Autumn Crafts Buying Guide
It's always a good idea to change up your home décor with each season. It keeps the space looking fresh and can provide some fun craft projects to do with friends and family. And with autumn, crafts that involve the outdoors--whether you make them outside or bring touches of nature in your home--are especially popular and easy to make. These decorations often incorporate the fall colours that resemble foliage, from reds to golds and rich browns; make use of natural scents, and cater to popular holidays of the season, like Halloween . For more detailed ideas on what to buy and how to get those creative juices flowing, check out the rest of this guide!
Adding touches to your window sill, front porch and garden are always popular choices when seasonally decorating. Floral arrangements that use dried flowers, braided twigs, leaves and dried corn husks are always great to place in entrances--e.g. on porches or stairs. You can also assemble great wreaths using these materials, along with acorns, construction paper, berries and cloth. All you need is a little inspiration and a hot glue gun to provide a warm welcome for your chilly guests!
Pumpkins are also a staple, but not just as jack-o-lanterns . Place one along the top of each front step or over your front door archway. Include them with topiary arrangements in your front yard, place them along fence posts or arrange them with gourds and corn in a basket at the end of your front drive.
The key is being creative, not campy, so don't overdo it and think carefully about the placement and construction of all decorations.
The decorating shouldn't stop with the front entrance--that would be a tease! Besides, there are a bunch of great options for fall décor inside the home that you won't want to miss out on.
For the dinner table, try sprucing it up with festive centrepieces and seasonal scented candles. Centrepieces can be easy to make, particularly if you have supplies left over from your outdoor decorating exploits. You simply start by putting down some newspaper so you don't make a mess, attaching decorative items to a large Styrofoam ring and building as you see fit. For a great look and fun fall aromas, try adding pine cones, lavender or cinnamon sticks, and finish it all off with some ribbon or gold sparkle spray.
Scented candles can be placed in the middle of your dining room table centrepiece, on the mantle or anywhere else around the house where you and your guests frequent. Some companies particularly in seasonal scents, like Yankee Candle Co. and Empire Candle Co., so be on the lookout for new scents each year. Some new and popular ones include:
- Pumpkin Spice
- Candy Apple
- Cinnamon and Sugar
- Autumn Gold
- Blueberry Scone
- Mulling Spices
The living room is also a great space to adorn with some autumn touches, as this is often the warm place where guests gather. Try knitting some festively coloured Afghans ,drink coasters or cushion covers . Fabric and craft stores have fun patterns and sell materials for low prices. And while you're out, you could also pick up some materials for making fall-themed grapevines , as they work well around doorways and can be really eye-catching.
But if you don't think you're that handy or simply don't have the time to knit, you always have alternatives. Decorating can be as simple as placing some fresh apples in a basket on your counter. At home décor stores, you can also buy craft kits and other pieces that don't require much added decoration or assembly. Look below for some of the easier options: