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20 Beautiful Fall + Harvest DIY Ideas

I can’t believe we’re already into the 2nd week of September (what happened)?  The harvest season is upon us, although ours is a little late this year, it’s time to start thinking about harvest celebrations and enjoy the results of summer’s gifts.  Our local corn is amazing right now, as are the peaches – which is prompting me to make some fresh corn chowder and peach crumble (and I’d love to host a lobster boil – have you ever)?  With that in mind, I’ve been looking for a few fall entertaining decor ideas – as well as ideas for our early Thanksgiving here in Canada.  Click below to see some of my finds. 


  • Candlestick Cork Craft 1 of 20
    Candlestick Cork Craft
    Put a cork in candlestick holders, insert a paperclip into the cork and you have an instant photo / table number / place card holder.
    From One Charming Party.
  • An Outdoor Setting 2 of 20
    An Outdoor Setting
    Take advantage of Indian Summer and host a backyard soiree decorated with pumpkins (on cakestands), harvest squash, grain sack runners and french bistro chairs.
    Visit Dreamy Whites for more info.
  • Floating Apple Candle Centerpiece 3 of 20
    Floating Apple Candle Centerpiece
    A beautiful idea for a centerpiece. Cut out apples to fit a votive candle, and place in a beautiful large bowl for floating.
    Image from Dreamy Whites for more info.
  • Printable Leaf Placecards 4 of 20
    Printable Leaf Placecards
    Add a special touch to your harvest table with these printable leaf placecards.
    Visit EAB Designs for more info.
  • Maple Leaf Place Setting 5 of 20
    Maple Leaf Place Setting
    A pretty idea using a maple leaf shaped cookie and a leaf (with a beautiful burgandy napkin).
    Image from Nicety.
  • Rock + Wire Placecards 6 of 20
    Rock + Wire Placecards
    A fun idea using found river rocks and wire.
    Visit Once Wed for more info.
  • Succulent Teacup Placecard + Favor 7 of 20
    Succulent Teacup Placecard + Favor
    An adorable placesetting and party favor.
    Visit sandiegoabc.com for more info.
  • Pumpkin Candle DIY 8 of 20
    Pumpkin Candle DIY
    Light up your autumn night party with this adorable pumpkin candle DIY idea.
    Visit Emmaline Bride for more info.
  • Rustic Candy Apple Centerpiece + Favor 9 of 20
    Rustic Candy Apple Centerpiece + Favor
    A clever idea for a centerpiece (and a take home after the party too)!
    Visit The Perfect Palette for more info.
  • Newspaper Tablecloth 10 of 20
    Newspaper Tablecloth
    A perfect idea for a Lobster Boil (Cape Cod-Style)- Stylist Nathan Turner decorated the table with some newspaper, vintage tins, cardboard DIY placemats and more.
    Visit Pottery Barn for more details.
  • Use Vintage Tins as Vessels 11 of 20
    Use Vintage Tins as Vessels
    A fun detail to add interest to a table, use vintage tins to house cutlery, lobster crackers or flowers.
    Visit Pottery Barn for more details.
  • Make Cardboard Placemats for Lobster Boil 12 of 20
    Make Cardboard Placemats for Lobster Boil
    A great idea for a lobster boil, make placemats out of cardboard.
    Visit Pottery Barn for more details.
  • Printable Tags for Labeling 13 of 20
    Printable Tags for Labeling
    Pottery Barn has these great tags to download to use to label drinks or anything you wish to label.
    Visit Pottery Barn to download.
  • Dried Corn Centrepiece 14 of 20
    Dried Corn Centrepiece
    A fun twist on the dried corn centerpiece idea. Gather a bunch standing up and wrap with twine or rope for a nice centerpiece idea.
    Image from Pottery Barn.
  • Mason Jar Votives 15 of 20
    Mason Jar Votives
    Sprinkle seasonal nuts (like acorns) along with a votive candle into mason jars for a nice mantle display. (You can buy acorn vase fillers at Pottery Barn.
    Click here for more info.
  • Dried Corn Garland 16 of 20
    Dried Corn Garland
    Eye hooks are inserted into the tops of dried corn to create these unique garlands.
    Image from bhg.com.
  • A Simple Leaf Placesetting 17 of 20
    A Simple Leaf Placesetting
    Dazzle up a placesetting with some mini glitter-covered pumpkins and a leaf (write name with a sharpie).
    Visit Sweet Something Designs for more info.
  • Log Place Settings 18 of 20
    Log Place Settings
    Perfect for a fall get together; log slices used as chargers.
    Via The Wedding Chicks (Photographer: Camilla Binks & Brienne Poole Event Design: Branches Event Floral & Polka Dots & Daisies)..
  • Terracotta Pot Cakestand DIY 19 of 20
    Terracotta Pot Cakestand DIY
    A fun DIY idea using terracotta pots and draining plates.
    More info at Grove Gal.
  • Hula Hoop Chandelier 20 of 20
    Hula Hoop Chandelier
    Hula hoop + icicle Christmas lights = Hula hoop Chandelier. Perfect for a festive fall evening.
    Get the how-to from Sarah with an "H".

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Jan is the co-founder of Poppytalk, a blog about the beautiful, the decayed and the handmade and Poppytalk Handmade, an online curated marketplace. Follow her on Twitter , Facebook and Pinterest!

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