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11 DIY Fall Decorating Ideas

DIY Fall Decorating with Fall Craft Ideas

Do you enjoy looking for unique DIY Fall decorating and Fall crafts as much as I do? neutral Fall crafts and decor as much as I do? Its bright and cheerful and adds light to the lengthening evenings.

Neutral Fall decor tends to be simple, not over powering,  its quiet and cozy.   I find it very easy to decorate with because it blends in with my year around grey couch, white tables, and natural woods.

This is a collection of neutral Fall DIY decorations that showcase neutral color palettes that will give your home a cozy elegant feel this Fall.    Have some fun crafting, and then add some heirloom pumpkins, dried cornstalks, cozy throws, fun pillows and your set.

The Best Way to Decorate for Fall on the Cheap

Always the best way to save money is to stay away from the stores and try and create from things you have on hand. I realize its easier for us year around DIYers and our large stashes, but I bet you can find something in this post to give you an idea or two to get you started.

I you have more self restraint you can look for ideas at local gift shops. Often the items would be easy to replicate at home. Cut out wood pumpkin shapes, or gather some corn, or wheat and dry it. You can also use fresh pumpkins especially outside, but in Canada real pumpkins aren’t ready soon enough.

Fall Crafts using Scrap Wood

It’s no secret I love crafting with scrap wood.  Add some paint and you can make so many different Fall decorations for your home.  Scrap wood is just so easy on the wallet that I find it stress free to play with.

These We are Blessed pumpkins are made with 4 by 4 square fence post leftovers. The stems are twigs I harvested from outside, dollar store moss, and one bunch of fancy seasonal florals.

DIY Wood Pumpkins using scrap wood

We Are Blessed Scrap Wood Pumpkins

Fall is when we start to increase our coffee intake, its not just our welcome to the morning beverage any longer it becomes a welcome home its still staying warm in the house beverage.  Every Fall I like to dress up a corner of our kitchen with a little coffee bar. This one is really cheap to make, two scraps of wood, white paint, scrap fabric and free printable.

How to make wood block signs for both Fall and Halloween.

Easy Updatable Wood Block Signs for Fall and Halloween

Here is another cheap Fall decorating idea. I just used a tiered tray, added some matching items from our home, and some lumber scrap wood block signs. Sharpie pens are fantastic for this.

Coffee Bar for the home using three tier tray and DIY coffee signs.

Easy and Inexpensive Coffee Bar Signs

Fall centerpieces can be so beautiful and you often see large displays for Fall.  In our home we don’t have a separate dining room so I need to make my table centerpiece movable by styling it smaller and placing it on a base,  The base in this DIY Fall centerpiece is made out of pallets.

Fall centerpiece on a kitchen table.

Neutral Fall Centerpiece with DIY Lazy Susan

The harvest sign is a piece of 2 by 10 lumber, and the large welcoming pumpkins are made out of pallets.  I love these pumpkins, they are a couple of years old now and my neighbours always comment how much they love them. The pumpkins welcome people to our home, and the harvest leaner we made several years ago. It hides in the rafters every year, and I am never tempted to use it for another project.

Pallet Wood Neutral Fall Front Porch Pumpkins

DIY Fall Decorating Pumpkin Fall Crafts

What would Fall be without pumpkins? Fall is pumpkin season its everywhere from pumpkin pie, pumpkin flavoured lattes, baskets full of fresh pumpkins in the stores.  Fall decor pumpkins snuggle into the corners our homes. I have a rather large collection I have created over the years, and every single year I want some more in a new colour, texture or size. This birch bark pumpkin began by peeling birch bark.

DIY Fall decor featuring a decorated pumpkin in natural birch bark, and neutral coloured flowers.

Elegant Uncarved Pumpkin Decorating in Neutral Colours with Birch Bark

This simple drop cloth pumpkin is made with dropcloth, twine and stuffing. Its simple but sometimes less is more.

Farmhouse fabric pumpkin craft for Fall. How to make a dropcloth pumpkin with crocheted twine leaves.

Drop Cloth Pumpkin Craft

Velvet pumpkins, are especially elegant Fall decor, and they come with an elegant price tag. This DIY version uses real pumpkin stems painted gold, some feathers, and a secret stuffing ingredient. They cost a fraction of the purchased ones.

DIY velvet pumpkins for fall decor. The pumpkins are neutral coloured for neutral fall decor.

DIY Velvet Pumpkins

Some DIY envelop cushion covers, (or you can buy cheap ones at IKEA), paint from the dollarstore, and scrap paper for a pattern is all it takes to make these cushions. I also made some in traditional pumpkin colours.

Painted Pumpkin Designs and How to Make Pillow Covers on a couch.

How to Paint DIY Pumpkin Cushions

Here is another simple sewing project. I bought a pretty table runner for cheap, cut it in half and updated two boring cushion covers by making wrap around covers for it.

Easy to make cushion covers for fall.

20 Minute Fall Cushion Craft

Adding Lights to Fall Decor

As the days shorten I enjoy adding mini lights to decor elements for Fall.  Here I made a simple embroidery hoop wreath that has mini lights wrapped into it.  I also place them into apothecary jars, weave them through baskets of pumpkins, and add them along the top of my mantel.

Elegant fall minimalistic wreath on a chalkboard for fall decor.

Neutral Fall Wreath and Chalkboard

DIY Fall decorating is always a fun activity to pass the time between summer and Christmas. Fall isn’t a really happy season in Canada as its followed too quickly by Winter which is harsh up here and lasts for more than half the year. Because of the shortening days I want my Fall decor to remain light and airy.  Although deep dark greens, browns, teals and oranges are beautiful, white just keeps things brighter.

A collage of Fall craft ideas including pallet pumpkins, fabric pumpkin, birch bark floral pumpkin, a Fall chalkboard with wreath, and wood block pumpkins.

Other DIY Fall Decorating Ideas to Try

Free printables are a fantastic inexpensive way to decorate anytime of year. I have a couple of different free printables to share with you. Just print and cut.

A free Fall printable made into a banner. Little owls in orange, teals and brown plaids. The little owls spell out Fall

Free Fall Printable

You can add a little bit of happy fun with this Fall Printable Paper Craft. Its simple enough to do with children, as long as they can use scissors. Just print, cut and string.

Leaf Banner Printable for Fall

Paper Leaf Printable

Another simple DIY Fall decorating idea to try for inexpensive decor. These free printable leaves can be cut and used on a banner, to make a wreath of just place on a table.


  1. We have a lot of scrap wood lying around. Thanks Leanna for this wonderful idea. All we need is paint and we can start decorating.

  2. So many beautiful ideas. No wonder your neighbours still comment on those pallet pumpkins, I would have borrowed them off of your porch the first time you put them up 😉

  3. Thank you so much for sharing! These projects are absolutely darling!

  4. I wanted to let you know that I am featuring this in tomorrow’s Linky Party! I LOVE it..

  5. The whole reason for neutral is that it can work with anything. I mean in terms of your surrponding coloration and style. But I like how you point out the idea to add some darks and grays which allow for a cool contrasting effect. It’s a simple idea but I think a lot of people gloss over it. Sometimes it’s nice to see something different than orange, red or yellow all over the place.

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