Decorating for Fall With Department 56

Is fall your favorite season of the year? (It’s mine!) So let’s brighten your home by decorating for fall with Department 56.

The good news is you can start small and expand as your space and budget allow. For example, you can use items you may already have at home for foundations and accent pieces.

Decorating for fall with Department 56 with Patty's Pumpkin Patch on  light brown filler grass on a vintage cheese box with resin pumpkins, Animated Pumpkin Patch and  Halloween Water Tower on a taller side table with light brown filler grass, a rustic orange and white pumpkin patch sign hanging above on the wall and two real pumpkins at the base of the table and next to the cheese box.
Pumpkin Patch wall art #1213129, $24.99 – Large, resin, rust-colored, sweater-look pumpkin #1220475, $21.99 – Small, resin, burlap/checks-look pumpkin #1218178, $8.99 – Department 56 Animated Pumpkin Patch #1217447, $90 (available in-store or by contacting customer service (800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com) – Halloween Water Tower

Foundations & Accent Pieces

To begin with, I used a small rustic side table and vintage cheese box for foundations as I began decorating for fall with Department 56. In brief, Bronner’s facilities team built the rustic side table with a mix of new wood and wood from my family’s barn. What’s more, my daughter discovered the vintage cheese box recently while cleaning our basement.

The rug? Well, I borrowed that from our bedroom. Similarly, we grew the fresh pumpkins in our garden.

The resin pumpkins with fabric look are available in-store or by contacting customer service (800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com). Most notably, the large, resin, rust-colored, sweater-look pumpkin brings a glittery sparkle to the display.

Decorating for fall with Department 56 taking a close-up look at Patty's Pumpkin Patch on top of a vintage cheese box covered with light brown filler grass, tiny silk covered leaves and two resin pumpkins.
Large, resin, rust-colored, sweater-look pumpkin #1220475, $21.99 – Small, resin, burlap/checks-look pumpkin #1218178, $8.99 – Patty’s Pumpkin Patch 4-piece set #1217437, $175 (available in-store or by contacting customer service (800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com)

In this case, the light brown filler grass gave the scene a muted, natural feel as I began decorating for fall with Department 56.

Decorating for Fall With Department 56 Pieces

To begin with, Patty’s Pumpkin Patch is new to Department 56 in 2020. The four-piece set includes the pumpkin patch stand, accessory piece with people and pumpkins, tree with colored leaves and a packet of individual colored leaves.

Decorating for fall with Department 56 with a closeup of lighted Patty's Pumpkin Patch on top of vintage cheese box.
Patty’s Pumpkin Patch 4-piece set #1217437, $175 (available in-store or by contacting customer service (800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com)

In addition, Animated Pumpkin Patch is new to Department 56 this year. An animated boy pushes a large pumpkin around the patch while an animated girl searches for the prize pumpkin.

Moreover, Halloween Water Tower adds height to the display and completes the setting.

Washed white Harvest Blessings wall art with pumpkin art on wall behind Halloween Water Tower and Animated Pumpkin Patch on light brown filler grass on rustic barn wood side table as I'm decorating for fall with Department 56.
Harvest Blessings wall art #1218848, $25.99 & Department 56 Animated Pumpkin Patch #1217447, $90 (available in-store or by contacting customer service at 800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com) – Halloween Water Tower

DIY Toilet Paper Pumpkin Craft for Fall Decorating

Completed navy, sky blue and orange plaid DIY toilet paper roll pumpkin with branch piece for stem and a strand of two fall leaves sits on table with additional leaves, fabric squares, and a branch stem.

On the whole, this easy and inexpensive craft makes festive fall pumpkins you can decorate with year after year. In fact, they look great in most any indoor fall display.

Materials for Pumpkin Craft

3 rolls of toilet paper

3 (18-inch to 20-inch squares) of fabric

silk fall leaves garland

tree branches cut into 3 to 4-inch lengths

scissors

Supplies on table for DIY toilet paper roll pumpkins includes three squares of fabric, three rolls of toilet paper, scissors, 3-inch and 4-inch cut pieces of branch, and leaf strands from fall garland.

