The best inexpensive fall decorating ideas come from nature! Many you might have right outside your front door. See how pretty and easy it is to decorate with things from nature!
Decorating for fall is easy when you bring the outdoors inside! Fall naturals are perfect! After all, fall decorating is all about bringing the outdoors in. It’s a time to use soft, warm elements in our homes. Today, let’s chat about inexpensive fall decorating ideas using fall naturals.
Fall is my favorite season to decorate because I love how simple, organic, and cozy fall can be! Fall organic are just so beautiful and should be a major part of your fall decor.
Let’s look at how easy and inexpensive it is to decorate with the bounty of the season. Whether they are real or an almost life-like faux, these gifts of fall are inexpensive and will add fall beauty and ambiance to your home.
So, let’s take a practical and pretty look at all things natural for fall decorating!
Pumpkins, Squash, And Gourds
Of course, I have to start with pumpkins. I think fall can be represented best by a pumpkin! I love them all! Big, small, fat, tall, orange, white, or blue! Cinderella, baby boo, big moon, Musquee de Provence, blue makote, and more!
Talk about quintessential fall! And they are my favorite fall element to bring indoors! One great pumpkin can be the perfect fall decor!
My favorite gourds to decorate with are called Kentucky spinners. They are small and so cute grouped together, and they can be spun just like a top. So pretty in the fluted plate below.
Bittersweet is a wild-growing, brambly invasive plant that has wound its way around the hearts of fall lovers.
But don’t grow it in your garden. Bittersweet will take over everything. Most states have declared bittersweet a nuisance plant, but it still grows wild along hedgerows and fields.
It grows wild here in Lancaster County, so I can find it every year.
If you don’t have it where you live, go faux (like the bittersweet in the picture above). Get the best-looking faux bittersweet you can find.
It might be an investment, but you can use it for years! I probably have had this bittersweet for over a decade! And something you can use for decades or more ends up being a very inexpensive fall decorating idea!
Bittersweet looks particularly beautiful with white. So pair white pumpkins with it.
If you have a couple minutes you can CREATE THIS PUMPKIN AND BITTERSWEET ARRANGEMENT!
Think about tucking bittersweet into fall arrangements or add it to a wreath like the one pictured below. You can see how to make the BRAMBLY AND BRIGHT LEAFY FALL WREATH.
Here’s another Bittersweet Wreath that is easy to make.
It adds such a pretty brambly embellishment. When fall decor just needs something, try adding bittersweet.
Mums are at their very best in the fall. They look like bushes when they are mature. Their blooms come in so many fabulous colors, and they are very, very hardy!
I buy pots of them for inside and out. When my inside mums begin to look a little spent, I plant them outside so they will bloom the next year. Get indoor plants in the ground before they are totally spent for the best results when transplanting.
Don’t display mums in the plastic containers they come in. Put the container into a pretty bowl, champagne bucket, basket, urn, or some nice container! What a difference that will make!
If you can’t bring yourself to take Mum out of its plastic pot, slip a grapevine wreath under the bottom of the pot and pull it up to the top of the pot to make a collar around the mum and to hide the plastic pot. Then, pop it into another pretty container.
Caring For Mums is a guidebook that will help you keep indoor mums looking their best! This is a must-read.
I think apples are so overlooked!
They are just as plentiful as pumpkins, maybe more, during the fall! And they are just as pretty, too! A bowl of juicy apples looks so attractive and can be an edible centerpiece.
Apples are readily available and inexpensive.
See GREEN APPLE AND MASON JARS post for an easy and oh, so pretty way to use green apples.
And if you don’t want to decorate with apples, you can make my FAVORITE RAW APPLE CAKE! It will become a favorite of yours, too!
Decorating For Fall With Colorful Leaves
I have a thing for fall leaves. My favorite ones are picked right off the ground like one would look for shells on a beach. I am fascinated with them. When I come home from a walk in the fall, I usually have a pocket stuffed with the prettiest leaves! So, using them in fall decor is a must!
Tuck real or faux leaves here and there this fall. Leaves add that little extra interest to what you are decorating!
You can mix different fall faux leaves together for a really pretty abundant look!
Here’s a very pretty and easy FALL LEAF CANDLEHOLDER DIY.
A fall wreath looks so pretty with lots of colorful fall leaves!
You might like to see how to make the FALL LEAF WREATH, pictured above. It’s so easy anyone can make it.
Baskets And Trays
Textural baskets and warm-toned trays bring a natural element to fall decor! I love baskets for their wicker and organic finishes and shapes! Baskets are great ways to organize and contain things, but they also can be at the center of fabulous fall decor too!
Wooden trays add texture and depth to any fall vignette!
Fall is the perfect time to get out your wicker and wood and use them in your fall decor.
Don’t just use pinecones when decorating for Christmas! Use them for fall, too. They mix wonderfully with pumpkins, gourds, acorns, and bits of bramble and stuff! They add tons of texture, depth, and shape to fall decor.
Pinecones are my filler of choice. They work wonderfully as a base layer to fill up a container. In the image below, I filled a long dough bowl with pinecones and then laid all the pretty natural elements on the top. No sense in the pretty decor laying on the bottom of a centerpiece where no one will see it!
ACORNS AND OTHER NUTS
Nuts work as fabulous fillers and fall detail decor!
My favorite nuts are walnuts. They remind me of my childhood. I’d also put acorns in this group too! Tuck them into arrangments for an added layer of fall fun! Glittery or velvet acorns can look stunning tucked into fall decor! And what a surprise.
Indian corn is a colorful addition to fall decorating. Use it in arrangements, or make an impressive Indian corn wreath for your front door. You can see a tutorial HERE.
I like to use Indian corn at the edges and sides of an arrangement so the husks stand out over the bowl. This adds drama and interest to any fall centerpiece.
Decorate For Fall With Drying Hydrangeas
I’ve saved one of the best for last! Hydrangeas are so beautiful as they start to dry in the fall and will add a showy elegance to any fall decor!
Use them en masse for a WOW FACTOR arrangement, clip the stems and tuck them into a fall vignette, or make a wreath from them.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to use them!
Here’s the easiest way I know to DRY HYDRANGEAS. This really works!
And here is a GORGEOUS PUMPKIN CLOCHE AND DRYED HYDRANGEAS THAT YOU CAN MAKE! I hope you try this arrangement!
More Natural Fall Organics
Here are a few other great natural organics to use in fall decorating…
- pheasant feathers
- cotton bolls
- branches with colorful leaves
- dried seed pods
- cat o’nine tails
- flowering cabbage and kale
- log rounds
- deer sheds
- dried orange rounds
Click The Video Below For More Fall Ideas And Inspiration
All of these natural elements are inexpensive and look amazing in fall decor! If you’re not using fall organics in your fall decor, it might be time to add them to your home.
What are your favorite natural fall organics, and how do you use them to decorate?