Step-by-Step DIY Fall Decor Guide for a Festive Home

Welcome to our ultimate guide to DIY fall decor! As the leaves change colors and the air turns crisp, it's time to infuse your home with the warm and inviting spirit of autumn.

In this comprehensive article, we'll explore various fall decor styles, budget-friendly ideas, and creative DIY projects that will add a touch of seasonal charm to every corner of your living space.

Whether you prefer rustic farmhouse aesthetics or chic modern designs, we've got you covered. Get ready to unleash your creativity and create a cozy and festive atmosphere with our curated collection of fall-inspired decorations.

Let's dive in and discover Hometalk's most creative DIY fall decor projects!

1. Find your fall style

Before starting any DIY project, you first need to decide what your style is. Perhaps you're looking for your fall decor to seamlessly blend into the existing interior design styles in your home or you could be open to adding touches of something different to your space for the season.

There are a myriad of interior design styles out there, but the DIY fall decor spectrum roughly ranges from rustic and traditional to chic and modern. How to discover which way you're leaning more? Let's take a look at these two styles in more detail:

Rustic fall decor

Embrace the cozy vibes of the season with a rustic vibe. This style includes farm-inspired aesthetics such as weathered paint washes, rusted metal, and traditional autumn colors of reds, oranges, browns, and yellows. Preferred materials include natural elements, such as pine cones and acorns, repurposed items such as tin cans, as well as rough textures in burlap and twine.

Some popular rustic DIY fall decor ideas on Hometalk include rain boot planters filled with fall foliage, burlap ruffle wreaths, twine pumpkins, and placemats turned into throw pillows with swirly fall-inspired quotes.

DIY mercury glass pumpkin vase

Chic and modern fall decor

On the other hand, modern fall decor offers a more contemporary and sophisticated approach to seasonal decorations. Traditional motifs and colors may still be used but in unexpected or innovative ways. The focus is more on elegant clean lines, minimalistic designs, and trendy elements.

Key characteristics include neutral and monochromatic color palettes, metallic and matte accents, and sleek geometric patterns, to name but a few.

Some examples of chic and modern DIY fall decor on Hometalk include the above mercury glass pumpkin vase, geometric scrapwood lanterns, spray-painted white wreaths, and minimalist leaf-stamped napkins.

2. Decide your fall decor budget

You can totally transform your home into a fall haven without breaking the bank. Opt for budget-friendly decor ideas using items found around the house or at the dollar store. Get creative with easy and fun DIY crafts to save money while adding a personal touch to your fall decorations.

Budget-friendly fall decor ideas

Take a look at what you already have around your home, to begin with. For example, if you have an old waste paper basket lying around, try weaving some fall florals and foliage to create a beautiful flower arrangement. Now that's turning trash into treasure!

Other budget-friendly fall decor projects you could make using what's already in your home include a fall wreath made out of egg cartons, a DIY pumpkin topiary made out of trash bags, and cute candles made out of orange peels.

DIY pumpkin kissing ball

Dollar store fall DIYs

If you have a little budget, you can make it stretch a long way by rooting through your local Dollar Tree or similar dollar store. Can you believe the pumpkin kissing ball above was made using only Dollar Tree items? This is a great example of how a few cheap supplies can be turned into something that looks truly high-end.

Some of our favorite fall dollar store DIYs on Hometalk include a light-up wine barrel planter, a 3D pumpkin made out of rope, and a witch's hat wreath made out of a cheap Dollar Tree dress-up item.

Fall crafts

Let your creativity shine and while away a lazy autumn afternoon with some fun fall crafts (for kids and big kids alike!). The only expenses are some craft supplies.

You could create some pumpkin vine napkin rings out of polymer clay, mold a bowl out of faux fall leaves and Mod Podge, or build a cute fall gnome out of burlap and fake foliage. The possibilities are endless.

DIY paper plate fall wreath

3. Fall door decor

Now you have your style and budget sorted, it's time to start planning your DIY fall decor, starting with the first impression: your front door. Adorning the entrance to your home during the autumn season serves as a warm and inviting way to welcome guests and celebrate the beauty of fall.

There are many ways to decorate your door for fall, from wreaths, swags, and door hangers on the door itself, to topiaries, doormats, signs, and garlands around the entry:

Light-up sunflower door hanger for fall


Fall wreaths are circular decorations made from a variety of materials such as dried leaves, faux fall foliage, berries, pinecones, pumpkins, and gourds. They are typically hung on the front door using a hook or ribbon. Wreaths are not just for Christmas; you can get really creative with your ideas. We love seeing fall wreaths with pine cone flowers, twigs, and rustic materials, such as ruffled burlap.


A fall swag is a long and elegant arrangement of fall flowers, leaves, and other seasonal elements. It is hung on the front door or wrapped around the doorframe, creating a cascading and eye-catching effect. This luxurious DIY fall swag by Chloe Crabtree is absolutely breathtaking.


