Fall-ify Your Home With These DIY Decor Projects

The days are getting shorter and the weather's cooling down, which can only mean one thing — it's time to deck out your home in all. the. fall. decorations. We're talking pumpkins, decorative gourds and pretty much anything yellow and orange. No matter your craft, we can guarantee there's a perfect fall decor project for you.

1. Paint Pumpkins in a New Way

Get a cool tie-dye effect by dipping a pumpkin (real or fake) into a bucket of water and spray paint. Just layer your colors and swirl them around before dipping — there's no artistic skill required for this funky result.

Turn a few heads this season by marbling your pumpkins! All you need are some plastic or real pumpkins, a bucket of water and spray enamel. Doodle Wars contestant Tripp Derrick Barnes teaches you how to "hydro-paint" your pumpkins for a totally one-of-a-kind look.

2. Say Hello to the Season

Embrace all things fall with a fun handmade sign. Simply repurpose an old picture frame with some stain, a piece of cardboard and chalkboard paint. Then fall-ify it by adding festive flowers, small decorative gourds and a handwritten seasonal message.

Welcome autumn with a foliage-inspired wall or door hanging! DIY expert Rachel Metz shows you how to repurpose a wooden picture frame to create this simple yet striking piece of decor.

3. Knit an Autumnal Garland

No matter how you use it, this handknit garland is the perfect finishing touch to your fall decor. Drape it across your mantel or the perimeter of a sign, wind it through a wreath or just place it around your Thanksgiving centerpiece. Because even though the pattern makes two 4' garlands, you can adjust it to fit any length you need — making it one of the most versatile projects in your queue.

4. Make a Festive Rug for Your Mug

There's nothing like curling up with a cup of joe (or hot cider!), especially on chilly mornings. Follow the template to stitch a mug rug and matching coasters you can use on slow, cozy days. Bonus: it's so simple to appliqué!

5. Fall in Love With Felt

Fun pieces of felt and basic stitching techniques come together in these quick-sew coasters. They're cute and easy to make, so you can whip up a set for yourself and stitch them for gifts .

6. Skip the Pumpkin Carving

Instead of carving a Jack-O-Lantern again, put a creative spin on the tradition and decorate your pumpkins with fabric and Mod Podge, paint, fake plants, sequins — the possibilities are endless! Not only is it a safer activity for kids (no sharp blades!), but you can really get creative and give it some unique ~flair~.

Carving pumpkins? Tons of fun and certainly time-honored. But there are so many gorgeous ways to doll up the humble gourd, why settle for what you've always done? These pumpkin pros broke out the Mod Podge, craft paint, faux pumpkins and even real plants to level up this year's crop. Get ready for some serious fall feels!

7. Perfect Your Fall Centerpiece

First, pick your favorite fall blooms or choose a color pattern from your coziest flannel. Then use that to build a centerpiece your Thanksgiving guests will be wowed by! This arrangement combines fresh, dried and fake flowers, but it doesn't matter what you use — as long as you criss-cross your stems and work from the biggest blooms to the smallest, this project is sure to come out great.

Up your tablescape game with the Flower Chef herself, Carly Cylinder, host of "The Flower Kitchen." With Carly's simple tips, learn to create an impressive autumn arrangement using fresh, faux and dried blooms.

8. Make It PSQ (Pumpkin Spice Quilt) Season

This beginner-friendly quilt is bringing all the fall vibes. It comes together quickly, and you'll learn a hack for making eight half-square triangles from only two squares — no extra scraps in sight!

9. Crochet Those Crunchy Leaves

One pattern, four crochet leaves. Learn how to stitch aspen, oak, vine and generic leaves in white thread, then hand-dye them in brilliant (and realistic-looking) autumn colors. They're beautiful when used in a wreath or scattered on a tablescape.

10. Get Leafy With Your Candle Holders

Turn a plain mason jar into a gorgeous fall-themed candle holder. It's a great upcycling project and the perfect way to preserve your favorite leaves found in the back yard. When it's dry, tie a bow around it with twine and place a tea light candle inside — voilà!

11. Paint the Foliage

Flex your artistic muscles and paint an autumn landscape. This fall forest is a great exercise in perception as you paint trees in the foreground, background and define a focus point. Plus, it looks really good framed up on the wall.

Take what you've learned about leaf groupings and apply it to a fall painting by grouping colorful trees! Get painterly, working from the background to the foreground and varying the colors. Marianne selects one tree as her center of focus and shows you how to make your brushstrokes shine.

12. Compose a Bountiful Spread

This party platter didn't come to play — as it stretches the entire length of your table, it means business. In there guests will find cheese, wine and any other appetizer you have a craving for. Give it extra fall flair with small pumpkins, greenery and decorative gourds scattered throughout the spread.

Keep your guests full and happy with a harvest-season platter! Photographer and "Five-Course Photo" instructor Brooke Lark shows you how to use a piece of plywood to build a table-length charcuterie spread that looks as good as it tastes.

September 26, 2019
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