Make your home festive for fall without single use items. Learn how to use pumpkins to sustainably decorate your home for the fall season.
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Sustainably Decorate for Fall
Every season and holiday comes with it’s own complete line of home decor options. Not only does it sound overwhelming to organize, store and rotate through so much home decor – but it sounds expensive too!
It is possible to have a beautiful, festive home all year long in a more frugal, eco-friendly way. But of all the seasons, fall is my absolute favorite thanks to pumpkins.
Say NO to Single Season Decor (and say YES to sustainably decorating for fall)
My biggest tip when it comes to frugal home decor is to only purchase items that you will use year after year. Yes, you may spend a little more initially, but these items are going to last you longer than you’d expect! Therefore saving you money in the long run.
There are a number of ways to have a decorative and beautiful home without throwing it all away at the end of the season. While there are a lot of decor options available for cheap, if the quality isn’t great then the item most likely won’t make it into next year’s rotation.
Here are some of my favorite tips when faced with cute decor at the store:
- Is this style timeless? Choosing more neutral or generic styles can ensure this item will always go with your everyday home decor, which makes you more likely to keep it for a long time.
- Will this item last multiple years? If the answer is no, walk away.
- Do I have a place to store this?
- Is this a “throw away” item? Such as confetti, or other items that cannot be saved.
Minimalist and Eco-Friendly Style
Having the mindset of sustainably decorating for fall, or for any season will have you thinking about what to bring into your home. Once you have learned to become more selective about what comes into your home, there is way less hassle of organizing and storing everything for all of the seasons. Welcome to more minimal home decor (and you’re welcome)! I used to listen to The Minimalists podcast religiously, and they would always talk about how much “things” cost for you to purchase, own, organize, store, and move them around. Your time is more valuable than whatever “things” are being re-organized and hauled around your attic or basement.
Depending on where you live, fall can provide abundant natural decor for far less money. I love to decorate inside and outside our farmhouse with pumpkins, but here are some other naturally occurring decor items for fall.
- Hay or straw
- Wheat stalks
- Dried cutting flowers
- Fallen leaves
- Corn stalks
- Colorful ears of corn
- Dried wildflowers (and weeds like Bittersweet)
Why Decorate Sustainably with Pumpkins?
Pumpkins are the classic picture of fall, and I love them for frugal, eco-friendly home decor. Here’s why:
- Support Local Farms: Instead of supporting a box store with disposable decor, it’s nice to show some support to our neighbors by purchasing from local farms.
- Pumpkins last all season: The pumpkin you purchased in September will still be decorating your home through Thanksgiving. In fact, some edible varieties become sweeter the longer they sit!
- Indoor and Outdoor decor: Pumpkins can add fall flare to any space, inside and out!
- Zero Waste: a little more on this below.
Pumpkins: Zero Waste Decor
If you’re wondering how on earth pumpkins are zero-waste, they are! No matter if you’ve chosen edible pumpkins, or just fun pumpkins they’re all still zero-waste and here’s how.
- For either edible or decor pumpkins, the seeds can be carved out and saved to be planted another year. To learn about how to preserve seeds, check out this post.
- If your pumpkin is spent for the season, rather than throwing it in the trash can, place it in the compost bin.
- For edible pumpkins, either eat or store the seeds. Homemade pumpkin puree can be made from the pumpkin itself, and frozen for future use. In this post I explain how to make homemade puree (a $5 pumpkin lasted us 10 months using this method).
Decorating Sustainably with Pumpkins
This fall, we decided to decorate both indoors and out with a variety of pumpkins! Because we started making homemade pumpkin puree last year (and loving it) I decided to purchase as many edible pumpkins as possible this year. We did purchase several “just for fun” pumpkins, but we plan to save the seeds to plant our own pumpkin patch next year.
Just in front of our front porch, we re-purposed an old bench to set mums and some beautiful pumpkins on. The bench is gorgeous, but needs to be re-built. And while it cannot support the weight of a person, pumpkins work out perfectly here! We also placed some yard flags in our front yard, these flags are used year after year.
On the porch itself, we stacked several more pumpkins. All of the local farms had such great varieties of both edible and just plain beautiful pumpkins to choose from this year.
Inside the home, we typically don’t decorate the whole interior but more of the most commonly used spaces. My husband built a beautiful shelf in our kitchen and this is where we like to store some pottery throughout the year. In fall, I love to display several small pumpkins or gourds on the shelf. To learn more about our kitchen renovation project, click here.
I chose to display the majority of our pumpkins in the dining room this year. A table runner was placed down the middle of our long farmhouse table, then we just started adding pumpkins. That’s the best part about decorating with pumpkins, just set them down and adjust until you love the layout!
For edible varieties, we generally store them in our home to ensure critters don’t get to eat them before we do! The non-edible pumpkins are typically stored outdoors (unless I have worked them into a display that I just can’t break apart).
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That’s how we sustainably decorate for fall here at Simply Rooted Farmhouse! I hope that this post inspires you to look to nature for home decor ideas and inspiration.
In the comments below, I would love to hear what your favorite sustainable fall decor item is.
Thanks for spending some time at the farmhouse today – see you next time.