Fall Outdoor Decorating

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The best autumn outdoor decorations can stay on display from harvest to Halloween. Add to the natural beauty of your backyard with chic pumpkin decorations and bright window boxes filled with flowers for fall. Our versatile fall outdoor decorating ideas will span the season from September through Thanksgiving—plus, many displays can be brought indoors and used as fall centerpieces during seasonal entertaining.

Make a Pumpkin Planter

Spruce up your outdoor space with a chic pumpkin decoration that's blossoming with fall florals. The easy decoration thrives with a combination of autumn flowers, ornamental grasses, and sweet-smelling herbs. This DIY outdoor planter is perfect for your Halloween porch or can be used as subtle backyard decor throughout the fall season.

DIY Seeded Eucalyptus Wreath

Create a layered Halloween display with hay bales, colorful pumpkins, tall ornamental grass, and a stunning fall wreath. The outdoor pumpkin decorations accentuate a simple DIY wreath, which is built from refreshing eucalyptus and threaded with sprigs of berries and mini pinecones. Arrange the wreath in the center of your door and hang with a large ribbon. 

Welcoming Fall Chalkboard Sign

This easy fall craft requires just a small chalkboard, a little paint, and a pretty checkered ribbon. Change your message to welcome guests to your autumn celebrations or wish trick-or-treaters a Happy Halloween.

DIY Front Entry Welcome Mat

This hand-painted fall mat displays subtle pumpkin decorations right on your doorstep. Our easy DIY project uses pumpkin and leaf stencils—just trace your favorite fall shapes, and tape them onto a coir doormat. Once the shapes are in place, use a foam brush to dab paint over the design. After the entrance mat dries, scatter your favorite fall pumpkin decorations around the porch and you’re ready for fall festivities.

Pumpkin Planter

Pumpkins in various colors and sizes make beautiful outdoor fall decorations when piled in a planter and placed near your porch or in the backyard. If your planter is too big for your pumpkins, use a block of florists foam to balance the gourds at the top of the fall display.

Fall Outdoor Terrarium

A bell jar and a shallow terra-cotta bulb dish easily create a fall-inspired terrarium perfect for spotlighting your favorite natural elements. We recommend starting your fall centerpiece with Spanish moss, small pumpkin decorations, and bright leaves. Keep the timeless collection for a harvest decoration that can make an appearance on your outdoor porch every fall.

Fall Cornucopia Centerpiece

Transform a traditional cornucopia into an outdoor table centerpiece that's absolutely wow-worthy for fall. Shop the supermarket for squash, shallots, onions, nuts, and pears. Pile the Thanksgiving decorations 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 or use as gorgeous fall home decor. Bonus: For a sweet-smelling fall centerpiece, add potpourri of your choice.

Pumpkin and Milkweed Outdoor Decoration

Let nature set the table with this rustic fall centerpiece. Fill a woven tray with small gourds, mini pumpkin decorations, and a glass vase filled with downy milkweed seeds. Accent the backyard decor with calming shades of brown, gold, and orange.

Plant a beautiful outdoor fall display in four easy steps. Our editor shows you how to combine fall flowers and seasonal gourds to create a stunning window box (Hint: It looks great from inside the house, too!).

How to Make an Outdoor Window Box

Transform a forgotten space into a fall window box filled with the season's best blooms. Here's how to create a timeless backyard decoration with your favorite autumn florals.

Fall Squash and Foilage

Pair bright orange squash with earthy pottery for an outdoor autumn decoration 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.

Decorative Fall Urn

Guests will ooh and aah over this gorgeous DIY autumn porch decor. To make the fall decoration, cut a square of florists foam and place inside a plastic urn. Cover with Spanish moss (available at crafts stores), keeping the moss in place with green pins. Add a collar of burlap around the urn, and build your arrangement with artificial leaves, berries, Chinese lanterns, dried lotus pods, and other fall favorites.

Harvest Pumpkin Basket

Fall home decor is largely associated with the brightly hued harvest. Fill a wicker or woven basket with your favorite fall pumpkin decorations, colorful squash, and other bright gourds. This display can be placed on your doorstep or backyard porch, or used as a bountiful fall centerpiece.

Outdoor Pumpkin with Maple Leaf Design

Get creative with your outdoor fall decorating ideas: Dress up your doorstep with a pumpkin designed to fit any sophisticated Halloween or Thanksgiving theme. 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 the pumpkin in order to keep your design fresh.

Backyard Holiday Getaway

Decorate your back patio in a mix of warm hues and bright fall colors—this effortless backyard decor 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.

Transform colorful fall elements -- gourds, flowers, and baskets -- into a pretty fall front door display. Our three no-fail tips will make your outdoor decorations the neighborhood standout.

Front Door Made Beautiful

Follow our quick and easy steps for your most gorgeous front door display yet. These Halloween decorations and pumpkin pairings will upgrade any front porch from drab to dynamic.

Gourd Candleholders

Gourds easily transform into candleholders by simply cutting off the tops and hollowing out the centers. Set the decorative gourds alongside other natural fall elements, like hedge apples, in a tray for a beautiful outdoor fall centerpiece.

Autumn Raffia Wreath

Take the simple approach to fall outdoor decorating with our autumn-inspired wreath. All you need are orange-color raffia, thin-gauge wire, and an unadorned twig wreath for this easy, eye-catching decoration. Bundle strands of raffia and pinch in the middle. Twist 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.

Fall Backyard Porch Decor

Decorative lights aren't just for Christmas anymore. Add a string of outdoor lights to porch railings to illuminate your backyard decorations and landscaping on any crisp fall night. This decorative backyard look is just as stunning when used as fall front yard decorations, too!

Welcoming Pumpkin Wheelbarrow

A wooden wheelbarrow filled with gourds, pumpkins, dried leaves, and berry sprigs makes a beautiful entryway decoration. Work with a variety of pumpkin shapes and colors to achieve a vibrant display 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.

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