Easy DIY Fall Leaves Decor

I absolutely love fall, it’s my favorite season! I love the colors of the leaves, the crisp air, cute sweaters and boots, and pumpkin spice chai lattes! So now that the weather is starting to get cooler, I’m excited to update some of our decor and bring a little bit of fall into our home.

Easy fall decor: You just need leaves, glue, and a vase!

Love those colors!

Remember the tissue paper cherry blossoms I put together to decorate for spring? Well I liked the look of the branches in a beer bottle so much that I decided I would just update the idea to be a little more “fall”. :-)

I re-used the same beer bottle and had a few sticks left over, so the project cost me less than $5 and it was super easy to do!

Cheap And Easy Fall Leaves Decor

Here’s what you need:

  • an empty beer bottle, or any vase
  • gold paint
  • branches
  • flowers, leaves, berries, or any other decorations
  • hot glue
  • scissors or wire cutters

I was in Michael’s the other day and noticed that their little fake flower bushes were on a HUGE sale, so I grabbed some pretty leaves and little berries for this project.

Easy DIY fall leaves decor

I’m a “less is more” kind of person, so even though the leaves and berries were very pretty all by themselves, they were too “full” for my taste.

So I cut apart the bushes with my wire cutters and I was left with a pile of leaves and a pile of berries. (Use a wire cutter if your bushes are held together with wire, otherwise you’ll dull your scissors.)

Then I used my hot glue gun to attach the leaves and berries to the branches. I was able to space out the leaves a bit, which made me happy.

Easy DIY fall leaves decor

You’ll get a more natural look if you glue the leaves onto the end of a small branch or at the knots on the main branch.

Once you have your branches filled out, you just need somewhere to put them. I used the same beer bottle, but the bright blue color wasn’t quite working with the fall leaves. So while I had the gold spray paint out to paint the frame on my wedding photo image transfer board, I gave the bottle a quick coat too.

Easy DIY fall leaves decor

Just stick your branches in your bottle, and voila! Gorgeous fall decor! (My branches were actually a bit too heavy for the bottle and it kept wanting to tip over, so I just put some gravel inside the bottle to weight it down a bit.)

Easy fall decor: You just need leaves, glue, and a vase!

Much for “fall” than before, right?!

Easy fall decor: You just need leaves, glue, and a vase!

Do you put up seasonal decorations? I love decorating for fall; the colors are so pretty! If you’re looking for some other great fall crafts, recipes, and decor ideas, you can check out the rest of my fall posts here!


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  1. Do you suppose it’s the blogging that makes us want to decorate? In the past I decorated very little, you would have to look to see it. Now, after seeing every one else’s decoration, I’m getting pretty inspired! :)

  2. Love it love it love it! Fall through Christmas is my decorating season, because I love fall and Christmas stuff so much. I do fall in September, Halloween in October, back to the fall stuff plus a few Thanksgiving specific items, and then it’s Crazy Christmas Central after Thanksgiving through Epiphany. ^_^

    I’ve had too much else to do lately to get too gung-ho about the decorating this year, but this project would be perfect!

    Yayayayayay fall. ^_^

    • I don’t usually decorate, but those cherry blossoms were just looking a bit out of place since all the colors outside were changing. So I switched them up just to make it fit in, but now I have sort of caught the bug and have all these other ideas for decorating! JM was just saying last night that we’re going to run out of room for “decor” if I decorate anything else. I think he just underestimates how creative I can get!

  3. gorgeous!

    I am hosting my first linky party this week. Would love you to join: http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com/2012/09/weekend-warmth.html



  4. Love the fall decorations! I do a lot of decorating for Christmas, not as much for other holidays. However, I did just hang a fall wreath on my front door :)

  5. Great D.I.Y. post! We should definitely follow each other

  6. So easy and GORGEOUS!

  7. Oh!! It’s just soooo pretty!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  8. I love the less is more! We’re in a small house, and the surfaces to put stuff on are not very deep. Your arrangement would work perfectly since it’s not wide, and yet has a lot of height to it.

    If you don’t mind, I’d like to link to your post in a frugal fall decorating post I’m putting up on my blog tomorrow. I’ve been gathering pictures of frugal fall decorating finds at places like Target. Your reference to Michael’s fits right in!

  9. This is such a cool idea. Cheap but it still looks great. Awesome job!


  10. Sounds easy enough! What a great idea and looks lovely! Would love if you’d join our Countdown to Fall link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)

  11. So simple. but it makes a big impact! I love the gold for fall :)

  12. L.O.V.E. Great way to add some height to the decor as well. Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Hope to see you back again next week! Pinning!

  13. It turned out so pretty! I would love to have you come share ‘Your Great Idea’ over at the link up at ‘Or so she says…’, going on right now. Hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

  14. Gorgeous!! I love that this is simple, but pretty. Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday linky party! Pinning this.

  15. I love fall & easy, budget friendly decorative. Thanks for the ideas!… I would love if you would share these (and some of your other projects) over at my link party going on right now:


    Have a nice day!

  16. Great idea and so simple!! Thank you for sharing with us.

  17. You know I love this! Simple and inexpensive is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing it!

  18. I love the look of the gold bottle with the fall leaves. It really is just the perfect simple touch to add to any fall decor. The price tag is pretty great too! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for linking up to Point of View!


  19. Love your fall arrangement! I’m one of the co-hosts of the Thanksgiving Treats & Fall Links party. Thanks so much for linking up! Have a great day!
    House on the Way

  20. Love this, Jessi. I’ll be featuring this idea tomorrow on OneCreativeMommy.com. Be sure to stop by One Creative Weekend to grab a feature button.

  21. Oh I love this – perfect for the fall!


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