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Decorate a fence or porch rail for fall with a corn garland. 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.
Fill a wooden wheelbarrow with gourds, pumpkins, dried leaves, and berry sprigs. Work with a variety of shapes and colors to achieve a vibrant look that captures the essence of fall. Paint a "welcome friends" message on two large pumpkin and place on top of the wheelbarrow. Weave artificial berry vines around the wheelbarrow for a splash of stunning red.
For a country look, wedges ears of Indian corn between the tines of an old metal rake, using hot-glue to secure if necessary. Hang the finished rake on your door as an alternative to a traditional fall wreath.
Adapt Christmas lights for the Halloween and Thanksgiving season. Position sturdy bare branches in a pot half filled with small rocks or potting soil. Fill in the top of the pot with gourds and pumpkins. Wrap strands of lights (white lights or specialty outdoor party lights) around the bare branches.
A cone fashioned from copper wire mesh holds an abundance of dried flowers and ornamental grasses. This new take on a cornucopia is ideal to hang on your front door or in an outdoor entryway for the fall season.
Scour antique stores and flea markets for a tall and tapered, galvanized steel container with a handle. Fill with fall flowers and hang by the handle from a hook on your front door.
Turn an old planter into a pumpkin perch for fall. Hot-glue cornhusks to a straw wreath form, along the top, bottoms, and sides so that the ends of the husks all point outward. Stick sprigs of ornamental grass into the wreath form to fill in any gaps. Set the wreath on top of a garden urn and nestle a pumpkin in the wreath.
Green and cream pumpkins are well-suited for early fall, when summer still lingers. Assemble the gourds in a wooden wheelbarrow, adding berry vines for extra color and stacking pumpkins to give height to the tableau. As the season progresses, incorporate more orange and yellow gourds to capture the changing landscape of autumn.
Add some pizzazz to your front yard by lining a walkway with pumpkins. Around Halloween, replace some of the whole pumpkins with carved jack-o'-lanterns.
This stylish rake is meant for display, rather than yard duty. To make the decorative rake, wrap an old rake's handle with ribbon. Hot-glue silk leaves in a cluster at the base of the handle and then along the bottom of the rake to resemble just-swept leaves. Weave raffia and bittersweet vine amongst the tines of the rake. Lean against a tree or porch railing, grouped with pumpkins, for a pretty fall vignette.
Outdoor tables are just as suited for centerpieces as their indoor counterparts. This one is a striking arrangement of dried Chinese lanterns, bundled loosely together with curly willow and pumpkins-on-a-stick. A grapevine garland woven with bittersweet vine wraps around the base of the bucket. Visit your local greenhouse, florist, or farmer's market to find unique fall flora.
Welcome autumn to your front door with a blaze of color. Poke holes in the top of pumpkins with a screwdriver. Insert leaf-covered branches into the holes and flank your front door with this artful arrangement. Include a few green pumpkins for contrast.
For this harvest garland, first drill holes through apples. Tie a knot at one end of the rope and thread on the first apple. Tie another knot in the rope to hold the apple in place. Repeat, leaving space on the rope between the apples. Stick sprigs of leaves into the holes of the apples to finish the garland.
Dress up blank windowsills with an arrangement of harvest-inspired elements such as miniature hay bales, ears of Indian corn, and leaves. For Halloween, add a miniature jack-o'-lantern or two. For Thanksgiving, add a handful of pinecones.
For a fully balanced look, arrange elements symmetrically along the sides of your front steps. Start with potted chrysanthemums on the top step. Arrange groupings of small gourds and heads of flowering kale on the lower steps.
To make this pumpkin bucket, cut sections out of the top of a pumpkin, leaving a narrow strip in the middle (around the stem) intact. Hallow out the bottom half and fill with fall clippings from your yard.
Pretty fall wreaths provide a fresh way to decorate that transcends the seasons.