I can't believe it's already October! This year is definitely one to remember! It starting to feel a lot like fall, but where I live most of the leaves are still green and we didn't get the fall vibe yet. So I thought to "fall up" my game and change our mantel from boho fall vibe to more fall appropriate, with pumpkins, greenery, and leaves. So here are 4 super simple DIY fall decorations that anyone can do on a shoe-string budget and in less than an hour.
And the best part? These are great fall craft projects to do with kids! I'm not going to say it was easy to do with my almost 4-year-old, but we definitely had fun! She loved helping me cutting the leaves, holding a glue gun, and attach leaves together with clothespins. She especially loves to rearrange pumpkins on a daily basis 😀
I put them all on my mantel and they look amazing!
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DIY fall sign with leaves
- any kind of board, I had this old one from Michaels.
- leaves laser cutouts (found it on Amazon)
- white paint marker or chalk
- stencils (optional)
- glue gun
1. Take out your leaves and arrange them to your liking. Using a glue gun stick it to the board
2. Write anything fall-related on the board (I wrote "and the leaves fell without regret" as I feel it gives the cheerful vibe and it makes me feel that as leaves we should sometimes leave our old ways in order to come back. You can smell autumn in the breeze, and hear the sounds of rustling leaves, telling you that it’s time again. )
3. You can use stencils but I didn't have any on hand so just hand-wrote it.
Simple DIY wreath with felt leaves
- grapevine wreath 8" (here is a link to Amazon, but you can find a better deal in Michaels)
- different colors of felt
- glue gun
1. Cut out 12 small leaves and glue them to the wreath.
That's it! I told you that these DIY fall decorations are so easy and simple that anyone can do it 😄
Garland with felt leaves
- textile paint (optional), also could use acrylic paint
- old book
- small clothespins
1. Use a template with leaves (you can download it for free here)
2. Cut out leaves from felt
3. I thought they looked a bit sad so decided to add some texture and drew veins on the leaves with textile paint. I think acrylic paint would also be just fine.
4. Cut out the same shape from book pages, leaving some space on the edges so the pages are visible
5. Put the rope across a fireplace and pin felt leaves with pages to it.
Done! Another simple DIY fall decoration is ready to be hanged on your mantel.
A fall flower arrangement can be a simple DIY fall decorations project to make your room feel more like autumn.
You'll need a box or some container.
It's really up to you. I found this adorable vintage box in some antique store in a small town in CT. I love how cute those boxes look and feel it's perfect for that autumn feeling in your home.
You'd need a flower foam
It will ensure your flowers are snug inside the box and don't fall out. I used this flower foam that I got from a dollar store. It comes in 4 blocks. You can always cut it to fit the box. To my delight, all 4 of them fit perfectly inside the box!
Flowers and greenery
I like to use greenery as a base, so here I used eucalyptus (it smells fantastic and dries up very well). I'd say that it is my go-to when it comes to any flower arrangements. I also found these adorable orange flowers at Trader's Joe (I think it's saffrons)
You start by putting eucalyptus on the sides, it will create volume and overall a balanced look.
Next, you need to put the biggest objects of the arrangement, which in our case are small pumpkins. Try to put them at a different level. I had to turn over middle flower foams to make sure pumpkins are at different levels. It'd also add some texture to your DIY fall arrangement.
When you are done arranging pumpkins, cut your flowers, and put them in different places. Try to think about balance and don't put it next to each other but rather spread them around in a harmonious way.
After then, you need to go over the empty places and fill it up with some more greenery. I like this type of eucalyptus because seeds add an extra texture and I love a lot of texture.
Lay more pumpkins outside the box to archive a finished look and you are done! That was easy, right?
I bet you can finish it up in 30 minutes and have a wonderful DIY fall centerpiece for yourself!
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How do you like to decorate your house for fall? Comment below or text me on Instagram @ifonlyapril. I post stories behind the scenes of my projects!
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