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Make this for Your Fall Front Door!

Make this for Your Fall Front Door!

I originally posted this last fall, but it has been so popular that I have decided to post it again this year. I hope you are inspired to dress up your front door for fall!

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Styrofoam strips hanging next to a blue door with instructions.


October is here and it is time for me to get my fall decorating done!  It is now or never!  I really wanted to do something a little different around my front door this year.  I wanted something full and lush to welcome guests to my home this fall.  

I started with 3 pieces of styrofoam that are about 2 inches deep by about 2 inches wide and almost thirty six inches long.   After cutting my 3 strips of styrofoam, I needed to attach a hook to the top of 2 of the pieces and one to the middle of one of the strips.  I need to make sure my hooks are secure, so I took half of a pipe cleaner and coiled it as shown above.  I bent a wire in half and pushed both ends through my coil (this will keep the wire from cutting through the foam).  On the back side of my foam I used a button method to keep the wire from cutting through the foam.  After pulling the wire through the button I twisted the two ends into a circle to use to hang my foam from a Command hook. 
Here is how my two pieces of styrofoam look hanging on each side of my front door.   I used Command brand outdoor hooks to suspend my styrofoam strips.

Now it is time for the fun!  I just started adding my fall leaves and flowers sticking them into my foam.  I kept the flowers and leaves coming out of the front of my foam. To keep my decorations narrow alongside my front door, I simply used low temperature hot glue and a package of Dollar Tree fall leaves to hide the edges of the styrofoam.  I repeated this process for each side of the front door and then for the third piece of foam for over the top of my front door.  This is so full, much more so than the usual garland!  I am ready to greet guests from now until Thanksgiving!Do this to your door for any season! This isn’t just for fall, use this same technique for any season or holiday!  

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  1. Love this but I don’t understand the pipe cleaner thing….

    1. Thank you Sandra! The little coil of pipe cleaner is just to keep the wire from cutting through the styrofoam. You could use the button like I did on the back of the foam, or even a little stick, but if you don’t use something under the wire, against the foam, the wire will just pull through the foam. If you watch the first few minutes of this video, you will see a live demo of the how to..

      1. Thanks for adding the video link! It helped a lot!

  2. I really like this idea

  3. Chloe,
    Last year we invested in new Andersen Exterior and Storm Doors. The glass has an E rating to reduce damage from the sun on these east facing windows. I want to resume hanging my Seasonal Festive wreaths, but can get any real answers about how to hang on these specially coated glass windows. I was hoping the 3M removable hooks would work, but can’t get any straight answers. (The Anderson representative in Manila had never heard of them…) What do you suggest?

    1. Have you tried one of the Command outdoor hooks? I don’t have those kind of windows, but I have had all kinds of success with them!

    2. A metal or plastic wreath hook (I use a metal one) will hang over the top of the storm door and it will still close.. That is what I do for wreaths on mine. And, I have also put Command adhesive on my Andersen Replacement windows and see no problem after. I do not however, leave them there after the season. (Ours are storm doors are new Andersen as well.)

    3. Do you have glass in the door… there is a very strong magnet that you place one on the inside and the one on the outside has a hook on it… Very Very Strong,,, you almost need a screw drive to pry them apart. The stay on the window.

      1. Hi Jeri! I know about those magnets. I do’t have a glass door, so I just have a Command hook on my door!

    4. Stephanie says:

      Lowes has a new magnetic wreath holder. You will need someone to be on the inside of the window. There are two wreath magnets. One will be inside and one outside. When you each hold the magnet up to the spot on the window it is going to be it creates a spot for you to hang your wreath

  4. Daisy Dianne Bromlow says:

    Sug, you just knocked another one out of the ballpark !

  5. How very clever and festive for fall Chloe! Well done.

  6. What a great idea, Chloe! I love the full and lush autumn look. Thanks for sharing and Happy Friday!

  7. You really have the most creative idea! WOW!! Love it!!

    1. Chloe where can I get the same size foam?

      1. I cut mine from a slab of Styrofoam. You can find the big sheets or slabs at any craft store, and sometimes at Walmart.

