Are you ready for 10 things to do for fall now? Are you reading this at the pool, or beach or on vacation? I know you might think it is too early to decorate for fall. But not really! At least, it is not too early to begin thinking about fall decor! And I have some beautiful ideas for you today…
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Here are 10 things that you can start to do right NOW to be ready for fall! These will get you in the mood for the upcoming sweater weather!
MAKE A FALL WREATH
One of the very first things I do to decorate for fall is to make a big wreath using elements of the season! Welcome fall and everyone who comes to your front door with an autumnal wreath! Make it now and it will be ready when you are to decorate!
You can see my EARLY FALL GREEN APPLE WREATH DIY. It is really a very easy wreath to make. Wouldn’t this look so pretty on your front door?
Or if you prefer a more brambly wreath why not make this BITTERSWEET WREATH?
CREATE A TRANSITIONAL VIGNETTE
Now is the time to create a vignette that will transition from summer to fall. Choose things to go in your vignette that will work for both seasons.
Pears are a great natural element that works wonderfully this time of year!
GET OUR YOUR FALL DISHES AND ACCENTS
This year get out your beautiful dishes and other fall accents. Don’t let them sit in plastic bins or cupboards! Get them out now so you can use them all fall long.
Use them on the table and as part of your decor! Stack them, layer them and use them as a perch for great fall accents! This is the year to show them off!
GET YOUR FALL TEXTILES READY!
Do you have fall pillows or throws? How about a cozy fall tartan or bedspread or duvet? I bet you have napkins that would look gorgeous for fall. How about a table runner or tablecloth?
Right now is the time to get them out and launder them. Make sure they are in tip-top shape for fall! Don’t forget to dry clean your pillows every now and then! They get soiled and dusty too!
It’s also time to PURGE outdated, tired and worn textiles you won’t be using this fall. Don’t hold on to them, let them go! You will feel so so good!
Also, how about looking for one or two new things. Look for early sales and things you just can’t live without. Better yet, let’s make something new!!!! The cute fall pillow below was made from a placemat. You can find the tutorial HERE. It’s an oldie but goodie so please excuse the photography!
Here’s a sneak peek at some of my favorite fall pillows! Many are on sale now!
GO THROUGH YOUR FALL DECOR AND PURGE!
Just like purging our old fall textiles that are no longer usable, we should go through all of our fall decorations and do the same. So when you are ready to use your fall decor you will know what you have, what you need and WHERE EVERYTHING IS!
Just think how much easier it will be to have all your fall decorations organized! Start now and purge and organize a little bit each week until fall. It will be here before you know it!
INVEST IN A DOUGH BOWL
One of the best investments I have ever made was my dough bowl. It’s not old and it is probably not hand carved but it still looks great and is perfect for fall decorating! You can see how to style a fall dough bowl HERE and HERE.
There are so many ways to use it. A vignette, a fruit bowl, a planter, a magazine rack… just to name a couple! Below I made green apples into little candle holders and put them in a small dough bowl.
And here are a few pretty dough bowls from my favorite online vendors…
Big or small dough bowls are a fabulous fall element!
MAKE A FALL GARLAND
Oh, this is so much fun! Create a fall-inspired garland. You will be able to use it over and over! I can’t wait to get out my BURLAP AND BOOK PAGE GARLAND. It makes a big, fun fall statement!
Even if you are not crafty, you can make this. All you have to do is trace and cut! Easy- peasy!!!! And I have step-by-step directions for you … and leaf templates too!
MAKE A FALL TO-DO LIST
My fall to-do list looks something like this (in no particular order):
- find fall decor
- purge… be ruthless. NO CHACHKIES!
- make a list of what I need… yes, another list!
- put fall decor plastic boxes on shelves in the garage for easy use
- collect acorns and deworm (upcoming post)
- collect bittersweet
- make a bittersweet fall wreath
- style family room with transitional fall decor
- put away all summer decor and label
- decorate the mantel with transitional decor
- decorate potting bench for fall
- dec the rate front porch
- decorate back porch
- plant planters with mums and fall plants
- get pumpkins from the pumpkin wagon
- get out dough bowls and fill with fall fluff
- create fall vignettes
Guess what? I just made my early fall list!!!!
Speaking of fall decorating lists. Get my free printable FALL DECORATING CHECKLIST below!
There’s lots more, but I’ll add to the list as I think of things to do! It’s so important to have a list that is reasonable and doable and real! And it feels so good to be able to check off each fall task!
MAKE SOMETHING BURLAP
Why not make a burlap table runner with pretty fringe? Or a No Sew Burlap Leaf Wreath? How pretty would this look on your sofa?
OKAY, #10 IS YOUR TURN!!!!
Please leave a comment with what you think you should do NOW for fall! I can’t wait to read them!!!!!
First posted Aug 10, 2017, and revised and updated Aug 13, 2019 for my readers to enjoy.