Adding elements of fall to your home can be easy with a walk around your yard or in your local park. Adding pieces from nature can bring fall to your doorsteps naturally and easily. Picking up branches and pine cones. Even fighting a few squirrels and chipmunks for some acorns can lend itself to some spectacular designs. Choosing to add natural fall decorating elements can also reduce the costs of your decorating or at best, create multi-purpose decorating.
Tree Branches and Stems
Using branches or stems from trees and scrubs are found in your yard so access to these types of decor is easy. Clean branches create a wood based approach that can help dress up a vase that can sit on a side table or buffet. Using branches with big magnolia leaves can showcase the browns and the greens that highlight the seasons colors. Adding these magnolia branches to table center pieces or hanging like a swag from a front door can help unite the natural effect within your home. Magnolia leaves are also fun with a little spray paint. Adding some sparkle with gold or silver spray paint can add some pizzazz to your table. If you choose to dress up your holiday tables try a little sparkle added to these leaves.
Pumpkins, Gourds, and Squash
Pumpkins, gourds, and a variety of fall squashes are in season and at an all time high during fall. If you want to use color but keep it super simple, harvest fruits and vegetables are great to dress up your table. Try adding these items as a runner along a table or storing smaller items in a bowl. Once your holiday festivities are over, you can cut up these starches for some yummy side dishes or pies. Add some fallen leaves from trees outside to add some texture to the table design. Keeping in mind that fallen leaves are brittle and fragile, so be careful as you place them on your table.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables like oranges, apples, pears, pomegranates, grapes and artichokes and more are great additions to a natural fall arrangement. You can also use flowering plants like cabbage or big leafy kale leaves to add texture and other elements from the garden. Share the history of Native Americans with corn by adding popping corn to a container and then using it later for family movie nights. Not only can you decorate with these items, but you can re-purpose these items for the family. Having these types of items around will also help the family choose healthy options for snacking. Away with the candy and in with the healthy! Placing fruits and vegetables in bowls, tall clear vases or hanging from light fixtures can incorporate the freshest and mother nature’s bounty.
Spices and Nuts
If fruits and vegetables are not your thing or your family eats them so fast that your decor is constantly needing refreshing, try using spices and nuts in containers. Whole nuts are beautiful for natural decorations and can be eaten in moderation and used after your holidays are over. Spices like whole peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and whole pieces of nutmeg are beautiful and smell fragrant. With spices, you can bring the element of scent into your home along with the display of the fall season.
Maybe your want a more modern look with clean lines for your natural decorating. Try adding stones or pebbles to bowls, cylinders or areas around the home. Using stone or wood platters as serving pieces can also help bring the natural value of decorating. Incorporating feathers can also add a sense of simplicity yet bring an added exotic look to the area you are showcasing.