Decorating Your Deck for a Festive Fall

Right now is one of the best times to make use of your deck. It’s finally comfortable outside, not to mention the fact that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Get ready to celebrate the Fall season with these decorating ideas.

Use Natural Elements From Your Own Yard

There’s no better way to create a cohesive look than by using found materials from your own yard or neighborhood. With a hot glue gun and a little imagination everyday yard items that would otherwise end up in the trash can instead become outdoor décor.

Wreaths are a great way to dress up the sides of your deck. You can either fasten them to the railing or hang them from the fascia.

Pinecones can be used in a number of ways to create a fall feeling. Incorporate them into a wreath, tie them to fishing line and dangle them from the tops of pergolas and other deck coverings or string them together for a festive garland that can be draped just about anywhere.

Happy Thanksgiving

Create a fall centerpiece. Get a clear glass vase, fill in with leaves (if you can’t find some with orange, yellow and red spray paint will do the trick) then add sticks with leaves still attached. Voila! You’ll have a fall centerpiece in seconds.

One word of caution – check for bugs. The last thing you want to do is unknowingly bring ants, stink bugs, termites, etc. up onto your deck.

Get Fall Colored Accessories

We may not have the bright change in foliage like they do in other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate a fall palette on your deck. A special set of pillows, table cloths and rugs in shades of orange, yellow, red and brown will add an instant fall feeling. Terra-cotta pots are also an inexpensive way of adding a rich fall color to your deck.

It may not seem like the best time for adding to your garden and planters, but plenty of fall colored plants that can also be worked into the décor. Japanese Maples turn a vibrant red during the fall as does Coleus, Erica and English Primrose.

Add Lighting Elements

As winter nears the days are growing shorter and shorter. If you want to enjoy your deck after work you’ll need to up the lighting options. Lighting is an often over looked decorating element that adds visual appeal in numerous ways. The lighting mechanism itself can be a beautiful piece that draws the eye, and the illumination it provides can be used to change the mood or bring focus to other design elements.

Try decorative candles and shades that look great during the day and night. Another fun option is lanterns with cut outs that will cast light in festival shapes like leaves or half moons.

Transitioning for Thanksgiving

If you’ve already decorated your deck for fall there’s no reason to create a whole new display for Thanksgiving. By making a few adjustments and additions your fall décor it can easily be transformed into a Thanksgiving theme.

  • Put out a Thanksgiving welcome mat at the deck entrances.
  • Add a cornucopia to your tabletop.
  • Fly a festive Thanksgiving flag – or hang it from a wall adjacent to the deck.
  • Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween. Add a few of varying colors and sizes all around the deck. Get creative and write Thanksgiving messages on the pumpkins for a personal touch.

One look around and you’ll be amazed at all the fall decorating resources that are right at your fingertips. With a few simple changes you can take your deck decorating from summer to fall in no time at all.

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