Natural Fall Decorating Ideas All Through The House

Want to try a natural approach to interior decorating this fall? I am sharing natural fall decor ideas for every room of your house that will bring the outdoors in, incorporating patterns and textures of actual elements from the natural world into simple ideas for decorating your home for the autumn season.

Long time readers know that I like to change my decor every season, especially in my kitchen and living room where I have shared many a fall home tour as well as dozens of natural fall decorations over the years from fall mantels, wreaths, pumpkin ideas, and more with you.


Over the last few years though, I stopped buying “manufactured” fall decorating items from places like HomeGoods and Hobby Lobby. You know, the fall items that once the season has ended, have to be stored until next year.

Instead, I have used natural fall elements found right in my own backyard to decorate my home for fall.

When you begin to transition to winter/holiday decor, you can simply toss the natural home decor items in a compost heap, fire pit or a garbage can. No more packing up autumn decor in storage bins.

Natural fall elements also can look beautiful all on their own which means that you don’t have to be crafty, a DIY’er or actually make or buy anything to decorate every room in your house to put the beauty of the season on display.

Natural fall decorating ideas will also help you begin to slowly transition from summer a little bit at a time. When using natural elements, your fall decor won’t feel static or have a once and done feel.

For instance, in September you can bring in faded flowers. As the trees, shrubs and late blooming flowers slowly change from yellow, to red, to orange and then to faded brown, you can swap out the hydrangeas out to keep the decor in tune with nature’s timeline.

Take a look at these “hunt and gathered” ideas that you can easily do to decorate your home in a more natural fall decorating style.

Decorating With Natural Elements Found In Your Backyard

All of these easy to do fall home decor ideas can evolve over the entire autumn season without spending a dime.

You can simply use the natural materials found in your yard or nearby woods just as they are. Or you can style them into a vase, tray, bowl or basket. Mix in with pretty ribbons, grocery store flower bouquets, pumpkins, apples, gourds, and corn or wheat stalks.

If you would like to save money, keep fall decorating easy and not have to store anything in a storage bin when the season is over, then read on for natural fall decorating ideas and inspiration.

1. Dried Flowers Placed in Vases or Planters

Summer may be ending, but fall promises a fresh start, bright with color and possibility. Start your fall decorating by keeping an eye out for color changes of leaves and blooms happening in your yard that you can then bring inside.

Dried summer flowers from the flowering bushes around your yard make for rustic and pretty indoor fall decorations.

Summer blooming hydrangeas past their prime with fading color.

When transitioning your decor from summer to fall, cut the last of the colorful flowers in your yard or garden before they begin to die and brown out.

Easy and cheap diy fall decorating ideas using dried hydrangeas and a basket

The faded colors are perfect in a basket or vase when you want to slowly begin to change from summer decor to fall before going “all-out fall”.

2. Decorate with Bare Branches

How do you make fall decorations from nature? It is an easy DIY to make when you pair natural elements like branches from shrubs or trees with season-less vases, urns or planters.


Create a bare branch arrangement by placing a piece of floral foam or Styrofoam into a tall urn. Arrange bare branches by pushing the cut ends of the branches into the foam to create a simple, yet rustic arrangement. Use on a console table or as a centerpiece for a dining room table.

When Halloween rolls around, add black ribbon to transform the branches into cute bat branches.

Tall handled basket with stone pumpkin in front of it.

Cut bare or dead branches from shrubs. They create rustic decor that adds texture and interest.

Long reclaimed wood planter with dried hydrangeas on white mantel.

You can also mix dried flowers with the bare branches and place in a DIY trowel-style planter on a mantel.

3. Branches with Dried Leaves Still Attached

When you want to add fall color to your decor, cut tree branches with the changing color of the fall leaves or berries while they are still intact.


As I mentioned earlier, try to watch for when fall leaves are at their peak of color and bring them inside. Place in a tall pitcher or vase filled with water. You will be surprised at how long they will last.

easy autumn foliage arragnement

When a fall flower arrangement you create needs height, place some bare branches in the center of the arrangement to give it more impact.

Natural elements create fall decor on a white entryway sideboard.

If you would like a certain color of foliage when decorating a space in your home for fall that can’t be found in your yard, you can still easily add it. Learn how easy it is to make faux blooming branches in minutes using faux fall flowers you may have stored away in a bin in your attic.

Dining room sideboard ready for Thanksgiving entertaining

Depending on what part of the country where you live, when it gets to be around Thanksgiving time, the color of the drying leaves outside take on a very rustic look. When placed on a sideboard when entertaining becomes the perfect Thanksgiving decoration.

4. Berries, Acorns & Pinecones

Candle on white square tray with orange beans.

Line a tray with dried berries and place one or a few candles on the tray.

Nature inspired fall decor. Acorns on a tray of white beans.

When out and about, you may be surprised by what natural elements can be found, even in a suburban parking lot. Always keep your eye out for natural things you can use as decor.

I found these interesting acorn caps in a tree lined parking lot when out shopping. When displayed in mass in a bowl or lined up on a bed of white beans or seeds on a tray they become a nice fall decorating accent.

Round wicker table with fall decor in the colors green and white.

A simple candle on a plate instantly takes on the look of autumn by placing a few acorn caps around the candle.

Pottery Barn glass cylinder vase filled with acorns and large white candle on a coffee table.

Same goes for a candle in a glass vase.

