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30 Easy DIY Decorating Ideas For Fall

November 11, 2016

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Decorate your home for fall with these 30 easy DIY craft and decor ideas.

From elegant to whimsical, there's tons of inspiration here, including banners, pumpkins, creative makeovers, Dollar Tree finds, thrift store upcycles and more.

Get your craft on and start decorating with some super simple and affordable projects.

30 Fall DIY Craft and Decorating Ideas

Fall is a wonderful time to feather your nest.

As a chill settles into the air and we migrate indoors, why not whip up an elegant custom craft or swap out a few accessories to reflect the mood of the season?

Need some inspiration?

No problem.

Cozy up by the fire, as you check out these DIYs for your home and garden this autumn.


30 Easy Ways To Decorate For Fall

That festive fall feeling begins before you even enter the house with this quick garden flag craft. Place it on on your front porch or stoop to welcome guests.

Garden Flag Front Door decor on a front stoop

Couple it with this white pumpkin wreath for a real pop on your front door.

All you need is a few dollar store pumpkins and a glue gun transform your summer door decor into a fall showstopper.

Once inside, you can tour the living room and pick up a few tips to bring fall into your own space.

Pumpkins and Roses For Fall Decorating

I decorated my kitchen for fall, with natural elements and it cost me less than ten bucks.  It was a lovely look, plus I had very little buy or to store.

White baby boo pumpkin on red and white plates for fall

My fall kitchen decor for last year was equally as simple, but different. I like to switch it up from year to year. 

Decorated white country kitchen for fall

As much as I adore my kitchen, sometimes it's fun to eat elsewhere. 

This year, I set a rustic and romantic fall table for two in front of the fire. Who says you always need to eat in the dining room? 

Fall Table Setting For Two in cottage style living room with stone fireplace

Of course, for larger gatherings the kitchen or dining room is a more practical option. 

And you can make more room for the turkey by adding levels to your serving space. 

I made this sweet table riser from a thrift store find.

Fall Table Entertaining with red wooden table riser and tableware

Speaking of that Thanksgiving table, it's always dressed to impress. But on a budget and in unique ways. 

For example, each guest receives a puzzle piece place card as a party favor. 

Thanksgiving Place Card from puzzle pieces on set table

The idea for them was born in my kindergarten classroom. 

We used to make simple  puzzle piece pumpkin frames. I just adapted the craft to decorate my home in a variety of ways. 

Easy, elegant and upcycled!

Puzzle Piece Pumpkin frame sign surrounded by bird statues and glass pumpkins

Of course, pumpkins in general are a seasonal favorite. I pepper them around my house in many forms. One of my favorites in a little unorthodox. 

I mounted a pumpkin napkin in a dollar store splatter screen.

Whimsical and unexpected. 

Splatter Screen fall decor hanging on fireplace mantel

I gave a few Dollar Tree pumpkins a simple painted makeover. Who says fall crafts have to be complicated?

Elegant Dollar Store Pumpkin Makeover

Outside, we created a floral pumpkin planter for a front porch or garden. It was a fun way to add a little decor outside and watch it bloom.

Pumpkin Planter For Fall in a bird bath

Back inside, there were more pumpkins on the table.

This hot glue, Give Thanks painted pumpkin centerpiece looks lovely among the holiday dishes.

Give Thanks Crafty Thanksgiving Pumpkin On Table

And right next to the vintage look Thanksgiving dictionary page place cards. No books were damaged in the creation of these classic name tags.

Plus if you use my tip, you really only need to make one.

Thanksgiving Table Setting With Custom Name Cards

Fall is also the perfect time of year to display this cookie jar pumpkin vase,

Pumpkin vase rose Floral Arrangement on cake stand with small pumpkins on a pumpkin dish nearby

...and this pumpkin made from old ceiling fan blades.

Old ceiling blades are the perfect palette for seasonal artwork. Plus their shape mimics that of wooden signs.

Ceiling Fan Blade For Halloween

Which also makes them ideal for stenciling crafts. I just added the words Welcome Fall to create these sweet wooden door tags.

Hello Fall Ceiling Fan Blade Sign DIY

No power tools needed, like my my DIY wooden cake stand

It was another easy, no fuss project, just paint, glue and display.

Fall floral arrangement set it pumpkin vase on wooden cake plate

Of course, I'm not adverse to all power tools, I did use a drill to create this elegant wooden leaf banner for my fireplace mantel.

You can do without though, check out the post for similar supplies.

Wooden Leaf Banner On Mantel

 I made this simple fall book page leaf banner using a free website.

Again, no books were destroyed in this project.

Visit the post, to learn my little trick.

Fall Book Page Leaf Banner hung on fireplace

I also whipped up this cute fall burlap pumpkin banner.

A few pieces of colorful scrapbook paper and leftover sewing trim and I was in business.

Burlap Pumpkin Banner For Fall

Moving toward Halloween my banners get a little more spooky with the addition of ghosts.

And a little help from a package of dollar store goodie bags.

Cute Painted Ghost Banner For Halloween

Clearly, I'm kind of a banner junkie, so I made another small garland for Thanksgiving with dollar bin letters.

This one was just the right size to add to small spaces.

And place on wreaths.

Give Thanks Letter Banner hung on a plate rack next to small statues of angel, pumpkin and sleeping piglet

I even updated it this year, by adding a few dollar store leaves.

So simple to dress up and down.

Changes the whole look.

Give Thanks Letter And Leaf Banner hung on white kitchen hood

To add some texture to the season, I taught myself how to embroider with yarn and felt.


If I can do this, you can do it, too.

Framed give thanks embroidered design next to two small pumpkins

Framed art is a wonderful way to add seasonal flair.

And it doesn't have to cost anything to make.

Check out my free give thanks printable.