  8. What a great idea! I could see this concept being used for other seasons, too.

  9. Wow, that’s a statement and I love it!

  10. Edmee Pardo says:

    Hi Chloe.

    Simply those words: Lush, Rich and Beautiful.

  11. Beautiful idea, and I will am going to use it.

  12. I love it!! However I do have a couple questions. I see where you had the command hooks at the top on either side of the door, but how do you attach the bottom to hold in place and how did you hang the one above the door?

    1. I thought I would need to attach the side ones at the bottom, but they seem to be heavy enough they have not blown in the wind at all. You could attach a Command hook upside down below the styrofoam and make another wire hook attached to the bottom of each decoration and hook it onto the the upside down hook to secure it if needed. The one across the top of the door was hung with the same kind of hangers, one on each end with similar hooks in the ends of the top styrofoam.

      1. Love this! Could think of doing this for christmas too! Plastic ormanments, Or artifical fruit and greens. I used some double faced tape on the bottom to secure. Just a small piece seemed to do the trick.

      2. Rebecca Creel says:

        Are you able to show a picture of how this is done without it being filled? I mean, its obviously laid the across, but how?

        1. I will be doing a video of this and sharing it. I will try to remember to send you the link when the video goes live.

  13. Kathy from CT says:

    Beautiful! How did you make the center piece on the door?

  14. What a beautiful statement look for your front door. Love your projects and your tutorials are the best

  15. Gail Coulson says:

    Did you put leaves on both sides of the styrofoam or only one. And also, did you have to cut your styrofoam. I could not locate any strips the size you used.

  16. What kept the wind from ripping out the flowers and leaves off the styrofoam. Did you use low temp glue on each stem when you placed it. Beautiful!!

    1. Hi Shelia, I have had no trouble with the stems coming out of the styrofoam. I did not use glue on them at all. Thank you.

  17. Toni Grant says:

    This has to be the prettiest fall decorations I ever seen. Where did you buy your flowers especially the sunflowers? I have been hunting for similar ones and I can’t find them.

    1. Thank you so much Toni! I bought the flowers at a variety of stores, Joann’s Hobby Lobby and Michael’s. I think the sunflowers came from Joann’s.

      1. Toni Grant says:

        Thank you for the info. I love this so much I have had 2 girlfriends of mine searching online wholesalers for those flowers too. I have showed the picture to a lot of my friends and they are in agreement with me about how this is sooooo beautiful

  18. Oh my this is so cool! I usually never respond but this really is sooo beautiful


    Oh My Chloe. This is brilliant. I am going to do this with my christmas lighted garland. Think I will use U-pins to hold it in place. I can store the pieces in a plastic bag then just hang them again next year. Thank you for sharing

    1. Thank you Cheryl, yes, this is an easy to adapt method of making full decor around your front door!

  20. This is really beautiful. Does anyone else have the problem with flowers on or around the door attracting bugs and birds?

  21. Deborah Provencher says:

    You could pull this down at the end of November and store it for next year! I love this idea and you hit a grand slam! Kudos and keep it up. We love it!

    1. Thank you so much Deborah! It is staying up for Thanksgiving at my house! Then it will be full time Christmas!

  22. Love the look, it’s so beautiful, also what colour is Yr front door? It’s a lovely shade of blue, not sure I could get in Ireland?.

    1. I don’t know the exact color name. It is from Benjamin Moore, I am sure you could find a similar color or have it mixed.

  23. Are you going to do one for Christmas?

      1. I’m thinking somethin with snow men for the Winter season and maybe a Christmas one too, I can’t wait to try this!!!! I love this Idea!!!! Thanks!!!

        1. Thank you! I have lots of other swag ideas! Check them out here on the blog! I am sure you will do a great job!

  24. So much better than lighted Christmas garland for daytime! I’m guessing that lights could be added for night?

  25. Total cost of project… roughly

    1. I really used up silks I had around my house, I would say that each of the 3 pieces, one on each side and the one across the top would probably run about $30 each if you had none of the items on hand. I do love the artificial fall leaves from Dollar Tree!

