DIY Fall Decor

Posted In Knowledge - 09/13/2018

Seasonal Fall Decor

Even though it marks the end of summer fun, fall brings its own mystique and charm. Leaves begin to fall and pumpkins sprout in the crisp autumn air. Decor inspired by the season often features the earthy colors of turning leaves and homey accents to make evenings spent indoors warm and cozy.

Decorating for Halloween

Halloween offers even more elements to play with in seasonal decorating. An elegant spin on the holiday may include branch centerpieces, gothic candles, or patio luminaries to create a mysterious glow. Spooky-cute decor features fun monsters and candy creations. Still other decorators honor the Day of the Dead with family tributes, sugar skulls, and vibrant colors.

Regardless of how you celebrate the season, decorating at Halloween can be a fun way to put a festive touch on your interior design and engage with the community. Whether you're preparing for a party or decking out the front porch for treat-or-treaters, Halloween decor is versatile enough to suit your tastes and goals.

DIY Halloween Decorations

Handmade Halloween decor allows for even more freedom to get the look and feel you want, whether cute, creepy, or chic. We've got step-by-step directions for two easy-to-make centerpiece decorations with lots of room for customization. It may even inspire you to come up with your own creations.

Fall Terrarium

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Materials:

  • Glass Cloche Jar
  • Floral foam
  • Decorative dried flowers/grass
  • Craft moss
  • Decorative gourds and pine cones (real or artificial)
  • Mini autumn leaf garland
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Glue (if needed)

Instructions:

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Step 1. Cut and shape your floral foam to fit the base of the cloche jar. Keep in mind that the moss will add volume, so you may need to shave off some of the sides or bottom to accommodate the glass cover.

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Step 2. Measure dried floral elements against the height of the glass cloche cover and cut them accordingly. Place the stems firmly into the foam. Be sure to test the length with the cover before moving on to the next step.

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Step 3. Use moss to cover the foam base and secure with glue. Be sure to double check for any bare spots. For a true fall setting, distribute 15 - 20 mini leaves from the garland, a handful of pinecones, or other fall items across the moss.

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Step 4. Now it's time to add your gourds. Keep in mind that real mini pumpkins will only last a few months. Use craft glue as needed for stacked objects. A little strategic placement of moss can help prop up these items as well. Once the cover is in place, remove any excess moss between the glass and the base.

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Spooky Cemetery Terrarium

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Materials:

  • Glass Cloche Jar
  • Floral foam
  • Craft moss
  • Mini autumn leaf garland
  • Spooky Cemetery Printable cutouts
  • 2 packs of paper stem wire (12 pieces total) or real twigs
  • Thread
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions:

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Step 1. Starting with the base, cut pillars of floral foam in various sizes to add dimension to your cemetery scene. Place the highest section where you plan to add the tree.

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Step 2. Take two pieces of paper stem wire and twist them together lengthwise, concentrating on the middle. Add additional pieces one at a time, wrapping them around the trunk to form branches and roots. Select a few wire pieces to twist together to vary the size of the limbs.

Once the tree is finished, gently press the roots into the floral foam to hold it in place. For an even easier spooky tree, use a few real twigs from the yard instead.

Before adding the bats, test the size of the tree against the glass cloche cover. Bend and shape as needed to ensure the entire tree will fit inside.

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Step 3. Once the tree is finished, it's time to add some bats. Follow the instructions on the Spooky Cemetery Printables sheet to cut out each figure and add thread.

Rather than tying the bats to a branch, carefully wrap the thread around a limb and add a dab of glue to keep it from unraveling. To adjust the length, simply wind the bat around the branch until it hangs correctly. For the sleeping bat, add glue to the tab and secure it around one of the tree limbs.

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Step 4. Create some ground cover with craft moss. Be sure to conceal the floral foam and any empty areas around the tree roots.

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Step 5. After creating your tombstones from the Spooky Cemetery Printables PDF, set them into place. A touch of glue on the base will help to keep them from shifting.

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Step 6. Finally, sprinkle the scene with fall leaves cut from the garland and replace the cover.


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