As soon as the cool weather hits, it’s hard to resist decorating your home in all things fall. But instead of doing an overhaul two weeks into the season, create decor that can transition from early fall through Halloween. From fairy lights to candy jars — and pumpkins, of course, these clever, Halloween-friendly fall decorating ideas are both chic and spooky.
Some of us simply can’t wait for Halloween — and there’s nothing wrong with that! If you’re the sort who likes to get a head start on devilish décor, get the kids involved with these kid-friendly Halloween crafts, up the All Hallow’s Eve ante at your office, and try your hand at even more DIY Halloween décor ideas.
Fall is the perfect time to switch from fresh flowers to something a bit more permanent. Fuzzy pom-pom bouquets create a warm and cozy vibe, and will last all season long — especially if you create them in colors that evoke the Halloween spirit.
- Yarn in orange, yellow, and dark gray for the pompoms
- Scrap piece of cardboard, cut to 2-inch square
- Floral wire
- Two mason jars
- Green and black craft paint for the vases
- First, you’ll need to make a whole lot of pom-poms. To start, wrap a tail of yarn (still attached to the ball) around a piece of cardboard. I wrapped 100 times for each pom-pom, but the amount depends on how thick the yarn is and the style of pom-pom you want. Counting the number of wraps helps keep the them consistent. When you’re done wrapping, cut the yarn.
- Cut a piece of yarn about 8 inches long and feed it through the wrapped yarn. Pull the wrapped yarn off the cardboard, then tie the 8-inch yarn very tightly around it. Holding onto the 8-inch yarn, cut through the wrapped yarn and start trimming. It’ll take a lot of trimming to get a nicely fluffy, round, and even pom-pom.
- Make as many pom-poms as you like.
- Now add the floral stems. Stick one through the middle of a pom-pom, bend over about 2 inches, then stick it back through the pom-pom. Pull it snugly so no wire is visible on top, then wrap the wire at the bottom base of the pom-pom. Trim extra wire.
- To make the vases, simply paint two clean mason jars, one black and one green. You can finish them with a seal if you like.
- Trim the wire stems to the best length for your jars, so that the pom-poms hit just at the top. Display pom-poms in the green jar for fall, and switch to black when Halloween approaches.
Burlap Table Runner
Source: Dream Book Design
This no-sew table decor is appropriately festive for many months. To make, arrange faux leaves in an ombre design and glue to each end of a strips of burlap. This runner is quintessentially fall, but you could pair it with pumpkins for a Halloween table — and you could even use it on Thanksgiving day.
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This modern and stylish wall hanging is actually quite easy to make with a faux wooden banner kit and some paint. The autumnal hues make for great decor throughout the early weeks of fall and at your Halloween gathering.
Faux Metal Candle Wraps
Source: 365 Designs
These elegant candles can easily become eerie in the right setting. To make, simply punch patterns out of cardstock and wrap it around candles. For the best autumn-to-Halloween vibe, try to find candles in these fiery shades of red, orange, and yellow.
Fallen Leaf Fairy Lights
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Bring the beauty of fall indoors by preserving fallen leaves (just a simple ironing job does the trick), and gluing them onto string lights. This is chic enough for everyday, and atmospheric enough for All Hallow’s Eve.
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This clever candy jar is just the right amount of spooky, and while you can fill it with any kind of treat, it becomes a Halloween decoration as soon as you put candy corn inside. It’s made from scratch using a terra cot pot, glass bowl, mason jar lid, and plastic animal figurine.
White Pumpkin Wreath
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This striking wreath is neutral enough for all of autumn, but when you add a “Happy Halloween” chalkboard sign, it’s especially perfect for October 31st. Check out the tutorial for tips on how to paint and adhere pumpkins, and how to make the sign.
Candy Corn Trivets
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The yellow, orange, and white hues of these adorable coasters are inspired by the ubiquitous Halloween candy, but aren’t limited to this association. You can pair them with your pumpkin lattes starting now, and most definitely on October 31st.
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For an understated bit of decor that combines glamour with rustic, apply gold leaf to branches using metal leaf adhesive. You can display them as a bouquet September through December!
Faux Fur Pumpkins
These fuzzy gourds evoke teddy bears or werewolves, depending on their setting. Since they have little holes for lights, you can use them to illuminate your porch for trick-or-treaters.
By blending stylish and scary, you can start getting your home ready for Halloween now. The right colors, objects, and atmosphere will ensure that your abode is appropriately autumnal throughout the entire season, and just the right amount of spooky (and of course, fun) on All Hallows’ Eve.
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