Just because it's fall it doesn't mean that your window boxes have to be empty and lifeless. Fall can be very pretty for a few weeks when the leaves are at their peak color, but what about after the leaves have fallen? I wanted to keep those bright oranges and yellows around until at least Thanksgiving because once the snow flies, it will feel like forever until spring is here.
This year I decked out the front of our house with the bright oranges and yellows and for the first time in a very long time, I even added some Halloween decor. I had been shopping at one of my all-time favorite stores, Gordmans, on the day their fall and Halloween decor was buy one, get one 50% off and came home with some great new outdoor decor! If you know me personally, or have been a long time reader of mine, you know how much I love my deals! Did you know that Gordmans has a deals and promotions page on their website? This way you can check the specials ahead of time and plan your shopping trip.
I was thrilled to find the fall foliage garland in their outdoor decor section because I knew it would be a great filler around the pumpkins on the planter box. It's heavy duty and has held up to the frost at night and the pelting rain.
I'm looking forward to adding a candle to the pumpkin lantern, also from Gordmans, during trick-or-treat!
The large metal flowers were priced right at only $10 and were originally meant to be used as a wall hanging since they have twine loops attached to them. When I saw them in the store, I knew they would look awesome in our front yard - we just had to add a piece of wood for the "stem" to make them look like oversized flowers coming out of the ground.
These metal flowers added a bit of whimsy to the front of our house which is a look that I don't usually go for but love how the colors pop against our white house!
Another addition to our front yard that I found at Gordmans were these adorable metal ghosts with burlap flags! These I will keep out along with the pumpkin lantern until November 1st and the rest I plan on keeping out through Thanksgiving.
So back to the pumpkins in the planter box. We took the heavy duty planter box inserts that were inside the cedar boxes and turned them upside down to support the weight of the pumpkins. If you decide to do something like this, just be sure your planter box can withstand the weight of the pumpkins. After the pumpkins were in place, I wove the fall leaf garland in between the pumpkins. I even placed some of the pumpkins on top of the garland because it can get really windy here in Minnesota and I didn't want any of it to fly away. It looks too pretty to end up in the cornfields!