One of my favorite fall projects is warming up the house with fall accents. I’m also always on the lookout for low-risk, high-reward DIY projects—think affordable, reusable, and not crazy labor intensive.
Also, if you’ve spent any time around this blog, you know that entertaining is high on my list. I love hosting friends and family, so naturally my September DIY projects incorporate my entertaining bug.
No-Sew Linen and Cloth Table Napkins
This summer, my husband and I attended a wedding where the bride (along with her entire family) hand cut and fringed more than 150 linen napkins for the guest dining tables. They were beautiful, and certainly a labor of love. This inspired me to create my own no-sew linen and cloth napkins for my fall table.
I was further inspired when I learned that handmade linen napkins on sites like Etsy, can retail for $10 per piece. So with a few ideas in mind, I headed to Joann Fabrics and purchased my own supplies. I found natural linen, as well as a couple home décor fabric that pulled in my favorite fall colors. I’ve been drawn to charcoal, gray and cream plaid, and natural colored linen. I was really excited to stumble upon some pretty remnant pieces that were 50% off the retail price, and then another at 30% off.
To make 18” napkins, here are a few items that I used:
- A self-healing cutting mat
- Acrylic ruler
- Rotary cutter
- Fabric – If there is a lot of sizing, make sure to pre-wash the fabric to keep its color and shape.
- To begin, cut the material into 19” squares.
- Remove strings until the desired amount of fringe is showing.
- Prevent fraying by adding a touch of fringe check to each corner and allow it to dry.
- After completing all the steps, wash the napkins.
- Once dry, they are ready for use.
With some of the remnant fabric, I also made 12 cocktail napkins (11″ unfinished, 10″ finished) and I cut fabric to make 12 coasters as well. So, with a little less than 3 yards of linen, I made 8 dinner napkins (finished size, 18″), 12 beverage napkins, and 12 coasters. Not bad for $30 of fabric.
Spray-painted Thrift Store Candlestick Holders
Once again, this project is super easy. Not a huge financial or time commitment.
- Pick up some candlesticks at your local flea market or thrift store.
- Once you’ve decided what palette you want to use for your tablescape, choose a spray paint color to coordinate and add a bit of accent.
- Spray candlestick holders in a well-ventilated place (ideally outdoors).
- Allow to dry before placing on the table or mantel.
There are so many projects you can do to decorate your home for fall. Try these two quick and easy crafts, or share with us your ideas and suggestions. Enjoy, and Happy Fall everyone!