Any excuse to get crafty is a good one– which is why autumn brings with it no shortage of opportunities for DIY decorating. Here are three easy projects that will have your space looking extra fall-sy in no time.

Papier-Mâché Pumpkins

You’ll need:

  • Balloons
  • newspaper other scrap paper
  • Green curling ribbon
  • Green pom poms
  • Hot glue or tacky glue
  • Mod podge or papier-mâché paste*
  • Paintbrush
  • Orange acrylic and/or craft paint

*Note: You can make your own paste by mixing white craft glue with water in a large bowl.

  1. Blow a balloon up to your desired size. Tie the balloon off.
  2. Tear your paper into small strips, and apply to the balloon by dipping the paper in paste. You can apply more paste with a paintbrush if necessary.
  3. Cover your balloon completely, leaving a small hole where the end of the balloon will remain exposed, and allow the paste to dry.
  4. Once dry, pop the balloon and paint the papier-mâché shell orange. Allow paint to dry.
  5. Attach a few ribbon curls and a pom pom at the top of the ‘pumpkin’, covering the opening.

Metallic Leaf Garland

You’ll need:

  • Scrap cardboard
  • Pencil or pen
  • Precision knife/X-Acto knife
  • Silver, copper, and/or gold craft paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Heavy duty hole punch
  • Autumn or earth-toned yarn
  1. Draw leaves of desired shape and size on the surface of the cardboard. Carefully cut the leaves out with your precision knife.
  2. Punch a hole at the base of each leaf, and paint them in your desired colors. Allow the leaves to dry.
  3. Thread the yarn through each leaf, tying a knot around each leaf you add. You can space these out however you like, although 2-3 inch spaces are a good reference point.

Mini Doorknob Wreaths

You’ll need:

  • Pipe cleaners (orange, yellow, brown, red, etc.)
  • Green satin ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Orange buttons
  1. Twist 3-5 pipe cleaners together, and then shape into a circle.
  2. Tie a small bow with your ribbon and glue it to the place where the ends of the pipe cleaners meet.
  3. Once the ribbon is dry, glue the button in the center of the ribbon.
  4. Hang your ‘wreaths’ from any door or cabinet knobs as desired.