Summer is sadly gone (sigh) and the cooler temperatures are fast approaching. To soften the blow, why not decorate your space to get into the autumnal spirit. Surround yourself with fall-like colours, leaves, and warmer scents. Here are some DIY ideas to get you moving with the changing season.

1f8352832a1985760878fcf1ab10a15c-copyLeaf Framed Photo

Materials:

  • Picture frame
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Leaves

Have an old photo frame lying around, or one that you just don’t enjoy anymore? Why not turn it into a cute accented fall collage! Best part: no need to purchase anything! Go ahead and step out for a moment and pick out some whole leaves from the ground. We don’t suggest ripping them off the branches (you wouldn’t like someone just picking out strands of your hair) and also choosing ones that aren’t so crispy that it will fall apart at the touch. Next arrange them any way you want on the paper. Place them however you feel looks good. Once you have a layout that you love, glue it all down, frame it, and hang it up! There you have it – your very own fall collage that costs next to nothing.

candlesCandle Holders or Flower Vases

Materials:

  • Candle holder
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Small sticks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon/string
  • Mod podge
  • Leaves
  • Paint

Is the look of your candles a little….well blahh? Sure they smell warm and fall toasty, but sometimes they can just be plain and a tad boring. We’ve got a few simple fixes for you. Firstly, just simply peel of the label. Paired with the right candle, you could take either cinnamon sticks or small sticks from outside and use a hot glue gun to glue them around the candle holder. Finish it off by tying either a ribbon or string around the whole thing and you have a woodsy Fall inspired votive for all your candle burning needs.

If you have already gone through an entire candle, but still want to repurpose it, we can help you with that too!  Leave it in the freezer for a couple hours. Once it’s completely frozen, take a knife (a butter knife is fine) and loosen the edges of the leftover wax to remove it. After a quick wash, you’re all set up to decorate. Take some leaves from outside and glue them to the inside of the candle holder using mod podge. Mod podge will dry clear so you don’t have to worry about it ruining the look. Another alternative is to paint the holder whatever colour you want, however you want. It could be ombre, a pattern, or a solid colour. Once everything is dry, add a tea light to use for ambience or even throw in some rustic flowers and use it as a vase.

leaf-5Leaf Garland

  • Leaves
  • Cord
  • Glue

We all know that colourful leaves scream Fall, so here’s another leaf DIY. Pick some leaves from outside, or fake leaves will also work here. Leaf garlands can add a Fall touch to many areas of your home, whether it be on a mantel, on top of a doorway, or just on the wall, measure it out and cut the appropriate length of cord that you have. Next, layout the cord and distribute the leaves evenly, planning the look you want to have for the garland. Once you’re happy with your plan, use another short piece of string to tie the leaf stem to the longer cord. Secure with glue to make sure it’s on there for good. Once dry, you can hang the garland and decorate your space to be a picturesque fall area.

69ec8d5feb1f5b0eb120519052ec55eePillow Case

  • Old flannel shirt
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Hot glue gun

You probably have some flannel shirts that you haven’t touched in years or just don’t fit you anymore. Why not use the fabric to decor ate your space and make a new pillow case for your throw pillow? Measure your pillow for size and lay out your flannel shirt and draw out the square/rectangle. Make sure to add 1 inch to the length and width of your template. Once your outline is complete, go ahead and cut it out. Next, overlap the two layers, making sure the sides you want to display are the ones touching each other. The next step is to use a hot glue gun and affix the edges together, leaving one side free of glue – this is what the extra inch was for. Once your ends are together, turn it inside out, insert your pillow into your new case, glue it shut and give it ample time to dry. You now have a newly decorated throw pillow that goes with the rest of your fall themed décor.