DIY: Beautiful and Sustainable Fall Decorations!

Autumn is my favorite season! In fact my house is decorated with fall colors all year round.

If you’re searching for fall decor, look no further than your backyard! Many weeds, leaves, and fruits make for great, sustainable decorations. What could be more detailed and beautiful than that that grows from the earth? (It doesn’t hurt that these decorations are free too.)

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I think fall leaf garlands would be really nice too!
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I used a hemp string, and just tied a simple knot.

My first idea was a gourd garland. Every year we just throw our rotten gourds in our backyard, and every year we have gourd plants that grow from those seeds. I used gourds with a natural hook in their stem. However if you want many gourd ornaments, you could even train the stems (or peduncle) on the plant to form intentional hooks while they are growing. I bet wrapping the stem around a rod, like a pencil, would work.


For my next decor idea, I gathered dill weed from our garden. It’s a weed, but we still love it. Every year it reseeds itself, and by utilizing it in some arrangements I can keep it manageable. Using invasive weeds as a decorations is a great way to manage your garden and protect native species populations! Find out your areas invasive weeds!

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Silver dollar plant, or Lunaria annua, seed pods are very pretty in arrangements!
Compound dill umbels have a really interesting and beautiful structure to them!
Compound dill umbels have a really interesting and beautiful structure to them!

(As a disclaimer, please don’t take plants from public gardens and parks. It encourages others to do so, which could damage native species populations.  Native species live and thrive in their natural environments because they have adapted to them for thousands of years. Taking organisms away from their habitats, increases the risk of endangerment or extinction of small populations.)


So get outside and get creative! I would love to hear your ideas for sustainable, natural decor ideas!

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