Fall Decorating With Pumpkin Ideas (Easy)

Can you feel it?  Fall is here. A chill is in the air – I needed to wear a hoodie over the weekend. It felt delicious! You know what else was wonderful – seeing pumpkins everywhere.

I love pumpkins – they are one of my favorite things – their bright orange color, the nesting feeling they bring to a home, and the pumpkin goodness they can be baked into.

White pumpkins and heirloom varieties have become very popular and easy to find, but the classic orange pumpkin will always be my go-to when decorating my house for the season.

Pumpkin Patch in Chapin SC

I celebrate the day I bring the first one into the house, but one is never enough. Decorating with pumpkins says “fall” more than any other autumn home decoration.

I love seeing a field of orange while out and about and stopping to pick a few that are calling my name.

pumpkin patch

In my 15 years of blogging, I have posted quite a few ideas on how I decorate with orange pumpkins, real along with faux pumpkins, both big and small. I adore them in their natural state when simply placed on a table, in an entryway or on a porch, but they can also be used to decorate a home in many other ways.

19 Ways to Decorate Your Home With Pumpkins

For those of you that love all things cozy and all things pumpkin. Here is some pumpkin decorating inspiration and creative DIY ideas that are easy to do using the quintessential fall decorating staple.

1. In a China Cabinet


A pumpkin placed in a china cabinet says fall has arrived without having to style, carve or paint it for it to look decorative.

2. Grouping on a Fireplace Hearth


Three pumpkins of various sizes placed together on a fireplace hearth adds a cozy autumn vibe. Once Halloween rolls around, you can carve them to use a Jack-O-Lanterns on your front steps or porch to greet trick or treaters.

3. As Minimal Decor


If you have a wall mounted TV above a fireplace where there is not a lot of room to add decorations. Add a little bit of fall color and style along the mantel by placing a small pumpkin next to a glass vase with stems of fall foliage.

4. As a Backdrop Color in a Vignette

Easy to make fall photo frame that uses birch logs or a section of any tree branch. It can be done in under 10 minutes.

Orange pumpkins stand out and work nicely when placed behind something you want to display as a focal point like a Rustically Framed Photo on a mantel or table.

5. On a Fireplace Mantel

DIY fall mantel decorating ideas using repurposed items

This It’s Fall Ya’All Mantel design looked nice before I added the small pumpkin, but after adding it, the whole mantel came together.

6. En Masse in a Dough Bowl of Planter

Paper mini pumpkins in a long wood bowl

One pumpkin always looks good, but more can look even better. Mini pumpkins en masse look great in a large dough bowl on a console table or as a centerpiece on a dining table.

7. Decoupaged With a Paper Napkin

napkin covered pumpkin

When decorating pumpkins you can use many craft items. Decorative Napkin Covered Pumpkins is easily done on real or fake pumpkins using Mod Podge or craft glue. You can also use tissue paper or washi tape. I did this on a real one and now wish I had done it on a fake one so I would still have it.

8. A Trio Styled on a Tray

Paper pumpkins on a bed of white beans on a tray

Small or mini pumpkins styled on a tray of dried white beans. The two textures and colors pop and look modern instead of rustic.

9. Carved Into a Trick or Treat Tote or Candle Holder


Crafty pumpkin decorations can be as unique as you want. I made this Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Tote out of a foam pumpkin for Halloween decor in my entryway.  I place it by the candy I give out on Halloween. A battery operated candle brings a glow to the eyes.  

You could also skip carving out the eyes and place stick on googly eyes on instead to use as a trick-or-treat tote.

10. Made Into a Candy Jar


Painted pumpkins are a trend. Take it a step further by transforming a foam pumpkin into a Candy Jar Pumpkin and chalkboard. It is a fun way to have your own private stash of candy corn or seasonal candy handy or filled for a Halloween party.

With some craft paint, a cabinet knob and hot glue you can have it made quickly.

I used black chalkboard paint and chalk, but you could use acrylic paint from the craft store, except spray paint that may eat the foam. You could even stencil patterns on the pumpkin.

11. As Your House Address Number


Another way to decorate pumpkins is by Carving Your House Address Number on the pumpkin and place on a front porch. It is easy to create with a Hot Knife.

When placed on a pedestal planter, a pumpkin goes upscale. It is one of my most popular pumpkin carving ideas.

Like this idea, but don’t want to carve the numbers? Use house number decals or stickers instead.

12. Nested in a Basket

Autumn-Mantel Decorating-Ideas-

I made shredding for a basket by running old book pages through my paper shredder.  When you place Jack-Be Little pumpkins on top you create Nested Pumpkin – your very own little pumpkin patch.

13. As Part of a Stylish Fall Coffee Table

How to decorate with trays for fall

When stying your coffee table for the fall season, don’t forget to add a pumpkin to the mix.

14. Placed on Candleholder

Pumpkins on a mantel raised on candle holders and candlesticks

When you place smaller sized pumpkins on candle holders you create Pumpkin Topiary.

15. Decorated with Raffia Tassels

raffia tassels on a pumpkin

Make Simple Tassels using raffia or ribbon in fall colors. Attach to the stem of the pumpkin.

