In this post: Do you love fall decor but prefer softer colors? This easy, budget-friendly DIY fall centerpiece will bring autumn into your home in your personal style.⇒
When it comes to seasonal decor, I just love the fall. The rich spicy aroma of fall potpourri, the lovely visual cues of autumn imagery, the suggestion of homey comforts for the coming cold weather, it really sums up everything I love about home decor. But the one thing that’s a challenge for me when it comes to fall decorating is working with colors that don’t fit with my typically soft palette. To solve this dilemma I came up with a solution that I return to year after year, here utilized in an easy, budget-friendly fall DIY centerpiece.
This really is the simplest of projects and can be completed quickly in an afternoon. I’ve been known to enjoy decorating with food, so I started with a trip to the grocery store to buy the most interesting gourds in varied sizes and shapes.
I like to add in some mini white pumpkins for their soft creamy tones and their unmistakable message that Thanksgiving is near.
The most essential part of making this arrangement a success is assessing the colors in your home and the hues of the season and then marrying those palettes in a harmonious blend. My den is centered around creamy whites and pale yellow with blush rose and gold accents, so there was no way it would sit well with the traditional rusts and browns so common in the fall. But the solution was easy.
A trip to the craft store was all that was required. I love Martha Stewart’s metallic paints and the sheen of the pearlized colors also works well. I tend to buy just two or three colors and then mix them together to come up with more diverse options. I use the cheapest brushes for projects like this (even though I’m an art school graduate with a history of painting with the finest sable brushes). Here I bought the economy pack, disposable if necessary and I could cover a lot of ground with the the bigger sizes!
My plan was to use a shimmery copper to bridge the soft tones of my home with more seasonal hints. I added pink and rust to the gold to achieve a metallic copper and used pearlized white alone and then tinged with pink for a blush tone.
I love the way the light hits the glimmer in the paints and for me, that character is what makes the pieces work together. I don’t think the effect would be as muted with flat paints. This is an easy way for me to make fall decor work with my home.
I tend to dive right in when I work on something like this, often painting right on my granite counters or grabbing the nearest mailer catalog as an underpinning to protect my work surface. I used two coats on these gourds because they are light in color, but I was mixing paint as I went and barely waiting for them to dry to complete the next coat. When I say it’s a fast project, I mean *really fast*.
I think seasonal decor works best when it fuses right in with your existing decor and only hints at the season, without being ‘bang-‘em-over-the-head-obvious’. I save that sort of more overt thematic thing for my tablescapes, as I only have to live with it for one night.
I’ve painted gourds in the past when I wanted to manipulate a more unusual color palette, which can be seen in this post of a Thanksgiving table.
The only thing stopping me from keeping this centerpiece out for months and months is that they are actually real gourds that will eventually spoil. But for now I’m happy with my shimmery ode to fall.
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