Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere
By: Kinza Khan
Fall is approaching us shortly and before you know it, pumpkin spice will hit you in the face. Now you don’t have to go out and buy all new fall décor, you could DIY it just by adding little touches such as leaves around the house, decorated pumpkins and pinecones with glitter. There’s a number of creative ways you could make your space like the inside of pumpkin spice latte.
You could start by using things around your house. Decorative candles with ribbons would look lovely at any dinner table, especially when using fall colors. Start with a plain white candle and add gold and orange ribbons. Also, adding a bow makes a cute accent.
Speaking of the dinner table, you could go the extra mile by setting up corresponding dinner plates and napkins. If you’re setting this up for company, the napkin ring holders could be a ring of leaves wrapped around each napkin.
Make your home smell like fall, there are so many scents associated with autumn. Try using scents like cinnamon and apple. You could also try getting incenses or maybe even scented oils, placing just a few drops of the essential oil in various parts of the home.
If you really want to spark your inner Martha Stewart, make your own candles and soaps in different kinds of leaf shapes. Both candle making and soap making require a few tools from the craft store. You would need a wax or soap base essential oils like apple or cinnamon. You could also try mixing two or three different scents.
Once you have your supplies, start by heating up the wax or soap base in the microwave. Then slowly add the oils in, making sure to completely incorporate the scent in. Another interesting thing you could do with the soap is mixing in some oatmeal to give it an exfoliating like texture. Once you have everything mixed in, pour it into your molds. It usually takes about 24-48 hours for everything to be completely set.
Now, if you’re interested in creating your own autumn wreath, start with this: take a plain wooden wreath base and wrap a string of fake leaves around the wreath. Use dots of hot glue to help secure the leaves in place. You could also add small pinecones and a touch of glitter to complete the look. The colors that would look great with this would be brown, orange and hints of red and yellow.
You could also try hitting up the local dollar store, great finds for fall there. Just grab a few plastic pumpkins and go to town decorating them. You could decoupage a faux pumpkin with images that correspond to your personal taste. Try printing out an image of an interesting pattern, or design, and add a thin layer of glue to the back of it. Then gently place the image on the pumpkin, smoothing out any air bubbles. Once it’s dry, add a layer of sealant, such as mod podge, to preserve your artwork.
You can turn any basic cookie recipe into a fall inspired cookie recipe. For instance, instead of using chocolate chips in cookies, use butterscotch chips in place. There’s also ways to make homemade pumpkin spice, using that in oatmeal cookies or even shortbread cookies would give it makeover. And you definitely can’t go wrong with cinnamon, a dash of cinnamon would be the perfect addition to any recipe.
You could add a cozy fall touch to any room by adding a throw blanket or a throw rug in a color that works best for autumn and because many of the colors tend to be neutrals, they work well with any room.
A cute quick DIY idea would be to grab a canning jar, fill it with acorns and add a tealight candle to illuminate the room.
And for those cold early fall mornings, why not make your own scarf out of old sweaters. Start by making a long cut across your sweater. Then by stretching out the remaining fabric you should have a wide circle scarf. Perfect for those chilly mornings.
A delightful treat, especially for kids, would be pumpkin pretzels. Sounds a bit weird, but it’s just mini-pretzels covered in candy melts, which can be found in the candy aisle at the craft store. Get orange and green candy melts. Then dip the pretzel, almost all the way to the top, in the orange melted candy. Then once that’s hardened, dip the remaining part in green. You could also do this with red candy melts, making tiny pretzel apples.
I hope you enjoyed these DIYs. Feel free to add or omit any of the materials or ingredients. These are just suggestions. You can make something completely unique out of any of these DIYs.