Our Favorite Fall Decorating Ideas

Fall has arrived, which means it's time to carve the pumpkins and cover the walls in rustic shades. Celebrate the festive season with vibrant decorations for both indoors and out.

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October 17, 2018

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Welcome the Season With a Sign

What better way to embrace the arrival of cooler days than with a sign? Check out this easy upcycling project that requires only a piece of scrap wood and basic craft supplies.

A Geometric Feast

Bring your creativity to the table this Thanksgiving with a custom centerpiece. No need for a tablerunner this year — learn how to create a sleek, modern arrangement with wooden triangle pieces.

A Scent-Tastic Season

Mmm, gotta love the spicy scents of the season! Recreate this inexpensive DIY by wrapping cinnamon sticks around dollar store candles. Just secure with twine and your home will be filled in a fall aroma.

Add an Evening Glow

Pumpkins aren't just for Halloween. Try using clear lights and crystals to illuminate your space throughout the fall.

Piece Together a Fall Findings Wreath

Can you believe it only took 5 items to make this simple fall wreath? Take a peek at how gathering acorns and pinecones can create a welcoming look for your home.

Fall on the Front Porch

Ready to spruce up your front porch for fall? Get creative with this easy DIY stencil doormat project.

Hang Dried Corn

Tie a few cobs of Indian corn as ornaments to create a simple and colorful display.

Arrange a Rustic Tabletop

Transform your plain porch table into one filled with rustic autumnal elements. One tip: Flammable porch decorations and real candles don't mix. Opt for battery-operated lights and lanterns instead.

Show Off Your Colorful Mums

Vibrant mums can be arranged in a variety of ways. Try placing them in wagons, wheelbarrows or rustic pots for an easy-to-assemble seasonal display.

Preserve Those Pretty Fall Leaves

Lock in the gorgeous colors of autumn with this easy and inexpensive wax paper trick. Your leaves will maintain their lovely seasonal look for weeks afterward.

Upcycle Branches Into Home Decor

Don't toss out those fallen branches from your yard just yet. Instead, try painting them in your preferred fall colors and placing them around your home. You can even grab the kids to help out with this artsy project.

Wrap Your Home in Burlap and Leaves

Want a fast and inexpensive way to dress up your porch? Learn how to wrap your exterior columns in a burlap and leaf garland. These wraps can also work for mailboxes and other sturdy home features.

Hang Up Some 3D Pumpkin Art

This seasonal art piece is great for decorating your home for Halloween or to simply bask in the fall season. Learn how to shape your own pumpkin and add a festive touch to your space.

String Some Acorns Together

Make use of the acorns that have fallen onto the ground by painting them in colorful ways. Pick from a rainbow of shades for this decorative fall craft and thread them above your doorways and walls.

Give the Birds Some Love, Too

When the weather cool downs, birds go on the hunt for sources of food. You and the kids can help your feathery friends by adding a gourd bird feeder to your fall outdoor decor.

Use Haystacks for Height

Show off your decor for the whole neighborhood to see by boosting it up with haybales. After fall, use the hay (and pumpkins) for a winter compost pile then, later, as fertilizer in springtime.

Make a Squash Vase

Did you know that gourds of tasty butternut squash can be a home for your fall flowers? Learn the creative way to craft these impressive centerpieces for the season.

Try a Fall Boho Vibe

If you've grown bored of traditional wreaths, mix things up by working in a vintage vibe. Try out this bohemian yarn display topped with your favorite fall accessories against a rainbow of colors.

Turn a Craft Pumpkin Into a Vase

Craft stores have plenty of these ready-to-carve foam pumpkins in stock; pick one up to fill with your favorite fall florals. Don't forget to have fun with your designs.

Create an Outdoor Lounge

Heat up the fire pit and kick back with loved ones on a seasonally-decorated patio. Add some throw pillows and blankets to make this the ultimate lounge for cooler days.

Make Turkey Day Crafts

Ready to feel like a kid again? Learn how to make these cute turkey decorations that'll keep your little ones busy for hours.

Give Pumpkins a Glimmer of Gold

Add a glamourous and expensive look to your fall decor with this marbling technique. You'll need liquid gilding, a small disposable container, a popsicle stick or straw and wax paper. Fill the container with about 3” of water. Dip the popsicle stick into the gilding, then drip gilding onto the top of the water; some will sink but most will float. After you have about 20% of the surface covered, swirl the water and gilding around with the stick. Then carefully (and quickly) dip your pumpkin into the water and right back out again, then place on wax paper to dry overnight. You can do the entire pumpkin or just half. The marbled look will always be different depending on the amount of gilding in the water, you can achieve a solid gold look by adding more gilding to the water.

Keep Your Blooms Beautiful on a Budget

Get ready to impress your Thanksgiving guests with a budget-friendly floral centerpiece. It can be arranged in just a few minutes for only a few dollars.

Light Up With Lanterns

This illuminating display can last you all season long. Pair your lanterns with stacks of straw to get that fall-friendly appeal.

Plant Your Succulents in Mini Pumpkins

Learn how to make these adorable vessels for your small, sculptural succulents with mini white pumpkins.

Use Moss in Your Wreaths

The soft green texture of moss is a great fall addition to any decoration. Add seasonal flair to your front door with this easy-to-make wreath.

Top Your Pumpkins With Nature

Learn how to give your front porch a nature-inspired look by stacking pumpkins into a topiary, decorated with fall's finest foliage.

Create Your Own Fall Garden Walkway

Need new ideas to spruce up your garden? Try placing a wreath of dried fall flowers and foliage on a gate door. You can also accent the surroundings with pumpkins, squashes and other fall veggies.

Crochet Pumpkins From Afghans

If you've been looking to put an old blanket to good use,try upcycling it into crochet-style pumpkins. Don't have any afghans laying around? Luckily, they're typically an easy thrift store find.

A Big Basket of Florals

Place assorted potted plants together in a large wicker basket to create a colorful seasonal display.

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