DIY Decorating | Fall Into AutumnPosted 08/23/2012
With summer ending officially on Sept. 22, pumpkins, ghosts and autumn decorations will soon stock store shelves. But if you want to avoid the plastic decorations that are likely to turn up at every neighbor’s house, try making your own unique creations with some inexpensive, seasonal supplies. A little wheat, burlap and mason jars- and you’re on your way to decorations that will set your house apart from the rest. Wreaths make for a beautiful yet versatile touch that can be used indoors or out, being made out of everything from fabric to wine bottle corks. While burlap is usually saved for transporting potatoes, but there’s something about the rough fabric that simply reminds us of fall. This burlap ruffle wreath is really easy to make and only takes a few supplies: fabric, a Styrofoam wreath, simple sewing skills and a hot glue gun. Dress it up with a festive and colorful bow for some added personalization. Another wreath that screams autumn is one made out of the seasonal crop, wheat. For this bountiful wreath, a steady hand and plenty of glue is needed. The frame can be made from cardboard wrapped in fabric and the wheat is attached with glue. The pattern and neutral color brings a touch of elegance to any exterior. Mason jars are being used for so many projects these days beyond canning, from keeping salads fresh for a week to light fixtures. This fall craft uses mason jars and autumn leaves to create a warm decorative candle holder. Since Phoenix doesn’t exactly have the best collection of fall leaves, artificial leaves work just perfectly. Use some Modge Podge glue to adhere the leaves to the outside of the jar, let dry and then insert a candle to light up the room. And who says garland can only be used during Christmas? This DIY fall leaves garland is perfect for the season and brings a pop color to mantles and doorways. Using felt, cut as many leaves as you’d like and then stitch the leaves together using thread or yarn. Easy as that! While we had a wonderful summer, we are certainly looking forward to these fun fall projects…not to mention the departure of the triple digit temps. Happy crafting!
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