What you see, smell and feel right now all points to the changing of the seasons. You don’t even need a calendar. The leaves turning colors, scents of apples and pumpkins and the cool, crisp air all announce the coming of winter. Embrace the transformation by embellishing your home inside and out with the traditional colors and themes of autumn.

We divided fall decorating suggestions into five categories. Whether you turn to expert DIYers, buy what you want already-made or use your own creativity, you, too, can usher fall in with charming décor.

Wreaths

  1. Buy one readymade: Plow and Hearth sells a beautiful indoor classic while Pier 1 Imports offers several varieties made with everything from burlap and flowers to faux magnolia leaves or mixed leaves.
  2. Make your own: Start with a base like driftwood, Styrofoam, floral foam, grapevine or whatever appeals to you. Be sure to measure the area where you plan to hang the wreath so you don’t end up with one that’s too large for the space. Cover the base with burlap or other fabric and add preserved leaves, dyed corn, winterberries, tiny gourds, miniature white pumpkins, feathers in earth tones or whatever you score at a craft store or dollar shop.

DIY Fall Wreath

 

Porch Décor

  1. Mums the word: Plant Chrysanthemums in real pumpkins. Select pumpkins a little larger than the mum’s container. Then follow these step-by step instructions.
  2. Line the steps: Place different colored gourds and various sizes of pumpkins along your stairs, intermingled with fall potted plants and greenery.
  3. Light the way: The writer of the blog “We R Memory Keepers” shows you how to create fall luminaries.

Fall Front Porch

 

Table Centerpieces

  1. Paint your pumpkins: Far less messy than carving, use your imagination. With acrylics, draw faces or use painter’s tape to make shapes. Embellish with stickers.
  2. Remember decoupage: This also works for adorning your orange vegetable with images.
  3. Arrange candles: Partially fill clear glass vases with coffee beans or popcorn kernels, then insert candles in fall colors. Or, use autumnal colored votive jars and fill with fall berries and flowers.

Fall Candles

 

Mantel Arrangements

  1. Create a dried grouping: Place wheat, branches, goldenrod, cattails and ornamental grasses in one large or three small vases. Use gourds and acorns to highlight the array.
  2. Frame fall leaves: Make frames from twigs or buy floating ones. Find the brightest leaves in a variety of colors and you have fall décor to hang above the mantel.
  3. Ring the bell: Arrange pumpkins, fall leaves, small gourds or pinecones on top of a bed of moss inside a bell jar.
  4. Be corny: Wrap votive holders with dried cornhusks and tie with raffia. Adorn the outside with a small leaf or feather.

Autumn Mantel

 

Displays

  1. An apple a day: Display a variety of different colored apples, and other autumnal fruits and gourds, in a clear or decorative bowl or urn.
  2. Hang ornamental corn: Ornamental corn comes in a vast array of colors and makes a beautiful fall décor arrangement.

Fall Fruit Arrangement

 

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