Best of Fall – Decorating Ideas and Inspiration

10 Best Natural Fall Decorating Ideas - and creative ways to display

I know what you’re thinking.

“Kelly, you need to sit back and enjoy the flip flop wearing, margarita sipping season and stop thinking about fall in August.”

It’s been a sweltering 100 degrees here in NJ and I’m hot, sweaty and tired and just want to jump in a pile of crunchy leaves while sipping spiked apple cider.

I’ve got fall on my mind so I’ve been scouring my posts (don’t miss my home fall tour from last year for tons more ideas) from the last five years and noticed a common thread – I like using things from nature (read: cheap or free)!


10 Creative Natural Fall Decorating Ideas

One – Fall Plants in Unique Containers

Bring them inside and get creative with containers like this affiliate enamel bread box

Bread box planter

or a vintage chip tin.

Vintage doctors scale - such a great display piece for a plant

Two – Fruit

Before you start baking, display your favorite fall fruits on your table – add a cute critter for bonus points.

Vintage colander holds apples and a cute little hedgehog for fall

Three – Dried Flowers

Dry a batch of hydrangeas and enjoy them all year long (see my simple hydrangea drying method).

Tough filled with dried hydrangeas and pumpkin for fall

Turn an old chair into a fireplace screen - love the trophy filled with pumpkins and hydrangeas

Four – Fall Foliage

Don’t forget your clipper on your next stroll in the woods for a simple but stunning arrangement.

Love this collection of green glass demijohns filled with fall foliage - see 9 more creative fall decorating ideas

Five – Nuts

Is it decor? Is it a snack? Either way, a bowl of walnuts makes a great fall centerpiece especially when paired with vintage squirrel nutcracker (here’s a new version of my squirrel nutcracker).

Vintage squirrel nutcracker under a cloche

Six – Cotton

Add a few cotton boll branches to any vase for instant texture.

Vintage clock collection

Seven – Indian Corn

Gather a few ears of Indian corn and display in a bowl or basket.

Indian corn display

Eight – Pinecones

Make or buy a pinecone wreath or just fill a bowl with these fall favorites (add a few sprigs of colorful faux garland for color).

Pinecone Wreath and more simple fall decorating ideas

Nine – Wheat

Cluster a bunch of wheat sheaves in a favorite vase or place individual pieces on table settings.

Vintage trophies filled with wheat for fall

Ten – Branches

Drag a fallen branch home, prop it against the wall, call it a day.

Fall mantel decor - love the giant chalkboard, pumpkins and huge branch

I’ve got so many more fall decorating ideas so don’t miss my Eclectic Fall Home Tours.

Tons of fall decorating ideas in this home tour

And if you love free stuff, you’ll love these 23 FREE Fall Printables.


Some of my friends are sharing their favorite fall decorating ideas so make sure to check them out.

Visit Emily A. Clark for more fall ideas to get you ready for sweater weather.

Fall decor mood board

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  1. Kelly, I love all of your fall touches! And, the fact that you have mums inside! (feverishly taking note now!) Such awesome ways to incorporate the outdoors in!

  2. Everything you posted here are very inspiring to me. I especially love the squirrel and nuts under glass. You truly showed your beautiful creative talents, and we get to benefit. Thank you so much.

  3. Kelly, fantastic tips! I loved the plants in unique containers and each example was just beautiful. Can’t wait to see what you are up to this year!

  4. I just got back from Ireland and it was 60’s and 70’s. Now it is 92 today. I love all you did for fall looks great and colorful just like fall.

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