Fall is one of my favorite times of year for home decorating. The season itself emphasizes warmth and comfort, and brings us closer to simpler things, and shouldn’t that be what our homes are all about? From candles to cushions, TBD shows you how to add cozy warmth to your home with these fall decorating ideas!




Fall Decorating Ideas

Designers #1 Fall Decorating Secret

Save money by focusing your fall decor. Instead of spreading a few items here or there around the room only to have them get visually lost, concentrate your fall decorating on the natural focal point of the room. If you have a fireplace mantel, an entry table, or a built in book case, these would all be great areas to generate some fall “cozy”. Beth at ‘Home Stories A to Z‘ can teach you exactly how to create a seasonal vignette, which is exactly what we are talking about.


Here is another example of an amazing blogger sharing her fall decorating ideas. From Lauren at ‘Bless’er House‘s’ fall home tour. Love the whitewashed wooden fruit! Notice once again, this fall vignette is focused at the mantel, to bring it the most attention.

10 Ways to Make Your Home Fall Cozy


Use Candles for Fall

Candles are a natural during the season, but the price of decorative candles can be unreasonable. Create one of a kind candles with items from your grocery store! Coat the lower half of ordinary pillar candles with white glue. A foam brush is great for this. Pour natural materials into a paper plate such as flax seed, whole rosemary leaves, even ground gourmet coffee! Now roll the candle in the paper plate well, and set up and allow to dry. Display in groups of three for a fragrant fall style maker! Make this festive fall tablescape from ‘HGTV‘!



Fall Art Projects

Create your own “stained glass art” for just a couple of dollars. Gather fall leaves and blossoms and press them a few days between paper towels, topped with a couple of heavy books. Pick up two picture frames from the dollar store or discount shop. Remove the glass from one of the frames, and place the leaves on the glass in an attractive design. Place the glass from the second frame over the first, sandwiching the leaves between. Use a small amount of clear packing tape to seal the edges of the two panes of glass together. Now place back into one of the frames, secure in back, and hang from a chain in a brightly lit window.

When I came up with this fall decorating idea years ago, I never thought of the easier way of doing it that Yvonne over at ‘Stone Gable’ has figured out! Check out her falling leaves DIY and make these amazing pieces! Or, make these DIY floating frames from ‘Young House Love’ and go from there!


Use Throw Pillows

Warm up your throw pillows for fall with a no-sew treatment! Simply lay a piece of fall hued fabric at least several inches larger than the pillow on a flat surface, and then lay your pillow over the fabric on the diagonal. Now fold the fabric around the pillow exactly as you would wrap a present, tucking excess fabric if necessary. Use safety pins to secure the fabric on the back of the pillow. Use ribbon or raffia to wrap the pillow and adorn your 5 minute creation! Or use iron on fusible web to create this easy no-sew fall pillow from ‘BHG‘.



Branches and Twigs in Fall Decorating

Use branches in every room in your home. Gather interesting branches from your yard or a neighbors. Curling, gnarled, and colorful branches add extra character! Now just hang over mantels, over headboards, and make smaller ones for over bathroom mirrors and closet doors. Designer fall decorating look, for pennies! Photo by ‘Pottery Barn‘.

Fall decorating


Fabric for Fall Decor

Toss a cozy throw blanket over a comfy chair, and stack a couple of well read books on the table nearby for a fall inspired “time out”. Make sure you leave a spot for your hot cocoa! Add treatments to your windows to double that cozy effect, and make the room more comfortable at the same time. (And lowering your heating bills won’t hurt either!) Make these easy & beautiful DIY fleece blankets from, ironically, ‘It’s Always Autumn’!



Wrap your dining room light fixture in autumn splendor! Pick up a grapevine wreath or two from your craft store, and soak in water in a bathtub overnight to make pliable. Now unwrap the wreath, and rewrap it around your hanging lamp, a pot rack or stretch it along the tops of kitchen cabinets. Tuck in some fall leaves, fall craft picks, or dried flower bunches to create a natural look in any room. Or make this DIY twig lamp from ‘The Heathered Nest’ out of a thrift store candlestick lamp. Such fall decorating flair!


Baskets for Fall

Baskets seem to symbolize the harvest, so bring a couple in, line them with fabric and fill with the bounty of the season. Pumpkin, squash, apples, pears and pomegranates all look as great as they taste. Love this vignette with the wire basket from ‘A Pumpkin and a Princess‘!

Fall Basket


Fall Decorating Accents

Pick up a roll of raffia or natural colored twisted paper from your craft shop. Layer the towels in your guest bath, and then tie them with the raffia for a rustic touch. Slip in a cinnamon stick for a heavenly fragrance when company comes to visit. (Or even when they don’t!) Use the same raffia as tiebacks on the shower curtain, front drapes, or even around throw pillows on the porch. Or make this gorgeous DIY fall wreath from ‘Southern Living‘! Remember, you can hang a wreath over a mirror or window, above a mantel or on an interior door too!

You can even use grocery store finds to create amazing fall decor! So try our post on Decorating with Pumpkins and Gourds… Not a Jack-O-Lantern in the bunch! Or jump on over to our post on Fall Front Porch Decorating Ideas!

Want to remember this post? Save this fall decorating pin to your Pinterest boards!

Image Credits: A Pumpkin and a Princess, Home Stories A to Z, Bless'er House, Stone Gable, BHG, Pottery Barn, It's Always Autumn, The Heathered Nest, Southern Living



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  1. Jami August 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Focusing on just one focal point in the room is a great idea. A group of things mated together is much better than scattering them around where they lose their eye appeal. Thanks for the reminder as this works especially well at christmas for those of us who want to simplify.

  2. stacy m October 1, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    How can I get those musical note candles?!?

    1. Kathy Woodard June 21, 2016 at 7:14 am

      I’m sorry, it’s not our project so we have no idea… Sorry we couldn’t be more help!

    2. Susan M. July 11, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      We made music note candles for Christmas last year. We took scrapbook paper and trimmed it to the height of the pillar candle. Then covered it in ModPodge to apply the paper to the candle. For a frosted look, we then covered the applied paper in ModPodge and rolled the candle in a mixture of snow effect glitter and epsom salt. You might try searching frosted candles or Christmas candles on Pinterest for more ideas.

      1. Norma Rolader October 13, 2017 at 8:38 pm

        Thank you for the great information

    3. Hope August 8, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Just get some music sheets from 2nd hand stores, online, etc. Cut them to the height and length you want. Apply Mod Podge on the candle and apply the music sheet on it. Let dry and mod podge again. Let dry really well. Good luck!

    4. Kathy A August 29, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      I have printed on tissue paper before so you could make your own. I taped tissue onto a sheet of paper & put it through my printer. Or even print on thin linen or other fancy paper to make it easier & wrap around a candle. Also, I’ve used stamps/ink pad on tissue paper to decoupage {less change of smearing}.

  3. Teresa November 1, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I absolutely love the upholstered bench in the fireplace photo. Do you have any contact information as to where this can be purchased? Or even the fabric manufacturer?


    1. Kathy Woodard June 21, 2016 at 7:13 am

      I’m sorry, it’s not our project so we have no idea… Sorry we couldn’t be more help!

  4. Small Talk Mama November 2, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Love the simple and inexpensive touches! I’m definitely making myself a leaf pillow… or two.

  5. Becky Johnson August 1, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    I love the leaf pillow and the candles decorated with seeds, beans etc. Becky

  6. Norma Rolader October 13, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Beautiful fall information and decor thank you


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