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Easy Fall Decorating Ideas To Warm Up Any Space

It’s finally that time of year; the weather gets a little cooler, our homes get a little cozier and the scent of cinnamon fills the air as leaves begin to fall from their orange and yellow trees. Now that autumn is officially starting, it’s time to warm up our indoor spaces with fall decor items that give us that warm and fuzzy feeling while we watch old Halloween movies and sip on cider. Luckily, there are plenty of easy design ideas that can help make any space feel ready for sweater weather. 

Fall Florals: Many people assume that florals are reserved specifically for the spring and summer season but that couldn’t be further from the truth. After all, fall is known as the harvest season, so why not cover your house in florals of orange, yellow, red, and brown. This could be as simple as adding a few accent plates to your dinner table, or creating bouquets of artificial flowers accented with pine cones, acorns, corn stalks, and other autumnal accents. 

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Outdoor Spaces: As the world continues to endure a global pandemic, many of us have opted for hosting small, socially distant, hang outs in our outdoor spaces. Warm up any outdoor set up by simply hanging some string lights, and putting out plush blankets, thick pillows, and lanterns. Bringing those floral elements outdoors is also a great way to create a cozy fall vibe. 

Pumpkins: Pumpkins are truly the mascot of autumn, but larger ones can definitely be expensive. Instead, invest in a lot of mini pumpkins, they typically retail for a few dollars each and vary greatly in shapes, texture, and colors. By buying a lot, you can set up a bunch of accent harvest pieces in the home and add other elements like string lights, acorns, fake leaves, and more. 

Tables: Fill your tables with plaid patterns and natural elements to give your eating areas a nostalgic and traditional feel. This is the perfect opportunity to create a centerpiece with mini pumpkins and all the other autumnal elements mentioned previously. 

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Candles: Long tapered candles will not only warm up any space, but give your home a spookier Halloween feel. Many tapered candles offer multi-colored wax options so as they melt they display a beautiful array of colors and shapes. Beyond that, scented candles placed throughout the home are the icing on the cake when it comes to setting the fall scene. When you walk into your space, you want it to feel as warm and cozy as possible, and smelling accents of pumpkin, cinnamon and apple throughout your home will do just that. 

Corn Husks: Corn husks also give off the perfect fall season vibe. Combined with pumpkins, hay, and fall flowers, and you have yourself a fantastic centerpiece for any table or shelf. Take it a step further and dress the door with a corn husk wreath; which you can likely pick up at any local crafting or gardening store. 

Pillows and Blankets: Now that the weather is going to start cooling down, don’t be afraid to go overboard with decorative pillows, throw blankets, and quilts. Flannel and hand-knit designs will make any space feel like home, and allow you to get comfortable wherever you are. Adding decorative pillows to the seating in your home will also warm up the space, and gives you the opportunity to display some cool seasonal designs. 

Seasonal Crafts: Finally, doing some sort of DIY craft for your home will not only give you the satisfaction of creating something yourself, but it’s a great way to really make your space look like what you want it to. If you have kids, you already know the multitude of seasonal/Halloween themed crafts you can do with the whole family, however, for those in a creative rut, head to your local craft store, they’re bound to have tons of kits of fall-themed activities to do.

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Unique Arts And Crafts Projects Anyone Can Do From Home

Sarah Urist Green is an artist and writer who’s on a mission to change the world through creative mediums that challenge the ways we think about what it means to be unique. In her most recent book “You Are An Artist” Green has curated a bunch of DIY projects that are inspired by her specific philosophy on making art. The book itself has risen in popularity on social media within the past few weeks, as all of the projects can be done in isolation and shared online. 

It doesn’t matter whether you consider yourself an artist or not, during uncertain and scary times, it’s important to keep ourselves distracted while engaging in activities that stimulate both our bodies and minds. Tapping into our creative side to make some casual art while we pass the time is the perfect way to unwind and separate yourself from the world of scary virus’ and unknown tomorrows. So here are a few examples of fun projects that Green offers in her book

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Make A Shadow Portrait: This is one of the most creative and interactive projects in the book. All you’ll need is a wire hanger; beads, cloth, feathers, and other “accessory” crafting items are encouraged but not mandatory. Once you have your supplies, all you need to do is bend your hanger into the shape of a profiled-face. Adding things like beads and feathers will give the illusion of hair/jewelry. Once finished, find a blank wall and hold your hanger sculpture a few inches away from it until you see the face’s shadow. From there, you can take a photo and print it out for your enjoyment, hang the sculpture itself, or make another! 

Create A Fake Flyer: More often than not, when we see flyer’s it’s to advertise for a lost pet, job opportunity, garage sale, etc. Instead of doing something mundane and predictable like that, make a flyer that gives advice, or shares a certain story from your life. Want to get even more creative? Since all concerts and major events are cancelled for the foreseeable future, make up your own imagined event, whether it be a music festival with all of your favorite artists or a flea market with pop-up shops from all your favorite stores, don’t be afraid to make it personal! Green then suggests when you’re done, put whatever flyer you made out into the world; during times of quarantine this would mean simply posting online, don’t actually go out and hang any flyers. 

