Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Home

By Michele E. Gwynn, author of Exposed: The Education of Sarah Brown (Kriminal Erotic Series Book I), and Harvest (Harvest Trilogy Book I), (more here).

October is, undoubtedly, my favorite month as it seems to harness the magic of my favorite time of year, fall. Fall means cooler temperatures, changing colors in nature from greens to golds, crunchy leaves on the ground, and the scent of spices on the air. It's fantastic, and as such, deserves to be celebrated with amazing decorations.

From around the internet comes a few great ideas to create a festive fall atmosphere in and around your home.

From Twig and Thistle comes a DIY pumpkin candle holder with glitz. I switched out the styrofoam pumpkin for a real one (the smaller variety), and inserted a vanilla scented candle (pumpkin and vanilla!). You can do either, just be sure to remember you're making something potentially flammable and be cautious. (Instructions on how to create these sparkling candle holders here) Image: TwigandThistle.com

Looking to light up your patio for a fall-themed outdoor party or just want to sit and enjoy something pretty on those cool autumn nights? From Pizzazzerie.com, create these simple, yet amazing pumpkin lanterns. How nice to keep the dark at bay with colorful pumpkins lighting up the night. Transform those orange lanterns into hanging pumpkins. (Instructions from pizzazzerie.com here)
Image: Pizzazzerie.com

A dinner party wouldn't be complete without an ice bucket for the wine, right? Why not put those pumpkins to good use as a container for ice and crisp, fruity wine? CherylStyle.com shares this awesome ice bucket challenge...for wine! Guests at your next dinner party will be very impressed. This website has a whole slew of great decorating ideas, by the way. (How to create a pumpkin ice bucket here)

And finally, every dinner party needs a centerpiece. This gorgeous fall flowering pumpkin bouquet is easy and elegant, and can even spruce up your porch, and raise your curb appeal. Better Homes and Gardens always has great decorating tips. This pumpkin bouquet is one of many (50, to be exact) offered on their page. So how do you make this masterpiece? (Psst. You can also use faux flowers, but the real ones smell better).  Check out BHG here for instructions. 

Image: BGH.com