Autumn decor projects to light up your interior this November

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Autumn is here, so that means it’s time to get out the kids’ winter clothing, mow the grass one final time, and fill your home with festive decor. But if you’re not quite ready to go full-on Christmas just yet, here are some easy and low-cost ways to decorate your home for autumn using things you already have…

If you’re a crafter, then this is an exciting time of year for you. The changing seasons gives you an opportunity to use your decorating and crafting skills, giving you a reason (not that you need one) to do what you enjoy. But, if you’re on a budget, you won’t want to get too extravagant, turning every corner of the house into a mock-up of an autumn forest. Check out these frugal DIY ideas for illuminating your home this autumn:


There are a number of things you can do with old glass jars so collect them up during the year and wash them out ready for a crafting session. One thing you can do is paint them, picking colours that go with your autumnal interior theme. Then you can use them to store utensils in the kitchen or as vases for flowers. Alternatively you can create a candle holder by painting around a leaf, leaving space for a lit candle inside the jar to glow out.

Here’s the link to this mason jar project if you want to give it a go 

Another fun project to do with mason jars would be to use PVA glue to attach some fallen leaves to the inside of a jar. Tie twine or rattan paper around the jar top for a rustic effect. If you want to put a light inside the jar, make sure it’s a battery operated candle or light strand, not an actual candle that’ll burn the leaves!


Turn those leftover Halloween pumpkins and gourds into candle holders. Cut an opening in the top wide and deep enough to fit a candle in. Use pillar candles for big pumpkins and tiny tealights for cute little gourds. Arrange them on your unlit hearth or mantelpiece and there you go! Quick, easy, cheap and you can do this with apples or large oranges for a slightly more festive feel in December.


If you’re anything like me, you’ll be bursting to get the fairy lights out but there’s no need to go full-on festive if you do. A small string of fairy lights looks lovely scattered inside a glass-fronted cabinet, amongst your prized possessions (or in this case, my cocktail essentials!). They’ll illuminate the dark space inside the cabinet and create a subtle warm glow in your living room.

Also, I think the more fairy lights you can see, the merrier – so string them around the edge of your mirrors. This will reflect the light, making it appear like you have even more fairy lights than ever. There’s no need to pile on the tinsel just yet, but the fairy lights will be a nod towards the festive season to come and will give you those hygge vibes this November.

This DIY snowy jar project is a combination of fairy lights AND jars!

Let me know how you’ve decorated your home for autumn in the comments below. Did you add candles and fairy lights or have you already got out the Christmas decs? Let me know your interior decor plans for November in the comments below 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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