30 DIY Fall Decorations You Can Do Right Now

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In spite of all the rain and cool weather, we find autumn to be very charming. There’s much to love about it and we’re not referring only to the beautiful foliage although this seems to be the season’s main attraction. We love the colors of the autumn and the idea of bringing them indoors through DIY fall decorations. It just happens that we prepared a few very simple ones for you today. They’re our favorite examples of DIY fall decor. They capture the essence of the seasons in some pretty cool ways.

30 DIY Fall Decorations to Brighten Up Your Autumn

1. DIY Stovetop Potpourri

DIY Stovetop Potpourri

Don’t you love the smell of autumn and winter? It’s usually the oranges and cinnamon sticks that remind us of these cozy seasons. You can intentionally bring the scent into your home with some DIY stovetop potpourri. You can make some using orange slices, red apple slices, rosemary, and cinnamon sticks. You’ll need a dehydrator and an air-tight container such as a jar if you plan to offer it as a gift or a pot and some water if you want to make the most of these ingredients yourself.

2. Simple Fall Garland

Simple Fall Garland

If you want to make something that will last more than the beautiful scent of the potpourri, maybe you’d like to make a simple fall garland using fallen leaves and branches. It should be easy enough to find all you need in a park or even in your own backyard. The garland looks great against a neutral background and you can display it in the bedroom, living room, even in the kitchen, or in your home office.

3. Fall-Inspired Wall Hooks

Fall-Inspired Wall Hooks

These fall-inspired wall hooks are cute and quirky and the method used for making them is actually pretty simple. The leaf and pumpkin have simple shapes and you can paint them using earthy autumn colors. This is what you’ll need: plaster, orange dye, silicone molds, wall hooks with screws, a cup, and some water. You can choose any form you want so get creative.

4. Acorn Centerpiece

Acorn Centerpiece

Did you know that plastic eggs can be made to look like acorns? They’re very cute too and you can paint them in any color you want. Use this idea to make a lovely table centerpiece for Thanksgiving or a fall decoration that you can display casually on a shelf, a console table, or on your living room coffee table. Here’s what you’ll need for the acorn eggs: jute twine, spray paint in fall colors, glue, and of course a bunch of plastic eggs, preferably small.

5. Cinnamon Pumpkin Candles

Cinnamon Pumpkin Candles

Pumpkins are very popular during Halloween but in fact, they’re a symbol of fall in general and can be turned into all sorts of nice home decorations such as these cinnamon pumpkin candles. To make them you need small to medium pumpkins, soy candle wax flakes, some cinnamon stick candle scent, candle wicks, bamboo skewers (pencils work too) as well as some glue. Feel free to paint or decorate the pumpkins if you want.

6. Foiled Throw Pillows

Foiled Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are excellent decorations for spaces such as the living room or the bedroom. that being said, you can have different themed pillows for special events or you can change them with the seasons. For fall, we suggest making some chic leaf-themed pillows using white fabric, hot melt adhesive sheets, decorative foil in various metallic colors, pillow inserts, and iron and leaf-shaped templates. Try metallics in gold, silver, or copper for a neutral look, or go with brighter colors to make the pillows a more eye-catching statement piece. Either way, these foiled pillows will definitely stand out.

7. Copper Pumpkin Centerpiece

Copper Pumpkin Centerpiece

It’s pretty cool how many interesting things you can do with pumpkins. It’s no wonder they’re so popular, and it’s not just real pumpkins but the faux kind too. If you like this centerpiece, you can use two artificial pumpkins to make one just like it. These DIY pumpkins are painted using copper metallic spray paint and they look pretty nice. When you pick the pumpkins, make sure they’re not too big or too small so they can fit on the candleholder that you’re going to use as a base. I guess you can just put the pumpkin centerpiece directly on the table if you want.

