10 Fall Decorating Ideas That Have Nothing to Do with Pumpkins or Plastic Leaves

There are a lot of things to love about decorating for fall — autumn’s unrivaled color palette, for instance. Unfortunately, more often than not, fall decor can also mean cheesy plastic leaves and styrofoam pumpkins. I would argue that our homes deserve better than that. You don’t have to transform your entire living space into a picturesque fall cabin to get excited for the season (although you certainly can if you want to), but there are still plenty of ways to get into the spirit of autumn that are festive without being overly flashy. I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite subtly seasonal decorating ideas here.

by Corinne Caputo

Small Birch Rounds

Trees are an essential part of fall decor, and these small birch rounds add just the perfect touch of nature to your home no matter how you use them.

Birch rounds, (set of 6), $9.50,

Decorative Gourds

These checkered gourds just took fall decor to a whole other level, and I’m kind of obsessed.

Checkered gourds, $15,

Autumn Banner

Ring in the season with a banner that perfectly captures fall’s essence, like this one.

Autumn banner, $17,

Sweater Weather Mug

For those of you who look forward to sweater weather all year long, this mug is for you.

Sweater weather mug, $15,

Owl Decorations

You can try your hand at fall decor with this decorative owl DIY from A Beautiful Mess.

Image: A Beautiful Mess

Recycled Wine Bottles

Recycled wine bottles are a great way to display fall flowers in autumnal colors.

Recycled wine bottles, $9.50,

Fall Yarn Wreath

Wreaths may be a staple at your aunt’s house, but with ones as cute as this, it’s hard to not follow suit.

Fall yarn wreath, $35,

Leaf Jar

I may be opposed to plastic leaves, but I am all about this adorable leaf jar.

Leaf jar, $90,

Reed Diffuser

Instead of burning a fall candle, try this reed diffuser to get that cinnamon scent wafting through your home.

Reed diffuser, $14,

Fall Leaf Wreath Kit

My favorite fall DIY of all time is this paper wreath kit from Paper Source. 10/10 would make again.

Wreath kit, $20,