One of the best ways to decorate for fall is to use natural products, objects or things! Not only is it eco-friendly, but naturally occurring plants, foods, and other objects are easy to come by and usually pretty affordable. These natural fall decorating ideas are a great place to start!
Natural DIY Decorating Ideas for Fall
I usually begin decorating for fall in September and leave up decorations through the Thanksgiving holiday. When using natural products, you can create a beautiful, sophisticated look that is perfect for the autumn season and budget-friendly too!
Decorating with Pinecones
Pinecones make great fall décor. Add them to a table centerpiece, pile them into a vase, or even douse them with essential oils that leave your home smelling just like fall!
Pinecones need to be baked if you forage them, this kills the bugs, mold, and mildew. Learn more here.
Once you’re done with that, use the pinecones in a clear vase for everyone to view, add them to an open basket or maybe even glue them onto a wreath! The best part about using pinecones is that that you can leave them out to be used during the Christmas season too!
More pinecone craft ideas:
- DIY Cinnamon Scented Pinecones
- Bleaching Pinecones for Decoration
- Handmade Pinecone wreath
- DIY Pinecone Garland
Adding Pumpkins and Gourds
What is more classic for fall than pumpkins and gourds? These awesome vegetables can be used as a decoration throughout your whole home, and as long as your home doesn’t get too hot (they’ll rot), or too cold (they’ll freeze), then pumpkins and gourds usually stay good for the whole fall season!
Pumpkins and gourds come in a variety of colors and sizes. If you aren’t able to grow them yourself, it’s easy enough to find them at any store once fall arrives. They look great decorating your front door, on tabletops and next to fireplace mantels.
Want Pumpkin Decorating Ideas?
- DIY Fall Decor Rustic Centerpiece
- Decorating with Pumpkins and Gourds
- Pretty Patterned Painted Pumpkins
Leaves, Sticks, and Twigs
Leaves are a classic option for fall decorating. Autumn is the perfect time to go out and collect leaves that you can decorate throughout your home.
The most common uses for leaves, twigs, and sticks is in vases or on wreaths. These are beautiful and classic options. Other decorating ideas include garland made of leaves which can be placed on a fireplace mantel or wrapped along a curtain rod, and table-scapes made of branches, twigs and sticks.
More decorating Ideas:
- How to Make an Autumn Leaf Garland
- DIY Fall Table Scape
- How to Preserve Magnolia Leaves for Holiday Decorating
- How to Make Rustic Candle Holders from Logs
Decorating with Acorns
These cute little buggers are pretty easy to find, and there are so many wonderful ideas to use them throughout your home. The easiest way to use them is to clean them up and put them in mason jars with a little bow around the glass jar. It’s cute, cheap and so festive.
Acorns can be used in all sorts of fun projects, they can also be glued to garland or wreaths, or added to a table-scape as an accent piece. Since they are easy to forage, these little seeds are a cost effective way to decorate for the autumn season.
Ideas using acorns:
- Handmade Acorn Napkin Rings
- How to Make Felted Acorns
- Decorating and Preserving Acorns for Fall Decor
Using Fall Flowers
Mums are a great option for fall as they come in so many fall colors and they do well in colder weather! Mums aren’t the only fall flower, but they are definitely the most popular. Each season, I buy a large pot of mums and place them in front of my doorstep with a few pumpkins of different sizes and colors. It makes an easy and cheap display which should last through the whole fall season!
Other flowers popular for fall include: sunflowers, aster, goldenrod, toad lily and dahlias! These can be grown in your own garden, and cut for vases. Or, feel free to purchase some at your local nursery, and place them throughout your home in nooks that need to be brightened! Flowers make great natural décor all year long, why not use them for natural fall decorating too!
More fall flower ideas:
Decorating with Food
Fruit, desserts, and vegetables are all great centerpieces when decorating for fall. Fall is all about the harvest! Ears of corn are great because they can be dried and used all throughout the home. Other options include dried sunflowers, dried wheat, oranges, apples, and desserts!
Apples make a great centerpiece for an entry table or side table. Pile some into a bowl and place them around the home. They also smell good, which is always a plus!
Oranges are also a great option. There are many ways to display oranges.
Desserts always look good! They can be cakes, pastries, or something fun and imaginative. For example, these super cute acorn cookies are no-bake, kid-friendly and adorable! Fill a small bowl of these cute little acorns on an entry table or buffet for a sweet and edible decoration!
More Food Decorating Ideas:
- DIY Indian Corn Wreath
- How to Make a Stunning Thanksgiving Centerpiece (with Sunflowers)
- Homemade Dried Orange Garland
Fall decorating can be cheap, easy, and safe for the environment too! Using natural fall decorating ideas will make your house gorgeous and festive in no time.