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9 Creative Vintage Fall Decorating Ideas


Ideas for using vintage items for fall

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Hello, friends! Can you believe that fall is just around the corner? This year is going by so quickly!

I know it’s a little early to start decorating for fall, but it’s definitely not too early to start thinking about it. One of my favorite ways to decorate for fall and pretty much any time of the year is with vintage items. They always have so much charm and character. And they’re usually something that you don’t see everywhere. 

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to add vintage items to your fall decor as we take a stroll through my past fall decor. Let me know in the comments which ones you like the best!

1. Copper

copper pitcher with blue dried hydrangeas and small white pumpkins

There’s just something about copper in the fall that makes my heart smile. The soft, warm, metallic hues are a great complement to almost anything you put with them. This copper pitcher is the perfect place for some dried hydrangeas. Don’t the blues look pretty against the copper?

See the super simple way I dry hydrangeas HERE.

Take a tour of our cozy fall home HERE.

vintage copper boiler with green throw blanket and faux pumpkins on painted white brick fireplace

Last year I used my copper boiler on the living room hearth and filled it with faux pumpkins and green throw blankets. The greens and coppers remind me of fall in the woods. 

See the rest of our copper and green themed mantel HERE

dried hydranges, pumpkins, and persimmons styled in a three tiered tray

Tiered trays are a great way to add some fall decor to a small space. The little copper tea box adds a nice little metallic touch to all the pumpkins and hydrangeas. 

See more tiered tray styling ideas HERE.

2. Rusty, Chippy Metals

vintage wire egg crate with faux pumpkins and plaid throw blankets

I find myself drawn to rusty, chippy metal every time I see it. A couple of years ago I used this vintage wire egg crate to hold some of my favorite fall plaid throw blankets. The soft, warm colors give a nice contrast to the metal. 

View the rest of this vintage mantel and hearth decor HERE.

vintage leaf botanical prints and books with wooden candlesticks on a wood fireplace mantel

Vintage pressed tin ceiling tiles are a fun way to decorate for fall. I found these little ones at a vintage sale a few years ago and used them on last years mantel. They added so much patina to the scene. I might use them again this year, but haven’t decided for sure yet. Stay tuned to see what I do use.

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white brick fireplace with dried hydrangeas, old rusty fence section, books, metal lantern, and faux pumpkins

Another fun item to use in your decor is rusty old iron fence or gate sections. These were found at a local antique shop a few years ago and I’ve had them all over the house. 

The green metal lanterns complement the rusty fence sections too. They’re new but look old. 

old metal sap bucket with faux cotton stems on wood fireplace mantel

Old metal sap buckets are a fun way to display cotton stems. I found mine at the world’s longest yard sale a few years ago. Have you ever been to that? It’s crazy. 

3. Ironstone Crocks and Dishes

vintage ironstone crocks with hydrangea pots

Ironstone crocks are fun to use any time of the year. I like to put small hydrangea pots in them for fall. You could also put small pieces of firewood or kindling in them. They’re very handy to have on hand. 

Get more ideas for a cozy fall family room HERE.

dried oranges in a vintage ironstone sugar bowl with scripted artwork

I know oranges aren’t what you normally think of when fall comes to mind, but dried oranges are great to decorate with in autumn and during Christmas. Add a few to an old ironstone sugar bowl for instant charm. 

4. Vintage Bottles

old wine bottle and old green dish with wine corks

Wicker wrapped wine bottles add a nice texture to fall items. You can find them pretty easily at flea markets and estate sales or there are lots of them on etsy HERE

wicker demijohn with old books and pressed tin ceiling tile plaque

old books and vintage beer bottle with tall wood candlestick on mantel

And vintage amber beer bottles are a fun place to pop some dried wheat stems. 

View the rest of this subtle fall mantel decor HERE.

faux pumpkin and hydrangea blossoms in vintage medicine bottles

Dried hydrangea blossoms in vintage medicine bottles add a pretty fall touch to any mantel, shelf, or table. 

5. Vintage Books

old books and dried leaf

I LOVE decorating with old books. They come in such pretty colors and sometimes even have pretty artwork on the cover.

old books and vintage metal sap bucket

fall dogwood branches in white pitcher with old books on mantel

See the rest of this fall mantel HERE.

old books and dried hydrangeas in white pitcher on mantel

The rest of this fall mantel can be seen HERE.

vintage books, ceiling tile plaque, and wicker demijohn on painted brick fireplace hearth

Discover lots of creative ideas for using old books HERE.

6. Vintage Olive Basket

old wooden crate with metal olive basket and plaid throw blanket on brick fireplace hearth

vintage olive basket is a great place to add pretty plaid throw blankets, pumpkins, or mums. I’ve had mine for several years and it’s one of my favorite finds. 

7. Vintage Wooden Crates

wood lantern and fall decor on old wooden crate

Prop up lanterns and decor on an old wooden crate. 

striped throw blanket and wicker demijohn on old wooden milk crate

Old wooden milk crates are also great place for throw blankets and decor. 

8. Vintage Linens

old white hand towels with glass acorns and fall decor

Vintage linens add a pretty, subtle texture to any little vignette. Roll them up and put them in a china cabinet or hang them in the bathroom for simple, elegant, vintage charm. 

9. Vintage Silver

old silverware in little white ironstone creamers

Vintage silver is so pretty whether it’s polished or tarnished. Add it to your table setting or set some in little creamer pitchers for instant sparkle. 

vintage silver on blue napkin in fall table setting

See over 40 fall table decorating ideas HERE.

natural fall decor and wine corks in metal chicken feeder on plaid throw blanket

Do you love creative ideas for using vintage and found items in your home? See over 20 ways to organize your home with vintage items HERE.

various vintage home decor items used for organizing

Discover more than 20 ways to use vintage items in your holiday decorating HERE.

various vintage items used as Christmas decor

Looking for tips on getting the best finds and deals at estate sales? Read my secrets HERE.

Do you have any vintage items that you like to use in your fall decor? Leave me a comment below and let me know about it. I love new ideas for old things!

Thanks for dropping by.


  1. Love all your pretty ideas for fall Angie. I am still holding on to Summer for a little longer. Fall will be here soon.
    Happy Friday. Have a great weekend.

    1. Thank you so much, Kris! Yes, definitely still summer here too but am looking forward to fall with its cooler weather and warm colors. Have a great day! ~ Angie

  2. Angie,
    I love the subtle, yet Traditional hues of this Autumnal design post!
    The vignette with the book background, pinecone and acorns is stunning!
    Thank you for always inspiring!

    1. Thank you Pat! That's one of my favorite little vignettes too. Have a great day. ~ Angie

  3. So many lovely fall decor ideas, Angie! Love the copper, and the tiered tray! If you have a minute, stop by tomorrow at myweeabode.com and link-up at Tuesday Turn About (5pm CST). We would be super blessed to have you join the party! (Pinned)

    1. Thanks so much, Julie. I'll put it on my calendar so I don't forget! Have a great day. ~ Angie

    2. So fun to see you there! I actually think I'm going to start incorporating more copper in my kitchen… I think it will actually compliment my cupboards (that are not my fave!) Hugs!

    3. So fun to see you there! I actually think I'm going to start incorporating more copper in my kitchen… I think it will actually compliment my cupboards (that are not my fave!) Hugs!

  4. You can never have too many vintage pieces, I really love how you incorporated them with your fall decorating. Pinning!

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