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How To Decorate Your Porch: Stylish & Budget-Friendly Ideas For Spring

Updated: Nov 10, 2021

Easily spruce up your front porch this Spring with a few simple and budget-friendly ideas. It's easy to decorate your outdoor space for Spring with small purchases, quick tricks, or by using things you already have around the house.

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It's nice to shake things up as the seasons change. But if there's ever a need for an excuse to redecorate, the start of the Spring season is a great one! Something about coming out of Winter says it's time to get rid of an old look and begin embracing bright colors and fresh perspectives.

In today's post I'm sharing a few easy and quick tricks I used for decorating my porch this Spring! It took my (kinda sad) porch and made it a place I'd actually want to spend time in when the nicer weather came. We'll have your porch looking fresh and cozy in no time.

An Affordable Weather-Proof Rug

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A new rug has to be one of the quickest and easiest ways to transform any space, and a patio rug is no exception. Putting a rug on your patio can make the whole thing feel cozier and more cohesive, especially with patio furniture or other items that might seem randomly placed without the rug.

It pulls everything together!

If you already have a rug on your porch, changing it out for a fresh style can make just as big of an impact.

You should look for certain qualities in an outdoor rug. My new rug from Funky Strokes completely transformed my space and I just love its features, especially for such an affordable price.

  • Durable: Out in the elements, lots of foot traffic- you want a rug that'll hold up!

  • Waterproof: Even if you have a covered porch, there's a chance the rug will get wet. The wind blows rain in all directions, and it also will be in humidity and dew.

  • Easy to Clean: The best rugs are the ones that you can roll up and throw in the washer or quickly wipe down with a wet towel. You want it to be mud and mildew-resistant.

  • Kid & Pet Friendly: Look for rugs made with safe materials, like the Funky Strokes 100% virgin polypropylene that is safe for kids and pets. Also, consider durability here, loose strings can be a hazard.

  • Eco-friendly: Consider the materials and durability, so your rug won't go straight into a landfill within months.

I'm shocked at how nice this rug feels, despite being so durable. I thought I would need a shag rug- which you'd never put outside- to feel cozy. It was so nice to move my other rug indoors (that wasn't really made for outdoors, whoops) and put this comfortable, stylish, and weather-proof rug in its place.

My space immediately looked more put together, clean and tidy, and became a place I actually wanted to spend time in.

Buy or Make Your Own DIY Macramé Plant Hanger

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Macramé is a style that popped up in many of our homes' decorations lately, especially if you have a boho style preference. Not only is it a neutral decorative look (and full of flair depending on how it's knotted), it's so versatile: there are many DIY Macrame projects that are really easy and cheap to do.

I use macramé to add texture to a lot of my DIY projects, so I love to have a spool of the craft rope on hand at all times. You can get it on amazon.

Making a macrame plant hanger for your porch is just a quick and easy way to add new pieces to your outdoor space without spending a ton of money.

The option to buy a macrame hanger that's already made is there of course, for my DIY-ophobic friends. But if you're up for a fun project, I made this plant hanger in a matter of minutes by following along to a Youtube video tutorial.

If you're not a crafter (to each their own), check Amazon and off-price retailers like Home Goods in your area for plant hangers, wall art, and more adorable decorations for your porch.

Decorate Your Porch With Faux or Real Plants

No "how to decorate your porch for Spring" post would be complete without mentioning the addition of more greens and florals to your layout. Plants brighten up any space and bring the sunshine and colorful vibe indoors/onto your porch.

While plants can easily break the bank, there are also many affordable places where you can get indoor or patio plants for your patio this Spring. Head to your favorite place to buy plants and pick out a few new ones to spruce up your space!

I have so many ideas for adding plants to my small balcony-style porch... the only thing holding me back is the wildlife that keeps getting up there! (A squirrel ate my decorate gourd this Fall, for real.)

