Published on October 7, 2014—  Leave a comment

5 DIYs To Bring Autumn Indoors

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As the weather cools and the leaves start to turn, it’s clear that fall is on its way— complete with crunchy leaves, warm sweaters, stylish boots, and pumpkin-spice everything. So as you pack away your shorts and swimsuits, why not bring a touch of the season indoors as well? Here are some great DIY projects that will give your home an autumnal feel, without consuming too much time in a busy schedule of back-to-schooling, finding Halloween costumes, and apple picking.
DIY with the Sweetest Occasion
A gold leaf pine cone garland: For a rustic-chic touch on a budget, give The Sweetest Occasion’s adorable pine-cone garland a try. (Bonus: You can probably find all the materials you’ll need for it in your backyard!) Hang it on your mantel now with a bit of burnt orange or chocolate ribbon, then switch it out for red when the holidays roll around.
Trick or treat pillows: If you’ve got basic sewing skills, why not make some fun Halloween-themed pillows for your sofa or porch swing? As Chapman Place demonstrates, all you need is some burlap, glitter paint, and stuffing to make it happen. To make the pillows last through the holidays, you could easily paint “Deck the Halls” in a different color on the inside, then just flip them inside out come December.
Gourd bud vases: Cornucopias of winter squashes are standard-issue fall decor, but you can give them a twist by using the gourds themselves as vases. Cut off the top, hollow out the interior, and they’ll stay watertight for a week. If you want them to last longer, add a couple of florist tubes for the blooms (the tubes will help them stay hydrated). The idea comes from Martha Stewart herself, so you know it’s a good thing.
Leafy votives: Even the littlest crafters can participate in this one: gather the prettiest autumn leaves you can find, then use rustic twine to tie them around votive candle cups. Carefully light a tea light inside, and use as a centerpiece for a fall dinner party or even at Thanksgiving.
Paper pumpkins: If you’ve got little ones who love to craft, these cute pumpkins from Hostess with the Mostess are an easy project that mainly uses a kids’ staple: construction paper. Cut the strips ahead of time, then let them do the assembly with a stapler or paper clip. Afterwards, you can team up to hang them around the house.