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23 Easy Fall Decorations

Get your abode autumn-ready with these quick and easy crafts.

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If you really want to deck your home out with cozy fall decorations but your creativity is running low, worry not! We’ve consulted the pros and came back with easy ideas for even the most novice DIYer. Let’s get crafty!

DIY Fall Decorations

Starburst Twig Wreath

(Photo: The Painted Hive)

First, we stopped at The Painted Hive for their super simple but eye-catching Starburst Twig Wreath. We love the rustic simplicity of this wreath, and it looks great against a dark background. Put it on your door, over your mantel or wherever it works for your house. You’ll need a free afternoon to gather twigs – and a friend to make it fun!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Hot Glue Gun 

This Top Elek Mini Hot Glue Gun Kit With 30 pcs Glue Sticks heats up fast, is easy to use and comes with plenty of replacement glue sticks to get your fall decorations started. Buy it here.

Crafting Twine 

This sturdy Tenn Well Natural Jute Twine comes in a 500-foot spool, long and brown, perfect for crafting, gift wrapping, gardening, and more. Buy it here.

Mum in a Pumpkin

(Photo: GetBusyGardening.com)

Next, we visited Get Busy Gardening for their Plant a Mum in a Pumpkin tutorial. For these beauties, you’ll need to grab some of your favorite mums and a few pretty pumpkins. You’ll want to get fresh pumpkins locally since they need to be firm for the craft. However, for the mums, if you don’t have a store or farmer’s market in mind, you can order some online. 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Chrysanthemum 

Choose from several colors of the Three Company Live 8″ Hardy Chrysanthemum including purple, bronze, red, yellow and white. Arrives with plenty of healthy buds just ready to open so you can enjoy them in full bloom. Delivered direct from farm in a 3-quart pot. If you’re unhappy, they’ll replace them free of charge. The best part about these is that when you’re done using them as decorations, you can toss the entire arrangement straight into the compost bin. Buy it here.

Homemade Spiced Pomander Balls

(Photo: Image Credit: Simple Bites)

Simple Bites has a great post on how to make homemade spiced pomander balls. This aromatic eye candy works as a household decoration all the way from fall to Christmas, depending upon your taste. You can get most of the materials at the grocery store (whole cloves,toothpicks, citrus fruit), or you may have them already in your house.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

 

Citrus Zester 

This Best Cheese Grater & Zester Stainless Steel Lemon Zester allows you to effortlessly carve your pomander’s swirls with ergonomic ease. Note: You’ll use just a corner of the zester for designs on your fruit, unless you want wider strips. Buy it here.

DIY Fall Wheat Sheaf Wreath

(Photo: Julie Blanner)

On Julie Blanner’s blog, you can learn how to make this super simple yet elegant DIY Wheat Sheave Wreath. All you nee to make this wheat look decorative is twine and some gorgeous ribbon – voila! – a beautiful door to greet your guests. Since these are so easy to make, you can have something pretty to hang on both your front and back doors this season.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Wheat Sheave Bundle 

This Golden Dried Natural Wheat Sheave Bundle comes with a roll of attractive ribbon as well. Buy it here.

Wreath Hanger

This VALORCASA 12″ Wreath Hanger is sleek, black, metal and holds up to 5 pounds. Get one or a pack of four. Buy it here.

Painted Pumpkins 

(Photo: Kelly in the City)

Give up the messy carving and try painting your pumpkins this year. There’s a million ways to do it! We especially like these gingham pumpkins from Kelly in the City.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Acrylic Paint Set 

Get an Acrylic Paint Set by Color Technik for optimal versatility and quick-drying convenience. If you love a color, better grab a couple bottles. Consider the size of the pumpkins you’ll need to cover, too. Buy it here.

Note: some pumpkins have a waxy surface that repels paint; use a latex primer to prep your pumpkins if this is the case.

