There’s so much to love about fall decorating in the Hudson Valley. Beginning with autumn decor in September, the season also loops in spooky touches in October and harvest accents in November. Throughout it all, DIY options abound, with everything from pumpkin carving to homemade wreaths on the agenda. For an easy project that’s fun to do solo or with friends and family, try a garland. Not only are they simple to put together, but they can also be used year after year.
Using scrapbook paper in festive colors or a monochromatic color palette, cut out feathers and string together for a feathery fall garland. You can also purchase printable, instant download sheets on Etsy for $3.
Copper Leaf Garland
Take leaves you gathered from outside (or purchase faux leaves from a craft store) and spray paint them with copper spray paint. String them together and you have a naturally beautiful banner that shines all throughout the season.
This is a fun one for you to make with the kids. Choose your favorite kinds of pies (Martha featured pumpkin and apple) and create “slices” using scrapbook paper, a boning tool, a craft knife, some glue, and pom-poms, and you have something that looks good enough to eat.
This beautiful display looks harder than it is. Homeyohmy has the full how-to, but all you have to do to make it is grab some seeded eucalyptus, floral shears, cord or string, and floral wire, then go to town stringing bits together. It will smell amazing and look beautiful draped over your mantel or over a doorway.
Local craft stores are so stocked now that you can purchase these tissue paper tassels in all colors already made and then string them together in various color combinations. If you love the look of a tassel garland like this, you can also purchase one from Etsy shop GlitterGrainDesignCo. for $26.
Book Page Garland
I love upcycling, especially when it looks as beautiful as this book page garland. Take old or vintage books you can find at thrift stores, use the pages and cut leaves in various sizes, and shapes and string them together either by gluing or by sewing them with a machine. You can make a bunch like this and use on corners of doors or mantels, or make traditional fall garlands for a tabletop or to hang about a fireplace or doorway. The overall look is beautiful, environmentally friendly, and vintage.