Free Give Thanks Printable for Thanksgiving on table with turkey statue and pumpkin

Candles cozy up a cold fall evening.

Here are some of the ways I use candles in my fall decor.

Always, always battery operated, by the way...just safer when working with crafts.

Glass bowl with candle and berries inside

Pillows create a cozy feel, as well.

I stenciled these rustic pillows in no time flat.

I called them rooster pillows (silly, suburban girl), but we all know they're chickens!

Chicken pillows on floor and rocking chair
And since we're discussing adorable decor, why not take a peek at my upcycled Halloween Ghost Lanterns?

Their sweet smiles are just darling during the day and light up the night with the help of a small votive.

Halloween Ghost Lantern DIY

Lastly, my one of my favorite ways to add charm to any room is with a simple wooden sign.

This was one of the first times I cheated my way to perfect letters with a sticker.

And no, I didn't make the wreath, but you can find it on my shop in the menu above.

Autumn Splendor sign and colorful fall wreath


You made it!

Thrifty different ways to add a little bit of fall to your home.

Super easy and super cheap.

Because after all, is there really any reason for it to be any other way?

Happy fall!

If you'd like to continue your autumn craft tour, I have ten more fall decor crafts for you to check out.

Happy Crafting, Friends!
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  1. a beautiful post! fun to re~visit some wonderful ideas.
    i especially like the berries wound around the candle in the glass compote.
    so lovely and elegant and yet so exquisitely simple! xo♥

    1. Thank you, Tammy...I am all about simple! :)

  2. Agreed Kim! Fall colors add such warmth to a home. It definitely should not be any other way 😉

    1. Thanks Karen, the colors of fall are truly my favorite!

  3. What a fun post, Kim. I love all the colors and scents of Fall and I know you do, too. Just beautiful! xo Diana

    1. Thanks Diana, I think they really suit my home...and I love the way they look! :)

  4. Well how clever with the puzzle pieces! I just pinned one of your photos up there to my Pinterest about an hour ago.

    1. Thank you, Brenda! I love getting pinned! :)

  5. Love all the color...fall is such a beautiful time of year! I'm trying to get a few things out of some boxes to add some color. Have a great and hugs to you!

    1. Thank you, Benita! Enjoy your fall color, too!!

  6. Autumn is one of my favorite times to decorate my home. I think because of the cozy. :-)

  7. Thanks for all these great ideas, Kim!

  8. Lots of great inspiration, Kim! Your cozy fireplace tablescape and latest embroidery are my favorites ;)

    1. Thanks so much! I am starting to adore embroidering…new hobby!! :)

  9. You are the bestest, craftiest lady I know and I'm Pinning away! Thanks for a great, organized post to get ideas from, Kim!

    Jane :)

    1. Jane, you are so sweet, thank you so much. You just made my day! :)

  10. I enjoyed seeing all these inspirational projects.

  11. Hi Kim, Your home is just lovely all decked out for fall. Everything is an inspiration!! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful decorating ideas. Simply the best!! Have a nice weekend. xo

    1. Thank you, Celestina Marie. You always share the kindest words. I hope you are having a great week! xo

  12. I've been visiting here long enough to remember most of these but it was so much fun to see them all again! You always have something fun and usually easy and doable to inspire us here! :)

    1. Thanks so much, Deb...I'm all about easy and my goal truly is to inspire. I'm glad it's working!! :)

  13. I totally enjoyed looking at all of your great fall crafts and inspiration! We are onto our next holiday very soon.
    Have a nice weekend and week ahead.

    1. Thanks, Julie...yes, the holidays are in full swing now aren't they. I can hear the Christmas carols already! : )

  14. You have g iven us lots of great ideas here Kim. And they are all easy to do. Which is really what we want. Love those chicken pillows, or are they roosters?

  15. I remember a lot of these cute décor pieces from your posts. The puzzle piece place cards are too cute...I have a gazillion pieces of puzzles around my house!

    1. I say get crafty and use them up, AnnMarie!! I bet your grandkids would love to help. :)

  16. This is such a fun-post, Kim! I think all of your sweet Fall touches add up to major Autumnal impact. I am getting excited to decorate for Christmas, but I'm also hesitant to put away the Fall decor. I seriously think I could live with "Fall" all year long!

    Hope you have a lovely week, Kim!
    Warm hugs,

    1. Carol, I definitely could live with "Fall" all year long!

    2. Fall is a really great time of year, Carol, it's so full of color and coziness. I say enjoy it to the last drop!! :)

  17. I still can't get over how cute that puzzle piece pumpkin frame is! Oh, and I love your fireplace too. So cozy!

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa. I love that little puzzle pumpkin. It’s on my desk right now, still one of my favorites! : ) Doesn’t really take much to make me smile, huh? Ha!

  18. Such nice simple projects. You, as always, are brilliant!

    1. Thank you, Nancy. As always, you are so kind.

  19. I will be pinning some of these Kim. I remember the pumpkin from last year. I did one too but used a real one and I loved it. A faux one is so much more practical!


    1. Real is gorgeous, Doreen...I am just lazy and luckily had a faux one around! Pretty either way, I suppose. Thanks for the pinning. :)

  20. All great ideas! Still loving your rooster pillow. ;)

    1. Thank you, Kristi. I really love those pillows, too. :)

  21. Kim,
    What a great post of fall home decor projects! It is such an amazing collection!

  22. So many lovely craft and decor projects!! Thank you for the inspiration Kim!!

    1. Thanks for the visit, I am glad you found something that inspired you!

  23. Lots of creative and clever ideas here - thanks for sharing! I especially liked the pumpkin made from a fan blade!!

    1. Thanks so much! I have recently fallen in love with those fan blade upcycles. So many great ways to use them. Thanks for the visit!