Fall Table Decorating - Do-It-Yourself Ideas
With all the dinners, feasts and family gatherings happening in fall, you want your home to look the part for the season. Adding a little decor around your house or even just on the dinner table will make your home look and feel warm and inviting. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money on expensive decor. With a little bit of crafting and creativity, you can easily create fabulous fall table decorating pieces yourself.
Here’s a look at a couple of easy DIY fall home decorating ideas:
Make it Fruity
Fall is apple season and the red, green, and yellow colors are perfect for adding a splash of bright color to your table or home. A great way to use apples as decoration is to turn them into votives. Take a bunch of (washed) apples and cut into them with a melon baller. Remember to rinse them with salt water or lemon juice so they don’t go brown. The space left should be the perfect size to fit a little tea light candle. Arrange the apples on the table or server and light the candles when the guests arrive.
Pretty on Pumpkin
Pumpkins are super popular around this time of year and are a decor favorite. This year, try something different and turn pumpkins into flower vases that are a little unconventional. Hole out a number of pumpkins of various sizes, larger ones from the bottom, smaller ones from the top, then drill or poke holes in the sides around the centre of the pumpkin. When you’re done, gather a bunch of colorful flowers of different kinds and push the stems through the holes. If you’ve holed out the pumpkin from the top, use it like you would a regular vase. This can be done with either real or fake pumpkins and flowers. Now arrange them on the table either as centerpiece or as part of a decorating spread.
Who doesn’t like succulents? Their interesting shapes and evergreen colors give them an air of earthy sophistication, not to mention their low maintenance, which means those of us without even the faintest hint of green fingers can enjoy them. Succulents are also perfect for creating fall table decorating pieces. If you don’t have any succulents already, get a couple from your local garden center, most stock them year-round. While you’re there, get a few interesting pots, big and small, fancy or simple.
When you’re decorating, mix them up in singles, arrange them in little groups, or plant a couple together in a bigger pot. Arrange them around the table according to their different colors. Make things interesting by using cake stands to put them on different levels. Another great idea is to mix them with colorful seasonal flowers, this adds interesting contrast between subdued and bright colors. When the party is over, simply put them outside where they can get lots of sun, and water with a spot of water once a week.
On the Upcycle
Upcycling is a big trend that’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Everything from reclaimed lumber, old bottles of different colors, old crates, even old books, can add a warm, rustic atmosphere. There is so much you can do with these items, in fact the potential is as wide as your imagination. Use lumber and crates to hold flowers, fruit or candles, use old bottles as vases, or make interesting cutouts from the pages of old books (rope in the kids to help with these), and many more. Scrounge around your garage, especially that one corner you haven’t cleaned out in years, browse farmers’ markets, second-hand or antique stores to find pieces. One of the great things about these items is that imperfection is a good thing - those little scratches, stains and cracks add character, giving them a feeling of warmth this chilly season.
Few things give you a sense of accomplishment like making something beautiful yourself and fall table decorating is no exception. With a little creativity and crafty fingers, you can add some fall color and a warm atmosphere to your home.