Fall Decor DIY Projects

Fall trees

Autumn is the perfect time to spruce up your Tower at OPOP apartment with some do-it-yourself projects! St. Louis, MO is full of some fantastic craft stores but — as is often the case with DIY — it’s just as easy to recycle materials you may have at or around your home. We’ve put together a list of four great projects that utilize used materials below!

Turn Leaves and Foliage Into DIY Canvas Wall Art

Look to your backyard for the main materials for this artwork project. A few clippings of foliage and some spray paint transform a blank canvas into bright modern wall art. All you have to do to begin is cut two or three different types of foliage from around town. Make sure to choose plants that have interesting shapes and textures.

Dress Up Glass Jars with Hand-Drawn Designs

With a few simple drawing techniques, you can make these bohemian-style hand-painted jars. Fill with wildflowers and cuttings to display around your home. Use the jars to display found objects from a nature hike.

Make a Marble Fabric Pillow Cover

Create a fabric in the exact colors to match your decor with this trendy marbled fabric pillowcase project. It’s a simple dye job, starting with mixing 1 quart warm water with 1/4 cup alum. Soak the fabric for twenty minutes in the alum-water mixture. Wring out and line dry. Iron fabric. You'll need 1 15" square per pillow you want to create, plus 1 15" square of backing fabric.

Update a Discarded Painting

This painting got kicked to the curb, but that doesn’t mean it’s hopeless! A few creative moves from the crafty experts at HGTV Magazine turned this sad painting around. Popped out of its frame, turned horizontally, and painted white — except for reverse stenciled letters that spell smile — the upcycled artwork anchors this space. A lean teak console pairs well with the scale of the painting — it’s 24 inches by 36 inches — and the Adriatic blue on the walls picks up the landscape’s water and sky hues. Adding a little glam: a brass-finished lamp with a linen drum shade.

Are there any DIY projects you have in progress? Let us know what you’ve been craftily putting together in the comments!