Fall Leaf Garland

If you need “a really, really, REALLY quick DIY for Thanksgiving,” Katie at Love Paper Paint has you covered. She’s showing us how to make some two gorgeous decorations with fall leaves and a few leftover Halloween pumpkins.


Katie loves decorating for the holidays, but says she tries to stick to “items we’ve saved from previous years or things I find around the house. And it has to be something I can throw together quickly.” She spent ten minutes on each project, so I’d say this for sure meets the “quick” criteria. Katie transformed the pumpkins with gold duct tape (fancy!!!) and created the garland with her magnolia leaves.


See more pictures and get even more ideas at Love Paper Paint.

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Jars

Self-proclaimed “jar hoarder” Dee M. of Meatloaf and Melodrama dug into her growing stash to create a set of cuter-than-cute jack-o-lantern jars. This quick project would be a great one to do with kids!
Mason Jars
When we say easy, we mean easy–all it took was spray paint, markers, and ribbon! Dee enlisted a few small helpers to draw on the pumpkin faces. She’s using her finished products as storage for “kitchen gadgets, office supplies or anything else you can think of!”
Pumpkin Jars
 Check out more pictures and helpful instructions (like what brand of spray paint Dee uses on glass) at Meatloaf and Melodrama.

White and Gold Fall Decor for Less

Inspired by some pretty gold pumpkins she spotted at Target, Aniko from Place of My Heart decided to create her old golden Autumn decor for less.  She started with some wine bottles from her recycling bin and a few small, decorative pumpkins.


Aniko turned the wine bottles into pretty vases with spray paint.  She painted them white, first, then used washi tape to tape off stripes on one before spraying it over with gold.  The other bottle got some gold polka dots.  The decorative pumpkins also got the Midas touch with gold spray paint.  Arranged on her dining table, the gold and white objects make a lovely centerpiece.


Click over to Place of My Heart to find out more about this pretty DIY centerpiece.

Cute Wood Pumpkins from Architectural Salvage

Kathy of Petticoat Junktion picked up a box of these decorative wood square corners at a yard sale a while ago.  They are meant for adding to trim and molding for extra pizzazz.  She’s had them sitting around in her workshop, and finally figured out what to do with them.


This is such a great idea:  Kathy turned those little squares into pumpkins!  She painted the squares pumpkin orange.  Then Kathy glued some twigs to the top of each square, effectively giving her “pumpkins” some stems.  Next, she embellished them with ribbons and burlap.  Aren’t they the cutest little pumpkins?


Find out more about this project by visiting Petticoat Junktion.

Finial Stemmed Pumpkins

Here’s a nifty idea for fall decor using upcycled drapery finials from Jeanette at Homa Style.  She brought home some pumpkins/gourds this fall.  None of the three had stems.  Jeanette decided it would be fun to top the pumpkins with her collection of finials.

Not sure what a finial is?  It’s the decorative end cap on a drapery rod.  And guess what?  They look great as faux pumpkin stems, too!  This is a fun way to add a bit of unexpected whimsy to a fall vignette.

You can see all the steps Jeanette took to achieve this fun look at Homa Style.


Glass Jar Pumpkins

It’s not too late to save a few glass jars and create a spooktacular window display for Halloween with this tutorial at Instructables.

glass jar

Just some tissue paper and glue transform the jars into a cute patch of pumpkins, and candles or string lights give them a Halloweeny glow. It’s amazing how a simple decoration like this can have kids oohing and and aahing as they trick-or-treat at your house!

glass jar pumpkins

Find all the steps for your own glass jar pumpkins at Instructables.