Budget Decor: 10 DIY Ways to Dress Up Your House for Fall

It’s here—crisp, cozy, colorful autumn. Celebrate the season with some of these fall DIY accents for your home.

  1. Bobbing Apple Votives

    DIY Apple Votive

    Nestled snugly in a bed of chestnuts, these apple votives are easy to make. Remove some of the apple to make space for the candles; to get a clean, accurate cut, score the apple first with the metal top of a tea light. For fall fan bonus points, use candles with seasonal scents.

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  2. Functional Family Tree

    DIY Family Tree

    Here’s a great way to put salvaged wood to good use. Transform an empty wall in your mudroom or foyer by nailing up slats of wood to make a free-form tree; eye-level hooks hold hats, bags, and jackets.

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  3. Floating Leaves

    DIY Leaf Art

    For a striking autumn mantel or wall display, press colorful fall leaves between a book to flatten and dry, then showcase each leaf sandwiched between two equal-size pieces of glass inside a frame.


  4. Rustic Twig Mirror

    Fall Mirror

    This project takes just a few supplies, and the result will be a home accent you’ll want to leave out all year long. A mirror mounted on a larger piece of cork creates the perfect surface upon which to hot glue a starburst of twigs, which can be left natural or spray-painted.

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  5. Filled Jars and Vases

    Fall Jars

    Repurpose different-size glass vessels by filling them up with your fall finds. Use leaves, acorns, pinecones, branches of bittersweet, or faux fruit...or make the displays edible with dozens of bite-size seckel pears or clementines.

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  6. Autumn in Disguise

    Autumn Paint

    If your overall home decor just doesn’t jibe with the warm hues of autumn, then paint autumn to suit your palette! There’s no reason why pumpkins and pinecones would mind spending some time underneath a cover of green, blue, or whatever suits your fancy.

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  7. From Lawn to Living Space

    Fall Paint

    Beautifully subtle, these painted autumn leaves add a natural, flowing feel to any room. The look is created by using real leaves as templates to make your own stencils from card stock. There’s no “right” way to do it: the shapes, colors, and layout of the leaves should be personally inspired.

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  8. Fall Finials

    Fall Finials

    In less than 10 minutes, you can adorn a few of the lamps in your home with a taste of the outdoors by gracing them with pinecones from your yard. Spray-paint the pinecones gold, silver, or any other color that complements your decor. For a more rustic look, keep it simple and use them au naturel.

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  9. Words of Thanks

    Thanksgiving Art

    Especially appropriate for the Thanksgiving sideboard, these stenciled wood slats say it perfectly. Reclaimed wood from a crate or chest serves as the background for stenciled or freehand words of thanks.

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  10. A Window With a View

    Fall Window Box

    Summer may be over, but there’s no need to put away the window boxes for the season. Fill them up with gourds, small pumpkins, dried wheat stalks, and hardy green plants like decorative cabbage and kale. This box even gives a shout-out to home, with a state license plate affixed to the front.

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