Save money decorating for fall by making these festive homemade decorations. Creating autumn decor is a cinch with these easy do-it-yourself tips.
Make these easy DIY napkin holders 1. It's a Wrap: Ring in Thanksgiving with these feast-worthy napkin holders. You'll need: cardboard tubes (like those from paper towel rolls), ribbon in autumnal hues, tape, and scissors. Cut rolls into one-inch rings and ribbon into one-and-a-half-yard lengths. Tape one end of a ribbon to each tube's interior, then wind around, overlapping slightly as you go. Once the cardboard ring is covered, snip off the excess and tape the leftover end inside the ring. Slip in a napkin, and you're all set.
Create a family photo wall clock 2. Family Time: Show off some of your clan's favorite moments with this clever DIY wall clock. Gather 13 frames, sizes 2" by 3" to 4" by 6" (unify mismatched frames with spray paint), 12 photos, a clock kit (from a crafts store), and white paper and cardboard (to hide clock mechanism). Pop snapshots into 12 frames. Take out remaining frame's glass; use it to cut cardboard and paper to fit, and place in frame. Poke a hole through center to fit the clock's spindle. Push spindle through; reattach the clock's hands. Hang as shown.
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Make a handmade bookmark3. A New Leaf: Make this fun, easy parent-and-kid project: a seasonal bookmark. Rake in two shades of felt (one a harvest hue, the other brown), a tongue depressor, white glue, and scissors. Snip out a botanical shape (use this easy template), then a small strip for the leaf's center vein. Glue the strip to the leaf, and the leaf to the depressor. Clamp all together with a small binder clip or clothespin, and let dry.
Use an unused scarf as a table runner4. Scarf Trick: You've switched to your fall wardrobe, but what have you done to cozy up your house? For a quick update, turn a cast-off accessory into a piece of decor. Salvage from your closet a good-condition scarf you don't wear often (or check thrift stores for one) in a shade that coordinates with your interior, then simply drape the scarf as you would a runner. Any side or sofa table will appreciate the accessorizing.
Make your own cute cookbook 5. Cute Cookbook: Let a pal know just how thankful you are for her friendship by sharing a selection of your favorite recipes, organized in a clever and spill-proof catchall. From a crafts store, buy an inexpensive plastic photo album and pretty scrapbook paper. Slip patterned paper into the cover, then fill sleeves with handwritten cards or card-size printouts of old favorites or new recipes.
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Update your lighting for fall6. Light Touch: Dining room feeling a tad drab? Try this easy makeover: Cover plain chandelier or sconce candlesticks with paper sleeves. Nab patterned paper that coordinates with your current decor (or is in holiday-appropriate hues), along with scissors and double-sided tape. If possible, remove candlestick covers from the fixture. Measure the height and diameter (add 3/4 inch for overlap), and cut paper to fit. Cover, taping paper to itself. If you're tired of the sleeves after Turkey Day dinner, remove or swap out for new paper.
Make your desserts stand out 7. Bowl Over: Give sweets space to shine: Boost them on the buffet with cake stands crafted from your current servers. First, scour your cupboards for bowls with wide, flat bottoms (the Paul Revere style we used works perfectly); then find platters. Flip bowls and affix platters temporarily with Sticky Tack (find it at office-supply stores); press firmly for maximum hold. Tip: Pre-cut your desserts, or separate dishes from their stands when slicing.
How do you decorate for the fall months? Let us know in the comments!
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