Decorating Ideas Using Garden Leftovers for Fall: Go Green this Halloween


Is the air crisp? Are you feeling a little bit chilly in the evenings? Yes! Fall is here people. After you’ve prepared your garden for autumn, it is time for decorations. This year, we don’t want you to source plastic pumpkins and carving templates because you can have some fun making your own.

You’ll hear people refer to anything round, orange, and used for squash spiced lattes as pumpkin, which is generally true. In autumn, we want to concentrate on winter squash and gourds for our decorations. After all, it is the central theme for Halloween.

In collaboration with Oliver from Wonderland Gardens, we have rounded up the best ideas for Halloween celebrations.

Spruce up the Porch

  • Creepy Ghost Door

An excellent way to get your guests yearning for the party is an eerie welcome through a ghost set porch.  Use thin branches or sourced edible ornamentals like bay leaves which can go over the door frame. Now you can hang some wing gourds. They are a great deal in bringing in the Halloween theme color. Wing gourds come in different shapes with curved necks and different colors like yellow, white, and green. But if you don’t like them in their natural color, you can always repaint them to have them blend with your décor.

  • Create Pumpkin Towers

Another awesome twist would be to stack whole pumpkins in different sizes along the steps. They make a grand entrance while setting the celebrations mood. Place the gourds on ceremonial vases or urns with the largest at the bottom all the way to the smallest at the top. Then, sandwich leftover cabbage or kale leaves in between each pumpkin to brighten up those orange-colored gourds.

  • Create a Fall Wreath

It’s unique, it stands out, and you don’t have to source many materials from the store. First, there’s a vast collection of fall leaves in bright colors. A wreath for your door may be in different styles from one made entirely of leaves and grapevine wreath while others include gourds, faux flowers, berries, peels, grass, and the like on a wire wreath.

  • Warted Gourds for a Personalized Welcome

This idea is simple and super fun. Don’t get scared of the wart name given to these gourds. They grow to have a wart-like exterior. Simply remove the inner flesh and punch out holes using an apple-corer on the outside. After which you insert candles to show your decoration in bright light. It’s an excellent method of punching out different welcome signs.

Decorate your Jack-O’-Lantern

No Halloween party is complete without a carved jacked-o’-lantern. But you don’t have to go the traditional way for this fall. Twist it by adding some pop to it.

  • Happy Owl Pumpkin

Here, you get to create a cute owl without carving anything out. And, it can sit absolutely anywhere from the doorstep to the fireplace top. You’ll need one big pumpkin to serve as the owl’s body and three other small pumpkins in white color to fit the eyes, ears, and feet.

  • Cut the small pumpkins in half and use the halves which have dried stalks for the eyes
  • Use toothpicks to prick the owl’s body and input the eyes
  • Then carve out the ears, nose, and feet from the other small pumpkin.
  • Again, use toothpicks to install these features

You can make several owls, and line them on the stairs together with a few lit candles to bring in a real Halloween feel.

  • Paint Pumpkins to Create Characters

You can do different faces by just using paint. From scary skeletons to creepy crawlers like spiders, you can have kids running on sighting your creative ideas. Don’t skimp on color use, red, black, yellow, and white to bring out every spooky Halloween character.

Also, add in a pumpkin with a splash of color which goes with the costume of the day.

  • Give it the Glam

For those who like dressing in lace, even your pumpkin can make do with some beauty. They are elegant and simple to make using old fishnets. You’ll just need to place the gourd in the net and bring it together at the stem. Then, hold down the lace using a ribbon at the bottom. Flash it out around the fireplace along with lanterns. Better still; paint the pumpkins before lacing them up to create a cute pattern.

Unique Scarecrows

These figures are not as scary as the name suggests. In fact, most are funny characters for outdoor Halloween celebrations. They bring out the humor aspect of fun-filled yearly parties. Fortunately, making one from what you have lying around is more of a thrill.

  • Corn Stalk Scarecrow

Bring out your creative side by bundling up parts of the scarecrow using corn stalks. Remember to create a good distinction between the hands and feet to avoid it looking like a huge stack with a head. The head should bring out the character you create. It can be a scary witch or a skeleton. Spice it up with a hat and a costume to diversify the silhouette.

  • Giant Scarecrow

Using branches or wood, join up the parts and make a large scarecrow to stand in front of the entrance. Include a huge pumpkin for the head and add up some fruits to the hand simulations. And, don’t forget to integrate baskets for the feet.

  • Straw Scarecrow

Straw is easy to manipulate so you can make your scarecrow fast without hassle. Dress it up in different colored costumes along with pumpkins of all shapes on the sides. Lean it on a deciduous tree while it sits on hay to make a fun autumn masterpiece.

Corn Stalks for the Front Door

It’s not all about Halloween since Thanksgiving is also coming. Collect corn stalks and gather them up on each side of the door along with hanging fruits and flowers. It’s a beautiful time to have your mom visit to have her awe of your awesome entrance idea. A rusty wreath can spice to the look using corn husks and dry peelings to add to the earthy feel.

Flowers in One Huge Exhibition

Before throwing out the seasonal flowers, give them one last show. Place them in a basket or old bath tub. Collect Daisies, Dahlias, Marigolds, and Pineapple Lilies, and make them add galore to the front without expending too much time. Flowers are in themselves beautiful so don’t go adding extra decorative pieces on them.

Wrapping Up

We can’t exhaust every single idea on how you can use some of the garden leftovers for fall and Halloween decorations. The designs above are simple to create so get to work on your next unique piece.


Oliver’s home is at WonderlandGardens. As a DIY enthusiast for more than 10 years, he writes about various garden and home improvement techniques, along with reviewing the top brands in the garden/home improvement industry.


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