DIY Outdoor Fall Decor

Simple tips on DIY outdoor fall decor for a country farmhouse yard using natural elements to give your yard an autumn look. 

I am so happy that fall has finally arrived here in Missouri. The girls and I recently visited our local pumpkin patch.

While there, we gathered up the largest mums I have ever seen, several varieties of pumpkins, dried gourds, and straw bales for our outdoor fall decorations.

Fall Yard Decor Ideas

Several years ago, I decorated our front yard and shared it in a post called Simple Fall Outdoor Decorating Ideas.

Last year, we had just moved our home. I did not get the chance to decorate the yard for fall since we were far too busy with other tasks regarding our home.

This year, I anxiously anticipated fall. I really hoped that I would have a large front porch to decorate this year.

However, just a few weeks ago, we had all the skirting removed from around our home. In place of the skirting, we had blocks placed.

Outdoor Fall Decor Ideas

DIY Outdoor Fall Decor on a Budget

There was no money in our cash-only budget to add a large front porch this year. But that did not keep me from decorating a fall outdoor space.

So, I chose to decorate a space in the yard right next to our drive with several different fall elements. Some of the items I already had and others I picked up from our local thrift store.

Here are my ideas for decorating a country farmhouse yard for fall using DIY outdoor fall decor.

Decorating a Country Farmhouse Fall Yard Display

Gather Items to Decorate a Yard for Fall

From straw bales to homemade scarecrows, pumpkins, and gourds, there are many natural elements to use for outdoor fall decorating.

Many of the items I used to decorate this space were items I already had on hand or thrifted from a local shop. Gather all the items you may need and lay them out.

This year for our fall yard decorations, I used:

  • Mums
  • Gourds
  • Scarecrow clothes – flannel shirt, overalls, and a hat from the thrift store.
  • Fall banner – made from burlap pieces and jute twine.
  • Wooden crow
  • Haybale
  • Containers for mums – galvanized washtub, crocks, and a wooden ice cream bucket.
  • Lantern
  • Old wooden box
  • Wooden camp seat
  • Birdhouses
Outdoor Fall Yard Ideas

Country Farmhouse Fall Yard Decor Using Mums

Mums come in a large array of colors and sizes. I chose to use two different colors this year and displayed them using various containers.

Some of the containers that I used were a stoneware crock, an old wooden ice cream bucket, and a vintage washtub.

Other ideas for displaying mums would be to use vintage wheelbarrows, bushel baskets, old feed troughs, and wagons.

Country Farmhouse Fall Yard
Outdoor Fall Decorating

Straw Hay Bales for Fall Decor

Straw bales add height to the display, creating a visually appealing stagger for layering items. In my display, I just used one this year for a place to put my scarecrow pole down into and to sit mums on.

Fall Farmhouse Yard Display

DIY Fall Decor Projects

Fall Scarecrow

There are many tutorials online on how to create a scarecrow, from using simple wood frames to PVC pipes; there is an option for everyone. I wanted to make mine as cheaply as possible and use wooden boards.

To create the scarecrow frame, I screwed together two boards. One was placed down in the straw bale of hay, and the other was created for the shirt to hang on.

Fall Farmhouse Yard Decor Ideas

I visited my local thrift shop to find the clothes for the scarecrow. I could find the overalls, the fall banner, and the hat. The crow came from an antique shop, and I hot glue to hold it on the wooden pole that the scarecrow was holding.

Outside Fall Yard Ideas

Bird Gourd House Tree Branches

I recently picked up the large watering trough from a local Instagram friend. I came up with an idea to have my husband cut a large branch to hang gourds from. Gourds are very affordable and will make great houses for the birds.

The large branch was placed in a galvanized container inside the trough. We then filled the container with rocks to hold the branch in place. After that, I placed straw around the tree branch at the base to hide the rocks and create a visually appealing space.

Fall Bird House Gourd

Country Farmhouse Fall Yard

I hope this post inspires you to create a welcoming fall space around your home. Creating a country farmhouse feel doesn’t have to break the budget. Visit your local thrift shops, use what you have and be creative.

Country Farmhouse Scarecrow

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