Don’t you just love fall? The crisp air, the brightly-colored foliage, the harvest bounty… It’s really a time when Mother Nature gets to strut her stuff. While we’re sure our foyers and dining rooms will never match her splendor, that’s no reason not to try! Here are some of our favorite simple, elegant and totally doable DIY fall décor projects that will help you bring the beauty of the outdoors into your home:

1. Un-popped popcorn makes a charming, unexpected and economical filler for candles, vases and other vessels in the fall. These glass hurricanes are a great size, but you can use pretty much anything – a bottle, a bowl, a mason jar. Here, Amanda of My Heart’s Desire pairs the corn kernels with artificial autumn leaves (we recommend using real ones, if you have access to them) and simple twine for a look that is at once rustic and elegant.

 

 

2. So sophisticated and yet also so simple – This décor idea from Better Homes and Gardens offers an elegant and inventive way to preserve the beautiful colors of fall. Take a few autumn leaves (the more brightly hued, the better) and press them between books until fully dry and flat. Next, press each leaf between two pieces of same-sized glass and secure the edges of the glass by binding them together with colored, linen book cloth tape. Use brown, as pictured, to mimic a wooden picture frame.

 

 

3. Apples, votive candles and a small, sharp knife are all you need to make these festive and fragrant decorations. Simply scoop out room to place a candle in the top of each apple, as shown – and light the wick! As the candle burns, the wax will drip down the sides to create a rustic and just-a-tiny-bit-creepy vibe (perfect for Halloween!) The burning candle will also cook the apple slightly, giving off a delicious scent. Up the olfactory factor by lining each candle with whole cloves (just stick the sharp ends right into the apple.)

 

 

4. Of course, candy corns make cute and colorful decorations around Halloween. But how best to display them? Simply thrown into a bowl is boring – but when used as filler for vases and bottles, the sweet fall treats become hard to reach – and (more importantly) hard to snack on! Consider instead carving out festive autumn gourds and using them as vessels to showcase everyone’s favorite seasonal guilty pleasure.

 

 

5. This DIY décor item could not possibly be simpler – Find a few large hurricane vases (the ones pictured are lovely, but we also love these glass and wood ones from Williams-Sonoma) and fill them with your favorite harvest fruit. Gourds of different kinds, of course, are perfect for this purpose – but don’t forget apples, pears, and pomegranates! The more variety, the better.

 

 

 

6. While we love the brilliant reds, yellows and oranges of fall, sometimes we admit to wanting something a little… well, girlier. Enter these beautiful pumpkins, painted by HFG of Monograms and Manicures to reflect a palate many might say is better suited to spring than fall. But who cares, right? We happen to adore the precious pink, green and gold – not to mention the chevron stripes, polka dots, and glitter!

Remember that when planning holiday décor, it’s okay to stray from the traditional and expected. In fact, it’s recommended!

Do you happen to have any favorite fall DIY projects? If so, we’d love to hear them – Please fill us in, via the comments section below!

By Liana Orenstein