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DIY Fall

Unique Fall DIY Projects for Your Suncoast Home

| Angela Naff |

The change of season here in Florida might not be as evident as in other parts of the country. Our temperatures might cool, but massive fall leaf changes or the threat of winter is not something we need to worry about. That said, it doesn’t mean that we can’t all festively decorate our homes for this time of year. A change of decoration can give you a renewed energy in your home, but best of all doing some DIY projects allows you to add your own unique touches.

Here are just a few amazing DIY home Projects to bring fall to the Suncoast in amazing color.

DIY Project

Fall Apple Candle Holders

This is a wonderful fall project using actual apples of whatever color or variety you like. They smell wonderful and are a unique addition to any home.


  • Place the tea light upside down on the top of the apple and trace the circle with a pen.  
  • Use a sharp knife to cut around the circle. 
  • Use a spoon to scrape out the apple, going deep enough to fit the tea light inside.
  • Brush some lemon juice on the apple to help prevent it from going brown.
  • Slide in the tea light.
Canning Pumpkins

Canning Ring Pumpkins

This is a great idea for a rustic fall look, that you can paint any color for unique pumpkins to match your decor. Have kids or grandkids looking for a wonderful project to help with, this could be a winner. Oh, and the cinnamon stems are sure to add a fall smell to anywhere you place this new decoration.


  • Spray pain the rings any color you wish, or leave them rustic with no paint.
  • Use a pip cleaner to secure together, arrange in a circle, twist the pipe cleaner and done with forming a pumpkin.
  • Hot glued cinnamon sticks cut to about an inch long formed the stem and jute for the tendrils finished off the rustic pumpkins. 

photo courtesy: country living

Fall Welcome Sign

Here is a great reuse for an old tray you might have laying around the house. Greet guests, or even allow them to leave a little note if you are so inspired. This amazing Welcome Sign has so many great directions you could go with it.


  • Apply a layer of chalkboard paint to the inside of an old tray.
  • Add autumn branches and bittersweet berries for a seasonal finish.
  • NOTE – you can even swap out the trim for other holidays throughout the year.

Rustic Sweater Candle

Photo courtesy of Camilla Fabri designs

Do you like the rustic, cozy feel for your decorations? Here is a super cool way to repurpose some old sweaters into amazing new decor for the home this fall.


  • Cut off the cuff of an old sweater.
  • Made a vertical cut to open it up and wrapped it around to fit the circumference of a glass candle jar
  • Turn the cut cuff wrong side out and stitched the side shut.
  • Turn it right side out and slipped it over jar.
  • Cut a thin sliver of sweater to tie a leaf to the front.

DIY Gratitude Tree

Need an amazing centerpiece for your fall gatherings? Something that all your guests are sure to remember until next year and beyond? What about a Fall gratitude tree to get everyone participating fully in your event this year? Share the things you are grateful for, and guests leave with a tiny gift.

Photo courtesy of The House that Lars Built


  • Gather materials: eos First Snow Lip Balm Sphere; Crepe paper in shades of gold and brown; Scissors; Hot Glue Gun; Twine; Cardstock in shades of pink, orange, yellow, and cream; Leaf Template
  • Cut out leaves in the different shades of cardstocks and punch a hole at the top of the leaf.
  • Thread a piece of twine through the hole and tie a knot to create a loop to hang.
  • Cut a piece of gold crepe paper about 3 inches tall by 4 inches wide.
  • Stretch out the crepe paper to remove the ridges and increase the width of the paper
  • Wrap the crepe paper around the eos lip balm, so the round side is facing down and the flat side is on top.
  • Overlap the edges of the crepe paper just sightly and secure with hot glue, being careful not to get any glue on the eos.
  • Trim off any excess paper. This should create a cylinder of paper around the eos.
  • To create the acorn shape, you want to make sure there is about 1-inch crepe paper on top exceeding the height of the eos, and 1/2-inch crepe paper bottom.
  • At the bottom of the eos, gently pinch the 1/2-inch of crepe paper together to a point. Secure with a dot of glue.
  • At the top, gently twist the 1-inch of crepe paper to create a small stem. Secure with a dot of glue.
  • Cut 1/2-inch strips of brown crepe paper, perpendicular to the grain. Stretch out to remove the ridges.
  • Fringe the outstretched strips of paper by 1-cm wide slits into the strip.
  • Take the eos, and wrap the fringe around the upper third of the eos, securing with glue as you go. You’ll want to place the fringe directly above the previous line of fringe, so that it has a layered appearance.
  • Once you cover the top of the acorn completely with fringe, take your scissors and gently curl the fringe outwards so it has a slightly curled edge.
  • Tie or glue on a piece of twine to the ‘stem’ of the acorn so you can hang them on your gratitude tree.

Whether you are just sprucing up the house for your enjoyment or getting it ready for guests hopefully one or more of these ideas sparked inspiration. We hope everyone enjoys this change of seasons and gets to showcase their own style in the projects they undertake to make it a memory-making time of year!


Main photo courtesy of Deposit Photos

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