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Constructed Landscape: Since we aren’t able to go sight-seeing at the moment, think about where you’d want to go if you had the chance to walk out your door and leave right now. Think about landscapes specifically, like a beach, forest, pond, etc. Then, walk around your yard and house and look for materials to construct your own mini-landscape! Green suggests using both natural and man-made materials. Arrange your items any way you want, and consider turning your average mini-beach into a fantasy world using objects you find around the house, like glitter, or figurines. 

The Lost Object Project: This final project is a personal favorite of mine because of how unique it is. First, you’ll need to interview someone about an object that they owned, and then lost, as a kid. Ask specific questions and jot down as many details as possible. Get the object’s dimensions, what materials it was made from, its texture, shape, and any other unique qualities that the person you’re interviewing remembers about it. Then, you must recreate this object using only supplies you have on hand/around the house. Obviously, your recreation will likely look nothing like the original, but try to be as accurate as possible using what you have! Once completed, Green then invites you to give the object to the person. 

It doesn’t matter how creative you consider yourself to be, Green wrote this book to motivate those of us who have lost the ability to just sit down and create something silly for fun. These projects are simple and easy to make using what you have, and while the book itself is a great source for project ideas, you can also find a lot of options online for when you run out of inspiration. Now more than ever, we all could use a little positivity and light-hearted crafting to pass our time, so gather some tape, paper, colored pencils, and any other materials you can find, and get creative!

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Museums Around The World Offering Arts And Crafts For Kids In Quarantine

Now that all schools have come to a close and America’s children are adjusting to learning in their own homes, it’s easy for them to lose motivation and get frustrated. It can be especially hard for children to separate their school life from their home life when they’re denied the opportunity to be in an educational environment, however, this is our new reality, and health and safety is imperative. 

As a response to this major transition, multiple cultural institutions around the world are ready to help ease the tension for parents and their kids by offering free crafts, worksheets, and games that will introduce your child to a multitude of diverse cultures while maintaining a certain level of formal education, and also create some fun boredom-breakers to occupy the vast amount of free-time we all now have. 

The International Maritimes Museum Hamburg is known for its wide array of nautical ship designs, with over 1,000 models on display currently. The Museum has now continued their efforts to educate children on historical boat design by providing an online guide on how to make your own model Viking Slender Sea Vessel. Since you likely won’t be able to go out to the craft store to get supplies, the museum made it easy and made the only required materials paper and cardboard; along with some other basic art supplies that most should already have laying around the house. 

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Who doesn’t remember making corn husk dolls while learning about Native American culture in elementary school? This classic educational craft has been around since the dawn of education on Native culture, as corn husk dolls were a major part of Native American amusement, as well as spirituality, as the dolls were used in many ceremonies as well. The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose now has a step-by-step guide in both English and Spanish for how to make different corn husk doll variations. As the name suggests, the only thing you’ll need is some fresh corn from the kitchen.

The National Museum of Australia has gotten truly creative when it comes to teaching kids at home about the Silk Road camels that once accompanied travelers on their journey to trade goods and services. The museum has uploaded a template of a friendly camel that encourages crafter’s to cut out images from magazines and newspapers to make a collage-camel friend. 

Within the last twenty years, scientists and scholars alike have discovered that ancient Greek and Roman marble statues that we all know and love, were originally painted in brilliantly bright colors. Now, The Acropolis Museum has created an online game, in both English and Greek, that allows users to color their own versions of what they would’ve done with these marble statues if given the opportunity. 

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The Children’s Museum of South Dakota has uploaded several simple baking recipes that date back to colonial America. The more commonly known loaf’s should only require traditional baking ingredients that you likely already have in the home; flour, baking soda, milk, and cornmeal. Beyond that, they have a multitude of more traditionally colonial breads, such as skillet or pumpkin pan bread, as well as a tutorial on how to churn your own butter!

Since many of us are all stocked up on non-perishable canned food items in our pantries, the Virginia Museum of FIne Arts has created a step-by-step guide to transform empty cans into containers that will mimic Mayan Clay Vessels. While you’re creating, the website offers insight on the very sophisticated pictographs that were quite common during the Mayan times. 

Finally, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has created a way that parents and their kids can weave their own carpets using just cardboard, yarn, scissors, tape, and a needle. They even give instructions on how to construct your own loom for the project. 

Regardless of which historically cultural craft you decide to do with your child, don’t hold back on doing your research. The internet is a powerful place, especially when it comes to arts and crafts. Utilize services such as YouTube and these museum websites to specifically search for educational activities to do with your children during quarantine that will also stimulate and entertain them. Soon enough, they’ll be back on the playground and classroom, but for now, we’re all making this adjustment together, so you might as well make it a crafty one.