16. Simply Placed on a Mantel

Fireplace mantel for a brick wall
Fall Home Tour

This pumpkin decor idea is my favorite because it is so simple to do. Simply place one or two on any surface when Decorating Your Home. When paired with a pot of mums, your efforts says fall without having to fuss.

17. On a Dining Table


On a Thanksgiving Table place mini pumpkins and candles together in a wire basket or tiered stand.

18. As a Fall Table Centerpiece

pumpkins on a Thanksgiving table

Use a mix of larger and Jack-Be-Little pumpkins to create a simple table centerpiece. Add in a few berry stems or fall leaves if you have them. No flowers to arrange or water.

When the meal is done, the pumpkins can be used in other rooms in different ways.

19. Make Your Own Pumpkins

Chalkboard art for fall. Free printable with pumpkins - farm fresh pumpkins for sale by the pound.

If you love pumpkin decorations around the house as much as I do, then you can even draw your very own Pumpkin Patch Chalkboard.

the great pumpkin regatta

Pumpkins in all forms put a smile in my day. How about you, how do you decorate with pumpkins around your house?

Mini pumpkins in a dough bowl

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  1. Great pumpkin decorating ideas, Diane. Curious about how you made the name banners that are on the dinner plates, in number 17, the Thanksgiving table? Really like how they turned out and would like to try making them, too.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Marie – Here is the link to the plate banner place cards. https://bit.ly/3SZaG0J

      Just so you know… In every post when you see pink or underlined words under a photo in a post, it is the link to what you see in the photo. Just click on these links to get what you want to find out more about. Thanks for reading. :-)

  2. Stacy Eloise says:

    I love each and every idea! I have been decorating for years and I love the idea of pumpkins a top candle sticks! Brava! The little pumpkins in the dough bowl…..did you make those? Thank you for sharing so many lovely ideas.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Stacy – I didn’t make the little paper pumpkins. I bought them at HomeGoods a few years ago. I see them there every year so they still may carry them.

  3. I love all the ideas…since I live in a smallish condo, I do have to edit heavily the displays, but pumpkins feature heavily. I love my velvet pumpkins, blown glass from Pier 1 and especially a few from a trip to Jerome AZ, and found some beauties at a local glassblowers shop…I piled a few outside my front door, and backyard deck….Pumpkins, fall, favorite time of year…I wish there was a way to upload pics……love the foam pumpkin with mask…too cute….

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Nancy – You sound like me a pumpkin lover. :-) Your displays sound beautiful both inside an out. I need to get a few more for my lakeside of the house deck.

  4. Valerie - Selling Homes in Philly says:

    The napkin-covered pumpkin looks very pretty. I’m not really a good DIYer, but maybe I’ll try that out for Halloween (and ask my kids to help me out). Thanks for the ideas, Diane!

  5. Julie Jamison says:

    All of these are super cute, but my fave is the house number! How clever and festive.

  6. Love all the pumpkin ideas! I do love fall! Love the brisk weather,colorful mums and of course pumpkins! I love the number pumpkin you did and can’t wait to make it. Thanks for the inspiration, wish I could have one tenth the talent and energy! Happy Fall!

  7. AquaGuard Waterproofing says:

    Such cute ideas, Diane! You rock!

  8. How did you mount the pumpkin with your address on top of the flower pot? They are very light weight and I know it would blow off the top with out some kind of support holding it to the planter. I bought the knife now I need additional help! Thanks.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kim – Very good question. I did not have to mount this pumpkin as it sits in an area that is blocked from the wind, but I did have one in previous years that needed anchoring. I should write a post on how I did it, but in a nutshell. I place wire around a brick or rock and then bring the wire up through the bottom of the pumpkin. The length of the wire is how tall the urn or pot the pumpkin is sitting on is. Depending on the pumpkin, you can punch a hole through the bottom of the pumpkin and thread the wire through it and then kink the wire so it does not come out. This part is easier to do if the pumpkin has a removable top and you can access the inside to kink or knot the end of the wire inside the pumpkin. If you don’t have a top, use strong duct tape to attach the wire to the bottom of the pumpkin. Kink the wire up a bit so the duct tape has something to grab onto. One thin wire may slip out if the wind blows hard. I hope this helps.

  9. Adorable! Thanks for sharing Ü

  10. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    Yes, I do remember these wonderful pumpkins. I want to do that numbered one so much. I like the fact that it looks so flippin real and will not rot. It is still too hot here in good ol’ Florida. Have you been able to do without AC yet up there in PA?

    When it comes to pumpkins, you definitely are the girl to go to! Then too, I can not think of anything you are not the one to go to for information, ideas and all. Do you know if Michael’s have the same foam pumpkin you used for the house numbers?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Sheryll – I was just at Michaels and did see the same size pumpkins there today. I hope it cools off for you soon. XO

  11. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    The purse and the candy dish are to die for. I don’t remember these Diane. Thanks so much for sharing them again. Have a great time in NYC! Can’t wait to hear all the details. ;)

  12. Leslie @ House on the Way says:

    What cute ideas! Love them all!

  13. Brittany Fry says:

    I love all your cute ideas. I am totally going to do the house number one this year for our porch, thanks so much for sharing!!!!