Now that it’s officially autumn, we’re getting in that Pumpkin Spice Latte and cinnamon apple mood. We all of a sudden crave warm spices like cinnamon, and want our homes to smell like apple pie or crisp autumn air. We bring out our boots and heavier jackets as we enjoy this seasonal eye of the storm: the cooling down of summer right into calm, crisp fall days, before the biting cold that is winter rolls around.
There are a ton of autumn-inspired DIY projects out there, but we rounded up the best six that are cheap and easy to make. All of them take a mason jar at the very least, which is great, because you can snap them from dollar stores, craft stores, and grocery stores from anywhere between $1-$2. Happy crafting!
1. Enchanting Halloween Lanterns
These gorgeous little lanterns are super easy to make and just take mason jars, a can of purple spray paint, and a paint marker. They look beautiful in the dark and are the perfect magical addition to any kind of Halloween decor.
2. Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder
This DIY project is perfect for anytime in Autumn, but can equally make a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner table centerpiece. All you need is a mason jar, leaves (either real or fake), a sponge brush, and Mod Podge.
3. Mason Jar “Firefly” Lanterns
These magical little mason jar decorations are the perfect way to light an outdoor event, be it a romantic dinner with your boyfriend/girlfriend or a family gathering under the stars and the cool, crisp autumn air. You only need a mason jar, battery-operated LED fairy lights, and some dried moss for that earthy, “rustic,” look.
4. Rustic Floating Candles
This floating candle DIY is another perfect centerpiece for Thanksgiving or anytime during the holidays. All you need is a mason jar filled with twigs (or flowers) and water, and then place a floating candle in it. Voila!
5. Fall Fruit + Nut Potpourri Jar
Potpourri is a beautiful way to fill a room with spicy and sweet aromas for autumn in a way that is bright and festive. There are so many colors and textures, and it looks beautiful stored in a mason jar! All you need is a mason jar, and your own mixture of dried fruits and nuts, such as:
- Dried apple slices
- Dried orange slices
- Whole nuts (with shells)
- Cinnamon sticks
- Whole cloves
- Juniper berries
- Essential oils like cedarwood, clove, cinnamon, and pine
Place all of your ingredients into the jar and sprinkle with your mix of essential oils, and gently shake or toss. Open up and let the scents fill the room.
6. Fall Cookies in a Jar
Mason jars aren’t only for making decorations or drinking out of, but you can use them to make edible gifts! This Fall Cookie recipe is gives friends and family all they need to make fresh baked cookies with all the delicious flavors of autumn. Each jar comes with flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, white sugar, milk chocolate chips, and Reese's Pieces.
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