Shop Your Backyard! 18 Easy Ways to Decorate for Fall

Get your home ready for fall with decor and crafts that incorporate elements of nature, including items you can grab from your own backyard.

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

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Photo By: Photos by Heidi Geldhauser. Floral Design by Lindsay Coletta

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Modern Cornucopia on Silver Serving Tray

Put together a floral arrangement of dahlias, persimmons, ornamental or edible cabbage and thistle on a silver serving tray to create a beautiful focal point perfect for any fall table.

DIY Fall Leaf Wreath

Who knew putting fall leaves together could look so chic? Create this beautiful wreath using leaves from your own yard. 

Autumn Fruit Tree

Bring the colors of fall to your table with this grapevine and clementine tree decor. Learn how to make it here.

Wildlife Indian Corn Wreath

In just a few steps, learn how to make an Indian corn wreath from this year's harvest as a treat for the wildlife or simply for decoration in your home or yard.

Name Card Holder

Use small gourds or apples, leaves, dried flowers, little pine cones, acorns, and whatever else you want to use for your name card holder. Learn how to assemble this fun fall craft here and start planning a gathering.

Coastal Pumpkin Centerpiece

Decorating for fall doesn't mean you can't have beach flare in your decor. Learn how to create this coastal pumpkin centerpiece in just a few easy steps.

Fall Garland

Gather some nearby leaves, and in a few hours you will have a garland of beautiful reds and yellows. Display this colorful garland over your front door, around an archway or draped across a bench.

Cabbage Pumpkin Planter

Use cabbage, metallic terra-cotta pots, cream-colored and green pumpkins, other seasonal greenery and a long shallow vessel to create an earthy fall centerpiece that you can use for multiple occasions and times of the year. Get step-by-step instructions on how to assemble this piece. 

A Thanksgiving Tree

Invite guests around your Thanksgiving table to share what they are thankful for and what they would like to give to others in the upcoming year. Find a branch outside to use as the tree, then learn how to create a giving tree for this holiday season here

Mini Pumpkin Planters

These miniature pumpkin planters make a perfect festive display for succulents or other small plants. Hang them outside your door to welcome visitors, or over your kitchen sink to bring a bit of fall gardening inside.

Acorn Place Card Holder for the Holidays

This craft actually mimics an outdoor element, but you're sure to get compliments on these simple acorn place card holders. Learn how to make them here.

Corn Husk Napkin Rings

Make these simple-yet-sophisticated napkin rings using corn husks. Get the instructions.

A Harvest Centerpiece

Place tree trimmings, apples and cinnamon sticks in a wooden container to create this beautiful centerpiece. Get more detailed instructions here.

Falling Leaves Decor

Gather leaves from your yard and simply attach to glass using double stick tape, arranging the leaves to look as though they are falling off the trees onto the ground. Learn how to recreate this fall vignette.

Acorn Harvest Mason Jar Candles

Make these harvest jar candles to bring a touch of fall to the mantle or dining table.

Pinecone Place Card Holder

For a quick but lovely place card holder, use pine cones to hold your guest's name in place. A simple and elegant script contrasts with the roughness of the pine cone, giving a simple project more sophistication.

Clever Pumpkin Planters

You probably want to incorporate pumpkins into your fall decor in some way, so why not put them to good use? Remove the tops and hollow out pumpkins to create vessels for plants. These pumpkin planters are great for porch or patio steps and serve as a great alternative to traditional jack-o'-lanterns. 

A Grapevine Pumpkin

If you don't want to deal with the mess of carving or crafting with a real pumpkin, consider making a minimalist grapevine pumpkin like this one. You will need 6 grapevine wreaths, a 9-inch piece of branch, floral wire, scissors, wire cutter and a hot glue gun. See step-by-step instructions.