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Fall is definitely my favorite season! I’m not sure if it’s the colors or the textures, but I love all of the natural elements that are readily available during this season. Why not bring them inside and use them to decorate our homes? I’m excited to share some of the best ideas I’ve been seeing around the internet this year, and so here’s “15 Natural Fall Decorating Ideas”!
You know, there was a time when I had quite a few storage boxes in the attic full of “seasonal decorations”. Big, giant Rubbermaid boxes full of plastic and artificial decorations, accented with glitter, ribbon and fragrances. Every holiday season, the boxes would come out and the routine would begin. I would mechanically place each piece where “it went”, where it “always went”.
Over time, the decorations would “get old” for me, but because I had so much money invested in them, I continued to use them. Every year, more of the glitter fell off and they looked a little worse. But still….
Then, we had a fire.
No one was hurt, but we lost a lot of sentimental possessions. We also lost all of our holidays decorations and were forced to start over.
Since that fire, I’ve been very slow about running out to “replace” our holiday decorations. As a matter of fact, the first year after the fire, we just had a borrowed Christmas tree and a few lights….talk about low commitment!
We just didn’t know what we wanted to do from that point forward. It didn’t feel right to replace all the plastic and toxic decorations.
Should we consider getting a real tree from this point forward? Maybe we would plant a small spruce tree in a pot on the patio and just decorate it. We just didn’t know and didn’t want to go back to the way we used to do things.
At the end of the day, we did purchase an artificial Christmas tree, but choose to decorate it with natural elements for the most part. Gathering pinecones and other dried flowers to decorate the Christmas tree with feels much better to me. I enjoy stringing popcorn and cranberries to use as garland. Beeswax candles that I made with wax from our own hives offer a warm and inviting light to our dining room table. It’s simple and it feels right for us.
As for fall, there is soooo much available to decorate our homes with!
Pumpkins, hay, dried corn, lentil, corn stalks and gourds!
There are so many possibilities to use natural elements to decorate sustainably and “locally”!
The colors and textures of fall largely sell themselves! We merely need to bring them into and near our homes and give them a place to shine!
Here’s a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing….
Oh my goodness, I am a pumpkin addict! I LOVE pumpkins, especially unusual ones! Look how gorgeous these different shaped and colored pumpkins are, simply stacked on top of each other. The mantle has adorable dried wheat tied in a bow and a pumpkin made from grapevines.
OK, succulents are really popular but how creative this pumpkin planter is, with a little green moss! So adorable!
The wooden bowl is really attractive to me because you can use it to decorate for just about any season! Here, white and green pumpkins are combined with adorable little gourds! I love it.
I can’t wait until my local nursery brings out the mums in the fall! I usually buy a half dozen or so, some will go on the porch like this picture, with some pumpkins and corn stalks from the garden. So natural and inviting! Bringing some of the mums inside the house for the fireplace hearth and the entry brings the lovely scent of fall inside! No artificial scents necessary!
Look how burlap and mason jars make this centerpiece so interesting! You could probably piece something like this together by using what you have around the house or growing outside! Use what you have, that’s what makes your fall decorations personal!
Hurricane lamps are so inexpensive but so versatile! Look how elegant just a candle and some pinecones can be!
I just LOVE the way the combination of colors and textures looks in these hurricane lamps! You could also use different kinds of candy corn to create this effect (ok, I know candy corn isn’t natural!) or I’ve even used coffee beans! Let your imagination flow! It doesn’t have to be perfect, you’re the only one who has to like it!
Isn’t it amazing how elegant this is, by simply using candles and pumpkins?? Add small touches of pinecones and dried flowers and you have a beautiful centerpiece!
I like to use materials that I’ve found on our property, and this project totally lends to that! Grab the drill and in no time, you’ll have this log centerpiece ready to be displayed!
What caught my eye about this centerpiece is how many different elements are displayed: acorns, feathers, eucalyptus, pumpkins and leaves! So tastefully done!
This is so simple, but so graceful. Just use a delicate piece of fabric, some leafy branches, apples and candles. Beautiful!
I love anything with mason jars! The unusual gourds really make this interesting. The runner is made with twigs, now that’s unique!
Who doesn’t love Indian corn!? This wreath is just stunning, yet so simple to make!
I hope you’ve got some ideas flowing to make some unique fall decor for your home. While I love craft stores as much as anyone, I am turning my efforts more towards sustainable decorating. After the holidays are over, I hope to be able to compost most of my decorations and start fresh again next year. I’m not stuck with “last year’s decorations” every again!