Today I’m sharing some last-minute quick & easy fall decorating ideas that you can enjoy now before it’s time to put up the Christmas tree. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving, or just prefer waiting until after that last fall holiday is over to decorate for Christmas, here are quick ways to incorporate some fall touches into your décor now. November tends to be overlooked for seasonal decorating. Halloween is over and Christmas decorating hasn’t yet begun, although many people do start on their Christmas displays in November. My tradition is to start decorating for Christmas the week after Thanksgiving, and leave up my fall decorations until then.
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I kept my fall decorations super simple this year, with the main focus on my mantel and ledge. I also wanted to share my mom’s bench, which she decorates with real pumpkins and faux leaves each autumn. It ends up looking new every year because the pumpkins are always different. It’s so pretty!
I made the Hello Fall fox art at Paper Source during their Woodland Critters workshop. It is the only new item on my mantel this year. I used existing decorations for the rest of the mantel, and was proud of myself for not spending a lot of money this fall. I like to switch up what I put on the mantel and how I lay it out each year. No two mantel displays are ever exactly the same. This year’s main focus was woodland critters and pumpkins, as inspired by the new framed fox. Owls, foxes, a chipmunk and a squirrel are placed amongst the leaves and pumpkins. You can shop your stash of decorations to spruce up your mantel – or check out what’s left in stores late in the fall season for good clearance deals to decorate with.
After Halloween, I did a five minute mantel transformation. I turned the two pumpkin faces around, and I placed my Thanksgiving blocks, moving critters and pumpkins around a bit to make room for them. I really love how it turned out.
Similar to my fall mantel, I added just one new item this year, the gold harvest sign which I got at Michael’s. Again, the theme here is fall critters & pumpkins. Can you tell I like owls and foxes? I tend to put the taller items towards the center of the ledge and the shorter items on the edges, but it’s never a perfectly shaped triangle.
Mom uses real pumpkins on her bench each fall and artificial leaf garlands and a leaf wreath to add in even more pops of autumn color. She likes to use a variety of pumpkins to create interest and place the taller ones in back and layer with shorter pumpkins in front. The types and sizes of pumpkins are different every year.
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is only two weeks away! What are your Thanksgiving plans this year? When do you typically start decorating for Christmas? Leave a comment below!