Fruits are not just delicious but also beautiful to look at and easy to incorporate into all sorts of DIY projects designed to add freshness and color to your home. If this is the first time you’re hearing about this, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy the inspiring ideas featured below and have fun coming up with your own way of personalizing these projects or with entirely different project ideas that make sure of fruits as home decor accessories.
Pumpkins are fruits and they come in quite a few different varieties. Mini pumpkins are especially cute and practically perfect for creating beautiful centerpieces and decorations such as these votives. In order to make one of these pumpkin votives you first need to draw a circle around the stem, then cut along the line with a paring knife, remove the stem circle and then hollow out the pumpkin and clean the inside. Spray paint it (optional) and insert the candle.
Artificial pumpkins are more practical if you plan to make a decoration that can last the entire season, like this metallic pumpkin centerpiece for example. In addition to two faux pumpkins, this project also requires a few other supplies such as a large candleholder, paint, a hot glue gun and decorative leaves. The end design is closely linked to the specific items that are available to you and can be customized in lots of different ways.
Pumpkins have a lovely scent which often brings back beautiful memories related to autumn and seasonal events. Cinnamon is also popular and loved by just about everyone. You can take advantage of that in a creative way by making cinnamon pumpkin candles. They’re made using small carved out pumpkins, soy candle wax flakes, candle wicks, super glue and your favorite candle scent (in this case cinnamon).
Aren’t these pumpkin succulents adorable? The succulents at the top look like stems and make the pumpkins resemble a unique type of fruit or vegetable. In this case the succulents are artificial and the pumpkins are real but it’s possible to mix and match different types as you see fit. As a general idea, what you need to do is curve out the top of the pumpkin around the stem, clean the inside if necessary and place the succulent on top.
Another idea is to simply decorate a pumpkin without making any cuts or holes. You can make it look super chic by painting it black and then gluing pieces of metallic tape onto the surface. This way you’ll make a festive confetti pumpkin which you can use a Halloween decoration. This technique can be adapted in order to create all sorts of custom designs for various occasions and decors.
Mini pumpkins, both natural and artificial, look really cute and can be used as decorations when making a beautiful fall terrarium. This is a very simple project which only requires a few items such as a clear glass cake stand with a dome/ cloche, some moss, mini pumpkins and a few decorative leaves or flowers. With these items you’ll be able to make a colorful and beautiful terrarium which you can use as a centerpiece.
Since pumpkins are typically plentiful around Thanksgiving, they’re perfect for lots of beautiful crafting projects such as this “thankful” centerpiece. It’s made using 8 faux pumpkins, each with a wooden letter on it. When arranged in a row they spell out “thankful”. These pumpkins are painted in 4 different colors and they’re also decorated with buttons and twine. It’s a simple and stylish design.
Other fruits you can use in DIY home decor projects include oranges and citrus in general. You can cut them into slices and put them in the oven to dehydrate them, then use them to make beautiful garlands. You can use the orange slice garlands to decorate the fireplace mantel and they’ll look beautiful, add color to the room and also make it smell nice.
Another lovely idea is to make citrus candles. You can use lemons, limes or oranges and paraffin votive candles or candle wax flakes for this project and you can also add custom scents if you want to. Cut a lemon or other citrus fruit in half and that will give you two beautiful candles. You can decorate them afterwards if you want to, although they look lovely without any additions too. Follow the tutorial on sustainmycrafthabit for best results.
If you want to use fruits to make table centerpieces, there’s a pretty easy way to do this. The mandarin tower featured on abeautifulmess is easy to put together, eye-catching and very refreshing. To make it you need a bunch of mandarins (other types of fruits could work as well), kale, styrofoam cones, u-shaped floral pins, toothpicks and extra greenery for decorations.
Did you know you can turn fruits into vases? It’s a really cool idea and it works with lots of different of fruits. For example, you can use watermelons, pineapples, pumpkins or even smaller fruits like oranges. The general idea is to cut off the top or to make a hole and to hollow out the center, then to fill the vase with flowers or greenery. It’s a very simple thing to do and it looks really wonderful. Check out vickybarone for more details and inspiration.
You can also use fruits as decorations in order to make unique wreaths. There are many different ways in which you can do that. One option is to attach fruits such as apples to a grapevine wreath like shown on one-thousandoaks. It looks really beautiful and it’s also a fast and simple project. Other variations of this project can make use of fruit slices mixed in with flowers and other decorations.
Dried fruits are great if you want to use them as decorations. They last for a long time, they have a nice scent and they’re really great for autumn-inspired projects such as a wreath for example. You can either use a food dehydrator or your oven. Cut the fruit into slices without peeling it beforehand. Try to make the slices look similar. If you’re using an oven, place the slices on a cooking sheet on top of a rack and bake them for a few hours (5-6) at 150 degrees. You can then let them cool and add them to your wreath. More details can be found on howtomakeaburlapwreath.
Faux fruits are obviously very versatile and can be used in lots of interesting and creative ways. They present certain advantages such as longevity and customization options which are sometimes preferred in favor of the authenticity and scent of natural fruit. They’re easy to incorporate into DIY projects such as wreaths. This, for example, is a sugared fruit wreath and it looks retro and charming. If you want to find out more about it, check out madincrafts.