Crisp air, falling leaves, burnt orange and yellow hues – the time has come to start decorating for fall and we can’t wait to share some of our favorite DIY ideas from MidwestLiving that will spruce up your yard, front porch, mantle or table for autumn. Not only are these ideas easy to recreate, but the end result is budget friendly and looks amazing!
Wire Basket Outdoor Display
Wire baskets hold pumpkins and faux leaves for an easy fall front door display. Pots of mums complete the inviting look. To prolong the life of your mums, be sure to water when dry and remove any dead blooms.
Use repurposed candleholders for easy fall displays of small pumpkins and gourds. Look for inexpensive candleholders in varying heights at a garage sale or antiques store, then spray-paint black for a unified look.
Tissue Paper Pumpkins
Don’t let these pumpkins fool you; the designs may look painted, but the patterns are actually created with tissue paper. You can find tissue paper templates online to create this look.
Rake Door Décor
An old rake head becomes a clever door decoration when you add bittersweet, tips of juniper or any other fall foliage you may have in your yard. (Purchased bittersweet, leaves and flowers work great, too.) Tuck stems of vines, leaves or flowers into the hollow end of the rake head and secure with tightly wrapped jute.
Orange and White Centerpiece
White pumpkins encircled by bittersweet vine and set along an orange table runner create a striking table arrangement.
Clear glass containers show off both candlelight as well as colorful materials. Nestle a candle in popcorn kernels or other seasonal materials, such as candy corn or colored clear round stones (available in crafts stores). If you prefer, use a battery-powered candle for safety.
Mini Pumpkin Decorations
Don’t let big carved pumpkins have all the fall decor fun. Create easy, inexpensive autumn displays with miniature varieties.
Put together a colorful outdoor fall display using a sturdy wheelbarrow as a base. This wheelbarrow overflows with ornamental cabbage and peppers, ornamental grasses, chrysanthemums and other seasonal plants. Fill the wheelbarrow with soil and insert the plants loosely, or tuck containers into the wheelbarrow, making sure to fill in the gaps with more plants.
This white-and-gold arrangement dresses up a porch or mantel. Coat real or crafts-store leaves with gold spray paint, then glue them to small white pumpkins (look for varieties such as ‘Lumina’ or Cotton Candy at your local farmers market or pumpkin patch). Paint small orange gourds gold to match the color scheme.
Add fall flavor to a tabletop or mantel with cylinder vases filled with nuts and wheat. Roll coordinating scrapbooking paper into decorative cuffs that slip inside the vase.
If you try any of these creations or have fall-themed DIY ideas of your own, share them with us on our Facebook page or comment below! We’d love to see your fall decor!