Pumpkins, football, cooler temps — yep, fall is right around the corner! Even in West Villages, Florida the fall means a little less sweat and a little more of a breeze in the air. If you want to get a jump on decorating for the season, you’ve come to the right place. Updating your home décor can easily be done inexpensively, with these DIY Autumn crafts:
Falling Leaves Garland
For a sophisticated dose of Fall sparkle, drape this garland on your fireplace, across a table, on your front door or anywhere you’d like to add some glitz! Costing less than $10 to assemble, these leaves are fun, simple and can even be a kid-friendly project.
You’ll need: several artificial leaves, which can be purchased at the Dollar store, on Amazon or any craft supply store, thin ribbon and a hole punch. Use a paintbrush to apply a thin layer of glue to each leaf, then sprinkle with gold glitter. Let the glue set and then shake off any excess glitter. Next, punch a hole at the top of each leaf and attach a ribbon that can be tied onto a large ribbon strand.
Home décor queen, Joanna Gaines, would flip for these rustic, magnolia topped pumpkins! This piece perfectly matches any home décor, as it is both neutral and versatile.
You’ll need: a faux white pumpkin, faux magnolia leaves/blooms, glue gun, pencil, optional metallic paint pen and gold beads. All items can easily be found at craft stores like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or even online. First, arrange the magnolia flowers and blooms atop your pumpkin in a bouquet manner and affix with hot glue. Hot glue is forgiving in that if you need to peel it off and reposition the flowers or blooms, it can be done without issue.
This also allows you to change up the floral topper down the road, if desired. Just like that, you’ve created a one-of-a-kind, neutral Fall inspired centerpiece! However, if you’d like to take it a step further, you can glam it up even more.
One option is to add tiny glitter beads to the insides of the magnolia flowers with glue paste. Another way to jazz up your pumpkin is with custom hand-lettering. Select a personalized phrase, your last name or go basic with a seasonal expression such as “Hello Fall” or “Give Thanks”! You’ll want to use a pencil to sketch your selection on the pumpkin first. If you make an error or want to start over, a magic eraser will do the trick. Once your phrase is hand written, use a thin, gold metallic paint pen to fill it in and then finish it with a second coat. Voila, you’ve got a completely personalized, DIY custom centerpiece!
Pine Cone Door Décor
Ditch the traditional front door wreath for this rustic door hanging that will welcome guests (and fall) right in!
You’ll need: 8 pinecones that are approximately 4-6” in length, 8 silk ribbons 24” in length and a hot glue gun. Simply adhere the bottom 2” of each ribbon to the base of each pinecone. Once the glue has cooled, collect and stagger the ribbon ends so that the pinecones fall at varying lengths. Tie the ribbon ends together in a knot formation and trim ends so they are uniform in appearance. Hang on a nail or plastic, removeable hook for an instant dose of seasonal glamor.
As you can see, it’s easy to throw in a few budget friendly, fall touches throughout the home to make it a little more cozy and inviting, as we approach autumn.