All Harvest Long: Decorating Ideas for Fall
Showcase miniature pumpkins in an elegant fashion with a bell jar or cloche. The pumpkins create the homey, fall look, but a sleek glass dome adds a touch of class and formality. Add colorful details around the dome, such as leaves, flowers, or other fall favorites, to complete the arrangement.
Rather than a bouquet of flowers, go for a bouquet of autumn leaves. The bright and ever-changing colors bring a burst of vibrance to the room. Plus, this look couldn't be simpler. Snip some small branches off a tree in your yard, or for a longer-lasting look, purchase faux leaves at a local crafts store.
Expand beyond the traditional cornucopia with a more modern, colorful look. Use tulle netting as the cornucopia. Fold a square of the material to create a cone and secure with adhesive. Fill the cornucopia with produce like apples, pears, berries, nuts, and more. Complete the look by adding a thick ribbon around the arrangement and curling the ends.
Gourd and Pumpkin Lights
Jack-o-lanterns add a spark to your autumn-inspired decor, but this time, the faces and fancy carvings aren't necessary. Simply cut a hole in the top of a pumpkin, scoop out the insides, and place a candle inside the cavity to create a warm fall light. Try different sizes of pumpkins and surround them with gourds and other pumpkins to complete the arrangement.
Seasonal Color Palette
Autumn is a season full of colors -- but not just the reds, oranges, and yellows of the leaves. Deep colors, like purple, green, or navy work, as well. This palette of green and purple uses nature's treasures to accentuate the colors. Arrange artichokes, heads of lettuce, and lotus pods in similar colored vases, or use dry split peas as a vase filler.
A Sweet Touch
Seasonal fruit brings rich colors to fall-inspired decor. Dress up your light fixtures for the season by hanging fall-theme ornaments from the arms of a chandelier. Here, miniature crabapples hang from the chandelier to instantly give the room a fall look. Use tall vases on the table, but rather than have the arrangement above the top of the vase, keep the arrangement inside the vase for a more modern look.
Subtly add a little depth and shine to a traditional harvest wreath with metallic spray paint. Warm metallics such as gold, copper, and brass keep the fall look but add a bit of subtle glamour. Divide dried wheat into bunches, lightly mist them with the paint, and tuck them in layers into a wreath form.
Pumpkin on a Pedestal
Don't put your empty planters away just because it's fall. Turn a planter into a pedestal for a pumpkin to create a simple fall display outside.
One of the best parts of fall: the colors nature puts on display. As the leaves change and their vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow emerge, use the natural colors as quick, easy decor. Choose white vases in various shapes and sizes and fill them with different colors of leaves. The colors will pop against the white, and different shapes and sizes will add variety.
Pumpkins and Pinecones
Transition pumpkins into late fall by adding pinecones to your displays. For a late-fall centerpiece, place a large pumkin in a shallow basket and surround the base with pinecones.
Creating a fall arrangement is as simple as getting the right materials and tossing them together. The combination fruits, pinecones, leaves, gourds, and more provides a variety of colors, shapes, and textures that instantly makes the arrangement look complete. Be sure to get an array of materials in a variety of textures to mix and match for the best arrangement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arrange brightly colored apples on your mantel, perching them on decorative urns for height. Use artificial apples if you want the display to last the whole fall season.
Fall Plant Arrangement
Utilize a metal tub as a fall planter for in-season plants. This arrangement comprises fountaingrass, Miscanthus sinensis 'Autumn Light', Cyclamen spp., croton (Codiaeum spp.), and wheat stalks.
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.
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.
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.
Use your crafting skills to make a garland based on natural finds. Sketch letters onto heavy paper and outline with waterproof glue. Attach seedpods, 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.
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.
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.
Knot mini pumpkins and fresh fall leaves onto a length of twine to create a harvest-theme window swag.
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.
Make over 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 lightbulbs.
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.
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.
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.
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 seedpods and is tied with a pretty velvet ribbon.