Five Fall Frills {DIY Decor}

There are TONS of great sales on Fall decor right now — which is a perfect time to snag some great items in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!  Check out your local Dollar Store or craft store, and you will find some items that you can implement now (or save for next year!).  Here are a few of my faves:

1. Gilded Pumpkins :: We are totally into the gold look right now!  If you want to make these at home, don’t paint big pumpkins [the gasses in the paint will cause the pumpkin to explode — which, although pretty funny, would be a not-so-fun mess to clean up].  Choose mini pumpkins, or scour the dollar store or your nearest craft store to find some Styrofoam pumpkins, then paint them as you desire with some metallic gold paint.

Gilded Pumpkins by Jules

{we especially loved this tutorial by Jules}

2. Autumn Harvest scented candle [Target, $10] :: This thing smells like all the things we love about Fall!  I always get compliments on how good this candle smells.  Even though it seems to last forever, I still burned through 2 of them last season.

Autumn Harvest Target Candles - Design Love Inspiration

{via Design, Love & Inspiration}

3. Paint Chip Garland :: This is one of my favorite (and cheapest!) DIY projects for the autumn season. Here’s how:

  • “Ask politely” at your nearest home improvement store if you can have some of their paint chip samples (do not take them in mass quantities, because that would be stealing… nope, don’t do that.  I would never recommend collecting paint samples in desired hues to make a craft… never.)
  • Once you’ve somehow or another collected your paint chips, cut a notch in the bottom of each one.  Don’t worry about trying to hide or cut out the name of the paint chip — I personally think it looks cool that way!  Plus, mine were sort of themed, so it worked out great (my paint colors were named Jack-O-Lantern, Pumpkin Patch, Marshmallow… so festive, right!?)
  • Hot glue the pennants to a long piece of twine, or run them through your sewing machine, and voia!
  • Finally, hang it with pride 🙂 I hung mine over the fire place.

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4. Cinderella Pumpkins (plus a festive wreath!) :: Pick up a few cinderella pumpkins from one of our local pumpkin patches for a rustic touch to your front porch! And for a festive wreath, check out your local craft store, a local boutique/antique shop or of course, Home Goods. It’s also fun to make your own wreath which we’ve done a couple of times (just not for fall yet) — we’ll have to write a post on that craft later!


5. Fall Printables :: The internet is chock-full of free and/or inexpensive printables for each season.  Simply find a favorite frame, and switch out simple artwork!  One of my recent favorite discoveries is printing on old dictionary pages.  Here’s how I did it:

  • I “borrowed” an old dictionary from a school that I used to work at (what?! they were throwing it out anyways… I think?) and found a page I liked.  If you are feeling extra ambitious, you can look for a page that features a word that matches the autumn theme (fall, leaves, autumn) and cut it out carefully with some scissors.  
  • Tape the dictionary page to the center of a regular piece of printer paper — use just a little bit of tape at each corner
  • Create your design on a Microsoft Word document, making sure that the design is centered and that it will fit on your page — or, find a printable online!  Here are some of our favorites below.
  • Feed your dictionary paper through the printer, and voilà!



What are some of your favorite ways to decorate for the fall season??  Can’t wait to see them!  Tag us at @locallove805 #LL805, as per usual 🙂


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Nicole {LL805}

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