Now that Summer is behind us, it’s easy to slip into a miserable state of mind where all you can think about is warmer climates. Instead of letting the cold beat you, embrace it – there are so many beautiful things to see in Autumn, and by bringing some of the outside into your home, you can decorate your house giving it a whole new feel. You might as well learn to love fall; it’s going to be here for a while!
I’ve created a little list of the things that I like to do/plan to do myself, to decorate my house for the upcoming season. Most of the ideas will cost you little to nothing, just a bit of time away from your day. I hope I inspire some of you – please give me a shout if you’ve got any more ideas that you use yourselves. I’m always looking for more inspiration!
Create a table centre piece
Find yourself a nice bowl or something of a similar shape and decoratively place leaves and conkas inside of it. This is a simple, free way to decorate your table for the upcoming season, which also creates a fun day out with the family to collect the pieces to put it all together. Head down to your local park and get started – collecting conkas as a kid was a lovely memory of mine made with my grandparents, and it can be one of yours too.
Design your own wall hanging
During your time in the park, collect some extra leaves – the bigger the better. Try to collect a variety of shapes and colours, as these are what you’ll be using to create your own wall hanging. Once home, wash them and preserve them by covering them with clear drying pva glue. Thread them through with string to finish creating your wall hanging. You can either create singular hanging decorations or join them together for a daisy chain effect, which looks great when you place them over a mirror or around picture frames. For those with a taste for paint/glitter, once the pva glue has dried add some extra detail to your leaves for a wall hanging with a bit more sparkle.
Dress your stuffed animals
This is another way to decorate your house for free using the items you already have in your wardrobe. Get out your winter woolies; your hats, scarves and whatnot, and dress your stuffed animals with them. Seeing them around the house will also remind you what winter woolies you own, and inspire you to wear what you already have. We all forget what’s at the back of our closets and end up buying more…I’m often guilty of this myself!
Place a throw over your sofa
By covering the back of your sofa with a throw, this creates a whole new look to your living room. The sofa will look more inviting and cosy, further creating a nice autumn feeling in your home. When I’m settled in for a film night, I like to use the throw like a blanket and tuck myself in for that extra bit of comfort. For those of you who don’t already own a throw, you can find some affordable and rather comfortable ones in The Range or Matalan.
Make your own teacup candle
This might cost you a little more than just buying one ready made, but where’s the fun in that? Pop to the shops for a shiny new mug or find an old one in a charity shop for a more vintage look. Then head on over to Youtube for a tutorial on how to make one. I recommend watching Georgia Kennedy’s video as it’s short and sweet. This is definitely on my to-do-list this year; if they turn out well, they could even be future Christmas gifts (Forget you read this Mom!).
Change your photographs
Surrounding yourself with happy memories made in the sunshine is only going to make you long for warmer weather again. Therefore, I recommend temporarily changing your photographs. Take your summer photos out of their frames and keep them somewhere safe for later. Replace these with photos of you with family and friends in autumn/winter; playing in the park, celebrating new years, away on a winter getaway, you name it. These are subtle reminders that the colder seasons can be fun too. Not only that, but it will also remind you of the festivities that you have to look forward to.
So there you have it; some simple ideas to help decorate your house this Autumn. I hope you enjoyed this article and I’d love to hear back from you if you did. If you have any other suggestions for updating your house this season, drop me a comment below; as I said before, I’m always looking for more inspiration!
If you like a bit of D-I-Y, you might also want to check out my denim design article.
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