An arrangement of cornstalks and pumpkins is a colorful and natural way of decorating a porch or patio in an Autumn theme. Since I grow both on my urban farm, our family decorates the front porch in an Autumn Harvest theme every year using pumpkins and cornstalks as a starting point. Not only does this combination look attractive, it’s a totally eco friendly and a very affordable alternative to store bought decor. Best of all, when the season is over these items can find new life as animal bedding, animal feed or even compost.
Decorating with cornstalks and pumpkins is not at all difficult. Here’s just a few ideas of some of the ways we’ve decorated the porch over the years.
One easy method of adding Autumn touches around the porch and the front of the house is to bundle up the corn stalks in groups of three and lean them into a corner, along the porch rail, or next to the front door. Scatter the pumpkins around the base of the cornstalks to complete the look.
Drop the pumpkins in containers.
Place the pumpkins in some kind of rustic container such as rusted wheelbarrows, old bushel baskets, old crockery, galvanized wash tubs, or fruit crates. What I will do is push a bundle of cornstalks into the corner of my front porch, and then set the container of pumpkins at the foot of the stalks.
Use old timey garden tools to add variety.
Old and weathered metal rakes, hoes, weathered pitchforks, and weathered shovels can be incorporated into a front porch Autumn decoration. The simplest decorating scheme is by scattering a few random yard tools around the corn stalks.
Tie up the cornstalks in a sheaf.
In the old days, farmers would scythe wheat and other grasses, and then bundle them up to dry. This same technique can be used to create a freestanding bundle of cornstalks to arrange on a large porch or the patio. To make a cornstalk sheaf, tie up a dozen or more cornstalks with eco friendly hemp, tying one section of rope three feet from the bottom and again at 4-5 feet from the bottom.
Combine the pumpkins and cornstalks with dried flowers.
If decorating with plain pumpkins and cornstalks seems a bit too bland for you, adding bundled dried flowers wrapped in raffia can add another level of interest to an Autumn porch arrangement.
Arrange around bales of straw.
Farm stores sell bales of straw which makes a fantastic Autumn accent for the porch. I use bales of straw to display pumpkins and dried sunflower heads on one side of the front door, and then lean the cornstalks on the opposite end. Straw can also be used to line your bushel baskets or fruit crates. Farm store straw is cheap and eco friendly and after the season can be used as animal bedding, insulating the hen house, or as mulch.
Accent with a scarecrow.
When was the last time you and the kids made a scarecrow? Instead of buying one, try making an Autumn scarecrow instead. Old yard clothes, a straw hat, and gardening gloves can be used to dress the scarecrow, straw can be used as stuffing. As far as a head, a pillowcase or pumpkin will do the trip. Once the scarecrow is finished, he can be leaned against a cornstalk sheaf or arranged on top of a straw bale to complete your Autumn themed porch decoration.