Summer is (finally) cooling down, which means it’s time to celebrate Autumn! Between changing leaves, growing pumpkins, and warm autumnal scents, decorating your space to match the spirit of the season is always a fun task—but it doesn’t necessarily require a trip to your local craft store. This year, why not try out DIY fall decor?
Americans produce 25% more litter between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than any other time of the year. Instead of shopping for plastic decorations and contributing to waste, look around! Recycling – aka reusing – the materials around you are the quickest way to a consciously organized home.
Tin cans make for adorable growers, leaves can easily become wreaths, and pumpkins and pines provide instant autumnal charm. Here, 23 DIY fall decor ideas to help you celebrate the season.
23 fall decor ideas made from recycled materials
Use your leftover mason jar lids to create forever pumpkins! Simply paint the eyelids (or wrap them in fabric) before tying them into twine to make a ball. Gather some sprigs from your backyard or use cinnamon sticks to make a stem.
Dried flowers make an eye-catching (and eco-friendly) decoration any time of year, and flowers are a beautiful way to elevate your fall decor. Instead of throwing away harvest bouquets, opt for air drying: simply hang upside down in a dark room for about three weeks.
3. Preserve the fallen leaves
Instead of going to the nearest craft store, go outside and hand-pick your favorite fallen leaves to preserve and use throughout your home. All you need is a quick glaze of Mod Podge to keep your fall foliage looking fresh forever.
4. paper stamps
The various textures, shapes, and sizes of the leaves make for a great character. Cover the underside of any paper with the paint of your choice and use it to decorate tea towels, pillowcases, placemats, and more. (This is a great activity for kids!)
5. tin cans
Reuse tin cans to create new homes for herbs or small house plants! Choose seasonal paint colors to enhance your fall feel.
The craft is a little more laborious, but the results are well worth the effort. This tutorial It teaches you how to dye fabrics using plants and flowers to create truly unique textiles. You can also use leftovers to make a natural dye with this guide.
Good old pumpkins provide an easy way to decorate for the season. Head to the pumpkin patch or your local farm and gather different shapes and colors for an instant fall atmosphere — or to use in some delicious fall recipes.
Make your space cozy with the Mason Lantern. All you need is a jar, some twine and a candle, but there’s plenty of room for creativity. Finish the outside of the jar with twigs, leaves, dried flowers, and more. Hang or place anywhere that needs some extra light!
Create a portable autumn environment with customizable snow globe! Head to your backyard and pick up a stick before adding water, a sheet of biodegradable leaves, and glycerin. The beauty of frozen fallen leaves.
10. book page wreath
Head to the thrift store and stock up on some weathered titles to make your very own book wreath. The gradients of vintage pages will pair well with other fall tones, and this is a great way to recycle old books.
11. Pumpkin tin can
Instead of turning tin cans into bowls, flip them over and paint them like sweet and silly monsters.
Repurpose old or fluffy pullovers into cozy, decorative pillows. Knitting old cables takes on new life when you turn them into pillows – get creative with size, shape, and more.
Pinecones are the perfect DIY fall decor item. Dig out, then fill a bucket with it Two parts water and one part white vinegar To clean pinecones and repel insects. Once it dries, add it to vases, wreaths, or wreaths.
It’s an atom! I’ve got juice. Well, in fact, the vegetables used in this hoop should be dried first. hang or put on rack in direct sunlight For 2-4 weeks before threading on the threads.
15th. leaf wreath
Welcome fall with a seasonally inspired (and long-lasting) wreath. Embellish your favorite papers with metallic paint or painted patterns before painting with Mod Podge and securing them to a wooden embroidery hoop.
Quilting can be a big project to take on, but it’s a great way to use up old textiles and clothing—and to slow down and welcome the second half of the year. Once you’re done, you can lounge with the quilt for years to come, or wrap it up as decor.
Another great way to add flowers to your space without the ultimate waste. After pressing your flowers, add them to a floating frame to create some elegant wall art.
18. cloth wreath
Add texture to your door decor. Use old flannels or tea towels to make a fabric garland that you can take out every fall.
19. Repurpose an old picture frame
Refit an old tire with screw eyes and small threads. Remove the glass and the back of the frame and thread along the thread through the backside. You can hand out photos and saved papers or create a thank you board for everyone to write a nice letter to carry with you throughout the holidays.
Fall is all about Cabincourt. Use twine and wrap cinnamon sticks around your favorite candles, creating a woody atmosphere (and delicious scent).
Pressure isn’t just for flowers! Press the leaves to use in picture frames, wreaths, wreaths, cards… the possibilities are endless.
22. Mason jars fall
For an easy painting project, cover Mason jars with fall colors. This tutorial It is characterized by a negative area remaining from the applied and peeled leaves.
Instead of tossing them, use your corks to make mini pumpkins. Corks are easily installed into new shapes with a hot glue gun. Add some scrap paper or felt to finish and place it around your house.
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