I’m so excited about fall! It’s been so hot here in the South that the cooler temperatures alone are reason to celebrate. When you add in the beautiful fall colors, I just can’t wait to start decorating. So on that note, I should tell you that I recently moved…into a beautiful old farmhouse with a huge front yard. That means that I need to start thinking about ways to decorate my yard for fall. So I started looking and found 20 wonderful ways to add some fall color and charm to your lawn and garden decorating.
If you have a large front yard, or even a small one, there are things that you can do that will add beautiful colors and designs to dress up your yard for fall. From pumpkins and scarecrows to corn husks and gourds, there are so many natural things that you can use in your outdoor fall decorating. There are some beautiful metal pumpkins and even a DIY wheelbarrow that you can make to add a bit of charm to the area around your mailbox or even on the steps leading up to your porch. Most people add a wreath or other decorations to the porch, but I wanted to offer you something that goes beyond porch decorating. And, be sure to check out these 60 beautiful DIY fall decorations for your home.
So whether you want to dress up your mailbox with some corn husks and burlap or build your own tiered planter from bushel baskets or plastic pumpkins, there is definitely an outdoor DIY fall project in this list for you. Many of them use things around your house that you may already have on hand, so they’re really cheap and they are all super easy to do. And if you love decorating with natural items, be sure to take a look at these 15 fall leaf crafts for kids. You could have fall colors inside your home and out!
If you’re as ready for fall as I am, it’s time to get down to some DIY fall decorating projects. I’ve found 20 amazing ways to bring that decorating out into your yard and increase your curb appeal. Go ahead; make your neighbors jealous and DIY a few of these fall decorations. You’ll be so glad you did!
1. Upcycled Bundt Pan Pumpkins
I love these metal pumpkins that are made by upcycling old bundt pans. You just paint your bundt pan orange and then add the stem, which you can make from an old rusty bed spring. These little pumpkins are too adorable and they will look perfect out in your flower garden or lining the steps up to your porch.
2. DIY Bushel Basket Tiered Planter
This bushel basket planter is perfect for decorating the lawn and garden for fall. If you don’t have the bushel baskets, you can get them at most farmer’s markets or even at the Dollar Store and they’re pretty cheap. You just attach them together with a wooden dowel and once your tiered planter is done, use it to display your mums or even a collection of pumpkins and gourds in the front yard.
3. DIY Outdoor Pumpkin Candle Holders
Imagine lighting up your walkway with these gorgeous DIY pumpkin candle holders! I love the white pumpkins and they’re even more elegant when you add in some fall foliage. You’ll need a few craft pumpkins, which you can get at any craft or hobby store, or check the Dollar Tree and similar stores for cheaper versions. Just paint your pumpkins white and cut the top off, just bit enough to hold a glass candle holder, and then add some leaves and other decorations.
4. Fall Fence Swag
You don’t have to do all of your decorating on the porch. If you have a fence in your yard, this fall swag is perfect for adding bits of color and decoration. This would even work on the mailbox or railing if you don’t have a fence. It has gorgeous coloring and is filled with tiny pumpkins and gourds. It simply screams fall and you can get it on Etsy for less than $70, depending on the length that you want. It goes up to nine feet long!
5. Corn Stalk Mailbox
You can instantly dress up your mailbox with a few cornstalks and some color. I love the idea of using corn stalks in fall decorating. It’s a decoration that I think is seriously underutilized and yet it adds the perfect fall touch. You can get corn stalks – if you don’t have them from your own garden – from any farmer in your area. Just take several and tie them up around your mailbox post with twine and then add in small gourds and pumpkins for color and maybe even a raffia or burlap bow.
6. Painted Fall Distressed Pumpkin Crate
Those old wooden crates really are great for decorating, especially for fall. If you’re looking for a cheap and easy decoration for the front lawn, this crate idea is perfect. You just paint your pumpkin or other fall message on the crate and then fill it with mums, pumpkins, gourds or even fall colored dried corn. Then place it on your steps, near the mailbox, or anywhere you want to draw a bit more attention to your decorating.
7. DIY Concrete Pumpkin Planter
These concrete pumpkin planters are perfect for displaying your seasonal mums or other fall flowers and they’re super easy to make. You make them with pumpkin shaped candy buckets that you can get at the Dollar Store for around a dollar each. You’ll need one pumpkin bucket for each planter that you want to make. You just form concrete around the bucket and then cut the bucket away to reveal your DIY pumpkin planter.
8. Marquee Light Letter Pumpkins
Spell out fall or welcome or whatever you want to spell with these adorable marquee light pumpkins. These are so very easy to make and they won’t cost much at all, even if you have to purchase all of the materials. You’ll need craft pumpkins, one for each letter, as well as the marquee light letters which you can get at any craft or hobby store. Just use an X-Acto knife to cut away the pumpkin in the shape of each letter that you want to display.
9. DIY Rustic Decorative Wheelbarrow
You don’t have to have an old wheelbarrow to create a beautiful fall display. You can build one yourself! I love this rustic wheelbarrow for fall decorating. When it’s finished, you can fill it with pumpkins or any other fall decoration and display it in the front yard for everyone to see. You build it from a wooden crate – which you can get at Walmart for under $10 – and a few spare pieces of wood.
10. DIY Fall Scarecrow
What’s better for fall decorating than your very own DIY scarecrow? I love this little guy. He’s so easy to make and would be perfect for decorating anywhere in the yard. If you’ve never made your own scarecrow before, you’re in for a treat. These are so wonderfully simple and you can upcycle some of that old clothing to make him. Make a couple of them and have a little scarecrow family adorning your lawn for fall.
11. DIY Terra Cotta Scarecrow Fence Sitter
This little terra cotta scarecrow is really adorable and he’s pretty easy to make. You can make a few of these and have them lining your fence or deck or make larger ones – just get larger terra cotta pots – and place them in the yard. You draw the face on with markers and aside from that; you just need four terra cotta pots for each scarecrow plus a bit of twine, burlap and straw.