With cooler weather comes changing colors—and our favorite fall holidays. In this moment when many revelers are still adjusting to the "new normal," change is in the air—so why not consider revamping your traditional seasonal decor? This year, set your inner DIYer free with these original ideas for autumn decor.
A New Leaf
Life can definitely be messy, but joy is in the details—like this handmade leaf garland by the DIYers at A Beautiful Mess. Spend a little time cutting, stitching, and reveling in good old-fashioned fun!
Jo-Anna Rooney, blogger at A Pretty Life, has found a way to remake old sweaters into candle holders. The end result is a cozy mantelpiece arrangement, which you can complement with apples, sunflowers, and fall leaves for the ultimate seasonal display.
Related: 14 New Uses for Old Candles
Looking Good in Leather
Modern Wall Decor
Paper Cut Lanterns
Ready to welcome fall? Make it official with this “Happy Fall” sign, designed by Kelli and Kristi of the Lolly Jane blog, Simply print the stencil and follow the sisters’ how-to instructions.
Simple is often best where crafting is concerned. Learn how to properly dry wheat, with this easy-to-follow guide by Leanna of Faeries and Fauna. Once fully dry, wrap the stalks in twine for beautiful, elegant wheat bundles. Enjoy all season long!
Handmade Candle Holders
Fall is all about memories and nostalgia, so find a project that you can do with your kids—like these pompom garlands. Lia Griffith lists all the materials and instructions on her blog, so all you have to do is set up a table and begin crafting.
Turn of Phrase
Welcome the season—and family and friends—to your home with a playful fall garland. Just choose your words, then follow the helpful steps provided by the bloggers at A Beautiful Mess.
A Little Flair
Fall’s beauty lies in nature’s changing hues—so why not make the most of those red and gold leaves? The party expert at A Subtle Revelry has an easy solution: Paint dried fall leaves with gold or silver paint.
Wheat Sheaf Votives
Rustic Wood Slices
Custom Napkin Rings
Thanksgiving is the perfect excuse to break out the fine china and cloth napkins. Boost your table’s visual appeal with fall leaf napkin rings. The DIYer at Cherished Bliss recommends using Apple Barrel’s acrylic paint set, but feel free to experiment with your own paints and materials.
Don’t bother buying expensive seasonal decor, like pillows. Instead, spruce up old cushions with felt appliques. Lia Griffith shows you how, and once you learn the technique, you can design your own.
Wood Slice Wreath
Colorful Cake Stand
Harvest Grain Display
Hoop of Fruit
Cinnamon Stick Candles
Light and Levity
You can’t get any easier than this popcorn candle holder. All you need is unpopped corn, a glass candle holder, and a candle. You can also play around with dried kidney beans and split peas for other colors and textures—just don’t mix them together, warns DIY expert Shirley, who blogs at Intelligent Domestications.
Faux or Fresh
Fall Decor Delights
Fall decor is about so much more than jack-o-lanterns.
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