on a budget.  | This post contains affiliate links |

Farmhouse Fixer Upper Finds for your Porch and Garden from Amazon

My Porch + Garden Farmhouse Picks

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Kitchen Herb Garden in a Mug

Repurpose a broken or chipped coffee mug into a kitchen herb garden

Ever have a favorite mug but the handle broke?  :(  Well that very thing happened to this great Salmon Falls Chowder Mug I have.  I superglued it back together and while the repair looked pretty good I didn't dare trust it to hold a piping hot cup of soup or coffee over my lap anymore.  I was thinking of tossing it but decided to repurpose it into a little herb planter for the kitchen instead.  

Repurpose a broken or chipped coffee mug into a kitchen herb garden

The first step was to fill the bottom with some gravel so my herbs won't sit directly in water.  Alternatively, you could drill a hole in the bottom for drainage and put a saucer underneath, but since I don't have anything to put under the mug that matches I decided to use it as-is.  

Repurpose a broken or chipped coffee mug into a kitchen herb garden

Then I filled it with dirt and added an Italian Chive plant I picked up at the local garden center and it was done!  (Pretty easy, right?)  Depending on the size of your mug and your plants, you could add more than one type of herb in it.  You could also grow your herbs from seed.  

Now I just need to keep it on a sunny windowsill and water it very carefully as needed.  Keep in mind since there's no drainage hole at the bottom and it's a small container, it would be very easy to over-water a plant like this.  

Repurpose a broken or chipped coffee mug into a kitchen herb garden
Repurpose a broken or chipped coffee mug into a kitchen herb garden

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Spring has Sprung!

I've been very busy around the house lately, working on a lot of spring cleaning and garden projects.  
It seems like there isn't enough time to get it all done... raking, weeding, mulching, planting our veggie garden, cleaning out the closets and donating/consigning our unwanted warmer weather clothing... just a few of the things on my to-do list.  Whew.  

But you certainly can't beat lilac season!  These beauties are from our next door neighbor and a reminder to stop and smell the roses (or lilacs) no matter how much there is to get done.  

Love me some lilacs!  A perfect sign of spring.

Happy Spring from Birch Landing Home!  

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Featured on the DIY Network Blog!

Honored to say our brick-lined walkway update was recently featured on the DIY Network Blog, Made + Remade!  Please check us out at #7 on "9 Driveway and Pathway Updates on a Budget."  

As seen on the DIY Network Blog!

As seen on the DIY Network Blog!

You can read our full how-to on this project here:  Easy Brick Upgrade for Concrete Walkway.

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Milk Can House Number - Add some country flair to your curb appeal!

My parents-in-law gave us an awesome old milk can and it took me a little while to decide what I could do with it.  After some thought I decided to use it as a country-inspired house number display.  | This post contains affiliate links |

DIY Milk Can House Number Tutorial

The milk can had already been re-painted at one point and while the green paint and the rust spots definitely gave it a nice patina, I decided to clean it up and repaint it to make it a little cleaner and kid-friendly.  

Before: Old beat up antique milk can

First step was to clean up all the loose paint.  I used a wire brush, metal scraper, and rough-grit sandpaper to clean it up and make a good base for the new paint.  

Remove loose rust and dirt with a wire brush

Once it was ready I used Rust-Oleum Professional High Performance Protective Enamel in matte black and gave it two coats, letting dry about 24 hours between coats.  For the stencil I made a point to choose a font and size that looked like it belonged there - that maybe the farmer numbered all his milk cans and this was just one in the lineup.  The stencils I used were from the Martha Stewart Monogram Serif Stencil Set, trimming the letters down and taping them together with painters tape.  I had used the "o" previously for another project.. hence why it's brown.  

Stenciling the house number on the milk can

I used white acrylic paint to stencil it and filled the gaps in the stencil with a small brush after.  I think the milk can came out pretty cute and adds the perfect country touch!

After:  Classy, country milk can house number

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Baby Chicks!

This past week we grew our family by six!  Six little baby chicks, that is.  
I've always wanted chickens and goats for as long as I can remember and while goats are a no-go in our neighborhood, chickens are something we can do!  Our little one LOVES animals so we figured now would be a great time to introduce some chickens to our family.  

It's. So. FLUFFY!

It's. So. FLUFFY!

As far as breed goes, we were hoping to get New Hampshire Reds but chickens are getting to be a hot commodity around here and were selling out fast at all the local farm & garden stores.  Therefore we decided to settle for Rhode Island Reds instead, a very similar breed.  

|   Keeping Chickens  by Ashley English  |

| Keeping Chickens by Ashley English |

My husband has grown up with chickens so we already have an experienced chicken farmer in the house, but since I don't know too much about keeping chickens I've been doing my homework ;)  

Introducing the new baby chicks to our toddler and dog

Meeting the girls!  Miss M loved the chicks and kept laughing and pointing at them while Harley didn't really care much about them at all.  That's pretty funny because if Harley sees a robin in the lawn she will charge it and chase it out of the yard in a heartbeat.  

