Easy Fall Decorations on a Budget

Fall Decorations

Spice up your living room this fall with these simple, inexpensive DIY projects. These are perfect to make your space more festive for these autumn months.

Crafty Gourds

Trade the usual fresh gourds for jewel-tone painted dried ones!

  1. Start with dried gourds in varying sizes. (If not available locally, try amishgourds.com.)
  2. For crisp lines, apply painter’s tape around the middle of a gourd. Paint half of the gourd with latex wall paint and remove tape when dry.
  3. For a drippy effect, pour 1⁄4 cup paint into a resealable plastic storage bag. Snip a corner to drizzle paint around the middle of a gourd (like piping frosting). Using a foam brush, carefully extend paint up from the drips, adding additional paint as necessary, to reach one end of the gourd.
  4. Pile painted gourds on a mantel or shelf or in decorative bowls.

Corn Husk Wreath

A wall gains harvest style from this wreath that resembles a sunburst.

  1. Soak corn husks in water until they are pliable, then tear into 1 to 2-inch-wide strips.
  2. Starting from the outer edge of a 14-inch straw wreath form, secure rows of strips with dressmaker pins. Overlap each row to hide pins.
  3. For the last row, pin strips to the back and bend to cover the inside edge. Strips hold their shape when dry.

Tip: Buy packs of dried corn husks (used to make tamales) in the international foods section of a grocery store or at Walmart.

Mason Jar Candle Holder

  1. Begin by cutting out a maple leaf of adhesive vinyl with my a box cutter. You can trace a real leaf or free-hand it!
  2. Apply to the smooth side of the mason jar.
  3. Pick an acrylic paint color that you want to use, and start painting!
  4. Be sure you allow the paint to dry completely between each coat.  Otherwise, it will clump and pull away from the glass.  It should take about 3 coats for it to be completely covered.
  5. Once it is dry, gently peel away the vinyl leaf.  Touch up any rough edges, and finish off with some twine or ribbon around the top of the jar!

Glittery Pumpkins

What You’ll Need: Empty Paper Toll Roll, Mod Podge, Decorating Material (Glitter, Paint, Book Pages, ect.), Scissors, Twine, Stick or Cinnamon Sticks, Burlap Scraps

  1. Decorate your paper roll & then once dry cut them into rings. To decorate your pumpkin, you could paint it orange, glue book pages to the roll or paint, or any other creative idea you have! If you decide to use glitter & want to make sure that all of the edges are covered you can first cut your paper roll into rings & then decorate it. For the Glitter Paper Roll Pumpkin, do a layer of mod lodge, then glitter, let dry, & then another layer of mod podge to seal the glitter & keep it from falling off. Make sure everything is dry before moving on to the next step.
  2. To form your pumpkin, run a strand of twine through the center of the rings, pull tight, & tie a knot.
  3. Use cinnamon sticks in the center, or just broken sticks from your yard. Then, use extra burlap to create the leaves & stiffen them with Mod Podge. You could also easily create the leaves out of scrap paper or even an extra paper towel roll!

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