8. Pumpkin-Inspired Planter Box

Pumpkin-Inspired Planter Box

Pumpkins can be a source of inspiration without even being an actual part of the project. For example, this is a pumpkin-inspired basket/ box designed to hold potted plants and other such things. Its back panel is actually shaped like a pumpkin, with a stem and all and the entire piece is painted orange to further highlight the connection. If you want to make something similar, start with an unfinished wood planter or just a simple box and a wood pumpkin cut out. You’ll also need orange and brown paint and wood glue. You’ll have a pumpkin fall basket in no time.

9. Fall Foliage Candle Centerpiece

Fall Foliage Candle Centerpiece

You can make a beautiful fall centerpiece by simply bringing some of that beautiful foliage we all like into your home. Go ahead and gather a bunch of fallen leaves of different colors and maybe even some berries, cones, or anything else you like and gather them in a bouquet. Display it in a vase or in a jar. It would be nice for the container to feature a fall color as well. You should also check out candle jar upcycling ideas.

10. Lettered Pumpkins Fall Sign

Lettered Pumpkins Fall Sign

We keep coming back to pumpkins, being drawn by their charm and versatility. That being said, here’s yet another pumpkin-based fall project. This time it’s a fresh take on decor and the pumpkins are small and light-colored. There are four of them here, each featuring a letter on it. Together they spell out “fall”. Look closely and you’ll see that the letters are actually made of antique keys. This is the part we like most about this updated pumpkin project.

11. Mason Jar and Twine Centerpiece

Mason Jar and Twine Centerpiece

As popular as pumpkins are this season, Mason jars are even more popular. There are tons of DIY projects based on the simple glass jar and this is one of them. The simplistic look of this decoration is a huge part of its appeal. As you can see, there’s not much to it. Each jar is decorated with a bit of twine and a metal washer is attached to the twine section, sort of like a tag. You can use the jars as  vases. This Mason jar and twine centerpiece are one of the easiest DIY projects ever.

12. Flower Dotted Pumpkin

Flower Dotted Pumpkin

Just because fall features some of the more masculine and rustic colors in interior design doesn’t mean that you can’t make it pretty too. This daisy-dotted pumpkin from A Beautiful Mess is a great way to keep some cheerful foliage around the house even after the weather begins to cool off. This is also a fun way to decorate some Halloween pumpkins without having to clean them if you don’t want to deal with any carving. Try replacing the daisies with faux sunflowers or other false blooms for a different variation on this decoration.

13. Painted Acorns

Painted Acorns

These charming and colorful acorns help add some much-needed brightness to your fall decor. You can even add glitter or mica powder to make them even more striking. Acorns can be gathered outdoors if you live near an oak tree or you can order some online. Once preserved, these acorns can be painted with craft paints or even leftover nail polish if you have some you need to use up. Make sure the acorn caps stay firmly attached by hot-gluing them in place. For a full tutorial on creating these magical acorns, check out Home Stories A to Z

14. Autumn Leaf and Acorn Garlands

Autumn Leaf and Acorn Garlands

Here’s another DIY fall decoration that uses acorns as part of the motif. These autumn leaf and acorn garlands at Eliza Darlings will make it look like falling leaves are settling throughout your home. They’re useful for draping over bookshelves or other pieces of furniture that you don’t move items around on much. You can either get a bunch of leaves in similar patterns and colors for a unified aesthetic or get a broader range of different faux leaves for a more natural and eclectic look.

15. Buffalo Check Mason Jar

Buffalo Check Mason Jar

Buffalo check is one of the hottest patterns for fall decorations, and these buffalo check Mason jars combine buffalo check with pumpkin orange for a cheerful autumn look. Mason jars can be acquired cheaply from dollar or bulk stores. With just acrylic and chalk paint, you can transform them into small vases or even candleholders for your favorite fall scent. Learn how to make them yourself at Weekend Craft. If you don’t like the orange and white buffalo check, you could replace the orange with gray and black for a more traditional buffalo check.