Sorry this bathroom is occupied!  

Sorry this bathroom is occupied!  

Our guest bathroom will be home to these ladies for the next month or so until they get big enough to move to the coop.  In this box they have shavings, water, chick starter feed, and a heat lamp above.  Hubby made a window out of Plexiglas so Miss M and Harley can keep an eye on the chickies (we put a baby gate across the doorway so they can't get too close though).  

Baby chicks wing feathers are already coming in - they grow so fast!

It's just incredible how fast they grow!  In less than a week they went from sweet, tiny little balls of fluff to much more wary, bigger little chickens - complete with wings and tail feathers coming in.  It won't be too much longer until we can move them out into the coop!  

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Easy Brick Upgrade for Concrete Walkway

This week I was hoping to bring you a post on making pickles.  I've never made them before and wanted to give them a try with all the cucumbers we've been getting out of our garden.  Unfortunately I let the cucumbers get too big and they were all seeds - no good for pickles.  Such a bummer, but I've learned my lesson.  So, without the pickle post I decided to share the easy brick upgrade we did on our concrete walkway after we moved in our home. 

DIY Brick Walkway Upgrade for a Concrete Pathway Tutorial - add value and class to your entry

When we first moved into our home there was nothing in front of it.. no bushes or anything substantial, just a plain white concrete walkway and a bark mulch bed with a few sad daffodils that had already gone by.  It was so boring and even the walkway looked really unfinished.  

The obvious solution to dressing up the existing "flower" (I use that term loosely here) bed was to get plants and bushes in there - but what about the concrete walkway?  Luckily for us the previous homeowners had left behind a lot of bricks... A LOT.  Some were stacked under the back deck, but there was also a small random brick patio that we had plans to disassemble anyways.  There were sooo many bricks.. it was actually becoming a problem on where to store them and what to do with them.  

While trying to figure out what to do I came up with the idea of inlaying them along the walkway to dress it up a bit - and though it was a little time-consuming, the whole process was actually really easy!  

Materials:  

  • lots of bricks (enough to line both sides of the walkway, plus a few extra)
  • edger
  • wheelbarrow
  • spade
  • rubber mallet

How to:  

First I started hauling all the bricks to the front yard and laying them along the walkway to make sure I had enough (though we had so many I probably could have done this project twice!).  I started laying them out at the front steps and put them end-to-end along the whole length of the walkway, along both sides.  This way I was able to get a sense of how they fit and where I would need to do cuts (we were very lucky to have a pretty straight walkway, so the cuts needed were minimal).  If you're thinking of starting this project from scratch, I would recommend measuring the length along both sides of the walkway, then head to your local home improvement center to see what they have for bricks, their sizes, and how much they cost.  Once you decide on a brick you like, you can calculate how many bricks you will need.  

Laying out all the bricks.  You can also see our first additions to the flower bed - some tiny boxwoods and hydrangea bushes.  It's amazing how much they've grown!  

Laying out all the bricks.  You can also see our first additions to the flower bed - some tiny boxwoods and hydrangea bushes.  It's amazing how much they've grown!  

After everything was all laid out, I started by using the edger along the side of the bricks to cut the edge of the "trench" they would be set in.  I made sure not to get carried away and would only prep about two feet ahead of where I was.  I would cut as I went along to compensate for how the bricks were sitting against the walkway.  

Laying in the bricks for the DIY walkway update

Once the outside edge was cut, I would use the spade to dig out enough soil for a brick.  Then I'd set the brick in and pound on it with the rubber mallet until it was even with the grass.  Sometimes I would need to take the brick out and add or remove soil until it sat where I wanted it too.  

I continued this process along the line, brick-by-brick until I got to corners or areas where the bricks needed to be cut.  After tracing on the bricks where cuts would need to be and a quick trip to a local mason, they were cut and ready to be inlaid as well.  

Instant value and class for a worn concrete path

We have a really long walkway and I worked on this project at my leisure over the course of a week or two but probably could have gotten it done over a weekend if I had really set my mind to it.  It's definitely made a huge difference to the curb appeal of our home.  

The now-full flower beds look great next to the brick lined walkway.  

The now-full flower beds look great next to the brick lined walkway.  

Update:  This project idea was recently featured on the DIY Network Blog, Made + Remade!  You can check us out at #7 on "9 Driveway and Pathway Updates on a Budget"

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