Projects by Katherine Tucker and K. Faith Morgan
Christmas might be just around the corner, but that’s no reason to neglect the joys of fall décor while the colorful leaves still linger. If you’re looking to bring touches of autumn indoors, try your hand at one of these quick and easy DIYs. From a rustic garland to a refreshing way to update old candlesticks to a simple DIY curtains—you only need a Saturday afternoon and a short trip to the craft store to transform your living room with these projects.
Salute the season with a fall garland made from a mix of nuts and decorative balls purchased from a craft store. Attach mini screw eyes to the pieces, and tie them onto two-toned jute string. Finish by creating a grouping of ornaments and tin bells in the center.
Hit the thrift stores and flea markets, and gather an eclectic collection of glass and brass candlesticks. Use E6000 glue to attach various forms together to create new pieces. Allow them to dry for about 4 hours, then cover some with cream spray primer and others with Design Master spray paint in bronze.
Canvas Drop Cloth Curtains
Painting elegant stripes on a canvas drop cloth creates rustic curtains made to match any room. Purchase drop cloths from a hardware store and wash and dry the panels to soften them. Then iron the canvas and use hem tape or a sewing machine to hem them to the desired length. With blue painter’s tape, lay out lines on the drop cloth. (Use a piece of cardboard as a spacer to keep lines straight.) Paint the stripes the color of your choice. Once the paint is dry, peel away the painter’s tape, and your curtains are ready to hang!