Natural Elements for Fabulous Fall Decor
Fall decor. Gourds, acorns and caps, feathers, bittersweet, autumn leaves, vines, Indian corn, branches. There is so much to say for bring nature’s fall bounty inside to enrich our homes and enliven our table with God’s ever-amazing creations.
We teach our children our thankfulness for the God of all provision when we talk about His goodness and display His creative beauty. Without realizing it, my excitement (all through the year) transferred this love of nature to our children in the first few years of collecting, admiring, and observing some of the seldom seen details. Sometimes God’s blessings are right in our own backyard, the garden, or in the park across the street.
Gathering can be one of the best parts 🙂
(photo source) Garden Mama’s bittersweet
Walking through crunchy leaves to collect acorns, buckeyes, cottonwood balls, and sweet gum pods makes for invigorating exercise especially when the day is sunny and cool. With a keen eye, you might be surprised by what you find!
So bring the outdoors inside. Man-made colors can never quite compare.
(photo source) Some pretty neat Vase Decoration Ideas here
Big sprays of fall leaves are one way to fill a larger space, add vibrant color, and create a airy focal point in a room (mantle, table, buffet, etc).
Acorns used in accent pieces can go rustic and also do well in a contemporary setting as below.
I wonder if soaking in glycerin could be used to preserve these persimmons…I haven’t researched this and would love someone’s knowledgeable input. Otherwise, while unique and lovely at first, it seems they would mold?!
Pottery Barn Inspired
To preserve leaves and keep them supple and life-like, use this helpful tutorial by Martha Stewart. I have seen it done with long-lasting success. Once you have done a few branches or leaves, you can use them to decorate year after year, and they will not get brittle.
Leaves can be pressed between a folded Kleenex tissue in the pages of book and dried. This photo captures the creative possibilities for thicker, larger leaves: gift tags, name place cards, or Scripture, when that perfect marker is employed.
I especially love the rich textured effect of little acorns and caps on a vase for those late fall-blooming chrysanthemums and sedum Autumn Joy (pictured). This fall decor color combination really brightens a table.
(photo source) Make it: Acorn Vase (& More Free Decorating with Nature Ideas)
Multicolored Indian corn with dried husks can last for many years if stored properly, and it makes for a simple, cozy touch around your home. Leave them displayed from early fall through Thanksgiving to showcase God’s creative beauty and bounty.
I want to do this simple treatment on our front door next year 🙂
I found Indian corn fall decor ideas here:
The Pottery Barn always has fantastic fall decor ideas to inspire those with the urge to do some fall decorating. So often, simpler is better, less is more. That reminds me, we have some little 3 and 4 point antlers around here somewhere.
I must plant a little bittersweet vine just for fall decor!
And in preparation for the coming winter decorations, now is the time to collect sweet-gum balls if you want to try your hand at this frosty Martha Stewart snowflake wreath. You can often find them in a state park or stately older cemetery.
(photo source) Martha Stewart Sweet-gum Ball Wreath
After all, it is your little details that speak a woman’s touch and brings sweetness to the home-place.
“There needs to be a homemaker exercising some measure of skill, imagination,creativity, desire to fulfill needs and give pleasure to others in the family. How precious a thing is the human family. Is it not worth some sacrifice in time, energy, safety, discomfort, work? Does anything come forth without work? ~ Edith Schaeffer
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