Decorating for fall is easy when you bring the outdoors inside! Natural fall elements 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 I’m sharing some easy organic must-haves to help you decorate for fall!
I think fall is my very favorite season to decorate because I love how simple and organic and cozy fall can be! Oh, and it is so BEAUTIFUL!
So let’s take a practical and pretty look at “all things natural” for fall decorating!
DECORATING FOR FALL WITH PUMPKINS
Of course, I have to start with pumpkins. Talk about quintessential fall! And they are my favorite fall element to bring indoors!
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!
Give me a pumpkin and it becomes the centerpiece of any decor in my home!
Use one big beautiful show stopper pumpkin or go for a mini pumpkin patch of smaller ones when you decorate!
Did you know that there are just a couple things you can do to keep a pumpkin lasting longer? And it’s so easy! READ ABOUT IT HERE.
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. It will take everything over. 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!
If you have a couple minutes you can CREATE THIS PUMPKIN AND BITTERSWEET ARRANGEMENT!
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 best results when transplanting,.
One little pet peeve of mine… 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 mums and to hide the plastic pot. Then pop it into another pretty container.
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 amazing… and colorful.
And apples are readily available and inexpensive. Use apples to decorate this fall and then they use them in a pie! YUM!
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 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. So using them in fall decor is a must!
Tuck real or faux or even leaves cut out of a book page 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!
BASKETS AND TRAYS
Textural, baskets and warm toned trays bring a natural element to fall decor!
I love baskets for their bark-ish finishes and shapes! Baskets are great ways to organize and contain things but they can be at the center fabulous fall decor too!
And wooden trays add texture and depth to any fall vignette!
See Summer Into Fall Vignette HERE.
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 and depth and shape to fall decor.
Pinecones are my filler of choice. You can see how I use them to hold up and plump up arrangments HERE.
Nuts work as fabulous filler too!
My favorite is 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.
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 add a showy elegance to any fall decor!
Use them en masse for a WOW FACTOR arrangement or 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!
Here are a few other great natural elements 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
All of these natural elements are inexpensive and look amazing in fall decor! If you’re not using these now it might be the time to add them to your home.
What are your favorite natural fall elements and how do you use them to decorate?