5 Fall Decor Essentials

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How can it already be almost Fall? My other job is that of a full-time teacher and  I look forward to the season change with the anticipation of the start of a new school year. Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love the crisp air, the changing leaves, and the trips to cider mills and pumpkin patches.  I also love to decorate for fall.

I believe that decorating does not mean you have to go out and buy all new stuff. I am really not a fan of new things. I love old and found objects and prefer to use what I have. I love to salvage, repurpose, and create. Here are my top five Fall must-haves.

#5 Chalkboards

Back-to-School means the first days of school photo shoots. What a great way to keep track of how much your kids have changed in just one year.  Instead of using a printable, I use a chalkboard to help to remind me of the grade and year for all my daughter’s photos.  Chalkboards can be made from anything. I like to use old kitchen cupboard doors turned into chalkboards. I have even made a chalkboard from the back of an old chair. To make any surface into a chalkboard just apply DIY Paint (in any color - I prefer Little Black Dress or Old School) and you have an instant chalkboard.  (Want to learn how?  Watch my YouTube Video - How to Make a Chalkboard with DIY Paint. If you don’t have time to make your own I also sell a variety in my booth at Plaza Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Lincoln Park, MI

Salvaged kitchen cupboard doors for sale in my booth. They make great chalkboards and trays.


#4 Pumpkins

What is Fall without pumpkins?  I love to go to pumpkin patches and farmer's markets and pick out a whole bunch of real pumpkins in all sizes and colors.  I also love to paint artificial pumpkins with DIY Paint. When you use DIY Paint you can create any color pumpkin you want. And because DIY Paint is all-natural and has no VOC’s your kids can even help you. Want to find out more? Read my blog post - Why I Love DIY Paint. 

And probably not surprising, but my favorite pumpkins I have created from found objects.  I have used scrap wood and even old oil cans. My oil can pumpkin is my favorite. I found a pin on Pinterest last year where someone actually cut into an old oil can into a jack-o-lantern with welding equipment and was inspired to create my own with paint. 


Every year I also create “Junkins”, which are Jack-o-lanterns I make from junk I collect throughout the year.


#3 Wood

Natural wood seems to be more popular than ever and Fall is the perfect time to show it off. Besides all wood furniture & furniture with wood tops, I love to also use lots of wooden bowls. You can fill them or group them and have an instant touch of Fall. I also think that no home is complete when the weather turns colder without a bowl filled with nuts and a nutcracker.

Crinoline DIY Paint with Dark & Decrepit stained top

Vintage Linen DIY Paint with Dark & Decrepit stained top

Fancy Farm Girl DIY Paint with Dark & Decrepit Stained Top

#2 Vintage Throws & Thermos

Fall means football games and trips to the cider mill.  It also means the weather will start to turn colder and what starts out as a nice warm day can get downright chilly.  I love to keep a vintage wool throw or afghan with me in my car and at home just in case I need it.  It is so nice to cuddle up on the couch on a cold morning. A vintage thermos is also great to have - not only to look pretty but to keep you warm. Fill the thermos with coffee, hot cider or hot chocolate and you are set to go on a Fall color tour, apple picking or sporting event. The combination also makes a great fall gift idea.  I always try to keep a variety of both in stock in my booth (and home) at Plaza Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Lincoln Park, MI.


#1 Orange

My last decor must-haves is a no brainer - orange.  I think orange just equals fall.  You see it everywhere - orange leaves, orange pumpkins.  Find anything orange and pop it into your display and you have Fall decor.  Some of my favorite orange items are fresh pumpkins, hand-painted signs, carnival glass, and orange painted picture frames.   My favorite orange paint right now is Summer Crush from DIY Paint.  It is a little more subtle orange and the perfect complement to Fall.

(DIY Paint Summer Crush. Picture courtesy of DIY Paint)


These are just a few of my must-have for Fall, but I would love to hear what you think is essential to decorate for fall at your house.

Happy Fall! Happy Decorating!

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