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Decorate for Fall with Rustic and Elegant Bittersweet Vine

Fall decorating with beautiful bittersweet vine Fall Decorating ideas


When I think of some of the most rustic and elegant fall gifts from nature, bittersweet always comes to mind. I first fell in love with bittersweet back in the 90’s when I started seeing it used in primitive and country decor.



A Primitive Place


Three Pixie Lane

For many years I used faux bittersweet in my fall decorating, but for the past couple of years I have been lucky enough to find some beautiful dried bittersweet vine at one of my favorite local vintage shops. Last week I purchased a few bittersweet cuttings to tuck into vignettes around the house. It is just so vibrant and beautiful!


Bittersweet vine fall decorating ideas



Everyday Living


Here’s a bit of  information about American Bittersweet Vine from Gardening Know How:

Autumn Revolution Bittersweet | Native Vines | Spring Hill

Spring Hill Nursery


American bittersweet is a vigorous deciduous, perennial vine that grows 15 to 20 feet (4.5 to 6 m.) tall. It is native to central and eastern North America. They produce yellowish-green flowers that bloom in spring, but the flowers are plain and uninteresting compared to the berries that follow. As the flowers fade, orange-yellow capsules appear. black capped chickadee, parus atricapillu by bittersweet, winter, midwest usa (collection petit oiseau type moineau, little bird, paysage automne hiver landscape fall winter)


In late fall and winter, the capsules open at the ends to display the bright red berries inside. The berries remain on the plant well into winter, brightening winter landscapes and attracting birds and other wildlife. The berries are poisonous to humans if eaten, however, so practice caution when planting around homes with small children. (The vine can be invasive.)


John Seerey-Lester Bittersweet cardinal



Recently I shared a Vintage French Fall Vignette with Bittersweet in our dining room that I am loving right now.


The dried bittersweet looks so pretty with dried hydrangeas from my Annabelle Hydrangea bush and some orange and pink dried roses.


Fall decorating with bittersweet vine bittersweet and dried roses vignette French country fall vignette with bittersweet

I am big fan of combining rustic and romantic elements in vignettes.


It doesn’t take a lot of bittersweet to make a big impact. Here I just tucked a few cuttings around some vintage treasures on top of a vintage chest in our dining room. I adore simple, rustic, and elegant fall decor!


How to Decorate with Bittersweet for Fall

Here are some more gorgeous ideas for decorating with bittersweet for fall.




Bittersweet Wreaths and Door Decor

Knock! Knock! It's a style makover here to make a house call. The first point of business: your entrance. Browse our ideas for creative wreaths, festive monograms, and decorative displays to make your door more welcoming just in time for autumn!   Bittersweet Autumn Wreath   Is there anything more glorious than the rich colors of autumn? For the same reason, your visitors will just "fall" in love with this wreath made from bundles of bittersweet.

Martha Stewart

I remember when I first saw this photo several years ago and thinking it was one of the most beautiful fall wreaths I had ever seen. I would love to forage enough wild bittersweet to make a huge wreath like Martha’s!




The Rusty Hinge

It can be tricky to form bittersweet vine into a wreath since the wood is stiff and some of the branches are really straight. Using a grapevine wreath as a base and tucking the vines in around the wreath is a simpler way to create a bittersweet wreath.



In the Fields : Bittersweet


I personally love the natural, wild and rambling look!


Fall Bittersweet Wreath | Etsy

Bittersweet Wreath~ Etsy



bittersweets wreath

Fleaing France


Farmhouse 5540

Farmhouse 5540 via Rocky Hedge Farm


Blooming: Dahlia, Turning Color Foliage, Chocolate Cosmo, Seed Pods, Grasses, Fruit on the Branch, Bittersweet Vine.



Using Bittersweet in Fall Porch and Garden Displays

Home is Where the Boat Is



I think Bittersweet looks fabulous in fall porch and garden displays.


Using Bittersweet in Vignettes and Tablescapes

ViNtaGe Squirrel Adornment ~ Just PeRfeCt for F*A*L*L...

chippy shabby

Bittersweet looks so pretty draped around chippy old treasures or tucked in boxes, bottles, baskets or buckets.


Autumn Window Box with a hint of ChiPPy-WHiTe Architectural SaLVaGe in the Background!*!*!



Wayside Treasures


The Rusty Hinge



These examples of minimalist fall decor draw from nature and will leave you positively bursting with fall spirit and ready to embrace the season ahead. #falldecorideas #falldecor #falldecorating



For an elegant season.



Bittersweet in Fall Tablescapes and Vignettes

White Pumpkins - The Ribbon in my Journal

The Ribbon in My Journal

I also love the idea of using the bittersweet on our chandelier in the dining room and along the center of our farm table.


Brown & Red Tablescape (Love the berry branches!)







I've got to find ghost (white) pumkins this year



How to have the best fall table decorations.

Midwest Living


Persimmons Centerpiece




Bittersweet just looks so beautiful in dough bowl displays. It can have a very rustic, primitive look or it can be elegant and classic depending on the other elements in  the tablescape.








39 Awesome French Home Decoration Ideas - BUILDEHOME


Bittersweet in urns…be still my French- fall-loving heart!


