How many times have you said to yourself, “I can totally make one of those.”? I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve said it, especially the easy stuff. I’ve put together a small list of colorful and easy to make decorations that anyone can do, even the kids. It doesn’t matter if you’re not mechanically or artistically inclined.
Burlap Wrapped Leaf CandleBurlap is a great tool for making things with, whether it be for tying, wrapping, or stuffing. You can’t go wrong. As you can probably tell from the picture, this little item is so easy to make, you don’t even need the instructions. The original website is listed beneath the picture. Even though the post author suggests you buy empty, wide-mouth mason jars, and tea light candles, I would venture further by saying you can use any jarred candle of your choosing. Have some leftover from last fall? Did you get some as a gift recently? Wrap them in burlap and leaves, and you’ve made it festive. There really is no limit to what you can do with this kind of project. As always, be cautious when using any type of open flame.
Autumn Leaf BowlThis one is a little more involved than the last one, but still quite easy. The good thing is, while you’re out collecting leaves for the wrapped candle, you can collect them for this bowl project. Now, obviously, you can use any kind of leaves you want. You can even use some artificial ones, as suggested in the instructions. Why do that, though? Real ones are cheap and easy to collect and more fun. This project is real simple: leaves, Mod Podge, and some kind of mold.
Pumpkin Flower PotSince the other two items were for indoor, mostly, I decided to add this one. While you could, just as easily, put one inside, it seems to be more at home on the porch or entryway area. According to the instructions, all that’s needed is one or two of those artificial, carvable pumpkins, (or you could use real ones), some fall related flowers, like mums, in a pot, and a cutting utensil. The process is simple: cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin and place a flower pot inside it. If you wanted the full effect, you would only need to add plastic urns to place under the pumpkins. It’s super easy. I would put flowers with a little more color to them then just plain, white chrysanthemums, but that’s just me. To each his/her own, as they say.
Leaf CanvasOh my god! Not more leaves! Yes, sirree. If I had my way it would be All Fall Leaves All The Time…. That being said, this little project is a little less rustic and a little more artsy. Despite how it may look in the picture, it’s really easy to do: just get yourself a canvas, some paint, (whichever color you choose), and some leaves, (real or artificial), and slap them together. The instructions suggest using a glue gun to hold the leaves in place, but I think you could also get away with Mod Podge or some other adhesive. You don’t necessarily, have to go with black paint either. Experiment. Anything is possible.
This one is really simple. It’s so simple that I couldn’t find instructions anywhere. Apparently, all you need is some sort of lanternand some small gourds, (real or artificial). Now, exactly what you put in it is up to you. You could, just as easily, add some acorns or pine-cones to the collection of gourds on the inside and maybe some artificial leaves on the outside. The ground is the limit.
I hope these little ideas fill your season with color. Honestly, anything I can do to make sure Fall lasts as long as possible, (which is why I created this blog in the first place), and I’m there. Let me know if you have any ideas to improve these decorations or feel free to send pictures of your completed projects.