Decorating for this time of year can be simple and without much fuss or money. As we have been celebrating Autumn Bliss all this month, I have gathered up 20 simple decorating tips for fall and thanksgiving. I think some of us tend to bypass this time of year for decorating in our homes, and just wait till Christmas, but it is a great time to transition the home from one season to the next, adding warmth and touches of nature to bring a cozy feel to our living spaces.
20 Simple Decoarating Tips for Fall and Thanksgiving
1. Add elements of nature like fruits, vegetables, and gourds can all be transformed into stunning centerpieces, window décor and mantel decorations. Take a nature walk and collect twigs, pine cones, leaves, foliage and branches, and create an earthy wreath or swag for the front door. A wreath is always an easy way to add any season’s color.
2. Decorate your porch for fall with pumpkins, scarecrows, and leaf garland. Mums look wonderful in pedestal-style planters lining your outside steps or on your porch. Or, snip the mum blossoms individually and place them inside planters or in short glass vases to create a centerpiece for the table when Thanksgiving arrives.
3. Use vintage items for fall props. Look for old wheelbarrows, benches, and barrels. An old window propped up with a fall wreath on it, is easy and charming. Wagons, and porches can be enhanced with fall mums and pumpkins. These add so much inviting interest to your home.
4. Decorating with ribbon is a budget-friendly but oh-so-effective decorating tool. You can get burlap and all kinds of textural ribbons on spools at your local craft and hobby shops. Use ribbons in fall colors to dress up candles, pillows, chairs, vases, wreaths, artificial trees, and centerpieces.
5. Add textural fabrics. Burlap, nubby throw blankets, flannel and tweed fabrics are great for table coverings. Jars and vases wrapped in jute, and balls of yarn in wooden bowls can add some fun to your home as well. Adding different textures together is a landmark look for fall decorating, and so easy to create.
6. String several ears of Indian corn onto jute string, bailing twine, or ribbon and hang as a garland across your porch or picture window or even as a front-door decoration. Indian corn is wonderful for table centerpieces too.
7.Create a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables – if you don’t have an actual cornucopia, improvise by filling large pottery containers, glass bowls, or large platters with the bounty of fall. Include gold and orange gourds, small pumpkins, eggplant, apples, oranges, and even grapes for additional color. This here is a perfect example of using a picture frame or wood tray to create an eclectic arrangement for fall. Including fresh fruit with dried. This would only take minutes to create.
8. Add texture with baskets, which give the appearance of “bounty”. Baskets can be overflowing with fruit, greenery, and twigs for a whimsical decoration anywhere you need some fall color. Large baskets can also be used for holding fall quilts or linens.
9. Tuck in real or silk fall leaves under glass tabletops for instant fall color and charm. These also look great tucked behind a few photos, on surfaces and around candles. This arrangement below was done with simple fruit jars, votive candles and some artificial fall foliage tucked around. This took just a few minutes to create, and is a cozy welcome for our family.
10. Cozy up with throw blankets and pillows. Nothing is quicker at adding fall color than some inexpensive throw pillows and some cozy new throws to add to the back of your sofa. This is instant color and a great way to change things up for the current season.
11. Find everyday items that you have, that can be changed for the season. Shop your own home for things that can be spruced up. Add a new fall photo to a picture frame and prop it up in the middle of your dining table, or fill your vases with fall foliage. Find your favorite dishes and put them on display with pumpkins and fall fruits in them. Remember everything old is new again, and sometimes we can recycle what we already have.
12. Mini pumpkins are a great item to use in many ways for this season. They can be set around, and tucked in all kinds of places. Use mini pumpkins for candle holders by cutting out a hole for a taper candle or votive. You can write names in a gold or black felt tip pen straight onto the mini pumpkins for sweet and simple place holders at your Thanksgiving table. You could also tie on a simple tag with the guests’ name as well, and then let everyone take home their little pumpkin after the meal.
13. Decorate a mantle. A mantle is always a great focal point for decorating, and the ideas are really endless. Here you can see above how a large shelf that mimics a mantle and was used for decorating. You can cover any flat surface such as a piano, armoire, and tall chest of drawers to create beautiful fall vignettes.
14.Decorate right on your existing furniture. Pine cones, pine branches, twigs, bittersweet, and mini pumpkins can be added to the top of a bedroom dresser, a bay window, or even the tops of your kitchen cabinets. Add some mini lights for ambiance, and then keep them up for Christmas and just switch out the autumn theme for Christmas.
15. Candles of all shapes and sizes are always a winner, and very easy to incorporate into your fall home decorating. Use pillar candles, tea candles, or votive candles to add light and charm to a centerpiece or any room of the house. Surround candles with colorful ribbons and greenery and you’ll create a wonderfully inviting and cozy atmosphere.
16. Make a memory Thanksgiving runner. For the thanksgiving table add a runner down the middle that your family members can write on. Get a fabric washable pens and have everyone write something they are thankful for this year. Be sure to have them write the date and sign it. This runner could be added to each year, and a great memento of this glorious celebration and bounty of goodness. You will love looking back over time at what everyone wrote.
17. Kid friendly leaf streamers. You can make fun decorations using fall leaves of different colors. Or get silk leaves at the craft store. Get a hole punch and some yarn. Then thread the leaves onto the string to create a leaf banner. Tie a knot after each leaf to keep them from slipping on the string and bunching together. They can be hung as decorations on a porch or in a window vertically. Or make them in a swag style. They can also be tied on a dowel, leaving about six inches between each string. They are great wind catchers for hanging outdoors on your front porch.
18. Try mixing fall colors with lighter spring colors. This color blue is a perfect complement to the orange pumpkins, and makes for a fresh light look for the fall season. Adding lots of white will give a cottage look as well. This would be delightful for Thanksgiving Day dinner.
19. Make some cute placeholders for Thanksgiving. These little turkey placeholders out of a walnut shell would be delightful and bring some whimsy to your table decorating. You will need fall silk leaves, walnut shells, acorn nut, felt, plastic eyes and hot glue. You can see the photo above to spur on your ideas. This cute placeholder would be great for the kids table on Thanksgiving.
20. Bible centerpiece. Why not make the Bible the center of your decorating as well? Having the Bible laying out and reading from it throughout the month of November could be a great way to focus and meditate on the scriptures we shared earlier. Use it as a centerpiece of a table, coffee table or anywhere visible for the season. Be sure to bring the Bible to the Thanksgiving Day table as well, and share with your guests one of your favorite passages from this season.
Hopefully these 20 simple decorating tips for fall and thanksgiving will inspire you to have some fun and keep it free and natural in your home for the rest of this season.
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