16. Pumpkin Basket

Pumpkin Basket

A pumpkin basket like this basket from Two Paws Farmhouse is a great accent to make your home feel more cozy and rustic in the fall. Smaller pumpkin baskets can be used for your fall table centerpieces, or you can position one at your fireplace. Simply find a basket you like, line it with a throw such as a chunky knitted blanket, and then layer different pumpkins inside it. You can use live pumpkins, faux plastic pumpkins, or even handmade fabric and velvet pumpkins – let your imagination run wild!

17. Cheap DIY Farmhouse Pumpkins

Cheap DIY Farmhouse Pumpkins

One of the biggest gripes many crafters have with faux pumpkins from the craft store is that they look too artificial. But there are ways to get around cheap-looking artificial pumpkins. This tutorial from DIY With My Guy shows you how to take affordable plastic pumpkins from the dollar store and turn them into fall decorations that scream farmhouse chic. These pumpkins can be customized to match a variety of different interior designs and color palettes, making them a great thrifty glow-up decoration for your fall menagerie.

18. Maple Leaf Mason Jars

Maple Leaf Mason Jars

Maple leaf mason jars are popular in fall crafting circles, and with good reason. These gorgeous autumn lamps help bring an inviting warm glow to your home while also pulling a fall motif throughout your interiors. With just a little modge podge, some Mason jars, and some artificial leaves, you can create beautiful fall lamps to place throughout the house. This craft is easy enough for kids to help out, too. Read more about how to make maple leaf mason jars over at Spark and Chemistry.

19. Broom Gnome Banner

Broom Gnome Banner

The broom gnomes on this broom gnome banner from Southern Crush at Home aren’t just adorable to look at. By using cinnamon-scented brooms, these gnomes can help bring the scent of fall into your home. To up their aromatic allure, try spritzing them with other fall-inspired scents, such as gingerbread or pumpkin spice. Perfect for your fall mantel or the top of a bookshelf, this banner is a fun way to bring a touch of fall whimsy to your decor.

20. Rustic Woven Fall Wreath

Rustic Woven Fall Wreath

Using rustic materials in fall decorations helps give them a homey and inviting feel. This rustic woven fall wreath from Just That Perfect Piece incorporates twine and sunflowers for a decoration that manages to evoke the last days of summer right before true fall hits. The darker elements of this wreath such as the dark center of the faux sunflower make it stand out well against lighter walls and doors.

21. Fabric Fall Wreath

Fabric Fall Wreath

Fall is a traditional time of year to put some wreaths on the doors around your home, and this fabric wreath is easy to make with a selection of fall-inspired fabrics and crimping scissors. Use scissors to cut your chosen fabrics into crimped ribbons, then arrange the ribbons thickly around a wreath frame. One of the advantages of this fall decoration is that you can go wild choosing whatever fall patterns you like in your fabrics. Whether you want to go with a harvest theme or you want to do a spooky Halloween wreath, it’s easy to put your personal touch on this project. Learn how to make your own wreath over at Quilty Therapy.

22. DIY Wood Bead Pumpkin

DIY Wood Bead Pumpkin

Sometimes you don’t have to go big with your fall decorations to still make a big impact. This DIY wooden bead pumpkin from Domestically Blissful is simple to put together with just a few crafting supplies. It makes a nice addition to a fall-themed centerpiece or you could just put them around in different unused corners as accent pieces. These are a fun project to make while you hang out on a chilly fall weekend since the act of stringing the beads is calming. If you don’t like the look of the wooden beads, you could also try this project with other bead types.

23. DIY Sunflower Wreath

DIY Sunflower Wreath

Fall decorations don’t have to mean just pumpkins, leaves, and acorns. Embrace the flowers of fall with this DIY sunflower wreath at Grillo Designs. Large sunflowers take a long time to grow and are usually just beginning to show their best colors in early fall, making them an iconic bloom of autumn. The yellow and black in this wreath look especially good against a light-colored door for contrast.

