I’ve been looking for inexpensive ways to decorate our home for the seasons, particularly fall, whose color palette I really enjoy… so I’d been shopping around and finding a ton of things that I liked that came at a pretty steep cost (can’t really afford a $40 wreath, you know?).
Regardless, I came across a few tutorials for time-light, investment-light (I spent about $10 total on felt, fabric, and yarn) projects, made a run to the craft store last Monday while waiting for our vehicle to get an oil change, and invested my afternoon in making my home a little more colorful. Here’s what I came up with:
Tricks + Treats: Autumn Fabric Wreath by Elise Blaha
I purchased $5 worth of fabric quarters (they were on sale for $1.25/ea. at Joann’s) in 4 colors and spent a bit of my afternoon cutting (and tearing, because ripping fabric is quite a bit of fun) the quarters into 1×7-inch strips. I just followed the tutorial and tied them one at a time, right next to each other (in a repeating order because I don’t do “random” so well).
Fall Leaves Garland DIY
This was one of the easiest projects I’ve done in a while, though it did require a bit of prep work. I made a few of these and gave them away as birthday presents to some friends (I kept one for myself, don’t worry!). I grabbed a bunch of fall-colored felt at Hobby Lobby (reds, yellows, oranges, greens, browns) and some craft yarn. The leaves I just cut out free-form, some multiple sheets at a time. I used about 40 leaves per garland because they were 2-3 inches in length and that was what I was going for in length. Mixed them all together in a paper bag and pulled them out at random (though I did have rules for how close leaves of the same color could be). You can make them however long, but it does get tiring after a while of continuing to push the ones at the bottom further down the yarn. Tied each off at the end.
My house looks a little more festive for the season, and I’m pretty excited about it all. I like the fall. The leaves are turning and the air is much cooler than it was over the summer.
And, to beat it all, I didn’t spend $40 on a wreath.