Fall-themed door hangers come in various shapes and designs, such as pumpkins, leaves, or scarecrows. They are easy to hang on the door using a hook or an over-the-door hanger.


Fall topiaries are potted arrangements that resemble miniature trees or shrubs. They are often made using fall foliage, branches, and other natural elements. They can be displayed inside or outside, but a great spot is on either side of the front door.

Seasonal signs

Decorative signs with fall-themed messages, quotes, or greetings are another popular choice for fall door decor. They add a touch of charm and personality to the entryway.


Fall garlands made from fall leaves, faux foliage, or other seasonal elements can be draped along the doorframe or around the door to add a festive touch.


Seasonal doormats with fall motifs, such as leaves, pumpkins, or acorns, are both decorative and functional, providing a warm welcome to guests while keeping dirt out of the home.

Setting a fall tablescape

4. Fall dining room decor

Another pivotal area of your home to decorate for fall is the dining room. Fall is the season for Thanksgiving, harvest, and pumpkin spice lattes! Likely, you'll be hosting family and friends around the dinner table during this time, so invest some time and energy in your dining room decor.

Fall centerpiece


Fall-themed centerpieces are the focal point of the dining table decor. They can be made from various materials such as fall flowers, pumpkins, gourds, dried leaves, acorns, pine cones, and candles. A centerpiece can be a simple arrangement or an elaborate display, depending on the style and size of the dining table.


Fall tablescapes involve creating a visually appealing arrangement of various fall-themed items across the table. This can include placing pumpkins, candles, fall leaves, and seasonal fruits or vegetables along with table runners and placemats in autumn colors.

Napkin rings

Adding decorative napkin rings in fall motifs, such as leaves, acorns, or pumpkins, can elevate the dining table decor and add a touch of elegance to the table setting.

Table runners

Fall-inspired table runners in warm colors and patterns can add texture and depth to the table setting. They provide a foundation for placing other fall decor elements.

Place settings for a fall tablescape

Place settings

Incorporating fall-themed place settings, such as plates, chargers, and utensils in autumn colors or with leaf patterns, can enhance the overall fall aesthetic of the dining table.

Seasonal glassware

Using glassware with fall designs or colors, such as amber or deep red, can complement the fall dining table decor and add a touch of sophistication.

Fall-themed serving dishes

Serving dishes and platters with fall motifs or shaped like pumpkins, leaves, or gourds can add a whimsical and festive touch to the dining table.

Name cards for a fall dining room

Name cards

Personalized name cards in fall-themed designs can be placed at each seat to add a special touch and create a welcoming atmosphere for guests.

Coasters and trivets

Fall-themed coasters and trivets can protect the table surface while adding to the overall fall decor theme.

5. Fall decor for living areas

The third and final key area of your home to decorate for fall is the living area. By reflecting the colors, textures, and themes of fall in your living room or other common spaces, you can create a warm and inviting atmosphere for family and guests.

DIY throw pillows for Halloween and fall

Throw pillows and blankets

Adding throw pillows and blankets in autumnal colors, such as deep reds, oranges, yellows, and earthy tones, can instantly transform the living room. Pillows with fall motifs like leaves, pumpkins, or gourds can further enhance the seasonal theme.

Wall art

Switching out regular wall art for fall-themed paintings, prints, or wall hangings can set the tone for the living room's fall decor. Art featuring fall foliage, harvest scenes, or seasonal quotes can add a touch of autumn charm.

Potpourri and scented candles

Using potpourri or scented candles with fall fragrances, such as cinnamon, apple, or pumpkin spice, can fill the living room with the delightful scents of the season.

DIY Tide Pod pumpkin floral arrangement

Fall floral arrangements

Incorporating fall flower arrangements, either fresh or faux, can add a burst of color and natural beauty to the living room. Sunflowers, mums, and dried wheat are popular choices for fall floral decor.

Signs and plaques

Hanging fall-themed signs or plaques with seasonal quotes or greetings can add a personalized touch to the living room decor.

Mantel decor

Decorating the mantel with fall elements like pumpkins, gourds, fall foliage, and candles can create a stunning focal point in the living room.

Garland and wreaths

Draping fall garlands over the fireplace, shelves, or entryways, and hanging fall wreaths on the walls or doors can add a festive touch to the living room.

DIY rain boot planter

Seasonal planters

Placing seasonal planters with fall flowers or foliage near windows or doorways can bring the outdoors in and add a touch of nature to the living room.

Cozy rugs

Swapping out light summer rugs for thicker, cozier rugs in warm colors or fall patterns can make the living room more inviting.

Seasonal decorative accessories

Adding natural decorative accessories like acorns, pine cones, dried leaves, and miniature pumpkins can enhance the theme.

