Fall Decorating Ideas and Match Stick Holder Gift Idea

All summer the only decor I change in my house is the outdoor wreath. Summer is my time to enjoy my decor as it was intended, no lights or holiday statues to dust around!

However, once the kids head back to school, I start to trickle in a few fall decor items to start the transition to the holidays. I am sharing some simple Fall decorating Ideas that will not only add fall charm but also wonderful fall scents. 


Easy Fall Decoration Ideas


The first room to get a seasonal makeover is our dining room table. It’s easy to transform,  as we don’t use it that much so once I decorate, it stays there unaltered. I got inspiration for this simple idea when I was cutting the lawn and ran over A LOT of acorns, free decorations in my opinion.

Using Candles in Fall Decor

When I am not cooking, I love my house to smell as if I was. Really, I  just need something to cover the dog and dirty boy smell. 

Do you get all gitty when you see fall candle scents on the shelves?  I know I sometimes do. 


There were so many scents available but I decided on 3-4oz Small Tumbler Candles  that cost about $4.93 each. I went with Shades of Fall™ scent described as 

The crisp swish of fallen leaves around your boots, the woody scent of juniper, and the last amber rays of warm sunlight on a cooling afternoon. I loved the orange color that could easy transition into Halloween and Thanksgiving. 


I gathered a bunch of acorns and put them in a steel plant tray I already had. You could use a rectangle dish too. Simply place your candles down and fill the rest with the acorns. Told  you it was easy.  You can also preserve the acorns for use year after year. 

You can add a few other fall leaves and faux pumpkins if you desire. But this simple candle arrangement can go any where in your home. 

fall decor ideas

How to reuse a glass candle holder

I also had a 12oz Medium Apothecary Jar Candle from  American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Brand that was almost empty   I did not want to just throw away the jar so I thought I would create a match stick holder that would be great to have myself as well as to give away as hostess gifts this fall. 


Making a match holder out of old candles 

I had burned a fresh Apple candle (Fresh Apple – It’s that very first slice from a crisp red apple, moist and sweet and so fresh it has a little sharpness)and was replacing it with a Ginger Pumpkin Pie – A warm pumpkin pie straight from the oven filling the whole house with aromas of ginger, cinnamon, cloves and, of course, pumpkin.

What I loved about these candles is that because they are so big, 12 oz, they are long lasting, made with premium-grade paraffin wax that delivers a clean, consistent burn and 100% natural fiber wicks are hand straightened to ensure it is centered for the best burn possible. Just be sure to follow instructions VERY carefully.

match stick holder

Once the candle was empty, I filled it with strike anywhere match sticks. Cut out a leaf motif from sand paper. 


You can modge podge the leaf onto your candle for easy lighting. (I purchased the wrong match sticks first, be sure to find STRIKE ANYWHERE). 

match stick holder candle

This is a fun fall gift and little extra decoration in the house. I love to find ways to repurpose items so they stay out of the landfills. 


What is your favorite candle Scent? 

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  1. The year went by so quickly .. I can’t believe its already Fall. I like this Decor Idea .. my thing is where do I get the leaves. I mean we don’t experience Fall per say in the Caribbean …lol

  2. Ooh, I love the candles. I am the candle queen. I never thought of making a matchstick holder though. I am going to have to try it. Now, after reading your post, when I go to the mall to get the kids school shoes I am going to have to make a trip to bath and body works to stock up on candles.

  3. My son in law LOVES Yankee candles and I think would be tickled to receive a match holder like this. That was so creative with the sandpaper leaf! I just love that idea! I am pinning this to my craft board! Thank you so much for sharing over at Celebrate it Sunday!

  4. thank you, just be sure to purchase the strike anywhere matches, took me a few boxes to find the right ones

  5. That is so clever to make the leaf out of sand paper for the match holder, genius! I love your gratuitous use of acorns too! #client

  6. WOW – that center piece looks gorgeous! I love the look and so want to do something similar in my house. And let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong with the Yankee Candles

  7. What pretty ideas. They look so simple and very festive for this time of the year!

  8. The matches make a really cute Fall decoration. My favorite candle scent changes with the seasons. For Fall I love a apple cinnamon scent.

  9. Cinnamon and Clove is my favorite candle scent for Fall. IT’s very welcoming and warm.

  10. I love apple pie anything. I love fall scents pumpkin pie, caramel oh my my scents are going crazy right now. Love your table

  11. I love anything that smells caramel or toffee. Think toffee apples and candy floss! Best smells ever, they totally remind me of bonfire night.

  12. These are great ideas! The centerpiece came out beautiful – I love the natural look of the acorns. I definitely need to make one of those matchstick holders to keep near our fireplace.

  13. I’m a big candle burning fanatic. I always have candles lit and love Yankee Candle! My favorite scents change depending on the season, but I also love an apple cinnamon scent…it smells so homey!

  14. Love the centre piece with the acorns!
    There is a tree just a few blocks away that drops acorns all fall…I would love to take your idea and make a bigger one for my fireplace mantle. So gorgeous!

  15. I need to make a matchstick holder for large matches. This is our first year in a home with a fireplace. 🙂

  16. I always have candles burning in my house. I think it makes the place smell so pretty!