All Harvest Long: Decorating Ideas for Fall

Add elements of nature's fall bounty to your home decor with these looks that span the entire season ... all the way through Thanksgiving!


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Fall Pumpkins

    Celebrate autumn's beauty with an artfully arranged collection of natural elements. For a unified yet unique display, start with a collection of pumpkins that are the same shape, but have varied sizes and colors. Arrange with leaves and grape vines. Include a glass cloche or vase to add elegance to the rustic tablescape.

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Acorn Napkin Rings

    Take a nature walk to gather acorns to make these napkin rings, perfect for a fall table setting. For each ring, drill tiny holes through the sides of nine or 10 acorns. Wire the acorns together, alternating the acorns top-to-bottom so they nestle together tightly. Twist the ends of the wire together and trim off the excess.

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Harvest Corn

    Tie a grouping of Indian corn ears together and hang from a cabinet door. Display jars filled with dried corn and seeds behind glass-front cabinet doors.

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Fall Fill

    Looking for an inexpensive yet chic fall vase filler? Try dried beans. This pantry staple is readily available in bulk at a low cost. For this arrangement, we filled a hurricane vase with about two inches of white beans and added a branch of yellow berries. Experiment with different color combination, such as red kidney beans with orange berries.

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Orchard Fruits

    Arrange brightly colored apples on your mantel, perching them on decorative urns for height. Use artifical apples if you want the display to last the whole fall season.

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Leaf Specimens

    Focus on the beauty of individual fall leaves by displaying them in glass beakers or miniature vases. Add a small gourd or mini pumpkin to the display for a change in shape and texture.

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Fall Plant Arrangement

    Utilize a metal tub as a fall planter for in-season plants. This arrangement is comprised of fountaingrass, Miscanthus sinensis 'Autumn Light', Cyclamen spp., croton (Codiaeum spp.), and wheat stalks.

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Autumn's Bounty

    Fall elements offer a rich palette of color and texture. Bank on this aesthetic appeal in a single tabletop arrangement, perfect for a centerpiece. Start with a tray and containers (compotes, sherbet dishes, etc.). Ours all have an antiqued metal finish for a vintage look. Fill the tray and containers with assorted berries, nuts, and fruit. For shine, paint some of the elements with gold paint or cover with gold leaf.

    Editor's Tip: If you will be placing your arrangement within reach of pets or small children, ensure none of the elements are poisonous.

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Autumn Vase

    An old doorknob finds new life as a fall vase. Sea oats (Chasmanthium) are arranged to fit inside a handsome doorknob. Fill the doorknob with sand to add weight and stability to the arrangement.

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Autumn Leaves

    Look for ways to dress up store-bought decorating accessories for a customized look. This leaf-shape twig accessory was embellished with fall leaves and acorns, which add color and texture to the purchased frame.

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Fall Mantel Decor

    Spice up your living room with a spot of fall color. Arrange tall branches with bright leaves inside a vase and place on your mantel or shelf.

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Seasonal Sign

    Use your crafting skills to make a garland based on natural finds. Sketch letters onto heavy paper and outline with waterproof glue. Attach seed pods, twigs, and acorn caps to the letters. Punch holes in the tops of the papers and string onto a piece of twine to create a small garland to hang on your front door.

    Editor's Tip: Hang the garland in a place that is not directly exposed to the elements.

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Pack & Ship Autumn Favorites

    A vintage wooden crate is perfect for showcasing the best harvest has to offer. Pair a pot of mums with a gourd assortment and a few ears of Indian corn. Position the crate near your front door as a fall greeting to guests.

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Curb Appeal

    Lush potted mums add color to this front stoop, as do paper lanterns hung from the portico. White pumpkins add contrast and a harvest wreath defines the solid wood door.

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White Autumn

    Plain white dishes are anything but boring when accompanied by autumn flair. Leaves, gourds, and miniature pumpkins create a pretty fall tablescape, perfect for a harvest party or Thanksgiving dinner.

