Fall is the perfect time to start crafting. The days are getting cooler, and sometimes you just want to stay cozy inside. If you’re looking to add some personality to your space, here are some DIY home decor activities that are sure to add warmth!
For this piece, go to Michaels or your local craft store to choose an artificial pumpkin that best fits the size of the table you want to decorate. Then head to the floral section and grab an assortment of fall faux flowers and some leafy or berry sprigs; include sunflowers and mums if you’re aiming for a traditional fall arrangement. Pro tip— local dollar stores may surprise you with their wide selection of DIY fall essentials, especially in the faux florals! I would recommend that you stop at a dollar store first, and then you can pick up extra decorations at the craft store.
To create the center, cut a hole around the stem of the pumpkin and remove the stem. This hole should be about the size of your palm, or maybe a little larger if you choose a larger center. After removing any tags from your faux flowers and leaves, you can arrange them in any way you see fit! Remember, the foliage can be used to make a bouquet more classy and formal, or more rustic and authentic; the vibe is for you to decide!
If you want to add an extra touch of autumn to plain glass lamps, this quick and easy project is the one for you! It can be a lot of fun if you have extra mason jars lying around that you want to repurpose, or you can be more intentional and buy some simple lanterns at your local craft store. All you need for this craft are faux leaves, Mod Podge, a sponge brush, and whatever glass container you want to use for your lights.
To start, lay down some newspaper or paper towel to protect whatever surface you’re working on from Mod Podge. Then, using the sponge brush, apply a generous layer of Modge Podge to the glass; you want it to act as the glue that will hold the leaves in place, so don’t be shy – lay it on really thick! Then place as few or as many leaves on the surface as you like, and put another thick layer of Mod Podge on top to really seal it all in. Let it dry, insert a candle for maximum autumnal detail, and there you have it – your very own DIY Leaf Lantern!
For this beautiful display, you will need artificial pumpkins of three different sizes – large, medium and small. Around this time of year, Michaels tends to have them on sale, so buying multiples won’t break the bank. The pumpkins, a hot glue gun and fake leaf wreath are all you need to make the stack of your dreams a reality!
The first step is to remove the stem from the large and medium pumpkin. The easiest removal technique is to grab a pumpkin and cut a small hole around the stem in the same way one might cut the top of a jack-o’-lantern; however, this hole must be much smaller — this is just so that the pumpkin can rest seamlessly on top of each other in the stack. Repeat this technique with the other pumpkin, remembering to hold the stem of the small pumpkin. Once the two stems are removed, use the hot glue gun to generously attach the medium pumpkin to the larger one, then the smaller one on top. As a finishing touch, take the leafy wreath and artfully wrap it around your topiary to add some personality to your creation!
Francesca Fontánez is a Meriden-based journalist, educator and creative. A graduate of both the University of New Haven and the University of Bridgeport, she is happy to be back in Meriden writing about the city she loves and surrounding areas. When she’s not teaching ELA at Washington Middle School, she’s either exploring the east coast for her lifestyle blog (@ eastsidevibes on Instagram) or working on music for her band, Cessa and The Zach. Email Francesca at [email protected] gmail.com with tips on what you want to read about next, or just to say hi!