With summer finally coming to a close, it’s time to embrace the fall season despite the high temperatures here in Florida. Impress your neighbors and friends with these fall home decor ideas to decorate your autumn-inspired home.


Typically saved for Christmas, wreaths are a welcoming way to decorate your front door and celebrate the season. Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall with these easy-to-make wreaths!

For a simple, yet festive wreath you’ll need cardstock paper, a hot glue gun, a wreath frame and string or wire.

  • Step 1

Start by tying your string or wire to the top of the wreath frame and create a loop for hanging.

  • Step 2

Next, cut your card stock into colorful leaves and heat up your hot glue gun. Glue the base of the leaves to the wreath frame and overlap them for a nice layered look. To add a touch of Florida, use palm leaves, pinecones or any other leaves found in Florida’s great outdoors. Glue these leaves to your wreath frame, as you would with paper ones.

  • Step 3

After you cover your wreath with leaves, let it dry and hang your wreath somewhere special. Don’t want to put it on your front door? Try placing it on a table as a centerpiece or around a set of candles.

Tip: Check out this Glitter Wreath tutorial for a wreath-making guide and a sparkle of inspiration.

Festive Banners

Banners have been hanging around since before Ancient Rome. Back then families used them to display their coat of arms. Today banners have a variety of uses including decorations, announcement pieces and more.

Decorate your home this year with unique, fall-themed banners. As an activity for family and friends, banners not only decorate your home, but also bring everyone together.

To make your own customized banner you’ll need cloth, scissors, a hot glue gun, paint (or markers), brushes and twine or string.

  • Step 1

First, determine how much twine or string you’ll want to use in order to make your banner the correct size.

  • Step 2

Cut your cloth into your desired shapes (triangles work great) and begin decorating with paint or markers.

  • Step 3

After you decorate your banner pieces, hot glue them to your string of twine and there you have it, a banner! If you do not have access to a hot glue gun, substitute this step by using clothesline pins.

Tip: This tutorial for a stenciled burlap banner serves as a great banner-making guide. For a Florida-touch, add stencils and colors of your favorite Florida sports teams.

Decorative Mason Jars

Mason jars made their debut in 1858 and have been widely used ever since. Take advantage of the mason jars’ rustic style this fall by using them as decorative pieces or air fresheners.

One way to use mason jars is to create mason jar candles.

  • Step 1

First, fill mason jars less than halfway with acorn fillers, popping kernels or any other small, fall-themed item.

  • Step 2

Next take a small candle and place it in a fitted small, glass candleholder. This will prevent your candle from burning your fall accents.

  • Step 3

Place the glass candleholder, containing the candle, into your mason jar. Voila! Your candle is complete.

To use mason jars as an air freshener, gather orange slices, apple peels, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Place these ingredients inside the mason jar and fill it with water. Refrigerate the jar for three weeks in order for it to really simmer. After three weeks, pour the mixture into a pot and heat on a low temperature. As you keep an eye on the pot, enjoy the natural smell of fall through out your home.

Tip: For the instructions mentioned above and more fall-themed mason jar ideas, click here. If you wish to add a twist to the air freshener, try adding different Florida-inspired ingredients, such as grapefruit. 

Pumpkin Flower Pots

From lattes to limited-edition pastries, pumpkins are the unofficial mascot of fall. Take pumpkins to a whole new level by using them as flowerpots, a unique yet fall-festive way to decorate your front porch.

Creating a pumpkin flowerpot requires three things: flowers, a pumpkin and a knife.

  • Step 1

First, start by picking out your flowers. These flowers should already be potted and fairly dense. They should also be on the smaller side to fit inside your pumpkin.

  • Step 2

Next, choose a pumpkin that that will hold your flower and the flowerpot.

  • Step 3

Once you’ve chosen your pumpkin, carve out the insides. Place your potted flower inside your pumpkin, and there you have it—a pumpkin flowerpot!

When watering, remove your flowerpot and water outside the pumpkin. For an added fall flare, surround your pumpkin with small, various colored gourds.

Tip: Check out this pumpkin flowerpot tutorial and bake discarded seeds for a healthy autumn snack.

Fall is a time for warmth, family and friends. Decorating your home to reflect that theme only makes the season that much better. We here at AV Homes welcome you to Fall, and look forward to seeing what the new season brings for you and your loved ones!

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