The kids are back in school all over northern California and people from Monterey to Crescent City are heading home from the last official summer holiday. Once the summer gear is put away and Autumn leaves start falling from the trees, it’s time to start thinking of creating fall-themed items for the home. Some may even think of creating new clothing items from old apparel hanging in the back of the closet. And what better time to start thinking of Thanksgiving decorations? Whether there are a few more warm and sunny days in the forecast where you live (think Redding, Sacramento, Danville) or colder days are just around the corner, (think Del Norte county, Fort Bragg, and all other coastal communities) now is the time to think of repurposing items taking up space into new and exciting “stuff.”
- Gather some leaves and some paint and create everything from t-shirts to totebags.
- Use cardboard tubes to make a fall garland of apples and pumpkins.
- Turn last year’s stretched out or holey sweaters into throw pillows.
- Use dryer vent tubing to create an adorable rot-proof pumpkin.
- Create a colorful turkey shirt using scraps of fabric.
- Make a Mayflower centerpiece using a shoebox and a few other odds and ends.
- Hang a hand-crafted wreath on the front door. Make a modern wreath using scraps of paper and a wooden circle or this colorful wreath using candy corn.
- How about this fun shawl/wrap made from 3 yards of fabric or this infinity scarf that could be made using t-shirts?
Whether you try one of these suggestions or come up with a way to create something all on your own, celebrate the changing of the seasons by welcoming Autumn with a DIY project that brightens up your home or your closet.
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