Outdoor Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

thanksgiving fall outdoor decor

thanksgiving yard decor scarecrow with pumpkinsThe time between Halloween and Christmas can be an interesting decorating challenge. Thanksgiving decorations can help bridge the gap.

Many of the Halloween decorations you used can be repurposed into a charming Thanksgiving display before it is time to transition into pine branches and holly.

Thanksgiving is a time for gathering and family, so creating a welcoming fall display to greet guests as they arrive can help add to the festive time.

Pumpkins and Gourds

Pumpkins leftover from Halloween that were not carved are a good place to start. Use a variety of sizes and colors to create visual interest.

They may even be on sale in the days and weeks following Halloween. In addition to pumpkins, consider other decorative gourds to add to the display.

Hay, Wheat, and Corn Stalks

Bales of hay can be purchased at your local feed store. They make a good backdrop or display base for your autumn decor.

Autumn brings up visions of harvest, so using corn stalks and wheat can be a good way to add to your display. They can help create height and visual interest.

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Mums, Garland, and Leaves

Mums are a beautiful fall blooming flower that come in shades of yellow, orange and purples. They can be planted in all kinds of planters to create a fall look.

Garland made from fake leaves and burlap can be used to dress up columns and windows. Fake leaves in oranges and reds can also be spread around displays and in baskets and barrels like groundcover.

Check out Outdoor Fall Decorations for more fantastic ideas for your front and backyards.

Barrels, Ladders, Etc.

Some fall-friendly ideas include placing flowers and foliage in old wooden barrels, metal wash tubs, baskets, or even in hollowed out pumpkins. Containers like these help create a rustic look. Use the planters to line steps or walkways.

Old wooden ladders can be utilized as display shelving. Plants and flowers can be placed in the rungs. Pumpkins and lanterns can also be placed there.

Lanterns and Wreaths

Lanterns aren’t just for Christmas anymore! But while we’re on the topic, let JC’s help you deck the halls next month with our Christmas Light Setup: Installation and Removal service!

Lanterns with candles or battery-operated candles can create a warm glow for your display. Strings of lights in a warm white can also be used in windows, around garland, or threaded through wreaths.

Fall wreaths are an easy way to dress up a front door. You can make your own with fall colored silk leaves, flowers, and ribbons.

Seasonal wreathes can also be purchased from a number of retailers or local crafters.

Scarecrows and Yard Signs

Scarecrows are another popular fall decoration. Wooden wagon wheels and old wash tubs can add to the autumn feel.

Signs used in autumn displays have become very popular. Consider ones with phrasing like “gather” or “give thanks” to go with the season. They can be easily made with old wood and paint, or can be bought at the craft store.

Keeping your decor simple is a good way to create a warm and welcoming entryway without being overwhelming or over the top.

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