Want to perk up your usual fall decor? Tired of predictable bails of hay, cornstalks, pumpkins and mums?

How about adding vibrantly colored kale and ornamental cabbage to your modern fall decor?

It is so easy and the entire color spectrum is at your disposal.

Coloring Kale for fall decor

Materials needed:

  • Kale or ornamental cabbage or heather
  • spray bottle
  • Fantasy Colors by Gloeckner
  • ethanol
  • glitter
  • tarp or large plastic sheet

Mixing instructions

In an empty spray bottle mix 1 part Gloeckner Fantasty Colors and 9 parts ethanol. Shake well before each use.

Coloring Kale for fall decor


Lay out a tarp or large piece of plastic to protect your floor.

Make sure your kale or cabbage is dry. Then liberally spray the plant with the color dye mixture.

Coloring Kale for fall decor

While still wet, shake glitter on to the plant so that it sticks to the dye mixture.

Coloring Kale for fall decor with Fantasy Colors by Gloeckner

Leave to dry for 1 hour.

The beauty of the Fantasy Colors is that they come in a wide variety of colors and can be mixed to create your own color. The kale above was sprayed with turquoise dye.

This one was sprayed orange dye.

Coloring Kale for fall decor with Fantasy Colors by Gloeckner

Another option is to spray the dye on heather, which soaks it up and turns very vibrant colors.

Coloring heather for fall decor with Fantasy Colors by Gloeckner

Where to display…

Now that we have the kale or cabbage dyed, how can we use it? There are so many options, such as…

A tray with candles and pumpkins as a fall centerpiece.

Velvet pumpkin decor on charcuterie board with ornamental cabbage and candle

A grouping of three with candles interspersed is pretty and effective too…

Coloring Kale for fall decor with Fantasy Colors by Gloeckner

A fall tablescape…

Fall tablescape with pumpkin topiaries and dyed kale
Fall tablescape with pumpkin topiaries and dyed kale

A spooky Halloween tablescape…

Halloween tablescape with kale sprayed with color dye

Or a pop of color at your front door!

modern fall decor with vibrantly colored kale

As you can see these beautiful and vibrant kale and cabbage can be used in many different settings for more modern fall decor.

Looking for something more traditional?

Hope you enjoyed this project. If you are looking for something a little more traditional, check out the fall hat I made by clicking this link.

Fall hat with sunflowers on chair

Or are you looking for something more colorful?

If you want to see something absolutely amazing, watch this video where they vibrantly dye pointsettias! At first, I thought it was not so great, but once he was finished it was amazing.

A fall home tour is coming up next on the blog!

Thank you, as always, for staying through to the end. I cannot wait to share how I have updated our home for fall. Stay tuned it is coming soon!

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  • Roxanne Harmon
    October 18, 2022

    Crystal love reading your blog. So creative and beautiful

    • Crystal
      October 18, 2022

      Thank you so very much Roxanne! This was a quick one but I have a really lovely one coming up about my wonderful mother-in-law that I think will touch the hearts of many!

  • Missy
    October 19, 2022

    This is absolutely spectacular, Crystal! The color combinations you were able to achieve are so beautiful. Dramatic yet still looks natural. And I love how you styled the kale and cabbages in both Fall and Halloween settings. Super cool! ~Missy

    • Crystal
      October 21, 2022

      Missy your comments always make my day! I wasn’t having a great day and then I saw this message and it brightened my whole day! Thank you – I truly appreciate your friendship.