Autumn is the perfect time to get into crafting. The days are getting cooler, and sometimes you just want to stay cozy inside. If you want to add a little personality to your space, here are a couple of DIY home decor activities that are sure to add warmth! Easy floral pumpkin centerpiece
For this piece, head to Michaels or your local craft store to pick out an artificial pumpkin that best suits the size of the table you’re looking to decorate. Then, head to the florals section and grab a variety of autumnal faux flowers and a couple of leaf or berry branches; include sunflowers and mums if you’re aiming for a traditional fall arrangement. Pro tip— local dollar stores may surprise you with their wide variety of DIY autumn supplies, especially in the faux florals! I’d recommend your first stopping at a dollar store, and then you can pick up extra embellishments at the craft store after.
To create the centerpiece, cut a hole around the stem of the pumpkin and remove the stem. This hole should be just about the size of your palm, or perhaps a bit larger if you opted for a larger centerpiece. After you’ve removed any tags from your faux flowers and foliage, you can arrange them in any way that you see fit! Remember, the foliage branches can be used to make a bouquet more classy and formal, or more rustic and authentic; the vibe is for you to decide! DIY leafy lanterns
If you want to add an extra touch of autumn to ordinary glass luminaries, this quick and easy project is the one for you! This can be a lot of fun if you have extra mason jars laying around you want to repurpose, or you can be more intentional and purchase a pair of simple 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’d like to use for your luminaries.
To start, lay down some newspaper or paper towel to protect whatever surface you’re working on from Mod Podge. Next, using the sponge brush, generously apply a layer of Modge Podge onto the glass; you’ll want this to act as the glue that will hold the leaves on, so don’t be shy–really lay it on thick! Then, place as few or as many leaves on as you like to the surface, and put another thick layer of Mod Podge on top to really seal it all in. Let it dry, insert a candle for maximum autumn detail, and there you have it – your very own DIY Leafy Lantern! Pumpkin stacked topiary
For this adorable display, you’re going to need artificial pumpkins of three different sizes — large, medium, and small. Around this time of year, Michaels tend to have them on sale, so buying multiple won’t break the bank. The pumpkins, a hot glue gun, and faux leaf garland are all you need to make the stack of your dreams a reality!
The first step is to remove the stem of the large and medium pumpkin. The easiest removal technique is to grab a pumpkin and cut a small hole around the stem in the same fashion as how one might cut the top of a jack-o’-lantern; this hole should be much smaller however — it’s just so the pumpkin can rest seamlessly on top of each other in the stack. Repeat this technique with the other pumpkin, remembering to keep the stem of the small pumpkin attached. Once the two stems are removed, use the hot glue gun to generously attach the medium pumpkin to the largest one, and then the smallest one on top. As a finishing touch, take the leafy garland and wind it artfully around your topiary to add some personality to your creation!
Francesca Fontánez is a Meriden based journalist, educator, and creative. A graduate of both the University of New Haven and the University of Bridgeport, she is happy to be back in Meriden writing about the city she loves and surrounding areas. When she’s not teaching ELA at Washington Middle School she’s either exploring the Eastern seaboard for her lifestyle blog (@ eastsidevibes on Instagram) or working on music for her band, Cessa and The Zach. Email Francesca at eastsidevibeswithcess@ gmail.com with tips on what you want to read about next, or just to say hi!