Fall is the perfect time to get into crafting. The days are getting cooler and sometimes you just want to stay comfortably indoors. If you want to add some personality to your space, here are some home decorating activities that are sure to add some warmth!
For this piece, head to Michaels or your local craft store to choose an artificial pumpkin that best suits the size of the table you’re looking to decorate. Next, head to the flower section and pick up a variety of faux fall flowers and a few sprigs of leaves or berries; include sunflowers and chrysanthemums if you’re aiming for a traditional fall arrangement. Pro tip: Local dollar stores may surprise you with their wide variety of DIY fall supplies, especially in faux flowers! I recommend stopping at a dollar store first, then you can buy additional embellishments at the craft store afterward.
To create the centerpiece, 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 bit larger if you’ve opted for a larger centerpiece. After removing all the tags from your faux flowers and foliage, you can arrange them however you see fit! Remember that foliage branches can be used to make a bouquet more elegant and formal, or more rustic and authentic; the mood is up to you!
If you want to add an extra touch of fall to ordinary glass light fixtures, this quick and easy project is for you! It can be a lot of fun if you have extra mason jars you want to reuse, or you can be more intentional and buy a pair of plain lanterns from your local craft store. All you need for this craft is faux leaves, Mod Podge, a sponge brush, and whatever glass container you want to use for your luminaries.
To start, lay down some newspaper or a paper towel to protect the surface you’re working on from Mod Podge. Then, using the sponge brush, generously apply a coat of Modge Podge to the glass; you’ll want this to act like the glue holding the leaves together, so don’t be shy – spread it really thick! Then place as many sheets as you want on the surface and put another thick layer of Mod Podge on top to really seal it all together. Let it dry, insert a candle for maximum fall detail, and voila – your very own DIY leafy lantern!
For this adorable display, you’ll need artificial pumpkins in three different sizes: large, medium, and small. At this time of year, Michaels tends to sell them, so buying several won’t break the bank. Pumpkins, a hot glue gun, and a faux leaf garland are all you need to make your dream pile a reality!
The first step is to remove the stem from the large and medium pumpkin. The simplest removal technique is to grab a pumpkin and make a small hole around the stem similar to how one might cut the top of a jack-o’-lantern; this hole should however be much smaller – this is just so that the pumpkins can sit seamlessly on top of each other in the pile. Repeat this technique with the other pumpkin, remembering to keep the stem of the smaller pumpkin attached. Once both 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 garland and wrap it artfully around your topiary to add some personality to your creation!
Francesca Fontánez is a journalist, educator and creative based in Meriden. A graduate of the University of New Haven and the University of Bridgeport, she is happy to be back in Meriden to write about the city she loves and its surroundings. When she’s not teaching ELA at Washington Middle School, she explores the East Coast for her lifestyle blog (@eastsidevibes on Instagram) or works on music for her band, Cessa and The Zach. Email Francesca at [email protected] with advice on what to read next, or just to say hello!