Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Fall

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Decorating your home in the fall is an opportunity to take your creative ideas and put an autumnal spin on them. Get inspired by the colors and textures of fall and find ways to incorporate them into every room and the exterior of your home.

How Do You Decorate Indoors for Fall?

Indoor fall decor can incorporate plants and harvest vegetables, rich colors, and rustic textures. Our favorite fall focal point is the humble but versatile pumpkin. Pumpkins on their own, placed strategically and creatively, can create a cozy fall feeling inside your home. However, this year can be an opportunity to take the classic pumpkin and transform it into something truly memorable!

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Carved Pumpkins

It’s hard to envision fall without also thinking about the messy but fun tradition of carving pumpkins. If you love Halloween, you can find  numerous online printables of spooky shapes, and for all you plant and gardening enthusiasts, try your hand at carving a pumpkin in the shape of your favorite plant or flower! You can also skip the traditional carving and use hollowed-out pumpkins the same way you would use a vase: fill it with your favorite fall flowers mixed with ornamental grasses and wheat bundles. 

Painted Pumpkins

If you have an artistic hand, or just want to have a bit of fun, try painting and decorating your pumpkins in unexpected ways. Paint fun faces on them with the kids, or paint them in a trendy unexpected color and pattern, such as black and white stripes, pale pink, emerald green or lilac.

Pumpkin Lanterns

Light up the interior or exterior of your home by transforming a carved pumpkin into a biodegradable lantern. Simply put tealights (real or battery-operated) into the center for a cozy or spooky feeling. You can also turn an uncarved pumpkin into a light by wrapping battery-operated string lights artfully around your pumpkin. 

Pumpkins to Use in Fall Decor

The types of pumpkins you have can dictate how you use them when decorating for fall. The classic Jack-O-Lantern is the large orange variety that we traditionally carve. Its thin skin makes it a slice to cut through. Fairytale pumpkins are heirloom pumpkins that add some dark green whimsy to your fall decor, indoors or outdoors. Mini pumpkins are very cute and great for small spaces. One Too Many pumpkins have gorgeous skin with interesting patterns, a great option if you want to skip the work of a fairy godmother and just have something glamorous from the start.

What Plants Can I Use in Fall Decorations?

If you’re looking for ideas on what plants to grow or buy for fall decorating, here are a few bold, spooky, and beautiful options for you to consider:

Ornamental Grasses like pampas grass, foxtail grass, and purple fountain grass add color and texture to outdoor or indoor fall decor. Dried options require zero maintenance, and you can reuse them for years to come. 

Crotons are known for their interesting patterns of color on their leaves. Crotons are always in the fall mood with yellow, orange, and red dappling their leaves. 

Ornamental onions, also known as allium, are found in beautiful hues of purple, blue, and white. They look amazing in floral arrangements and are very easy to grow. 

Anthuriums have waxy, bright red flowers, great for stealing the show at the Thanksgiving table. You can keep them in an arrangement with spider plants or snake plants for a full, lush look. 

Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpieces

Heirloom pumpkins are beautiful and interesting on their own, but with a bit of creativity, you can create incredible fall centerpieces this holiday season. 

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Heirloom + Succulent Centerpiece: Skip the carving and find some moss and smaller succulents to affix to the top of the pumpkin. This can be secured with some spray adhesive, and the succulents will continue to flourish throughout the harvest season. 

Elegant Heirloom Centerpiece: Lay a white runner along the table and lay down a nest of greenery like sage, eucalyptus, or other foliage. Space out a few heirloom pumpkins on the greens. Add accents like twigs, fairy lights, and fruit, such as pears and figs. 

Stacked Heirloom Pumpkins: Heirloom pumpkins have wonderfully imperfect skin, which makes them easier to stack than smooth carving pumpkins. Artfully stack a few heirlooms on the center of the table and place a few flowers like hydrangeas in the cracks between the pumpkins. 


Get bold and have fun with these ideas for decorating your interior this fall. If you’re looking for fall decorations in Des Moines, come visit us. Here at Ted Lare Garden Center, we love to help you celebrate the season!


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