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Add to the natural autumn beauty of your yard with harvest-inspired fall outdoor decorations. Featuring natural elements such as pumpkins, leaves, and more, our versatile fall outdoor decorating ideas will span the season from September through Thanksgiving.
Pumpkins in various colors and sizes make a beautiful fall decoration when piled in a planter and placed on your porch. If your planter is too big for your pumpkins, use a block of florist's foam to keep your gourds at the top.
A bell jar and a shallow terra-cotta bulb dish easily transform into a fall-inspired terrarium perfect for spotlighting your favorite natural elements. Pumpkins, pinecones, Spanish moss, and leaves fill this harvest outdoor decoration.
Transform a traditional cornucopia into an outdoor table centerpiece that's absolutely wow-worthy. Shop the supermarket for squash, shallots, onions, nuts, and pears. Pile them in a woven basket that's treated to withstand autumn weather, along with a few dried naturals from a crafts store, and place the display on any outdoor surface.
Transform a forgotten space into a stunning window box with the season's best blooms. Here's how.
Mix bright orange squash with earthy pottery for an autumn-hue display that will impress any guest. Fill the vase with beautiful crabapple branches full of ripe fruits and lush leaves, and place it on a small table near your front door.
Guests will ooh and aah over this gorgeous fall doorway decoration. To make it, cut a square of florist's foam and place inside a plastic urn. Cover with Spanish moss (available at crafts stores), keeping the moss in place with green pins. Make a collar of burlap around the urn, and build your arrangement with artificial leaves, berries, Chinese lanterns, dried lotus pods, and other fall favorites from the floral section of your local crafts store.
Decorate your doorstep with a pumpkin designed to fit any sophisticated Halloween or Thanksgiving decor. Trace a maple leaf onto the pumpkin, then use a linoleum cutter or potter's ribbon tool to scrape out the design of the leaf. Be careful not to cut completely through to keep your design fresh.
Deocrate your back patio in a mix of warm and bright fall colors -- the theme will last from Halloween through Thanksgiving. Buy fall mums and other seasonal plants that fit your color scheme, but don't stop there! Make your patio furniture and pillows match your plants and pots for a seasonal look that's both fun and cohesive.
Follow these three steps for your most gorgeous front door display yet.
Take the simple approach to fall outdoor decorating with our autumn-inspired wreath. All you need is orange-color raffia and an unadorned twig wreath for this easy, eye-catching creation. Bundle strands of raffia and pinch in the middle. Twist thin-gauge wire around the pinched center and attach to the wreath. Continue all the way around the wreath, being sure to fluff both sides of the raffia bundles so they flow in the same direction as the twigs.
A wooden wheelbarrow filled with gourds, pumpkins, dried leaves, and berry sprigs makes a beautiful entryway decoration. 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 pumpkins, and place them on top of the wheelbarrow. Weave artificial berry vines around the wheelbarrow for a splash of stunning red.