Paint Brushes 

The Amazon’s Choice Artlicious 25 All-Purpose Paint Brush Value Pack has everything a beginner could need, and then some. A great price for 25 brushes, these work with acrylic, watercolor and more. Buy it here

Fall Hanging Mason Jars 

(Photo: Live Laugh Rowe)

For this delight, we stopped to see Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe for a peek at her latest Pottery Barn-inspired decor and she did not disappoint! Follow her picture tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to make these simple statements for a fraction of the price of the originals. You just might be amazed – and we know your guests will be.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:


Mason Jars 

These Sunshine Mason Co. Pint-Sized Glass Mason Jars With Hanger Handles work indoors or out and can hang out through any event – ideal for livening up or brightening photo shoots, weddings, end-of-the-autumn patio parties or even Thanksgiving dinner.  Buy a set of six here.

Votive Candles

Light in the Dark Ivory Votive Candles fit into any standard votive holder (we recommend these) and come in sets of 36 so you won’t run out anytime soon. Unscented so they won’t compete with any fragrance you have going in the room. Buy them here.

Look around for your favorite fillers – we found natural acorns here, or you can always forage for your own. We also found mini pumpkins (pudka pods) here and Amish baby white popcorn kernels here.

Etched Pumpkins 

(Photo: reneelovesdiy.com)

Get as fancy as you want with these gorgeous masterpieces. Renee Loves DIY shows how to create them step-by-step.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit 

The Dremel 7000-pk 6-Volt Pumpkin Carving Kit includes 10 carving templates, allows adjustable speeds and can create intricate designs as easily as tracing on paper. Buy it here. Want to keep it a bit simpler for your etching? Try one of these kits. You’ll need to put in a little more elbow grease, but you’ll save a few bucks, too.

Dried Sunflowers

(Photo: Follow the Yellow Brick Home)

We had to see what Follow the Yellow Brick Home had in their Early Fall Decorating with Vintage and Thrifted Finds guide. They did not disappoint, placing a bright pop of dried sunflowers on a side table, matched with throw pillows and other splashes of fall gold throughout the room. A simple pail or watering can full of sunflowers also creates a easy winning fall look in any room. They’re pretty when bunched, tied with twine and dried upside-down as well.

No access to fresh dried sunflowers? You can grab some artificial beauties.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

Artificial Sunflowers 

These Amyhome Artificial Sunflower Bouquets pack seven sunny heads per bunch and two bunches per pack to complete your display in full color. Buy them here.

Glass Vase Filled With Fall Items 

(Photo: One Kings Lane)

This chic look couldn’t be easier – and the contents of your glass containers can be swapped out instantly with the seasons. The Budget Decorator highlights the elegance of plain glass filled with colorful items of the season.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

Cylinder Glass Vase 

This Floral Supply Online Wide Cylinder Glass Vase can be easily filled with mini-pumpkins, acorns, gourds, applesor other autumn favorites and then swapped out for Christmas items later. Sturdy thick heavy glass keeps your decoration in place. Buy it here.

DIY Gratitude Chalkboard

It’s always fun to go around the holiday dinner table and say what we’re thankful for, but this wholesome signage lets you write it on whenever you feel like it.

Grab one already made so you can hang it today without delay. The Weewen Chalkboard ‘Today I Am Thankful For’ Western Antiqued Plaque Wooden Chalkboard Sign is perfect for the kitchen, hallway, foyer, beside the fireplace or wherever it inspires your gratitude. Buy it here.

If you’d prefer to make your own, you’ve got options.

(Photo: heyletsmakestuff.com)

If you like the one above, check out the tutorial on Hey Lets Make Stuff. If you’re up for something a little more crafty, Where the Smiles Have Been has a fancier DIY thankfulness chalkboard you can make. here.

Fall Hydrangea Wreath

(Photo: DIYnetwork.com)

DIYnetwork.com has a gorgeous and super easy fall hydrangea wreath for you to make if these delicate blooms have graced your yard. If you want to make the one shown, you’ll need a hot glue gun, scissors, a grapevine wreath, assorted fall foliage for your background, dried hydrangea blooms and ribbon or twine.

Prefer to buy a hydrangea wreath that’ already made? This stunning Orange Rust, Cream and Brown Hydrangea Wreath will impress your guests, and they’ll probably ask if you made it. Buy it here.

