Simple Yet Stunning Fall Décor Tips & DIY Projects

Pumpkins, autumn leaves, corn husks….yep, it’s that time again. Fall is almost upon us, and it’s time to show neighbors and house guests that you are on it with these simple yet stunning fall home décor ideas for your home and garden.

Window Boxes

With the changing of the seasons, it’s time to exchange those summer flowers with autumn foliage in your window boxes. Whether you are planting in rustic wood window boxes, cottage-style hayrack planters, or some other window box style, here are some classic fall plant mixes to try:

  • Red and gold marigolds
  • Coleus (copper and red mixes), Lantana, bear grass, and licorice vine
  • Chrysanthemums, ornamental peppers, and leatherleaf sedge
  • Ornamental cabbage, coral bells, and purple ajuga
  • Sweet potato vine, ornamental greases, needlepoint ivy, and chrysanthemums
  • English ivy, foxtail fern, creeping Jenny, and orange marigolds

Want to make your own plant mix for fall? Here are some options to mix and match:

  • Marigold
  • Oxalis (“Charmed Velvet” color)
  • Decorative cabbage and kale
  • Sedum
  • Coreopsis
  • Variegated pelargonium
  • Croton
  • Golden barberry
  • Cordyline
  • Little bluestem
  • Honeysuckle
  • Variegated ivy
  • Beefsteak plant
  • Purple fountaingrass
  • Ornamental black pepper (“Black Pearl”)
  • Sweet alyssum
  • Indiangrass
  • Purple millet

More Window Box Ideas

Your window box designs aren’t limited to your home’s exterior. Why not create a lovely fall tablescape with a window box as the base. Fill it with all sorts of autumn-inspired goodies, like gourds, corn husks, dried and fresh herbs, autumn leaves, candles, and such.


Wreathes aren’t just for Christmas: an autumn wreath hanging on the door is the perfect way to commemorate the changing of the season (plus it will match your new fall window boxes!). But don’t stop at the door, wreaths also look great above the fireplace or mirror or on a window. You can also use it as a table centerpiece, a plant stand, or as a serving plate charger for your fall parties.

Artificial Succulents & Greenery

Artificial plants are an easy way to bring the beauty of fall into your décor without worrying about insects or withering, dying foliage. A popular piece of modern décor, succulents are the perfect way to add color and texture to modern fall décor accents. Our faux succulents include green and burgundy echeveria.


Display your fall findings in terrariums hung from the ceiling, mounted to the wall, or placed on a bookshelf or as a table centerpiece. Fill it with a mix of small gourds, moss, driftwood, polished stones, succulents, sand, dried leaves—the autumn sky is the limit!

Need Some Fall Décor DIY Projects?

How to dry gourds for decorating

  1. Rinse and disinfect the gourds of dirt and debris with water. Next, use a dry cloth to rub a bleach solution or distilled vinegar over the surface of the gourd, and then dry it with a clean, dry cloth.
  2. Find a cool, dry, place with good ventilation to dry the gourds in. (If the area is too moist or there isn’t enough air, the gourds will rot instead of drying.) Place the drying gourds on chicken wire or a wooden lattice for extra ventilation, and position them so that the gourds aren’t touching each other.
  3. Keep an eye out for mold as the gourds dry. If caught early enough, mold spots can be removed before they can damage the gourds. Remove mold spots with a knife, and use bleach to disinfect the surrounding surface.
  4. When your gourds are completely dry (a process that takes anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months), they are ready to decorate.

How to press and dry fall leaves

  1. Choose autumn leaves that are mostly flat (not curled). The drier the leaves that you choose, the better.
  2. Separate the leaves and place them on a newspaper or waxed paper, folding the paper over the top so that the leaves are sandwiched between two folds.
  3. Place a heavy book or flat object on top of the covered leaves and leave them there for at least one week, checking on them at that time to see if they’re completely dry and flat. The entire process could take up to two weeks.

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Photo credits: @thegreenspatula (hayrack planter), wooden window box tablescape (Anita Diaz/Far Above Rubies), white wooden window box tablescape (, white pumpkins with succulents (Living Locurto), terrariums and pumpkins (Laurey W. Glenn), Rachael Traub, and Brooke Williams.
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