Vintage inspired French Country home tour - Debbiedoo's

Common Ground



Long sleeves, knit sweaters, jackets and scarves: Fall fashion is all about adding layers for maximum warmth and comfort.




bittersweet, urn and white pumpkin fall decorating with bittersweet




Great horned owl and bittersweet.




Bittersweet isn’t always easy to find in shops or in nature and as a result it can be somewhat expensive when you do find it. This week our family is taking a day trip back to Lexington, KY for some shopping and fall activities, so whoooo knows? Maybe I will luck into some more bittersweet for a bargain!


The Bittersweet Truth About Bittersweet

Artificial Woodland Bittersweet Garland


The bittersweet truth about bittersweet it that it is messy! The little yellow flowers and berries do drop off and the dried vine is very fragile so keep that in mind if you are using it on your table. As are reminder, it is also poisonous to humans so take precautions around children. If you love the look of bittersweet but have had a hard time finding it or if you just don’t want to deal with the mess of shedding berries, there are some realistic faux bittersweet vines and floral picks to choose from these days. I have included some suggestions at the end of this post.




Fall decorating with beautiful bittersweet vine Fall Decorating ideas


I really enjoyed putting together this post and finding all of these rustic and elegant fall decorating ideas using bittersweet! I certainly hope to find more especially before Thanksgiving.


Update: I already found some more bittersweet at the cutest little primitives shop in Midway, KY (near Lexington), just in time for my Embracing Fall Home Tour!


Are you a fan of using bittersweet in fall decorating? I love hearing from you, dear readers!

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  • Reply Debra Oliver

    So many wonderful examples and information about using Bittersweet! I’m so bummed that I haven’t found any yet. My kitties want to eat it, but I’ve promised them to put it up to where they can’t get to it. thankyou for featuring my little urn and pumpkin from oh so many years ago! are you getting a cool down this week? hope so!

    October 1, 2019 at 7:55 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      I would like to grow some but it can be so invasive! I think it takes several years to produce berries. I love it so much, maybe I can grow some out at my mom’s on her hillside.

      I love that photo of yours with the bittersweet in the urn so much!

      October 1, 2019 at 11:35 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      No cool down here yet Debra!

      I love your photo and I have pinned other photos of yours where you used bittersweet over the years. Great idea keep it away from your kitties. Another reader just shared that bittersweet is toxic to pets so I am editing my post to reflect that info.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      October 3, 2019 at 1:11 am
  • Reply Nellie

    So enjoyed all your lovely pics with the bittersweet. It is simply gorgeous and sooooooooooo great
    for the Fall. Love it, and would like to see if it is available to Florida.
    Thanks for sharing this post… was lovely.

    October 2, 2019 at 4:41 am
  • Reply jeanie

    Lovely bittersweet. I’m off to make a bittersweet and hops swag later this week. It should be quite fun!

    October 2, 2019 at 9:45 am
  • Reply Pamela

    Great inspiration pics Amber!

    October 2, 2019 at 2:16 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you!

      October 3, 2019 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Amber, this is an excellent post! Bittersweet signals autumn for me. I’ve used it in my fall decor for decades. It doesn’t grow here, but local stores usually sell it. I was at Round Top yesterday and hoped to bring some home like I usually do. Alas, the only bunches I saw available were dry and sparse. I decided to wait to see if I can find it here in Austin. I may try you suggestions for faux. One thing to add to your information is that it is harmful to pets as well as humans. One has to be very careful about where it falls. Thanks for this post!

    October 2, 2019 at 10:23 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Sarah! I wondered about pets and I meant to look that up but got sidetracked. Thanks for sharing, I will definitely edit the post to include pets.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      October 3, 2019 at 1:09 am
  • Reply Katherines Corner

    It is beautiful and I love the wonderful hues of autumn. I love your vignette, The velvet pumpkin and vintage treasures and bittersweet invite the season change beautifully xo

    October 3, 2019 at 10:27 am
  • Reply Kim @Serving Up Southern

    Hi Amber!
    Thanks for the information on bittersweet and showing so many lovely examples of how we can use it throughout the house. I also love how it rambles on – perfect for a trailing look. Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gathering link party!

    October 3, 2019 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Thanks for sharing your lovely round up at Vintage Charm!

    October 6, 2019 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Barbara at Mantel and Table

    These are all beautiful ideas Amber! I’m not familiar with bittersweet, but it’s lovely and I love how it trails. Thanks for the tip about pets too!

    October 7, 2019 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

    October 13, 2019 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    I love bittersweet! It’s all so beautiful! Great ideas Amber! Thanks for sharing at Charming Homes & Gardens!

    October 4, 2020 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply Rachel Harper

    I love this post. It’s just so beautiful. Now I want to add a bitter sweet vine to my landscape. I’ve always used the faux. Look for your feature on Wednesday’s Charming Homes & Gardens.

    October 5, 2020 at 9:05 am
  • Reply Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    I absolutely LOVE all the different views of the bittersweet Amber. You have inspired me to go find some for my fall decor. Pinned many pics! Thank you for sharing with us at Charming Homes and Gardens, where you’ll be featured this week.

    October 5, 2020 at 7:16 pm
  • Reply Rachael

    I love this so much! This makes me want to find out if it is in my area at all, so I can forage. It has this perfect, delicate, rustic look that pairs so well with your furniture!

    October 9, 2020 at 11:05 am
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