Pumpkins are the ultimate addition to add an extra dose of charm to your home this season. These pumpkin decor ideas are full of inspiration for turning your home into an autumn wonderland – tastefully, of course!

Fall pumpkin decor is so much fun! And whether you’re looking for outdoor pumpkin decor or planning to use them indoors, there’s something for everyone here. Anywhere you add a pumpkin will add a little more fall beauty to your home!

A pile of white heirloom pumpkins and candles in a pumpkin decorating guide
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That’s one of the best parts of living in the Midwest – celebrating the changing seasons with your family.

The Best Pumpkin Decor Ideas

We’ve used pumpkins in all types of centerpieces for fall events. They’ve graced our front steps many times, and we’ve added them to bookshelves, coffee tables, and so much more.

I’m excited to share this post with you today because it felt like a walk down memory lane for me – it’s so fun to see what we’ve created in the decade+ that we’ve been sharing in this space.

Pumpkin decor is the easiest way to add instant fall magic to your home. The only effort required is lugging them from the trunk of your car, in fact! Let’s take a look at some of the best pumpkin decor inspiration we’ve shared over the years.

First – a little to learn about pumpkins, just for fun! Then I’ll link to each inspiration post and also show you a few great options for faux pumpkin sources. Read on for all the details!

White jack o lanterns and a peach pumpkin in a pumpkin decor guide.

Fast Facts About Pumpkins

  • Pumpkins are a type of squash (Curcurbita family), which makes them fruit… not a vegetable!
  • Indigenous people in the US grew pumpkins (and ate them) for centuries before the arrival of Pilgrims.
  • Illinois is the state that produces the most pumpkins, harvesting over 12,000 acres of pumpkins annually. In fact, the Pumpkin Capital of the World is in Morton, Illinois.
  • The largest pumpkin on record weighed in at 2,624.6 pounds in Germany in 2016.
A white deck with glass railings and  white mums and white pumpkin decor.


Here are a few tips to make your fresh pumpkins last longer!

  • Clean the surface of your pumpkin (along with the interior once you carve it) with a bleach mixture: one teaspoon bleach to one quart of water. This sterilizes your pumpkin, eliminating any bacteria. We like to use a spray bottle to ensure we reach the entire exterior.
  • You can also try vinegar if you want to avoid bleach! Spray (or brush) vinegar and lemon juice on your pumpkin. Try 1/4 cup white vinegar, a tablespoon of lemon juice and a quart of water for this solution and soak your pumpkins in a bath of sorts. Note: I don’t think this works as well as bleach but it’s worth a try!

Easy Pumpkin Decor Ideas

I think pumpkins are so much fun – they are a seasonal treasure, and it’s easy to customize the look and style you want to add to your home. Here are just a few of our favorite ideas to get you started!

Make an Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

Easy Pumpkin Centerpiece

Check out my tips for this affordable, charming and easy pumpkin centerpiece. It’s the best of both worlds – fresh flowers and a fabulous heirloom pumpkin!  Read More



Make a Pumpkin Table Runner

Fireplace Pumpkin Decor

Place Them Down your Steps

Minimalist Fall Decor

Learn how to decorate for fall simply, affordably, and with impact. Just a few of the easiest minimalist fall decor elements can change the entire feel of your home!  Read More



Pumpkin Decor Ideas for your Porch

Fall Porch Decor Ideas

Add major curb appeal to your home with these easy fall porch decor ideas that are as functional as they are beautiful. Read More



Use Pumpkins for an Outdoor Movie

Outdoor Movie

Learn how to host an outdoor movie night, complete with magical twinkling lights, fun snacks, and a cozy atmosphere anywhere in your yard! Whether you’re creating an indoor or outdoor movie night, you’ll find tips to create fun family memories. Read More



Pumpkin Decorating for a Fall Fire Pit

Make entertaining special no matter where you hang out – bring your pumpkins and mums out, hanging some whimsical string lights, and let the fire work its magic!

A fall fire pit decorated with fresh pumpkins and mums

Personalized Pumpkin Decor

Pumpkins can be stacked on top of each other, alone or in a planter; placed alongside a planter overflowing with mums or other seasonal flowers; or embellished with a family name or even a monogram! 

Pumpkin and Candle Centerpiece

To recreate this simple centerpiece, place the largest candle in the middle and stagger the rest of the pumpkins and candles throughout the table, being mindful of where plates will go to leave plenty of room to dine.

Decorate your Coffee Table

Add pumpkins to your living room coffee table decor for an instant touch of fall!

Fresh white pumpkins on a coffee table

Shop the Best Faux Pumpkins

The Prettiest Faux Pumpkins

If you’re searching for gorgeous faux pumpkins, you’re in the right place! We’ve rounded up the prettiest options in every style.  Read More




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