Light-up chicken wire pumpkin centerpiece

6. Fall lighting

You can also enhance the ambiance and create a warm, cozy, and festive atmosphere with the types of lighting elements and arrangements you use in your home. These lights play a crucial role in setting the mood and adding an extra layer of charm. Here are a few ideas:

DIY fall lantern with a candle


Candles are a classic and versatile choice for fall decor. They come in various sizes, shapes, and scents, and their soft, flickering glow creates a warm and inviting ambiance. Fall-scented candles, such as pumpkin spice or apple cinnamon, can add an extra touch of seasonal fragrance to the room.

Candle holders

Decorative candle holders, lanterns, or hurricane vases can enhance the visual appeal of candles. Placing them on tables, mantels, or shelves can add a rustic or elegant touch to the fall decor.

Fairy lights

Also known as string lights or twinkle lights, fairy lights are small, delicate, and often LED-powered lights that add a magical and whimsical touch to fall decor. They can be wrapped around furniture, draped on walls, or placed in glass containers to create a soft, enchanting glow.

DIY fall lantern


Lanterns with fall-themed designs or colors can be used as standalone decor pieces or as holders for candles or fairy lights. They add a rustic and vintage charm to the fall decor.

Other light-up DIYs

DIY light-up decor projects using mason jars, wine bottles, or glass containers filled with fairy lights or battery-operated candles can be creative and budget-friendly ways to illuminate the living space.

7. Fall motifs

You'd be hard-pressed to create DIY fall decor without leaning into the typical fall motifs associated with the season. These recurring themes or symbols draw inspiration from nature, harvest, and traditional fall elements. Here are a few to consider:

Fall leaves

Leaves in various shapes and colors, such as red, orange, yellow, and brown, symbolize the changing foliage of autumn. They are often used as patterns in textiles, wall art, and table decor.

Depictions of trees with colorful leaves, especially maple trees, are a common fall motif in decor. They are often featured in wall decals, paintings, and other artwork.

Autumn colors

Warm and rich colors, such as deep reds, burnt oranges, golden yellows, and earthy browns, are characteristic of fall and are used extensively in decor during this season.

Tide Pod scarecrow face


Scarecrows are a playful and traditional fall motif representing the harvest season. They are often used in outdoor displays, wreaths, and table centerpieces.

Gourds and pumpkins

Gourds, pumpkins, and other fall squashes are iconic symbols of the harvest season. They are used as decor accents, both in their natural form and as decorative elements in various crafts and displays.

Wine bottles

Wine bottles can be repurposed and decorated with fall motifs, such as painted fall leaves or twine-wrapped necks, to create unique and rustic fall decor pieces.

DIY fall gnome


Gnomes dressed in fall-themed attire, such as plaid shirts, hats, and scarves, have become popular fall decor motifs in recent years. They add a whimsical and charming touch to the seasonal decor.

Acorns and pine cones

Acorns and pine cones are natural fall elements that are commonly used as fillers in floral arrangements, tablescapes, and wreaths.

Cinnamon sticks

Cinnamon sticks, with their warm and spicy fragrance, are often incorporated into fall decor. They can be used in potpourri, as accents in floral arrangements, or even tied together to create decorative bundles.

DIY fall cornucopia with harvest fruits and vegetables

Harvest fruits and vegetables

Vegetables associated with the fall harvest, such as corn, wheat, and sunflowers, are often featured in fall decor as table centerpieces or in wall art. Fruits like apples and pears, which are commonly harvested in the fall, are used in fall-themed displays and as accents in tabletop decor.

When using fall motifs in decor, it's essential to strike a balance and not overdo the theme. Combining these motifs with other seasonal decor elements and textures can create a well-rounded and visually appealing fall-inspired space.

8. Materials for fall DIY projects

In addition to the motifs already covered, some common materials used to make DIY fall decor include twine and raffia, fall-themed fabrics with patterns like plaid and houndstooth, ribbons, mason jars, grapevines, rusted metal, felt, wine corks, and more. Here are just a few of our favorite materials to use:

Wrapping burlap around a grapevine cone


Burlap fabric or ribbon adds a rustic and natural touch to fall decor.


Paper is one of the most accessible materials. Paper bags, paper plates, and even old book pages can be used to create stunning decorations perfect for the autumn season.

DIY wood round and candle decor


Wooden elements like branches, logs, and slices can be used for rustic wood decor pieces.

Chicken wire

Perhaps a more unusual choice, chicken wire is actually a really versatile medium to work with and can be used to create a number of different projects. Plus, it has a rustic farmhouse vibe that's perfect for fall.

DIY fall decor

DIY fall decor

As you wrap up your DIY fall decor journey, we hope you've found inspiration and ideas to transform your home into a fall wonderland.

Embrace the beauty of the season by adorning your front door with wreaths and swags, setting a stunning fall tablescape in your dining room, and infusing your living areas with cozy touches and warm lighting. Let the motifs of fall, from leaves to gourds, add a touch of nature's beauty to your creations.

Have fun and let your creativity shine. Involve family and friends in the process to create lasting memories and share the joy of the season. We're confident you'll craft an autumnal oasis that welcomes fall with open arms.

Happy crafting and a wonderful fall season to you and your loved ones!

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