10 DIY Outdoor Fall Decor Projects For Your Garden

10 DIY outdoor fall decor projects for your garden.

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Autumn is here, with all the lovely colors, pumpkin pies and hot comfy drinks. Although some people prefer to decorate their garden in summer and spring, I’m one of the people who is absolutely in love with Autumn, so as soon as the leaves start to fall, I’m out and about. Here are ten DIY fall décor projects for your garden that you can start right away.

Outdoor pumpkin candle holders

This is a fun, cute, and easy DIY project. It is also extremely inexpensive because all of the material can be found at the dollar store. You can leave the fake pumpkins orange, or you can spray paint them a different color such as white, black, or gray. Then, cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin, just big enough for a glass candle holder. Wrap some fall foliage around the candle holder and the look is complete. You can place these along the edge of your garden for an elegant yet comforting fall look.

DIY decorative “fence”

Placing a fake fence in the back of your garden can add a great height element. You can make one using pallets or other pieces of wood. Just make enough posts to make what looks like a section of wooden fencing. You will need the wood, of course, screws, a miter saw, and a drill to make this. When it’s finished, you can make it stand in the back of your garden or prop it against something, and then decorate it for fall by adding fall foliage or a banner.

Cornstalk mail box

You can add a pop of color and decor to your mailbox by simply placing cornstalks against the mailbox and tying them on with a piece of twine. For the color aspect, you can use a fall-inspired bow over the top of the twine, and then add some fall followers, small pumpkins, or gourds throughout. No tools are required for this DIY project, making it that much easier.

Concrete pumpkin planter

For this DIY project, you will need a plastic pumpkin pail that is used for trick-or-treating. If you want more than one planter, you will need more than one pail. You’ll want to cut the pumpkin in half, removing the handle too, then duct tape the pumpkin back together. Then place a round mold in the middle of the pumpkin before adding concrete to the empty area between the pumpkin and the mold. Let it sit for about two days and then cut the pumpkin pail off. You’ll then need to cure the concrete pumpkin before placing flowers inside. The concrete pumpkin planter adds a unique fall touch to your garden.

Rake flower wreath

An old rake can make a beautiful wreath for your garden if you have a place to hang it. This simple DIY project only requires a rake, twine, and fall flowers. Simply tie twine into a pretty bow around the handle of the rake, then place flowers throughout the spokes of the rake. Then you can hang the rake in your garden, or simply prop it against something.

Fall pallet sign

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Pallet signs are so easy to make and can be designed to fit any theme or color scheme. They can also be weatherproofed to use in a garden. To make one, you will need a pallet, screws or nails, a drill or hammer, wood glue, paint, brushes, and weatherproofing.

You will take apart the pallet, cut it down to the size you want, and then start putting the pieces together. You will put wood glue between two pieces of the pallet, and then hammer or screw it together as well. Continue doing this until the sign is complete.

Once the sign is built, you can paint the sign however you want. You can paint a fall saying on it or paint a fall design. This part is entirely up to you. When the painting is finished, let it dry completely and then put weatherproofing on it. After that dries, it is ready to be placed in your garden!

Wood pumpkins

Using 2″ x 4″ pieces of wood, cut them to the size you want your pumpkins to be. You will need three pieces, all the same height. Using wood glue, glue the pieces of wood together and then use clamps to hold the wood tightly together until the glue dries. Once the glue has dried, paint the wood orange. It doesn’t have to be perfect, because the rustic look is perfect for fall.

Next, using a 2″ x 2″ piece of wood, cut a small piece to use at the stem of the pumpkin. You will want to stain this piece or paint it brown. Use wood glue or a screw to hold the stem on. To put this pumpkin in your garden, you will need to weatherproof it. Then, the final step is to place a burlap green bow around the stem.

Pumpkin pallet sign

This DIY project is so easy and can make a bold statement in your garden. All you will need is a pallet, paint, a paintbrush, and weatherproofing. There is no need to even take the pallet apart or cut it down. Just leave it as is and paint a pumpkin on it. Add a stem, some leaves, and whatever other details you want. Once the paint is dry, put the weatherproofing on and it is good to go.


Is it even fall if you don’t have a scarecrow in your garden? You will need straw, stuffing for the head, wooden stakes, an old shirt and jeans, rubber bands or twine, scissors, and rope. The stuffing can be anything from old clothes to straw, so just whatever you have on hand.

To make it, start by making a cross out of the stakes and then nail them together. Next, cut a hole in the zipper area of the pants and slide them onto the stake. Use a rubber band or twine to close the bottom of the pants. Stuff the pants with straw, and then put the shirt on the stakes and tuck it into the pants. The horizontal stake of the cross should go through the sleeves of the shirt. Now, stuff the shirt with straw.

You will want to put the scarecrow in the garden before adding the head because you have to pound the cross into the ground. Fill a burlap sack with straw or other stuffing, and then draw or paint a face onto the sack. Attach the head by tying or nailing it to the cross. You can add a hat and any oter accessories you desire to give your scarecrow some character.

Vintage ladder

Adding a vintage ladder to your garden during the fall adds a rustic look, and gives you space for planters or smaller decor. There are a couple ways to get a vintage ladder, and both are easy. You can either find an old wooden ladder at a garage sale, resale shop, or in your garage. If you’re lucky enough to find one, give it a fresh coat of paint or stain, sand the edges to give it a vintage look, and then use weather coating to protect it from the elements.

Don’t worry if you weren’t able to find a wooden ladder. The second option is to make one! I know, this sounds crazy, but it is really easy. Remember that your ladder isn’t actually for climbing, it is just for decoration so it doesn’t matter if it is perfect.

To make a decorative ladder for your garden, you will need three 1″ x 6″ x 8′ boards and two 1″ x 3″ x 8′ boards. You will also need 1 1/2″ screws, 1 1/4″ screws, two 2″ hinges, a drill, a miter saw, and a tape measure.

Author BIO

Vera loves sharing simple and inexpensive ways to decorate your home. She’s also a big fan of power tools and sometimes shares her opinions about different products and projects over at Tools Critic.

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