24. DIY Yarn Pumpkins

DIY Yarn Pumpkins

When it comes to making your fall decorations look and feel cozy, you need to pay attention to the materials you use as much as you do the motifs. Soft crafted pumpkins are a great way to introduce different materials, textures, and patterns to your fall design. These DIY yarn pumpkins from Ava Shields only require novice crafting skills to end up with a professional-looking result you’ll be proud to set out. Use yarns with metallic accents woven in to add even more glamor to your homemade pumpkin display.

25. Preserved Acorns

Preserved Acorns

Foraging for fall decorations outdoors is one of the most fun parts of crafting in the fall. Everything from fallen leaves to nuts and twigs can be repurposed indoors for a natural and sophisticated design aesthetic. This is especially true if you preserve them. Learn how to preserve acorns for fall decorations at Staying Close to Home and you can use them in all kinds of indoor fall decor without having to worry about the nuts going bad or bringing insects in. Adding a gloss to preserved acorns can also make them a brighter accent by adding reflections, but it detracts from their realistic look.

26. DIY Velvet Pumpkins

DIY Velvet Pumpkins

In recent years velvet pumpkins have become a popular crafting choice for fall since these squeezably soft fabric pumpkins can allow you to include homemade crafts in your interior design without them looking cheaply made. Velvet is a high-quality fabric with a sumptuous feel and appearance, making it a good choice for creating long-lasting DIY fall decorations. Include velvet in multiple shades of orange for a softened farmhouse look or choose unique colors that suit your existing interior. See how to make velvet pumpkins at My Wee Abode.

27. DIY Sweater Sleeve Pumpkins

DIY Sweater Sleeve Pumpkins

Fall is a good time of year to clean out your closets and get rid of any clothing you have that doesn’t fit anymore or needs repairs. If you find yourself with sweaters you can’t wear, consider cutting the sleeves off and using them to create some of these DIY sweater sleeve pumpkins. Sweater textiles make a cozy and beautiful material for craft pumpkins, and if constructed carefully these decorations can last for several years. It’s a great way to give your old clothes a second life, especially if you’re attached to the sweater’s pattern or fabric. Make your own sweater sleeve pumpkins using this tutorial from DIY Beautify.

28. DIY Felt Garland

DIY Felt Garland

If you don’t want to use faux leaves in your fall decorations, you can always make your own. The felt leaves in this DIY felt garland from Ellen Hutson are easy to work up while you’re sitting around socializing or watching a movie, and they’re a fun project to do with friends and family. The key to making this garland look good is using a wide variety of different colored felts for the leaves. You could even get your family together to write things you’re grateful for on the leaves before stringing them up.

29. DIY Fall Pillow Wrap

DIY Fall Pillow Wrap

In the fall you need plenty of throw pillows lying around to keep the atmosphere snuggly, but you get bonus points if you can keep them autumn-themed while you do it. If you have some basic sewing skills, try this DIY fall pillow wrap from Orange Bettie to add some cheerful orange pumpkins to your existing throw pillows. These pillow wraps are removable, which means when the season is over you can easily take them off and store them for the following fall.

30. DIY Leaf Bowl

DIY Leaf Bowl

Fallen leaves are one of the most iconic symbols of fall, and using faux leaves in home crafting projects can help bring a little bit of the autumn outdoors inside even after the leaves have started to die off for the year. This DIY leaf bowl from Made With Happy is simple to make with modge podge, a balloon, and some faux leaves. Try pairing this leaf bowl with an electronic candle in the center to help give the leaves a translucent golden glow. These leaf bowls are also great as makeshift candy bowls during the Halloween season.

Making fall decorations is a fun tradition for many households, and there are tons of DIY projects available to match just about any decorating aesthetic or design theme. Some crafting projects might require some basic skills such as sewing or light woodworking. However, many others require minimal skills and supplies to pull off a decoration that will look nicer and bring you more pride than anything you could buy in a store. Try some of these creative DIY fall decorations this autumn to wow your houseguests all season long!

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