The air is growing crisp and the leaves are beginning to change color which can only mean one thing – fall is in full swing. Looking for the perfect way to bring all the fun of fall into your home? Try out these 5 autumn home DIYs to liven up your living space and welcome the season.
Warm up your home with soothing scents
Welcome your guests with not only a smile but with a delectable smelling home. To really wow them, let them know that you created the candle yourself! Making your own candles is a simple task, as all you will need is soy wax pellets, a wick, the scents of your choice, and a candle safe container – try recycling an old candle glass, a mason jar, or mug. When it comes to picking the scents, you can utilize oils specifically meant for candles, spices already present in your home, or a combination of the two.
Great autumn scent combinations include:
- Pumpkin spice: cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg
- Chai tea: cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger
- Apple pie: apple scent oil with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla
- Spiced Citrus: orange peel or oil, with a hint of cinnamon and ginger
First melt the wax – you can use your microwave or a double boiler. Adhere the wick to the bottom of your container by dipping it lightly in the melted wax and placing it at the base, allowing the wax to harden. Stabilize the wick by wrapping it around something (such as a pencil, chopstick, or skewer that is longer than the width of your container) and allowing it to rest in the middle of the rim.
Based on your preferred scent, you can now mix your chosen ingredients into the melted wax. Pour it gently into your container, and allow to harden. Finally, wow your guests with a delectably scented home as well as your DIY skills.
Let fall in with the perfect autumn wreath
A gorgeous fall wreath can be created using a variety of materials, so don’t be afraid to let your creativity shine. To begin you will need something as a base – recycled cardboard cut into an ‘O’ shape works just fine – or you can try an already made wreath base such as one made from floral foam. To ensure that no spaces or gaps show through, wrap your base in strips of burlap and secure with either hot glue or pins.
Decorating the wreath is where your creativity comes into play. While faux leaves will do the trick, feel free to collect and dry an array of colorful foliage for this craft. Arrange them by color for an ombre effect or mix them with dried or faux flowers and pinecones for an autumnal masterpiece.
Food for our feathered friends
For a quick and easy craft to do with the children in your life, try making a simple bird feeder. Attract an array of different birds depending on your seeds of choice as they make their way south for the winter.
To create this project, you will need open pinecones, peanut butter, ribbon or twine, and bird seed. Tie the ribbon or twine around the pine cone, with plenty of excess to hang from a tree or another desired location. Coat the pinecone in a generous amount of peanut butter, and then simply roll it in birdseed. Hang outside and enjoy your new bird visitors. To attract even more feathered friends, string together multiple pine cones at once.
A vase for those fall flowers
Despite the fact that summer has come to a close, plenty of flowers are continuing to bloom well into the autumn season, such as a variety of lilies, carnations, and daffodils. Whether you’ve picked fresh or went with faux, your flowers are sure to look fabulous in a DIY burlap vase, which will go perfect with your autumn wreath!
To create this rustic look, you will need a container – a recycled mason jar would work great, some burlap material, and added tidbits to decorate, such as lace or or even paint and stencils.
To begin, cut the burlap to your desired width, making sure the length will fully surround your container of choice. Cut the burlap and adhere it to the container – a glue gun would likely be not only the easiest but the quickest.
Once your burlap is on your container, feel free to decorate with a variety of other materials as you see fit. Try wrapping lace in a decorative bow around the middle of the container. Not into lace? Create an array of burlap vases, and use them, letter stencils, and some paint to spell out a word or words of your choice.
More than just a jack-o-lantern
Traditional fall decor calls for a carved pumpkin, but have you considered dropping the carving tools and picking up a paint brush or glue gun? Give your decor a modern look by painting your pumpkins in a variety of styles – from glam gold gourds to customizable chalk board paint pumpkins – the possibilities are as endless as your imagination! For a coordinated look, use burlap, lace, and painted stencils to match your burlap vases and wreath.
These autumn home DIYs will not add cheer to your home, but they are also eco-friendly!