Pretty pink flowers on mirror table with a white candle and a bowlful of acorns.

Or place a bunch of intact acorns in a bowl. You can also use any kind of nuts still in their shells.

Table scape ideas for autumn-

Pinecones come in many sizes and colors, they look great piled on a platter or in a basket.

Blogger of DIY Decorating blog Diane Henkler of In My Own Style

Helpful Tip:

How to Kill Bugs and Lessen Sap in Pinecones: Line a baking sheet with foil, place the pinecones on and place in a 200 degree oven for 30 minutes. This will kill any bugs and lessen the sap. Let them cool before using them in your decor.

5. Rustic Wood Tree Trunk Slices

Books and candle on cut round a tree trunk on a coffee table.

Stack a collection of books in neutral or fall colors on a coffee table. To make the stack become fall-like, place a chunky tree trunk slice on top with a candle or mini pumpkin.

Thanksgiving table setting ideas for a round table

Stack a few different sizes of wood slices to create table centerpieces. Add in a few dried berries from a tree in your yard adds an extra fall touch.

If you like the look of tree trunk slices and don’t have access to any, you can buy them at the craft store for a few dollars.

6. Tree Bark

Decorating with nature for fall. Piece of bark and long dough bowl filled with moss spheres.

Natural elements can look beautiful all in their own from colorful drying leaves to a ragged piece of fallen bark of a tree.

If something catches your eye when you are outside, don’t hesitate to bring it inside to enjoy.

7. Chopped Firewood

Chopped firewood can make a decorative statement when you artfully display it.

Fireplace wood storage in living room.

Place kindling found in your yard or a nearby wooded area into a large planter or urn. It makes a decorative style statement all on it’s own.

Bundle of Birch logs in a large basket in a fireplace.

Birch logs in a large basket is a great way to fill an empty fireplace before you start using it again when the weather turns chilly.


8. Pumpkins

And lastly, pumpkins, squash or gourds always look nice and colorful when placed n a basket as a table centerpiece.

Pumpkins perched on candlestick along a fireplace mantle.

This year, consider elevating smaller or mini pumpkins on tall candlesticks along a mantel for decorative appeal.

I encourage you to get out and experience nature’s decoration opportunities, to forage and to use your imagination when decorating your home for fall.

Just a walk down the road or in your yard may be all the fall season decor shopping you may need. You never know what you may come upon… decorative weeds, grasses, falling leaves and more.

9. Glass Candle Vase With Greenery & Herbs

Close up of fresh herb and greenery DIY candle vase on a wicker tray table in a living room.

Combine two straight sided glass vases or jars to assemble this fragrant glass candle vase with greenery and herbs from your garden or yard

Fall Decorating Ideas to Consider Adding to Your Home:

For more fall decor ideas that you can do all through the autumn season, don’t miss how to Draw a Harvest Pumpkin Sign on a Chalkboard. If you like to go all out for fall, check out this Fall Window Decorating Idea and How to Decorate a Fireplace Mantel for Fall.

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  1. Jennifer Howard says:

    I’m with you Diane, I’ve started adding more natural elements and less store bought things when I decorate for Fall. Thanks for all the inspiration…beautiful pics!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Jennifer – Doesn’t it feel refreshing to use natural instead of store bought decor? I am liking it and will probably do the same for Christmas. :-) Thanks for reading.

  2. Brenda Pruitt says:

    I love the natural fall look about your home. Think I’m going to do the same thing this year. But I can’t go out and pick up stuff outside because I’m still on a knee scooter since ankle surgery.

  3. christine wilson says:

    Fall is such a welcoming season! I’ll be copying the centerpiece of a long tray of white beans and large acorn caps on my dining table. Our overhead light is low, so this will be a needed and natural low profile look.
    The blooms from our hydrangea tree with some bare branches in a wine crate I have will be a perfect look for the fireplace mantle.
    Thanks Diane for these, and always so many other great ideas!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Christine – I think your idea using the wine crate is such a great idea. Enjoy decorating.

  4. Love this post. I’ve found I’m trending towards natural fall decor, good way to get me out and walking the neighborhood for fall finds. I am going to try your pumpkin and candlestick styling on my mantle. I have many candlesticks and this is a great way to display the glass blown, fabric and natural pumpkins that I have. Love your style…

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Nancy – Your collection of pumpkins will look great on the candlesticks. I did it on a mantel, but on a table would look so nice, especially if you displayed your whole collection together. Some raised and others on the table. Have fun arranging them.

  5. This is an amazing post, Diane! I was just telling my husband last week that I wanted to use more natural elements in our house this fall instead of buying things. I don’t need any more things in the house! This post gave me so many fun ideas…thank you!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Rachel – I am so happy to hear that my post has inspired and gave you ideas you can do in your home. The fun part is you never know what you will find. It is fun to go out to look for different colors and textures. Enjoy finding, using and displaying what you find.

  6. Deanna Rabe says:

    I have been transitioning to this kind of decor over the last few years and I love it.
    You have great ideas here, and I will be keeping some of them in mind for this year!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Deanna :-) It feels nice not having to haul things out of and back into my attic. Now I have to do the same for Christmas. :-)

  7. Rhonda Steelman says:

    Right up my alley! Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Kari Rogers-Miller says:

    great ideas Diane….I am trying to eliminate lots of decor as I am running out of storage space. Have a great Tuesday! Kari @ Me and My Captain

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Kari – :-)