Easy Fall Decorating Projects

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

Mini Fall Garden

This easy DIY miniature garden will look lovely as any table's centerpiece. Both real and faux flora work well for this project. Place a few layers of moss across the bottom of your dish, and use it to balance a branch with bright leaves upright. Place small gourds or pumpkins on the moss and top with a bell jar.

Ornamental Acorns

Guests will love this all-season-long decor. Gather acorns from your backyard and paint them with blue and copper acrylic paint. Hot-glue them into their caps, and glue the caps to twine. Hang on gathered branches placed in a vase.

Fall Feature

Go for a walk, and gather all the natural fall elements you can. When you get home, line your entry table with vases, glasses, and jars. Fill the containers with your gathered treasures and arrange in an eye-catching display.

Add sparkle to your entry by coating faux leaves with glitter. Here's how to make the leaf craft and create a welcoming outdoor display.

Glittering Front Door Leaves

Pin this glittery display to your front door to grab attention and make a great first impression! Use fabric leaves and outdoor-friendly decoupage medium for long lasting sparkle and shine.

Adorable Beeswax Pumpkin Candles

It doesn't get any cuter than this. Pick up a few mini pumpkins next time you're at the grocery store and make these sweet little candles in under an hour. First, prep them like you would for carving—remove the tops and scoop the insides clean. While you're doing this, melt down some beeswax in a double boiler (or you can use some old candles if you have them on hand). Once the wax is melted, hold the wick in place and slowly pour the wax up to the top. Allow 8-12 hours to cool completely. Then, light and enjoy the warm orange glow.

Bright and Bold

This table setting is a piece of cake! You can pick up strings of berries from your local crafts store. Simply loosely wrap them haphazardly around lovely white pumpkins, and you're done. Match the berry color to any table linens. 

Fall Door Greeter

This marigold wreath can be done in minutes! Gather or purchase a vine and loop it, create a circular shape, secure with floral wire. Or purchase a preformed vine wreath at a crafts store. Slide marigold stems into the wreath, securing with wire until you reach the desired look.

Contrasting Candle

Make a bold fall statement with contrast. The blue and orange hues in this centerpiece bounce off each other; the yellow beads in the bottom soften the scheme. Adhere leaves to the outside of a vase filled with your choice of stones and candle. Surround with miniature pumpkins to complete the look.

Fall Yarn Garland

You won't believe how simple it is to make this colorful fall garland. Simply loop a length of yarn back and forth, wrapping around the middle of the loop and part of the garland rope. Knot tightly. Cut the loops to create loose ends. Repeat with different sizes and colors.

Your fall decorating just got easier! Nifty transfer paper just requires water to turn printouts of fall leaves into decals that stick beautifully to vases and glass cups. Here's how to get the look in minutes.

Two-Supply Leaf Vases

Create a pretty fall vase in minutes! On decal paper, print and cut out leaf forms. Soak in water for 30 seconds. Peel off the backing of the paper, and stick the decal to the vase. Smooth out any air bubbles with a cloth, and display.

Stoic Fall Feature

This autumnal presentation can be made with pieces picked up at the crafts store. Choose supplies appropriate for the space you need to fill. Your goal should be a semi-symmetrical display. Try to incorporate items of similar shape, like these round pumpkins and gourds, vase, and bowl. 

Fall Table Wreath

Forget evergreens! Halo a candle collection with a beautiful fall wreath made of moss and other natural elements. Use a foam wreath base and hot-glue the moss to all sides. Decorate as desired, and center it on the table around candles. Light and enjoy!

Painted Pinecone Door Hanging

Make a great first impression with this gorgeous DIY. Find some pinecones at a craft store or a nearby park—if you find them outside, bake them for a bit to dry them out and get rid of pests. Once cooled, paint the tips with acrylic paint or nail polish in the color of your choice. Hang them on the front door with twine or ribbon for the perfect way to welcome guests this fall.

Pumpkin Vase

Carve out your pumpkins, but don't turn them into a spooky face. Fill them with flowers and let them act as a lovely vase. Fall foliage looks lovely next to mint green leaves in a delicate white pumpkin.

Merry Marigolds

For your next fall outdoor gathering, let your patio table greet guests in fashion. This simple burlap runner offers rustic style, while fresh or faux marigolds provide color and quirk. Trim flowers at the head and arrange darkest to lightest for an ombre effect.

Center of Attention

To create a simple and sweet fall centerpiece, look no farther than your own backyard. To re-create this look, gather fallen twigs—or snip a few off of a tree—and place them in an oversize wire basket. Amp up the arrangement by incorporating a few store-bought branches decked out in faux fall berries. A large basket of apples and a random variety of gourds add texture and rich autumnal colors.

Acorn Pillow

Bring a touch of the great outdoors inside with this adorable acorn pillow. Simply purchase a solid-color pillow in the fabric and color of your choice and a large acorn iron-on. Place the acorn in the center of the pillow, follow the directions included with the iron-on transfer, and you have a festive and fun throw pillow that blends perfectly with other fall decor.

Seasonal Shelf Display

Fill old jars with fall berries to bring the colors of fall to any shelf in your home. Comb your lawn for fallen branches or snip a collection of twigs off of a nearby tree and place a couple in each jar, scattering a few berry sprays along the surface of the mantel. Tiny white gourds add another dimension of seasonal textures.

Filled to the Brim

Even the simplest of objects, when displayed on a larger scale, can have a stunning affect. Here, a tall cylindrical vase is filled to the top with basic white pumpkins and is perched atop a dining room buffet for an eye-catching display.

Natural Beauty

Creating a bold centerpiece can be done on a dime. In fact, you can re-create this autumnal arrangement by just stepping outside. Simply comb your backyard for fallen leafy twigs and place the collection in a wide vase filled with water. Natural imperfections in the leaves, such as tiny holes or rumpled edges, add texture and create an authentic natural look.

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 corncobs. String onto twine, alternating with cornhusks looped over the twine and glued together.

Hand-Lettered Pumpkins

Pumpkin carving not your thing? We've got you covered with these adorable, hand-lettered pumpkins that will make any space feel sleek and cozy. All you need for this mess-free DIY is a pumpkin and a paint pen. Choose a pumpkin with a smooth, clean surface. You can select and print a font for guidance, or take a more freehand approach. Try a small grouping of pumpkins on a coffee or dining table, or go bigger with some on the front porch. Either way, people will definitely be impressed!

Leafy Window Banner

Use tissue paper and twigs to make a playful garland. Trace leaf shapes onto heavy cardstock to make templates. Cut them out and trace the shapes onto tissue paper in the colors of your choice and cut out the leaves. Glue tiny twigs onto the leaves to create veining, then adhere the finished leaves onto a thin strip of twine, and hang the arrangement in front of a window.

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.

Fall Tablescape

Embrace the bounty of beautiful fall colors with a seasonal tablescape. The star of this table is a stunning arrangement of late-blooming flowers mixed with bold red-orange leaves. Small gourds and pumpkins are also randomly placed around the table, creating a laid-back vibe perfect for fall entertaining.

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 pillar candle for a colorful accent. As you burn the candle, make sure the flame doesn't get too close to the corn.

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.

Painted Acorn Vase Filler

Bring the outdoors in with this simple project. Take a nature walk and round up some acorns—don't forget to bake them to dry them out and get rid of any unwanted house guests. Once they've cooled, add a few coats of acrylic paint or nail polish. Try a single color for a classic, monochrome look, or a glossy metallic shade for a modern twist. Then, proudly display your handiwork in a clear vase or bowl for all to admire.

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.

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