Autumn is a beautiful time of year. The hot, summer days fade away, the leaves begin to turn color, and the fields are ready to yield up their bountiful harvest—pumpkins, squash, apples, among others.
You can use the harvest and other natural themes to bring your home alive with color and texture this fall.
Create a Focal Point
Take a drive into the country and stop at a farm where they sell cornstalks, gourds, pumpkins, and colored corncobs. Get a bale of hay, too. When you get home, choose a focal point for your decorations, one that's easily seen from both inside the house and outside on the street. Stand the stalks of corn behind the bale of straw and place the gourds, pumpkins, and corncobs around for a colorful and beautifully textured autumn display.
If you have any corncobs left over, tie the husks together with twine and hang them on your door. If you feel up to making a scarecrow, you could sit it on the bale of straw or in a chair on your porch. A scarecrow is easy to make. Just stuff some old clothes with newspaper or grocery bags and then add a hat and a pair of old boots for effect.
Use pumpkins along the border of your driveway, beside the front walk, and along the paths in your garden. Create a focal point in the front yard by stacking pumpkins in a pyramid and placing them on fence posts.
Pick up a child's old, wooden wagon at a garage or yard sale, lay a bed of straw in it, and top it with pumpkins and colorful gourds. Then, add some leaves, pine branches, and pine cones for effect.
Make a welcome sign out of a piece of plywood, edge it with artificial autumn leaves, and add it to the display. Combined with the pumpkins lining your walk, this will make your yard one of the prettiest in town.
Remove dead annuals from your flower beds and window boxes. Use a variety of pumpkins, cornstalks, and straw to transform them into beautiful fall displays. Window boxes can be filled with straw, gourds, and chrysanthemums. Add a few pieces of evergreen or a garland of artificial leaves for color and texture.
Buy pumpkins in a broad range of sizes and set them along your porch railing. Drape a garland of artificial leaves or evergreen boughs between them.
If your stairs are wide enough, set colorful chrysanthemums on the side of each step. Alternatively, place a rust-colored chrysanthemum on every other step and a pumpkin on the steps between. You can also set cornstalks and pumpkins along the outer edge of the stairs to add texture and color.
Collect leaves, flowers, teasel, and other items from nature to make a unique door decoration. Soak them in glycerin solution for three days to strengthen and preserve them. To dilute the glycerin, add two parts hot water for every one part glycerin. Arrange the items in a cast-iron pot or oak bucket for a rustic effect.
There are hundreds of ways to use items from nature to bring your yard and garden alive in the autumn months. With a little creativity and imagination on your part, your yard will be the talk of the neighborhood.