77 Fabulous Fall Decorating Ideas
Bring the warm colors of fall into your home with these beautiful and simple decorating projects.
To arrange the perfect Southern table, keep these tips in mind:
- In the napkin arena, nothing's nicer than a generous 22-inch hemstitched piece of white linen, monogrammed and crisply ironed.
- Create a look that is "uniquely you" by combining simple stemware with more decorative china, or vice versa.
- Try to incorporate as much vintage silver as you can find - they add sparkle to a table.
- Don't forget to set place cards with your own handwriting for a personal touch.
Easy-care succulents, such as sedums, echeverias, crassulas, and more, are all the rage. To display your faves, punch three holes in the bottom of a boot tray with a hammer and large nail. Fill the tray about three-fourths full with a premoistened mix of 3 parts potting soil and 1 part sand. Position two or three bricks in the center. Plant an assortment of succulents shoulder to shoulder around them. Fill crevices with Scotch or Irish moss, which thrives in well-drained soil in sun or part shade, as do succulents. Top the bricks with pumpkins. Water when the soil is dry to the touch. This display will withstand light freezing temperatures, so it's okay to keep it outdoors.
Your fall decor is incomplete until you've hung something colorful on the door! Make this seasonal broom badge by grouping millet, dried hydrangeas, salvia, rose hips, and sorghum.
How To Make It: Broom Door Badge
Take the Thanksgiving feast outdoors. But don’t host your friends and family on folding chairs and paper plates―bring the good stuff outside. Surprise guests with a perfectly set table in the garden.
Combine the season's hottest hues in a vibrant mix of 'Snapshot Orange' snapdragons, 'Purple Pixie' loropetalum, and bright 'Penny Clear Yellow' violas. Tuck in the showy foliage of 'Sparkling Burgundy' heuchera to complete the look.
Get crafty this fall with our DIY fall planter. In three simple steps you'll have a finished (and impressive) arrangment that should last about a week.
Create a dazzling kaleidoscope of colors on your tabletop by mixing bunches of blooms and foliage in a rainbow of hues. The savory scents of the dried herbs will subtly enhance the aroma of a special meal. To illuminate your table, just add a glass hurricane and candle to the middle of the wreath. After displaying it flat as a centerpiece, you can hang it from a pretty ribbon to enjoy it from a different perspective.
How To Make It: Dried Flowers and Herbs Fall Wreath
Combine carved pumpkins and embellished luminaries for a warm outdoor welcome.
It's cute as can be, but don't call it pumpkin! It's actually pumpkin-on-a-stick eggplant (also called scarlet Chinese eggplant), which turns a brilliant red-orange color when it matures and begins to dry. Look for it at farmers' markets or in the floral sections of large supermarkets, or grow it yourself from seeds.
How To Make It: "Pumpkins" and Acorns Fall Wreath
Embellish a store-bought garland by adding bittersweet, fall foliage, or dried hydrangeas. Finish the look with pumpkins and cabbages on the steps and a pine-cone wreath (accented with leaves and flowers on the door.
Tip: Prolong the life of greenery with spritzes of water; coat pumpkins with Mod Podge.
Cast an inviting glow on your steps using paper bags stenciled with the shapes of fall foliage taken right from your own trees.
How To Make It: Paper Bag Luminaries
Turn standard grocery store pumpkins into decorative votive holders that are embellished with polka-dot cutouts.
How To Make It: Decorative Pumpkin Votive Holders
If you love the look of hurricanes lining a front path, put an autumn spin on them by using oversize heirloom pumpkins in various shades of orange and green as bases—perfect for welcoming guests to a fall-themed party.
How To Make It: Simple Pumpkin Hurricanes
Tamale wrappers create a hot look that's sure to spice up your entry. Simple corn husks are folded into loops for a ruffled effect that softens the straight lines of the paneled door. A bold chartreuse bow echoes the greenery in the pedestal urns.
How To Make It: Corn Husk and Ribbon Fall Wreath
Use pumpkins as risers to elevate appetizer plates. Serve the crackers on the lower level and a variety of cheeses up top. Create a simple look by piling pumpkins in a Champagne bucket and weaving branches of berries around the rim. To avoid pumpkin overload, add a cut-flower bouquet arranged in a pitcher.
Tip: After your party ends, fit these pumpkins into other displays around the house.
Plan ahead for plantings that will transition through the holidays with a few additions. Start with ornamental cabbage, bittersweet, pumpkins, dried hydrangeas, artichokes, and ivy, then add in gilded branches and berries to suit the season.
Tip: To withstand October's lower temps, plant window boxes with cold-hardy cabbages and ivy. Add the largest items first; then nestle in smaller things, such as branches of bittersweet. If it's a dry fall, water weekly.
Look to the land for seasonal table décor. Remove the top of heirloom pumpkins to create a trio of festive vases. Fill them with bouquets of roses, persimmons, wheat, dried lotus pods, hydrangeas, fern fronds and oak leaves.
Tip: Keep all eyes on the showy centerpieces by pairing the bold blooms with simple dishes and linens.
Create a festive retreat for guests with lots of plush seating and a mantel swathed in a foliage garland made from a combination of oak and magnolia leaves. Swag only one side of the fireplace for a modern feel. Complete the look with simple and weighty pottery crocks filled with autumn leaves, hydrangeas, and berries.
Tip: Dry your summertime hydrangeas to use in fall arrangements.
Rake in the compliments with a wreath featuring brilliant autumn leaves. This works with maple, oak, sweet gum, hickory, dogwood—whatever is putting on a show in your yard. You can also make it with preserved leaves purchased at a crafts store or online (try save-on-crafts.com or drieddecor.com).
How To Make It: Colorful Foliage Fall Wreath
What do you get when you combine the fun of a pumpkin with the beauty of a mum? A "mumkin," of course! Fill smaller gourds with containers of pansies to create a trio of trusty sidekicks.
Get the Step-by-Step: Mumpkin Container
Ribbons of burlap create a rustic background for iconic fall plants that are bundled into sheaves to form decorative accents.
How To Make It: Indian Corn Badge
This vintage wicker planter, snagged at a flea market, overflows with mums and foliage. For another amazing look, try these plants in a window box.
How To Make it: Versatile Fall Container
Bring the season to the table with a decorating recipe that calls for pumpkins and mums in warm shades of paprika, cinnamon, and curry. Add a helping of Indian corn on the side, and don't forget to sprinkle in assorted pecans, hickory nuts, and a few acorns gathered from your yard.
How To Make It: Harvest-Inspired Patio Decorations
No longer relegated to the field, humble cotton burs top a straw base to yield a surprisingly elegant accent for your door. Crown it with a purple burlap bow for a regal yet rustic touch, or swap in a festive gold or red bow to carry the look through the holidays.
How To Make It: Cotton Bur Fall Wreath