Fall DIY Projects

fall craft leaves and paint brushes

Autumn is the perfect time to spruce up your apartment here at 13 Twenty-Four. Try a do-it-yourself project to exercise your skills and creativity. Kalamazoo, MI is full of fantastic craft stores but — as is often the case with DIY projects — 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!

Turn Leaves and Foliage Into DIY Canvas Wall Art

Look to the world around you (literally!) 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 your yard or neighborhood. Make sure to pick plants that have interesting and distinct 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 from the garden to display around your home. Use the jars to display greenery you may have found in your garden or on hikes.

Make a Marble Fabric Pillow Cover

Create a fabric in colors to match your apartment home decor with this trendy marbled fabric pillowcase project. It’s a simple dye job, starting with mixing one quart of warm water with ¼ a cup of alum. Soak the fabric for 20 minutes in the alum-water mixture. Wring out and line dry. Then iron the fabric. You’ll need a 15-inch square per pillow you want to create and a 15-inch square of backing fabric.

Update a Discarded Painting

If you’ve kicked a painting to the curb, consider finishing up with it! Something being half-finished doesn’t mean it’s hopeless! A few creative moves from the crafty experts at HGTV Magazine turn a 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. Add a little glam with 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!


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