Apple picking, leaf peeping, and hayrides are fun and all, but sometimes the best part of fall is simply cozying up in the great indoors. That’s where these fall decorations come into play. When done just right, you’ll give your front porch, living room, bedroom, or any other space in your house a taste of autumn with pumpkins, plaid, chunky blankets, and more seasonal staples. Some of these ideas require your DIY skills (no matter how novice), while others simply provide inspiration for an autumnal makeover (think: swapping bright summer blooms for fall flower arrangements in shades of orange, burgundy, and yellow). Even if you’re on a tight budget, there are affordable ways to highlight all that the season has to offer, whether it’s with freshly-picked flowers from your backyard or dip-dyed taper candles made with materials you already have at home. When all is said and done, you’ll be surprised by how even the most basic home decor, like wreaths, throw pillows, and dining table centerpieces, can transform your space into the cozy autumn retreat you’ve always dreamed of.
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DIY a Wheat Centerpiece
Tie colored string around dried wheat bundles and place them inside glass cloches for an elevated centerpiece. Then once winter hits, you can replace the wheat with pine needles, red berries, or pine cones.
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Make the Outdoors Cozier
Just because the temperatures have taken a nosedive doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the fresh autumn air. Just add string lights, plush blankets, fuzzy throw pillows, and lanterns to cozy up your space.
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Display Mini Pumpkins
Combine acorn string lights with mini pumpkins in a shallow rustic dish for an instant (and seriously easy) centerpiece.
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Dress a Table in Plaid
Bust out all the plaid you can find — the more fabrics and tones, the better — for a well-dressed table. To mimic this eye-catching look, layer a trio of plaid table runners for a dose of color and stripes.
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Display a Pumpkin Centerpiece
Any reason to get fresh flowers is a good one. Let blooms shine in a gourd-turned-vase — you can even stud it with gold tacks for extra shine.
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Cast a Glow With Dip Dye Candles
Trade plain taper candles for these dip dye creations. Customize yours by dipping candles into a mixture of crayon shavings (any color will do!) and melted candle wax. Just let them dry completely before lighting.
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Decorate With Corn Husks
Celebrate the start of the harvest season by going all-out on corn husks. Dress the door with a garland and wreath, made out of corn husks and multi-colored ears of corn — all faux, of course.
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Turn Apples Into Candleholders
Fill your house with the sights and scents of fall by transforming fresh apples into candleholders. Simply, core some of the prettiest picks from your bounty and stick a taper candle inside.
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Pile on Chunky Knits
After the heat of summer, you’ll be oh-so-ready to bring on the chunky blankets. Mix in your favorite flannel PJs for peak coziness.
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Place Flowers in Vintage Tins
To really make your fall flowers stand out, place them inside antique spice and baking tins. It’s a warmer — not to mention, homier — look than a standard glass or ceramic vase.
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Lighten up Your Porch
Fall isn’t necessarily reserved for rich colors and bold prints. This porch leans heavy on neutrals and soft treasures to make an easy transition from one season to the next.
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Let Pears Become Place Cards
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Mix Apples and Plaid
If you can’t choose one fall element, why not find a way to highlight everything you love about the season? In that case, pair plaid table linens with an artificial apple centerpiece.
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Decorate Your Front Porch
Put houseguests in the right mindset before they even step foot inside your home with lanterns, pumpkins, and cozy throw blankets tossed on your porch chairs.
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Opt for Unconventional Table Decor
Instead of covering your table with a tablecloth, scatter handmade leaf cut-outs throughout. If you make them out of cork or another sturdy material, they also double as a trivet to protect your table from any spills or hot plates.
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Filter in Moody Colors
Add fall-inspired accent colors — dark reds, deep greens, and splashes of gold — to your tablescape. Here, gold candlesticks and burgundy taper candles set the mood.
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A vibrant rug brings depth to your kitchen any time of year; one that includes colors like dark pink and navy will bring a fall-ready feel.
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Add Some Plaid
If a more perfect fall pattern exists, we don’t know about it. Whether on a throw pillow, blanket, or lampshade, plaid accents instantly make your space feel warm and cozy.
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Put a Leaf Garland on Your Mantel
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Hang a Fluttering Mobile
Don’t let all the leaves blow away. To make, wrap twine or ribbon around an 18″ embroidery hoop and secure ends with hot glue. Tie eight 3-foot-long waxed strings around the hoop, attaching pinecones at the end of the strings to hold them down. Knot the string around each leaf’s stem, spacing randomly. Finally, secure the hoop to a ceiling hook using twine.
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Brighten Your Front Door
Use a few bundles of preserved dried oak leaves to make a seasonal wreath. Hang it from a thick yellow, red, or orange ribbon to bring out the leaves’ natural hues.
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Put “Fireflies” in Mason Jars
LED string lights conjure up memories of how you might have spent the last warm nights of the summer as a child — except now you don’t have to run around the yard catching bugs.
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Decorate a Chalk Board
Welcome guests — and the new season — with this customizable DIY. Wrap a framed chalkboard with leaves and red berries to make it clear that you’re here to celebrate autumn.
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Craft a Book Banner
We’re sure you can spare one old book for this easy DIY. Snip a handful of pages into flags, and attach a variety of leaves for a pop of color against the black text.
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