As we creep closer to Halloween, or maybe as it creeps closer to us, It’s time to get your home in Fall shape. And when it comes to decorations, homemade crafts can make the most impact. A couple weeks ago, we gave you the best places to find a pumpkin in Irvine. You might even be able to find some ingredients for your DIY decorations at those farms. Here are some easy, creative knick-knacks that will make your home feel like an Autumn paradise.

Indian Corn Wreath

Your front door will be the envy of all your friends with this cute wreath. and making it couldn’t be simpler. Here’s what you’ll need:

About 12-24 mini Indian corns with husk attached. Find some HERE.
Burlap ribbon. Find some HERE.
Cardboard
Scissors
Hot glue

Cut the cardboard into a circle 12-14 inches in diameter. Then, cut out the middle, leaving a strip of about 2 1/2 inches, so you have a cardboard donut. Next, hot glue one end of your burlap strip to one side of the cardboard, and wind it around the donut until the cardboard is no longer visible. Glue down the loose end of the burlap, making sure it is finishing on the same side as the first end. Then comes the measuring of the corn. Arrange the ears of corn around the donut with the husk on the outside and the tip pointing in. We want to make sure the cobs will form a perfect circle and will all fit without any odd gaps. Finally, hot glue the corn cobs onto the donut one at a time, starting at the 12 o’clock position and working clockwise. Make sure they are evenly spaced. Once the glue has dried, you have a fun decoration that is perfect for Fall!

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Leaf Bowls

What better way to display your Halloween candy or other Fall decorations than in a colorful leaf bowl! This crafty little vessel will be the center of attention at your Halloween party, and they can hold any number of items, meaning the variation possibilities are endless! Here’s what you’ll need:

A pack of faux fall leaves. Find some perfect ones HERE.
Mod Podge Stiffy. It is important to use the Stiffy version to make the bowl rigid enough. Find it HERE.
Spray clear gloss. Find some HERE.
A Large Bowl.
Plastic wrap.

Place the bowl upside down on a table or countertop. Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap so your bowl has a barrier between the leaves and the bowl itself. Now comes the building of the bowl. Brush mod podge onto a leaf-sized area of the bowl near the top. Press a leaf down onto that area and then brush another layer over the leaf itself so it is fully covered, but not drenched. One by one, repeat this process until the bowl is 1/2 to 2/3 covered with leaves with no gaps. Be sure to press down any parts of the leaves that may pop up. Add a little more Mod Podge as needed. Finally, carefully wrap the whole bowl in another layer of plastic wrap to hold everything in place. Let the bowl dry for 6-7 hours (we left ours overnight). Once dry, carefully pull the leaf structure off the bowl mold and gently remove the plastic wrap. If it is difficult to remove the wrapping, it may need to dry some more. Once the bowl is fully dry and the wrap is removed, spray a light coat of gloss over the whole thing to give it a polished look. Give it a little time to dry, and then you have yourself a beautiful leaf bowl! Fill it up with pine cones, wrapped candies, or acorns for a unique Autumn look!

leaf bowl