Let’s Decorate for Fall: 6 DIY Ideas for Your Home and Yard

Autumn is the perfect time to add a natural palette of colors to your home decor. The return of cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and the Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Winter holidays means more time inside and cuddling by a warm fire. One of the best things about coming up with autumn decoration ideas is that a lot of the materials can be found right in your yard.

Why not bring some of the natural splendor to your home by decorating with these fall home decor ideas? Inside and outside, your home can display the vibrant oranges, yellows, and reds of autumn that create a warm and cozy fall house decor for your family and guests. From the inviting glow of candles to comforting scents, you can make your home beautiful and festive all season long.

Fall Ideas for Decorating

The best fall home decor ideas are the ones that use the brilliant colors of fall foliage, autumn aromas, and the fruits and vegetables of the harvest season. From beautiful wreaths to dining table centerpieces, these natural decorating items can be used to create accents throughout your home.

Use the Colors of Nature for Fall House Decor

Pumpkins may symbolize fall better than any other vegetable or fruit, but corn and corn husks are right up there with them. Corn cobs and husks are versatile and you can use them for indoor or outdoor decorating. Indian corn provides an almost endless palette of colors and shades. Indigo, orange, white, green, blue, and gold are just a sampling of the colors you’ll find. The range of colors and the variety of patterns make this harvest crop a versatile decorating option.

Make Centerpieces the Center of Attention

From traditional family gatherings to the increased time your family spends indoors because of the changing weather, the dining room is a popular gathering place for holidays. You can go formal or opt for a “homey” feel when using these holiday decorating tips. The best approach is to think of decorating as an extension of you and your family’s personality.

Your centerpiece can be elaborate, simple, or even edible! Red and yellow apples, Indian corn, small pumpkins, and other seasonal fruits and vegetables create a centerpiece that looks festive and doubles as a source for healthy snacks. Adding place settings and table linens with fall colors creates a formal look, or you can blend formal and rustic decorations for variety. Keep in mind that your centerpiece isn’t a “one-and-done” option. You can change things up throughout the autumn season and holidays to keep your decor fresh and interesting.

Create the Aroma of Fall

Candles and diffusers are a fall house decor staple you can use in almost any room. Scented candles, potpourri, and essential oils can set the fall mood by creating pleasing aromas that make your house smell like home. We all know decorative items can be costly, but with a little imagination and some basic ingredients, you can create authentic, natural holiday scents.

If you want to fill your entire home with fall-inspired aromas, try a stovetop potpourri. Grab a saucepan and throw in a sliced lemon, sliced apple, a handful of cloves, a handful of cinnamon sticks, and a few dashes of vanilla extract. Fill the pot with enough water to submerge your ingredients and turn your burner on low. As your naturally aromatic ingredients begin to simmer, your home will fill with the scents of autumn.

Outdoor Fall Decor Ideas

Hay, pumpkins, and Indian corn are perfect for creating displays around trees and mailboxes. If your home has prominent windows facing the front, you can make or buy fall wreaths and hang one in each window for an even more welcoming and colorful look. Remember, you can’t make your home look too warm and inviting, so get creative and let your house say “welcome to fall!”

For out in the yard, why not leave some of those beautifully colored leaves scattered around and build a centerpiece for your lawn around a stack of hay bales? Using a tree or hay bales draws attention to your welcoming burst of fall colors, and the hay bales are great for making a tiered display for pumpkins, gourds, and baskets. Don’t be afraid to mix things up and add some bright colored plants and flowers to the traditional oranges and browns. Choose decorating elements that can withstand the outdoor weather so your beautiful creation lasts all season long.

Fall Porch Decor

Your front porch or walkway can be welcoming and inviting and give your home a warm, cozy look. Corn stalks, hay, straw, raffia, and other decorating items from nature are perfect for wrapping porch columns, framing doorways, and dressing up steps and walkways. Orange and brown-colored ribbons or other fabric add contrasting color and texture to your decorative creations.

Lanyards, garlands, and wreaths using berries, fruit, and autumn leaves will frame your entryway beautifully. Use grapevines, branches, pine cones, and other items for even more texture and variety.

And just because you’re decorating outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t make your porch look cozy! Use a small bench or rocker, add outdoor pillows, a fall-inspired throw, and plenty of fall foliage. You’ll have a comfy spot to watch the autumn colors unfold while creating an inviting look for your home.

DIY Fall Decor Ideas

Some of the best fall decor ideas are the ones that let you enjoy some family time or keep children busy having fun. Imagine all the possibilities to create personalized decorations using the beauty of natural materials like leaves, twigs, pine cones, and other items you can probably find right in your backyard. A great way to get the creative juices flowing is to round up a bunch of those fallen leaves and get to work on these autumn decor ideas.

Fall Decorating with Baskets

Baskets are a favorite for all kinds of decorating, and they especially bring to mind thoughts of an autumn harvest. You don’t need to go out and buy anything fancy—fall decorating with baskets that have a little wear and tear adds charm and character to your creations. A plaid dish towel or any similar fabric with fall colors makes a great foundation for putting your basket of bounty together. You can lay the fabric in the basket as a liner if it’s large enough, or just drape it over the front or side. Now let’s fill that basket up.

Pumpkins come in all sizes and a variety of colors and exude fall probably better than any other vegetable or fruit. Throw in some apples (use green, red, and yellow for a greater color variety), squash, corn cobs, and whatever else you like. Add some ribbon, battery-powered string lights, and your own special touches. For a modern touch, add glittering acorns to your fall basket creations and other decor. Gather up some acorns, spray paint them lightly, add glitter, and you’re done!

Give Your Home a Fall Glow with Fall Lanterns

Colorful leaves are to fall what flowers are to spring, so the reds, oranges, greens, and yellows of those leaves have become synonymous with the fall season. Here’s an idea that not only brings a festive glow when you decorate for fall, but it also does double duty as a fun craft for any age. You’ll put all those beautiful leaves to good use, have some great family time, and bring a little brightness to the season.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own festive fall lanterns:

  • Wax paper
  • Decorative tape
  • Battery-powered votive lights
  • An iron
  • And leaves!

Cut four 12 x 5 pieces of wax paper for each lantern you want to make. Fold each piece in half and put leaves inside the fold. With the iron on the lowest setting, gently heat the wax paper to seal the leaves inside. Tape the four pieces together, put in your votive light and your lantern is done. These decorations look good all around the house and add a little glow as a bonus.

Create Personalized Chalkboard Pumpkins

Gather some pumpkins that are large enough to display your family’s fall messages and grab some chalkboard paint and chalk at your local hardware store. Clean the outside of the pumpkins and spray paint them with your chalkboard paint. Once they’re dry, gather your pumpkins and chalk and let everyone create their own special holiday greetings.

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