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Learn how to stage a beautiful fall vignette for your outdoor space with a few basic decorating ideas AND how to make your own painted wood slice pumpkin.

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Hello fall! What better way is there to say goodbye to summer than to decorate your front porch or backyard for the autumn season? The weather outdoors is slowly tapering, but there’s no reason not to start decorating for fall.As many have noticed, the stores these days are filled with so many cute outdoor fall decor items. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to decide what to buy and sometimes you can find what you need around the home. I have recently updated my outdoor kitchen sink for the season, and today I will show you how I incorporated a few key items — some of which may work for you, too!

Read on to get my five simple outdoor fall decorating ideas to help you style a beautiful porch in your front or backyard. Oh and see the cute painted wood slice pumpkin?  I have included a DIY tutorial at the end of this post so you can make one, too! Let’s begin, shall we?

5 Styling Tips For a Beautiful Fall Vignette

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Style Tip #1: Pick a Theme that Works for You

I chose a simple harvest theme this year – adding a few elements of nature as well as metals.

Decorating for fall is a great opportunity to add in some beautiful pops of color, too! The palette of orange is amazing this time of year! Once you find your key color then you can have fun adding additional complimentary colors. I chose to also incorporate yellow, black and white.

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Style Tip #2: Add Some Elements of Nature

My outdoor fall decorating plans always start with bringing in elements of nature. And boy does fall have plenty of items to choose from: pumpkins, corn, wheat, hay, apples and an array of flowers. I tend to use faux flowers because they last throughout the season, but you could certainly use fresh flowers.

I clipped off single stems of these sunflowers from a faux bouquet and placed them in a farmhouse style metal canister and simply tied some twine around it. I added a couple of owls because, well, they are adorable and I could not resist.

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Style Tip #3: Using a Sign (or Two) is Always Fun

I love using signs in my decor. They set the mood and reinforce the theme. This year I chose this personalized sign by SawyerLeighBoutique and I love it! I also created the FALL sign by gluing some sticks on a rustic wooden board.

Outdoor Fall Decorating Ideas - buffalo check galvanized tub

Style Tip #4: Buffalo Check Plaid and Metals are Almost a Necessity

I like to incorporate metals in my outdoor fall decorating designs whenever possible. Metal elements are durable and can withstand the weather but also play nicely into the theme. I added metal canisters for the flowers, a metal jack-o-lantern and this galvanized metal tub. I also placed a buffalo check pillow inside to add texture and a fun pattern.

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Style Tip #5: Add Some DIY Decor to Make it Your Own

It can be very simple and inexpensive to make your own decor such as banners, wreaths and accent pieces. I love the idea of adding something homemade and personalized. That’s what I did here with my DIY painted wood slice pumpkin. Read on to see how I did it!

How to Make a DIY Wood Slice Pumpkin

What you will need for this project:

  • One wood slice (I found my Basswood Country Round, size large, from the craft store)
  • Paint color of your choice (I used Martha Stewart in Pumpkin, Vanilla Bean and Gold)
  • Paint brushes (one for each color you choose)
  • 1 artificial leaf sprig
  • Raffia or ribbon of your choice
  • 3 wine bottle corks
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun

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Step #1: Prep and Paint

If you are using a real wood slice instead of one from the craft store, or if there are any imperfections, you will want to sand and clean it first. Next you will paint the wood slice with your choice of paint color. Be sure to leave a small margin around the edge. It may take two coats of paint, depending on your paint color and grain of wood. Allow the paint to dry before moving onto step #2.

I painted the back side white to make it reversible for when I want to vary the look.


Step #2: Prepare Your Pumpkin Stem

While your wood is drying, take the time to paint your “stem.” I repurposed some wine bottle corks and painted them brown, including the top. After they dried, I applied gold paint to add a little bit of texture and bling. Again, allow to dry.

Once the wood slice and the corks are dry, attach your stem one cork at a time with a glue gun. Hold firmly until set.


Step #3: Add Embellishments

Now it’s time to decorate your pumpkin. I cut off a burlap leaf from my sprig and glued it to the pumpkin. I then tied green raffia and gold corded ribbon to add a bit of glam.

That’s it! You could add vinyl or painted letters — the possibilities of personalization are endless! Have fun making your own DIY painted wood slice pumpkin and feel free to share on Instagram using #LifeStorageDIY. We would love to see your creations, too!

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Laura Destro

Laura Destro is a lifestyle photographer who loves to make DIY decor and holiday crafts. She is also known for her DIY Outdoor Sink, Holiday Mantels and seasonal craft ideas she shares on both her blog www.destrophoto.com and Instagram @destrophoto.

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