As the season of harvest, fall provides us with wonderful sights, scents, and flavors. With the abundance of colors and textures that fall brings, it’s not difficult to find inspiring ways to decorate your home. In fact, it’s as easy as stepping into your local grocery store! From pumpkins and acorns to fresh fruit, fall produce is a great way to bring the natural beauty of fall into your home.

Pumpkins

A beloved symbol of the season, the pumpkin is a colorful and versatile item that adds striking visual interest and texture to your home design. A trip to the produce section yields a variety of pumpkins of all types, shapes, and sizes.

pumpkins of different sizes and colors stacked atop one anotherCreate a warm, welcoming sight by stacking graduating sizes of pumpkins to create a simple yet charming sculpture. Surround them with smaller decorated pumpkins or potted seasonal flowers for a picture-perfect front porch.

Make your pumpkin display more graphic by choosing different colors of pumpkins and embellishing them in creative ways. A wood-carving chisel or vegetable peeler can be used to create swirls and fancy designs on the pumpkin’s skin. Use black vinyl decals, beads, or craft paint to monogram a single pumpkin or to spell out your family name, your house number, or a cheerful message.

white pumpkins, pine cones, tealight candle, and a flower on top of an ikat cloth

White or albino pumpkins are gaining increasing popularity as a unique and stylish piece of fall décor. For an elegant look indoors, place small white pumpkins on a white platter and decorate the stems with jute string. Line them up on your dining table, or put them on your mantel along with other décor accents.

Acorns

acorn pins

Acorns come in many interesting shapes, colors, and textures, making them a cute and creative material to decorate or craft with. Whether you pick up acorns from the backyard, a local farmer, or the grocer, you may want to bake them at a low temperature for several hours first to remove any insects.

There are dozens of ways to incorporate acorns into your home decorating. You can place a scented candle on a plate, in a clear vase, or in a mason jar, and surround it with acorns. This décor item can be put on your mantel or on the patio to keep you company on chilly fall evenings.

Make rustic and charming napkin rings by drilling tiny holes through some acorns and stringing them onto a wire in alternating top-to-bottom fashion.

With a square glass vase, some lentils, acorns, and fresh chrysanthemums, you can create a simple yet stunning centerpiece that brings a burst of warmth and color to your dinner table.

Apples

apples of different colors

With their vibrant colors, cozy scent, and sweet taste, apples are easy to fall in love with. Likewise, it’s easy to use apples to brighten up the look of your home.

red apples in a basket
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For a quick and easy centerpiece, arrange a few red and green apples in a basket along with dry lavender or some wheat stalks. Simply replace the apples if the urge to munch on one or three overcomes you.

It really doesn’t take too much work to bring out the beauty of apples. Simply fill three large clear glass vases with varying amounts of water and float four or five green apples in each for an instant, edible decorative piece for your kitchen counter or dining table. Alternatively, you can fill a rectangular glass vase with water and green apples, and top it off with white hydrangeas to sweeten up the dessert table.

The great thing about decorating with produce is that it tends to last longer than flowers and leaves. Best of all, it can be eaten afterwards. So visit your favorite grocery store now and create bountiful fall displays that are truly a feast for the eyes.

For other budget-friendly decorating ideas, read Stretching Your Home Decorating Dollar With Simple Changes

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