How to create a Fall Vignette with Velvet Pumpkins

The leaves have just started falling here in Colorado (ahead of schedule, I might add!) and few cooler temperatures have been trickling in.  The changes of the seasons are always welcome here as they signify the rebirth of nature.  The second a leaf falls, I step into action and start thinking about the changes I will be making for the new season.  First, I start by pulling out all of the decorations I used the year before and then determine how much of it I will use and how I am going to change things up.  Typically, I start with my island to set the theme for the rest of my fall decor.  Today, I am going to show you how I created this Fall Vignette with Velvet Pumpkins for our island.

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How to Create a Fall Vignette with Velvet PumpkinsTo begin, here is the centerpiece I created last year for my island.  I loved using these velvet pumpkins last year, so I decided to feature them again, but in a different way.  To see the details of this centerpiece, you can go visit my Fall Kitchen Tour.

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How to create a Fall Vignette with Velvet Pumpkins

For this fall vignette with velvet pumpkins, I used the same tray and brown velvet pumpkins that I worked with last year.  My island is 16 feet long so I need a tray that is quite large.  For this year, I am utilizing neutral and natural colors that appear normally in nature…browns, greens, and whites.   I anchored the tray with a candle holder (off-centered) to start things off.   Then, dropped in the brown velvet pumpkins…

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Next, I added in the smaller green pumpkins and the adorable cotton spheres I bought from Hobby Lobby.  The cotton balls are actually Christmas ornaments that I found in the Christmas decorations section of the store.  I just cut off the rope loop on the ornaments and voila.

How to create a Fall Vignette with Velvet Pumpkins

The faux sunflowers and candles were layered in next.   Any variety or colors will work…be creative.  I love the texture that the sunflowers add, plus they so prevalent in fall.  I also purchased them at Hobby Lobby.

How to create a Fall Vignette with Velvet Pumpkins

How to created a Fall Vignette with Velvet Pumpkins

Finally, I placed in the tiny fall elements.  The pine cones actually came from my yard.

Fall Vignette with Velvet Pumpkins

Money saving tips for creating a Fall Vignette with Velvet Pumpkins

Use a tray or platter that you already have as the base for the design.  I have had this serving platter for years and use it all year long, both for serving appetizers and for home decorating.  I particularly like this one because it is flat and so large.  It was perfect for this fall vignette with velvet pumpkins!

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Invest in neutral statement pieces that can be reused each year.  If the statement pieces are neutral, you can change up your color palate in the future.  For example, mixing my brown pumpkins with different shades of pink would be so beautiful (hmmm….maybe I will do that next year)!  They would also work well with oranges and yellows and even blue tones.  So many options!!  Your tastes and styles typically change over time, so it is good to have neutral accessories that can be accented with new colors you want to feature.

Fall Vignette with Velvet Pumpkins

Incorporate items you can use in other ways.  Often, for Christmas, I decorate at least one of my trees with a natural, rustic theme.  I will definitely be reusing the cotton ball spheres on one of my Christmas trees this year.  I am also going to use them for a casual fall table setting I am planning for an upcoming luncheon I am hosting.

Fall Vignette with Velvet Pumpkins

Shop for the fall accessories at discount stores.  I bought most of the elements I used for this vignette from Hobby Lobby and Big Lots.  TJ Max and Michael’s are also a go-to for sure!

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Utilize natural elements from outdoors.  My husband always rolls his eyes when he sees me running outside with my clippers. Ha!! Seriously, I am constantly cutting off branches, picking up my pine cones (let me know if any of you need some…I have an overabundance here!), trimming my herbs, etc.   You can see here how I used herbs from my garden to freshen up this tray in my kitchen right now.

Fall Vignette with Apothecary Jars

I hope you have gained some good ideas about how to create a fall vignette with velvet pumpkins or actually any kind of pumpkins.  Here is a shot of the back side of the centerpiece.

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  1. Sandy @ Shady Meadow Cottage | 28th Aug 18

    Love your fall vignette, especially the combination of the brown velvet pumpkins with the green pumpkins. I’m thinking of using green pumpkins in my fall decorating this year. they are so pretty.

    • Holliday Johnson | 28th Aug 18

      Thank you, Sandy! They are such a natural combo! Go for it with the green pumpkins! Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day.

  2. Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows | 28th Aug 18

    This is really a lovely combination! The cutting board made the perfect base and the different textures and colors mixed together are so pretty.

    Great inspiration!

    Pinning and sharing.

    • Holliday Johnson | 28th Aug 18

      Thank you for your kind words Stacey! And, thanks for the pinning! I really appreciate it!

  3. Julie Briones | 28th Aug 18

    So lovely! I love green!!! And those velvet pumpkins! Sigh!!!

    • Holliday Johnson | 28th Aug 18

      Greens and browns work so well together! I am obsessed with all velvet pumpkins! Thanks for stopping by today, Julie! XO

  4. michelle | 28th Aug 18

    Beautiful autumn colors in your vignette. Love it!

    • Holliday Johnson | 28th Aug 18

      Thank you so much, Michelle! I am so glad you stopped by and I appreciate your comments. Have a great day!

  5. Nikki Gwin | 28th Aug 18

    As much as I adore your velvet pumpkins, I am in awe of the fact that you have a 16′ island!!! I am going to search your blog now for kitchen pictures. There will be drool, I am sure.
    🙂 gwingal

    • Holliday Johnson | 28th Aug 18

      You are too funny Nikki! There are a few, but I haven’t done a full post on my kitchen yet as I was waiting for all my windows to be replaced in there before I did. They all got replaced in the last couple of months, so I am sure I will be sharing more of it this season. 🙂

  6. Maria | 29th Aug 18

    The velvet pumpkins are my favorite for the fall!

    • Holliday Johnson | 29th Aug 18

      I agree, Maria! So lush, textural and elegant! Thank you for stopping by!

  7. Janet | 29th Aug 18

    LOVE velvet…especially when it comes to pumpkins and all things fall!

    • Holliday Johnson | 29th Aug 18

      Well, you have some fabulous velvet pumpkins. I went by LoveFeastShop to check them out and will be scooping up a few of theirs! XO

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