Easy Fall Garland

(Photo: ABeautifulMess.com)

Do you have a corner or mantel that needs sprucing up? Why not try a little fall garland? A Beautiful Mess has super easy styles that you can try. You can probably find all the pine cones you need on a trail walk outside.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Wood Beads

These smooth Mandala Crafts Unvarnished Raw Wood Beads are made from real unfinished wood, and are easy to paint or stain. Buy it here

Easy Rustic Centerpiece

(Photo: Rock Canyon Rustic)

Rocky Canyon Rustic’s simple attractive DIY centerpiece can be made easily with a wooden board at the height and width of your choosing, wood glue, nails and stain and/or paint.

If you’d rather not make your own, the Drakestone Designs Wood Tray Centerpiece Box saves you time and adds character to your table. Easy to swap out the contents by season or holiday. Solid wood. Buy it here.

Autumn Leaf Suncatcher

(Photo: The Artful Parent)

Here’s a fun one to do with kids. You’ll just need to gather some pretty fall leaves together and follow these instructions from The Artful Parent.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Privacy Film 

Con-Tact Brand Shelf Liner and Privacy Film is ideal for this type of crafting. Comes in a nice, thick roll and easily cleans off with a wet washcloth. Buy it here.

Fall Stovetop Potpourri 

(Photo: A Pretty Life in the Suburbs)

Want your household to smell cozy and fall-ish? Get some stovetop potpourri simmering. Here are some tips from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs. Candied ginger also smells great when added to the mix.

Apple Votives

(Photo: Designmom.com)

There are few things more invigorating than the aroma of freshly cut apples in the fall. Lighting them up with a glowing candle is even more fun. If you need instructions, Design Mom walks you through her version of Martha Stewart’s DIY apple votives.

Marbled Nail Polish Pumpkins

(Photo: Alice & Loid)

For an ethereal look to your pumpkin, try using a little nail polish.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

OPI Nail Lacquer is high quality and gives a rich look to your nails –  and your pumpkins! Buy it here.

You’ll also need white pumpkins (real, artificial or both), a plastic container and stir stick and more. See the  full list and follow the instructions on the Alice & Lois blog.

More Fall Decorations

“Happy Fall” Burlap Banner 

Greet guests with gumption when you hang this Happy Fall Burlap Banner for all to enjoy. Works well strung across the mantel as shown or hung above or behind the dinner table. Classrooms might be ideal for a fall banner as well. Comes pre-assembled but you can adjust the placement of letters. Premium burlap. Buy it here.Want some ideas to make your own? Check out the Frugal Homemaker’s tips.

Autumn Napkin Holders

Elegant, yet sturdy, these Joyindecor gingko leaf napkin rings are delicate and pleasing to the eye. Comes in a set of 6. Perfect as a fall reminder that the ginkgo tree’s leaves turns bright yellow in autumn, these can be used for any type of end of season soiree or dinner. Buy it here. Prefer some cute DIY guides? Go peek at The Spruce Crafts collection here.

Autumn Leaf Lights 

String these Fun Express Autumn Leaves Lighted Garland across window sills, around banisters or over mantels. Bright colors in smooth fabric lit up with glowing clear bulbs hidden along the strand make for a lovely autumn ambiance at any gathering. Buy it here.

Jingle Bell Door Knob Hangers

Keep track of who comes and goes with these Jingle Bell Door Knob Hangers. Great for households with little ones or if you otherwise need to know when the door has opened – or just for a fun holiday jingle! Swap out the ribbon for the holiday season and leave them on all all winter. Buy it here.

Friendly Scarecrows

These fun and friendly Worth Imports Scarecrows on a Stick will brighten up any bare spot for fall! Set them up to greet guests at the door, peek out from above on a balcony, or wave to passersby on the road by the mailbox. They come with a handy stick for planting in the ground, but you can secure them anywhere with a little twine as well. Buy it here.

Hay Bale Decor

(Photo: AcrossTheFence.com)

When you want to create some depth to your arrangement, nothing works better for fall decoration than a hay bale or two. These LJIF Thanksgiving Fall Harvest Autumn Straw Bales are perfect for dressing up the yard or porch, especially if you’ve got scarecrows, colorful pumpkins, mums, gourds or other decorations of the same size. Buy it here.

Well, what do you think? Did you find something that suits your household? Which will you be using? Let us know in the comments below, or share some of your favorite fall decorating ideas that we missed.

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