With temperatures cooling and trees starting to show their vibrant autumn colors, this time of year is perfect to “fall” in love with your yard all over again.
The best place to soak up all of the season’s goodness: your patio.
Check out our patio decorating ideas to help make your backyard the coziest place to spend time this fall.
Welcome Guests With Warm Hues
Greet your visitors with a fall floral door arrangement featuring all of the beautiful colors of the season. Take your pick at a wide variety of fall perennials, although we recommend sunflowers, daisies, and lilies.
For an in-depth look at how to make a crowd-pleasing floral arrangement, check out our Pinterest page.
Try accessories like a basket of apples on a decorative table or chair on the front porch. This will add a touch of country-chic while letting the natural beauty of your fall lawn come through.
Want to keep it simple? Let your yard do the work! With all the leaves of trees changing color so beautifully, less can be more with fall.
Create a Decorative Seating Area
Forget lawn chairs and benches! Bales of hay are a great way to bring friends and family together for a fall get-together outside. You can pick up a bale at most farms for less than $15.
Setup is easy: Cover the bales with a blanket, add some pillows (think red, orange or yellow for fall vibes), and voila! You now have the most envied backyard on the block.
Looking for something a little more traditional? Add a touch of nostalgic comfort with rocking chairs. There’s nothing like soaking up the crisp fall air rocking on your porch.
Want more of a pop of color? We don’t blame you! Add those gorgeous fall hues with different-colored Adirondack chairs to your porch or backyard. Complete the look and add some coziness with accent pillows.
Use Leaves for DIY Decoration
Looking for a fun way to include your kids in on the fall patio decorating? Entertain them and create some patio decoration masterpieces with these DIY projects.
Send them out on a scavenger hunt for the best fall leaf they can find in your backyard, then try one of these DIY leaf crafts that just so happen to be perfect accessories for the patio:
Once your little hunters and gatherers return with their prize, take each leaf and dip it in wax, which helps preserve the leaves for this season and the next. Monofilament works best to keep your leaves from falling a second time, but string works just as great. Find all the instructions for this project here.
Another project for those fallen leaves: turn them into wall art! Have the kids place the leaves on card stock then keep them in place with spray mount. Tack them to the wall for a fun fall pinup (see the full tutorial here).
Create a leaf bowl by pasting leaves on a blown up balloon. Wait until it dries, then pop the balloon. Voila—you’ve got yourself a leaf bowl! The full instructions are here.
Create Your Own Mood Lighting
This is mood lighting at its finest. Create a warm feeling on your patio by placing fall-themed candles into mason jars; something pumpkin spiced should do the trick.
You can find mason jars at your local grocery for less than a dollar. Place them throughout your patio and the backyard and let your little lights shine.
If you’re looking for more of a statement piece, try making your own DIY fall leaves topiary tree from a tomato cage. It’s like a fall Christmas tree for your patio!
All you need to make this autumnal showstopper: a tomato cage, a garland of faux fall leaves, an urn planter, and some clear Christmas lights.
Celebrate the Fall Harvest
Autumn’s flowers and vegetables can help add seasonal pops of color to your patio. Pile up gourds, squash, pumpkins, mums, and other veggies and flowers to make an autumnal spread that highlights the season's finest.
Throw your bounty in a bucket or basket then tie a bow around it all for a pretty touch. Place smaller pumpkins and gourds into multiple lanterns around your patio to mix it up.
Keep Your Guests Warm and Safe
Take your party from the patio to the yard with a fire pit! For a small-scale gathering, follow these instructions to make your own DIY fire pit out of a flower pot. For those of you brave enough to take on a larger scale weekend project, try this DIY fire pit (make sure you have an empty spot in your yard).
Keep a basket of blankets nearby (and some s’mores supplies, if you’re into that kind of thing) so you and friends can enjoy the cool, crisp autumn weather long into the night.
Before lighting an outdoor fire, make sure to check the weather forecast and avoid windy conditions that can blow embers.
We wish you many cozy nights this fall with friends and family!