Stylish Fall Decorating Ideas | Midwest Living

Stylish Fall Decorating Ideas

A spicy mix of flowers, pumpkins and dried leaves brings the best of autumn indoors in these elegant displays. Nature never looked so chic!
  • Setting the season

    Vibrant dahlias in carved-out mini pumpkins delight at place settings. (We used a candle carver—a small tool that removes candle-size chunks from fruits and veggies.) Insert a votive holder as the "vase" for water and blooms. For the centerpiece, a row of cake stands raises pumpkins decorated with tisue-paper leaf silhouettes. Download our free instructions and templates for the silhouettes below.

  • Welcome basket

    Spray-paint a quarter-peck basket white, then place flower foam in the base. Insert dried bittersweet, ginkgo branches and white-painted dried pencil cattails. Tie on ribbon and twine adorned with Chinese lantern pods. Hang it from burlap ribbon wrapped around the basket handle.

  • Shelf switch up

    Dried allium, goldenrod and wheat in a group of vases turn a shelf into a seasonal display. Leaves, acorns and gourds accent the arrangement.

  • Leaf card art

    This display is a biology lesson and wall decor in one! Tape leaves to identification cards created with crafts store materials or printed from our free templates below. Then place them along a card-holder tree. 

  • Season opener

    Instantly add spark to glass panes in doors or windows by attaching leaves with double-sided tape. It’s an easy, inexpensive way to enhance an entry.

  • Rope in decor

    Replicate a chandelier with leaves instead of lights. Drill a 14-inch hole in each canning jar lid. Pull a separate piece of rope through each hole, then tie a knot under each lid. Place single leaves in jars, and tightly secure lids. Tie rope pieces together and hang from a heavy-duty ceiling hook.

  • Tissue paper pumpkins

    Don’t let these pumpkins fool you; the designs may look painted, but the patterns are actually created with tissue paper. Download our free patterns below for instructions and templates.

  • Make leaves last

    The easiest way to preserve colorful fall leaves for crafts projects is to press just-picked leaves between sheets of white paper. Top with a heavy book and keep in a cool, dry place for one to two weeks. They are ready to use when completely dry.

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