  26. How did you do the top part of the garland?

    1. I made the top part in the same way with a piece of styrofoam across the top, secured on each end by a circle of wire and then a Command hook on my house. I will be doing something similar for Christmas!

  27. Thank you! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for Christmas

  28. Chloe, Thank you for sharing this. Best creative idea I’ve ever seen that is both relatively easy to do & very attractive. It looks like fun to make & then can be stored for next year! You do have impressive skills. Hope to see your Christmas one. Thank again.

    1. Thank you so much Leah, I will be doing something similar for Christmas! Stay tuned!

  29. Debra Beckman says:

    Love this! Thank you for sharing. I am going to use the foam idea for a Christmas door surround. I will send you a photo when I finish putting it up the weekend after Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for sharing this great idea!

  30. It’s beautiful. Is it expensive to get all of that decorations or did u get it in bulk?

    1. Thank you so much Jennifer. I actually used a lot of leftover pieces I had in bins. I buy most of my things from Joann’s, Hobby Lobby and Michael’s.

  31. I had a similar idea using those pool noodle things to make wreaths and straight flower decorations you can just cut in half
    I picked some up at the dollar tree

  32. Cathryn Wall says:

    Where did you find the long pieces of styrofoam?

  33. Very pretty! I really like the blue flowers. They make it “pop”, and look great with your door color.

    1. Thank you so much Linda, I really wanted to coordinate the fall look with the house and the blue did the trick!

  34. Beth Crawford says:

    I have a very small space, for my condo door. For years, I was able to hang lighted garlands, etc. around a door where I previously lived.

    It seems the styro strips can really be customized, according to space concerns.

    So tickled this problem is now solved! I plan to make a gorgeous Valentine display, albeit with just one strip.

    1. I am so glad you found this and I hope that it will work for you for your Valentine’s display! Thanks for letting me know!!

  35. Kristen Mc. says:

    I was about to take a large tv box out to the dumpster & I just couldn’t do it! I had a very long internal dialogue about the different things I could do with this box AND the perfect pieces of Styrofoam inside! (Two large sheets (I can cut to make it work). & one curved pc. that’s the perfect shape & size to hang above the door.)

    I was imagining the argument I’d have to pitch against throwing it away. I almost gave in last night. That box is getting closer & closer to the front door.
    ***So glad I saw this pin this morning.***
    Now, lets hope I can get my flowers arranged even half as beautiful as yours!

    1. I am sure you will do a great job arranging your flowers! I am so glad you saved that! Fantastic!

  36. Chloe this is fabulous and easy to make. How clever are you? You made yours so pretty.


    Have a great afternoon


  37. What a wonderful idea! Your display looks great.

  38. Beth Crawford says:

    Hi Chloe!

    I saved this project via a Pinterest pin on one of my boards (of which there are hundreds!), then couldn’t remember which one. TODAY, I found it!

    The link for the styro pieces routes to a different amazon product.

    Would you please tell me where I could buy the styrofoam pieces? I am dying to do a Valentine’s garland around my door.

    Looked up Floral Craft on amazon. Not there.

    Thank you for your help!

    Beth Crawford

  39. Thanks for this wonderful idea! I made this for My 95 year old mom’s birthday. She adored it! I would live to post a photo but I am not sure how. I am so proud of it and was able to follow the directions very easily!

    1. That is so wonderful. I am so happy she adored it. It makes my heart happy to know that I have shown someone how to make something and given clear enough directions that they can replicate it! I am proud of you for making it!

  40. Hi Chloe, What do you use to attach the bottom to the wall so it won’t blow around in the wind?

  41. Where do I find that styrofoam???

  42. What a smart idea! That is amazing. Thank you.

  43. Great tutorial! I plan on trying myself. To cut down on costs I think you could also use a cheap pool noodle from the dollar store cut in half lengthwise. Those foam sheets can be expensive! 🙂

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