Fall is in full swing. One of the best ways to celebrate the season is by decorating the home. Don’t be put off by the assumption that trimming your home with fall accents has to cost a lot of money. In fact, there are plenty of DIY fall home decor projects you can make that are inexpensive and easy. To help you get started, here are 10 DIY projects to do on a weekend afternoon.
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1. Pumpkin centerpieces
Source: DIY Enthusiasts
There are so many ways to fashion a pumpkin into a show-stopping centerpiece.
Create an elegant floral arrangement using a pumpkin vase. Start by hollowing out a pumpkin just as you would for carving. Next place a piece of water soaked floral foam inside and cover with seasonal flowers and accents such as twigs and berries of your choice. For a charmingly rustic centerpiece, embellish the outside of the pumpkin with mismatched buttons. Visit DIY Enthusiasts for more great project ideas.
2. Clear vessel filled with fall’s bounty
This DIY project is super easy and quick to make. Take a clear vase, bowl, or other decorative vessel and fill it with miniature pumpkins, acorns, and pinecones. Next, set the vessel on a piece of colored or burlap fabric, and voila!
3. Mini pumpkin votive holders
Source: Martha Stewart
There’s just something about the warm glow of candlelight in autumn. These mini pumpkin votive holders are adorable and easy to make. Start by using floral cutters to trim the stem from the pumpkin. Next, use a hand-drill fitted with a 1 ½ inch-wide paddle and drill about ½ inch deep into the center. Lastly, place the votive inside. Visit Martha Stewart for step-by-step instructions.
4. Decorative fall wreath
Source: Artsy Chicks Rule
What better way to welcome guests this season than with a beautiful wreath inspired by autumn’s beauty? Start with a grapevine wreath – you can find them at any arts and crafts store. Next, gather the elements that you want to decorate your wreath with – pinecones, mini pumpkins, leaves, berries, sprigs, mini ears of corn, and even dried orange slices and cinnamon sticks can be used. Attach the elements by stuffing then into the gaps or using twine or malleable wire. Visit Artsy Chicks Rule for a full tutorial.
5. Cinnamon scented pinecones
Source: Where Your Treasure Is
Spice up your home with cinnamon scented pinecones. Start by gathering a basket of pinecones from outside. Wash them in warm soapy water and let dry. Next, mix together the essential oil of cinnamon bark and water in a spray bottle (1/4 teaspoon oil into ¾ cup of water, adjust for how strong you what the scent to be). Spray over cones, making sure to turn them over so solution is evenly distributed. Lastly, top off with a few more drops of oil and garnish with cinnamon sticks. Visit Where Your Treasure Is for complete tutorial.
6. Autumn leaf mason jar candle holder
Source: Spark and Chemistry
This DIY project list wouldn’t be complete without the mention of a mason jar. For this project, you’ll need a few mason jars, faux autumn leaves, Mod Podge, and a sponge brush. Begin by cleaning the outside of the jars using rubbing alcohol. Then apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on a section of the jar. Place a leaf on the section and cover it with more layers of Mod Podge. Using this technique, add more Mod Podge and leaves around the jar until it is covered. Don’t worry about covering the jar completely – the light from the candles flickers through the gaps between the leaves to create a warm, glowing effect. Visit Spark and Chemistry for the full tutorial.
7. Upcycle wine bottles for fall
Source: Place of My Taste
Here’s a project you can raise a glass to. Turn your empty wine bottles into beautiful fall-inspired home décor. Let your imagination guide you and create pieces that reflect your personal style. For a modern and sophisticated look, paint the bottles white and gold in geometric designs. For something more rustic, paint the bottles with white wash and stencil festive words with colored paint on the surface. Visit Place of My Taste for more upcycle wine bottle ideas.
8. Wine cork pumpkin
Source: My Gourmet Connection
Continuing with the wine theme, this country pumpkin can be made using mostly materials you already have. You will need 25 wine corks, orange acrylic paint, a paintbrush, hot glue gun, craft knife, green felt, scissors, and twine. Begin by diluting the paint with a little water and paint both ends of the corks except for one. Once the corks dry, arrange them in rows, and hot glue them together to form a pumpkin. Cut the unpainted cork in half and hot glue it to the top as a stem. Cut leaves out of green felt and hot glue them around the stem. Finish by tying twine around the stem. Check out My Gourmet Connection for full instructions.
9. Falling leaves garland
Source: House of Jaded Interiors Blog
This simple and inexpensive project will create a shimmering seasonal ambiance in your home. You will need a bag of artificial leaves, Elmer’s glue, glitter, a paintbrush ribbon, and hole punch. Using the paintbrush, cover the leaves with glue and sprinkle them with glitter. Once the glue dries, shake off the excess glitter. Punch holes at the top of each leaf and string them with ribbon. For complete instructions, visit House of Jade Interiors.
10. Neutral tone fall centerpiece
Source: Tone on Tone Antiques
For a unique take on fall-themed home décor, try making this autumn centerpiece that uses a completely neutral palette. We love this project from Tone on Tone Antiques that looks to natural white for inspiration. Objects such as white pumpkins, antlers, candles, and pale hydrangea arranged on a table create a light, earthy atmosphere.
When it comes to home decorating on a budget, you want to be both resourceful and creative. You’ll find many materials for these fall-inspired projects around your home or at the local arts and crafts store.