Fabulous Fall Decor

Hearth decorated for Halloween.
Hearth decorated for Halloween. | Source
This is a ribbon with old fashioned Halloween tags on it. Each tag is difference but they are all adorable. This can be made with print outs from a computer.
This is a ribbon with old fashioned Halloween tags on it. Each tag is difference but they are all adorable. This can be made with print outs from a computer. | Source
Head in a jar is really mask in a jar with colored water and plastic spiders
Head in a jar is really mask in a jar with colored water and plastic spiders | Source
The graveyard in the front yard.  Bones, crows, bats  and my pirate ghost make for an interesting view coming up to the front door.
The graveyard in the front yard. Bones, crows, bats and my pirate ghost make for an interesting view coming up to the front door. | Source
This is my son Jerryd standing next to Fred our Halloween dummy who sits in a chair next to our door every year. He is made from news paper, clothes and a white drama mask. No one can ever tell if he is a person or fake.
This is my son Jerryd standing next to Fred our Halloween dummy who sits in a chair next to our door every year. He is made from news paper, clothes and a white drama mask. No one can ever tell if he is a person or fake. | Source
More Pedestal pumpkins, I just love these!
More Pedestal pumpkins, I just love these! | Source
Mirror in the house dripping with creepy
Mirror in the house dripping with creepy | Source
This was my counter in our old house. The oranges are drawn on with sharpie marker (it did not seep through to the fruit)
This was my counter in our old house. The oranges are drawn on with sharpie marker (it did not seep through to the fruit) | Source
Here are my old tags used in a doorway with purple sparkle yarn.
Here are my old tags used in a doorway with purple sparkle yarn. | Source
My living-room in that house, decked out for Halloween.
My living-room in that house, decked out for Halloween. | Source
This was the fountain in our yard. Halloween night I stuck glow sticks under the sheer material and it looked like the entire things was alive with spirits.
This was the fountain in our yard. Halloween night I stuck glow sticks under the sheer material and it looked like the entire things was alive with spirits. | Source
The steps up to the house...
The steps up to the house... | Source
Lights in our driveway.. They welcomed visitors.
Lights in our driveway.. They welcomed visitors.
This was the first year we built Fred, he was so scary that I had to take the pick axe away and name him Fred. People who knew us thought this was Tristan (my son) and would walk up to the porch talking to him.
This was the first year we built Fred, he was so scary that I had to take the pick axe away and name him Fred. People who knew us thought this was Tristan (my son) and would walk up to the porch talking to him. | Source
Head in the fountain/pond, This is a portable pond and I put it together just for this purpose.
Head in the fountain/pond, This is a portable pond and I put it together just for this purpose. | Source
Charming Gargoyles perched in my kitchen window.
Charming Gargoyles perched in my kitchen window. | Source
Our Pumpkins from 2007.
Our Pumpkins from 2007. | Source
Don't forget the tops of things like hutches and entertainment centers. They help make the room feel complete.
Don't forget the tops of things like hutches and entertainment centers. They help make the room feel complete. | Source
Simple door wreath
Simple door wreath | Source

HALLOWEEN

When my children were little Halloween decorations consisted of paper punkins and window clings. As they have gotten older my Halloween/fall decor has become more sophisticated. In 2007 I came up with the idea for Fred. We had several blank white masks in my studio, so we built a man out of clothed and news paper stuffing. He looks so real when we are done that everyone tries to talk to him. This was the beginning of my serious Halloween decorating.

That year we had a a quarter acer decorated with everything from a graveyard to a fountain that glowed. Inside the house our decorations are much cuter. Some people will look at what we have accumulated and think we spent a fortune. In reality I pick up dollar store items and make them work. Almost all the masks are dollar store, after Halloween sale, or thrift store finds. It doesn’t take much to get that creepy feel.

One of my favorite Halloween decorations is the old style tags and ribbon. Years ago when I got my first printer I printed off about a 100 old fashioned card fronts from the internet. I cut out the pictures and glued them to purple and black tags. Then I strung them on ribbon. These tags are so charming no matter where I use them. They look like something from the 50’s and they are so easy to make.

FALL

I love to have pumpkins all over the house in the fall. The last two years real pumpkins have been so expensive that I started picking up the Styrofoam pumpkins. I have them in all shapes and sizes. My favorite thing to do with them is put them on a Pedestal or the top of a candle holder. When they are grouped they look elegant and fun.

Fall is about leaves. Leaves can be used on tables, in jars, or as a valance. If you are feeling really ambitious you can make a mobile out of leaves and every-time there is movement in the room they will look like they are falling. I like to take a handful of fake leaves and place them in a circle and put my center pieces on top of them. After Halloween I remove the Halloween decorations and adjust the fall decorations to feel like home rather than Halloween.

Just because something is not usually used for Fall does not mean it won’t work. Th counter display where I made oranges into pumpkins is a fun use of items that are the right color but usually have nothing to do with the season. With a little imagination and things you have around your house you can personalize your Halloween/fall decor.

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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Wow michellelony3, you are a fall decorating DIVA!! Thanks for giving me a bunch of fun ideas!

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