Here's some plant ideas to decorate your porch for Spring:

  • Herb Garden

Early Spring is the perfect time to start an herb garden or expand on your already existing one by moving to the porch. There are more expensive herb garden planters, but you could also DIY your own or use small hanging planters to both grow and decorate with! I took the DIY with jars approach, and it could be considered eclectic, but it's cute!

  • Trellis

A trellis is a wooden or metal framework that supports fruit trees or climbing plants. Sure they're functional, but they double as an easy way to spice up your porch! Find an affordable trellis that comes with or without faux plants and use it on a porch wall or as a privacy wall from neighbors.

  • Vases

If you know me, you know I have a thing for upcycling old jars into cute vases. So naturally, this little hobby of mine has made it to my list of ways to decorate your porch for Spring. Upcycle an old vase that you have already or that you find for a few bucks at your local thrift store to change up the style of your porch.

Have you tried the "trash to terracotta" technique? You can take any old glass or plastic jar and make them look like brand new, stylish vases. Plop some faux or real plants in them and you've got a fresh-looking porch!

There are so many ways to use plants to decorate your porch, and I encourage you to explore your favorite plant style as the weather warms up! It will truly brighten up your space and give off comfy, happy vibes.

Easily Transform Your Porch With Waterproof Pillow Covers

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If you think pillows are a bad idea for decorating your porch, let's see if I can get you to think again.

A few pillows on your porch can take it from unwelcoming and blah to cute and cozy in a matter of seconds. Literally, seconds. All you have to do is make sure the pillows are weather-proof, which exists.

This idea is especially awesome for elevating small porches that have only have room for simple tables and chairs or making cheap furniture look more lavish. (Small apartment balconies for the win!)

This Spring, make your porch more inviting with weatherproof throw pillows in pastels, vibrant colors, or fun spring patterns like flowers or abstract shapes. Amazon has a great variety of pillow covers for Spring decorating at a good price.

If you have inserts that aren't built for the outdoors, a simple porch decorating hack is to get plastic covers to go over the inserts before adding a pillow cover on top. Make sure when you're pillow shopping that you purchase inserts and covers that are the same size! (12x12, 16x16, etc)

Clean Up Your Porch With Creative Storage Ideas

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If you live in a small apartment, then creative storage ideas become your number 1 friend. My new fun fact is "uses furniture and random items to store (aka hide) an asburd amount of things." You have to adapt in small spaces!

The porch can quickly become a space to throw items that you don't need or want laying around your indoor space, resulting in ugly clutter, trapped dust and leaves, and a general environment that a relaxing Springtime hangout just can't take place in.

To refresh my porch for Spring, I made a few creative storage adjustments for under 4$ (yes really) and by using things I already had. I knew what the biggest space (and aesthetic) issue was with my porch: my bike.

Hardly used, awkward to position chairs around, and a master at collecting leaves and cobwebs, the bike just had to go. A quick trip to Home Depot and I secured two vinyl-coated screw in hooks to hold my bike upside down from the porch roof above. They cost less than 2$ each. Find them on Amazon, too.

The second way I got rid of clutter was by taking plastic storage bins that I already had and flipping them over. Underneath this plastic bin you'll find all of my planting dirt and bags of perlite. Previously, they were strewn across the porch and literally just looked like bags of trash. I tucked them away under a neutral plastic bin I already had and covered it with a hyacinth placemat and a flower vase.

Out of sight, out of mind! Sorta.

I also had another giant vase that never really found a home in my decor. I moved it outside and put other unsightly items in it like an unused vase and ant spray.


Happy Spring, guys! I don't know about you, but I'm so (SO) excited for longer, brighter days and that lovely feeling of growth that comes with this season.

Call me crazy, but I'm thankful for the colder days because they make the Spring that much more magical. I know I won't be saying that the next time it snows, but you get the sentiment.

How do you decorate your porch for Spring? Send me all cheap and easy hacks because I plan to have cozy porches for the rest of my life!

how to decorate your porch for spring


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