Easy Fall Decorating Projects

These decorating ideas include several no-hassle projects that are full of autumnal textures and colors.

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Pumpkin place cards
Personal Pumpkins

    Add a thoughtful touch to a fall gathering with custom-made place cards. Use a calligraphy pen or a fancy font to create small labels. Then attach the cards to gourds using small pushpins and place around the table.

Gourd Vases

    Dried gourds are naturally elegant vases. Group them together on a fireplace mantel and fill with fall flowers for a stunning, organic arrangement.

Sunny Setting

    Lure guests to the table with a sprightly fall centerpiece. Weight a small pot with stones, then fill with florist's foam. Stick a freshly cut tree branch into the foam, then place the pot in a jute sack with a drawstring. We paired our tree branch with small floral arrangements made of roses, millet, kale, leaves, and berries.

On Display

    Take a display of mini pumpkin gourds to the next level by adding height. Bowls, cake plates, and candlesticks are perfect for creating an interesting display. Paint the pumpkins metallic silver for a dramatic effect.

Fall Corn Garland

    Set a festive tone with a string of Indian corn garland. This symbol of bounty adds color to any setting and is easy to create with twine. Insert eye hooks into the tops of corn cobs. String onto twine, alternating with cornhusks looped over the twine and glued together.

Frame It

    Add character to a plain, inexpensive frame with a border of acorn caps. Hot-glue the acorn caps to the frame. Glue a pressed leaf or other nature find to burlap for a fitting focal point.

Fall Welcome

    Greet your guests with a "welcome" pumpkin. Use paint to write your message on a pumpkin, and set it near the entrance to your home.

Leaf Line

    Create seasonal artwork using nature's palette. Dried and pressed leaves come in a range of colors and patterns. Glue them to a piece of cardstock and attach hangers for elegant artwork.

Pumpkin Planter

    Carve out the inside of a pumpkin to use as a vase. Arrange flowers in fall-like red and orange colors. To finish the centerpiece, place small gourds or candles around the pumpkin.

Apples A-Weigh

    Fresh apples are a stylish and seasonal way to anchor tablecloths and napkins. Simply use an awl to pierce a channel through two apples, and thread twine through the bottom of one and the top of the other. Leave enough twine to hang over the edge of the table 6-8 inches. Tie a twig at each end to keep the apples from sliding off.

Corn Candleholder

    Candles are the perfect way to create a soft glow that warms up a cool autumn evening. Hot-glue Indian corn to the outside of a tea candleholder for a colorful accent.

Harvest Display

    Fill a tray with fall gatherings to celebrate the season's bountiful harvest. Include items with plenty of texture, such as pecans, dried corncobs, and wheat. Display the elements in rustic tins and sleek glass jars, which add a nice contrast to the natural finds.

Natural Elements

    Display freshly fallen leaves. Position single leaves, either pressed or fresh, in small glass vases, and place them on various surfaces around the house. (We used old lab beakers -- look for them at antiques stores.) The best thing about this sweet and simple display is that when the leaves start to crumble and brown, you can easily replace them.

    DIY Tip: To press leaves, place them between layers of newspaper and under a heavy stack of books. Let the leaves dry for a couple of days. Then, to enhance their color, iron the leaves between pieces of waxed paper, using a pressing cloth to keep wax off the iron. Pressed leaves also can be purchased at local crafts stores.

Festive Furniture

    Dress up your furniture with cozy items in seasonal colors. Here, a wicker chair is draped with a warm orange throw, and a maple leaf pillow sits comfortably on top. Perk up a plain pillow by enlarging a leaf using a copier to make a pattern. Cut the pattern out of wool felt and attach it to the pillow cover using iron-on fusible backing. Blanket-stitch around the edges.

Bookshelf Scenario

    Artfully arrange fall items on a bookshelf or in an open cabinet. Sit platters on their sides, fill vases with colorful flowers, and pile bowls with mini gourds to create a diverse display. Try heaping small items, such as acorns, bright berries, and sweet gum seedpods, into glass bowls. Adhere a dried fern frond to a platter with spray adhesive to embellish a simple platter.

Fall Fruitage

    Lure guests to the table with a bright and blossoming fruit centerpiece. Collect acorns or another type of nut or seed, and hot-glue them to the outside of a tightly woven basket. Next, line the basket with plastic or foil, and place a block of florist's foam inside. Pile fruit inside, keeping it in place with wooden kabob spears. Add dahlia blossoms in rich fall colors and fresh sprigs of crabapple, bittersweet, or mountain ash berries.

Dried Wheat Bundles

    Divide a bunch of dried wheat to make these seasonal bundles to fill a bowl, adorn a dining table, or add to a wreath.

Scented Potpourri Balls

    Create potpourri balls to fill any room with fragrance, texture, and color. Start with plastic foam crafts spheres. Hot-glue the potpourri elements around the balls. Overlap the decorative pieces to completely cover the foam. Display the balls individually in glass vases or on decorative plates, or together in a large bowl.

Fall Tranquility

    To create an intimate and tranquil atmosphere, arrange woven jugs and vases with brightly colored leaves and fall berries. Vary the heights of the arrangement by positioning the tallest branches in back. Display them on a side table among small trinkets, such as decorative boxes or autumn accents.

Picture Perfect

    For an easy-to-make mantel display, hang brightly colored fall leaves on S-hooks (used for jewelry making and available at crafts stores) and string them across a slender red silk ribbon. Tack nails to either end of a colorful, empty frame and suspend the ribbon loosely across the center, tying it to the nails on either side of the frame. Complete the display by spreading a branch full of bright berries across the length of the mantel and setting petite gourds atop eggcups.

Fall Hanging-Vase Arrangement

    Tiny arrangements made from a glass vases or votives are inexpensive and add a whimsical touch to your decor.

New Heights

    An open space becomes vibrant with an arrangement inspired by the season. Fill tall glass vases with long stems of bright orange and yellow foliage, then place atop a foyer hutch for a dramatic fall look.

Fall Olive Jar Arrangement

    Fill a collection of crocks or jars with a branch or two of fall berries or leaves for a rustic and easy centerpiece.

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