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Fall Window Dressings

    Spruce up a window for fall with miniature wreaths. Gather a selection of natural elements. Hot-glue twigs together to make frames for square wreaths. Cut out circles from cardboard and wrap with ribbon for the round wreaths. Hot-glue your finds to the wreath forms and hang from a window.

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Pumpkins on Display

    Add petite pumpkins to an existing display to dress it up for fall. Plain pumpkins work well, but if you want to add some extra flair, paint designs on the pumpkins in colors that match your decor.

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Grassy Fields

    Ornamental grasses dress up a plain staircase for fall -- the dried variety is available at crafts stores and fresh grasses can be purchased at some floral shops. Simply bundle bunches of the grasses together, secure with a rubber band and tie to every other baluster on your staircase with raffia.

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Garden Garland

    Knot mini pumpkins and fresh fall leaves onto a length of twine to create a harvest-theme window swag.

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Harvest Greetings

    Create a fall welcome sign in a few easy steps. Hot-glue a small pumpkin on top of a slightly larger pumpkin. Print the word "welcome" on a piece of cardstock. Fold a ribbon in half and attach it (and the cardstock) to the pumpkin with a corsage pin, as shown in the picture.

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A Toast to Fall

    A pewter cup, purchased from a flea market, boasts just the right finish and color to enhance the beauty of a fall arrangement. The burnished metal surface complements the greenery sprigs, beach plum branches, and red hypericum berries nestled inside the vessel.

    Editor's Tip: Cut a piece of florist's foam to fit inside the cup. Soak it in water and place inside the cup before arranging the florals.

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Pumpkins & Candles

    Transform miniature pumpkins into beautiful candle holders, perfect for the autumn season. Drill or cut out a hole in the top of the pumpkin the same size as a candle's tapered base. Hot-glue miniature pinecones, berries, and dried moss around the hole. Insert a candle and light it to add a little glow to your harvest nights.

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Fall Chandelier

    Makeover your light fixtures, without any electrical work. Attach ribbons to papier mache gourds with hot-glue and suspend from a chandelier. Finish the look with a garland of leaves woven around the chandelier arms.

    Editor's Tip: Keep flammable elements from coming into contact with the light bulbs.

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Corn Garland

    This garland of Indian corn can be used indoors or out. Cut rope 2 feet longer than the area in which you intend to hang the garland. Then twist screw-eye hooks (with openings about the same size as the rope diameter) into the tops of mini ears of corn, one per ear. Bend corn husks into loops and hot-glue the pointed ends together. Thread the husks and ears onto the rope and hang.

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Letter-Perfect Leaves

    Mark your front door with a leafy monogram. Paint a papier-mache letter and let dry. Hot-glue dried or silk leaves to the front. Shape a piece of wire into a hanging loop, and hot-glue it to the back of the letter.

    Editor's Tip: If you have a metal door, glue magnets to the back of the letter to hang.

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Mini Pumpkins

    Swap out a flower arrangement for these petite pumpkin peppers (Solanum integrifolium). Arrange stems of the plant in a vase and surround with other harvest-hue fruits and greenery on a shelf or your fireplace mantel. Visit your local nursery, greenhouse, or pumpkin patch to find this unique plant variety.

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Showcase Fall Memories

    Display family photos in a frame made by nature. Tie branches with twine and add evergreen tassels; then insert photos in the branches, clipping them on, if needed, to hold in place.

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Autumn Wreath

    Find out-of-the-ordinary places to add a little harvest accent, such as the back of a dining room chair. Simply tie a fall wreath to a chair with a wide ribbon. This wreath is outfitted with kumquats, raffia, and seed pods, and ties with a pretty velvet ribbon.

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Warm & Snug for Fall

    Combat fall's chill with cozy decor. Layer pretty blankets onto your dining room table in place of a tablecloth. This one is decked out in a floor-sweeping quilt and is topped with a shorter, knit afghan.

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Fall Pumpkin Roses Centerpiece

    Turn a pretty pumpkin into a high-style vase for this seasonal floral arrangement -- it's formal enough for gala Thanksgiving dinner, but versatile enough for any fall occasion. This bouquet features apricot-color roses, cockscomb, hypericum berries, seeded eucalyptus, and bittersweet vines.

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