Instructions for Pumpkin Craft

  1. First, select 3 fabrics. (Half a yard will make 2 pumpkins.) Cut them into 18-to-20-inch squares.
  2. Second, unroll each roll of toilet paper at least 10 times around. Roll it back up loosely. Undoubtedly, this will help to round your pumpkin.
Hand holding toilet paper roll and loosely rerolling it. Fabric square, leaves and two completed DIY toilet paper roll pumpkins in background.

3. Third, set each roll in the middle of the “wrong” side of a fabric square.

4. Fourth, starting at a corner of the fabric, bring it up to the center of the roll and tuck it in the tube. Repeat with every few inches of fabric and the corners until all the fabric edges are tucked in the tube. Certainly, this step is very forgiving; you can back up or start over as needed to get the desired look.

Hand tucking orange fabric into tube of toilet paper roll for DIY toilet paper roll craft.

5. Last of all, tuck a section of branch in the center for the stem along with 2 to 3 leaves trimmed from the garland. Be sure to give yourself a couple of inches of stem on the leaves to stick in the center with the stem.

Do you get the munchies while crafting? Take the edge off your hunger with our S’more Brownies Recipe.

Cut section of branch and silk fall leaves trimmed from garland tucked in center of completed DIY toilet paper roll pumpkin craft.

Use Your Crafted Pumpkins When Decorating for Fall With Department 56

Your completed toilet paper roll pumpkins make a great addition to your display. For example, you can use them in place of other pumpkins, resin or real.

Decorating for fall with department 56 with Harvest Blessings wall art with Halloween Water Tower, Animated Pumpkin Patch and blue glitter toilet paper roll pumpkin on barn wood side table. Patty's Pumpkin Patch with an orange and an orange/navy/sky blue plaid toilet paper roll pumpkin on a vintage cheese box. One real pumpkin sits on the bottom shelf of the table and the other is on the floor in front of it next to the cheese box.
Harvest Blessings wall art #1218848, $25.99 – Department 56 Animated Pumpkin Patch #1217447, $90 – Patty’s Pumpkin Patch 4-piece set #1217437, $175 (available in-store or by contacting customer service at 800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com) – Halloween Water Tower
Closeup of Patty's Pumpkin Patch and an orange along with an orange/navy/sky blue plaid toilet paper roll pumpkin for decorating for fall with Department 56.
Patty’s Pumpkin Patch 4-piece set #1217437, $175 (available in-store or by contacting customer service at 800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com)

Similarly, your fireplace mantel or the top of your bookcase longs to be decorated for fall. Let your DIY toilet paper roll pumpkins take the stage for fall along with other great product from Bronner’s!

Harvest Blessings wall art hanging above white fireplace mantel with two green bottle brush trees in pots,  a blue harvest truck cookie/candy jar flanked by orange and blue DIY toilet paper roll pumpkins and a sunflower spray.
Harvest Blessings wall art #1218848, $25.99 – light green glitter tree #1214163, $10.00 – bright green glitter tree #1214155, $10.00 – sunflower floral spray #1209004, $5.99 – blue harvest truck cookie/candy jar #1218924, $22.99 (available in-store or by contacting customer service at 800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com)

I used clay pots with 2 1/2 -inch openings to set our bottle brush trees in. After all, the clay pots add color and interest to the display and additional height to the trees.

Closeup of orange DIY toilet paper roll pumpkin, sunflower spray, and blue harvest truck cookie/candy jar atop a white fireplace mantel for fall decorating.
Sunflower floral spray #1209004, $5.99 – blue harvest truck cookie/candy jar #1218924, $22.99 (available in-store or by contacting customer service at 800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com)
Hand lifts pumpkin-topped bed of blue harvest truck cookie/candy jar to reveal opening for cookies or candy.
Blue harvest truck cookie/candy jar #1218924, $22.99 (available in-store or by contacting customer service at 800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com)

In the comments below, tell us what you have at home that will make a great foundation, prop or accessory as you are decorating for fall with Department 56.

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