How to Decorate With Lights and Lanterns In Your Fall Outdoor Space

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How to decorate with lights and lanterns in your fall outdoor space.

It’s finally September and I am excited to share with you how I created the perfect Fall outdoor space with lights and lanterns!

* This post is sponsored by JOANN.  As always, my opinions are my own. Affiliate links for product sources are included for your shopping convenience. You can read my disclosure here.

The Dream

Gather pillow in our Fall outdoor space.

Have you ever dreamed about a project for so long but knew that you had to wait until you found the perfect pieces to make it come to life? I was lucky enough to find those pieces at JOANN’s and light up my backyard with lanterns, candles and outdoor lights for that perfect Fall outdoor space!

Girls Shopping Day

Apple cider print, metal pumpkin and wheat stems are perfect for Fall decor even outdoors.

I planned a fun shopping day with my mom and sister and headed to JOANN’s in hopes to find some early inspiration for Fall. I love their faux flowers (you can see my favorites HERE in my kitchen) and was planning again to look at their floral section, but their Fall décor and outdoor lights caught my eye first. (remember my post on how I like to start decorating early?) They have the cutest seasonal decor and my mind started spinning with ideas for our backyard and lighting it up like I have dreamed about for so long!

 Fall Outdoor Space with Lights and Lanterns

Outdoor cafe lights

I have always admired my sister’s outdoor string lights so when I saw these from JOANN I was so excited because not only were they beautiful, but they were affordable too! (they always have the best sales and coupons and teacher discounts) I quickly grabbed four boxes and started scheming.

A glow from lights and lanterns in our outdoor space.

Just down the aisle from the lights were these amazing outdoor candles by Luminara. Have you guys seen these? I am obsessed with them! They look so real and they run on batteries and can be on a timer. Amazing, right? They were on sale, so I grabbed three in hopes to find lanterns for them to fit in.

Candlesticks , lanterns and pumpkins for outdoor Fall decor.

Not only did I find 2 different kinds of darling lanterns, but I found these gorgeous raw wood candlesticks! I love how I can have candles outside and not have to worry about them melting or even lighting them.

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Fall outdoor decor featuring lights and lanterns.

Well as you can see one thing led to another and my mom, sister and I were throwing things in the cart and designing the perfect Fall outdoor space! I love how JOANN is my one stop shop for all my seasonal décor needs!  It all came together so beautifully, and the cozy feel and ambiance from all of the fun outdoor lights is just what I had been dreaming about.

An outdoor nook with cozy lights and Fall decor.

I even ended up creating a separate little seating area (above) nestled in our Aspen trees where I hung these awesome lanterns  and added this no sew fleece plaid throw .

You can read my full DIY on “How to Easily Add Hanging Lanterns to Trees in Your Outdoor Space” by clicking here or heading over to the JOANN app and searching ” hanging Lanterns” under the how to section ! It’s quick, easy and ultimately beautiful!

So now all I need are a few friends to come over and enjoy it with me! I plan to enjoy this all the way through Colorado’s cool October nights! Have you started decorating for Fall yet? I hope I have inspired you! Hurry and grab some outdoor lights, candles and lanterns for the perfect outdoor space and join me!

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Large candlestick

Small candlestick

Gather pillow

Luminara outdoor candles

Smaller outdoor candles

Pumpkin lantern

Wood and metal lantern

Wheat/Barley stems

Wheat Wreath

Fleece plaid throw (1.5 Yards)

Apple Cider sign

Faux Fall Leaves

Outdoor String Lights

What is your favorite space to decorate for Fall?



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  1. Kelly!! This is magical my friend, when can I come over and sit here in this lovely space?! JOANN truly has such beautiful items for fall, I’m loving all of these! Love this!!

  2. Kelly your outdoor Fall space is so dreamy!!! I love JOANN floral department they have such great quality flowers! I would’ve never thought to shop for string lights there, great tip!!

  3. This is so inviting Kelly. Love the lights, candlesticks, and those candles. JOANN’s has some great stuff!

  4. I would love to come and hangout here!! Such a great atmosphere. The spot around the fire is perfect. Those hanging lanterns are adorable! So many good things going on!

  5. Love all the decorations! The candlesticks are my fave! You have such an eye for beautiful things.
    You go girl👊

  6. Kelly-
    What a great idea with the lights and lateens- I’ll be heading to Joann’s to get my deck and from porch ready for fall! I love lanterns.

  7. Oh Kelly! Love this. As a teacher, I dread the end of summer, but here you go and get me all inspired!

  8. Love this and always get design inspiration from your posts! I can’t wait to commune with you in that backyard sometime soon! 😘

  9. I am on my way over now!! It looks so amazing Kelly! What a wonderful space to enjoy with family and friends!!!

  10. It’s all so beautiful!! So warm and cozy! I love JoAnn’s but sadly, the one near me closed! 🙁

  11. so pretty…i’ve been wanting to put string lights in my back yard for a while. I think i may just do it now that its gonna start cooling off.

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