Just ridiculously easy (and cheap) fall decor DIYs

You know that thing where the season changes and you want to tweak your decorations a little—just so you feel it? You’re welcome in advance. These two fall decor DIYs don’t take much time or many supplies, and the artwork and garland will help you add a touch of autumn to any corner. 

Fall painted stripes art with wooden bead garland and pampass grass | thinkmakeshareblog.com



  • Sheet of watercolor paper
  • Sheet of plywood about 1″ longer and 1″ wider than the watercolor paper
  • Index cards
  • 4-6 colors of acrylic paint in complementary or contrasting colors (get inspiration from a favorite piece of art, fabric, an outfit, a poster, or the colors in your room)
  • Bulldog clip, binder clip, or wooden clamp pant hanger (or use a clipboard)
  • Paintbrush (optional)


  • Wooden beads in a few different sizes
  • Jute twine
  • Acrylic paint (use the same colors as you do for the painted stripes)
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors

Supplies to make wooden bead garland and painted stripes fall decor DIYs | thinkmakeshareblog.com

How to make the painted stripes

Squeeze some dots of paint down one side of the watercolor paper, about an inch from the edges and an inch apart.

(It’s not a bad idea to test this one out on some less fancy paper first—just to get the size of the dots and the distance right.)

Squeezing paint out in rows of dots (or "splootches") to make the wall art | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Hold an index card perpendicular to the watercolor paper, just outside of the paint. (Make sure the dots are completely inside the index card—you may have to use two cards to cover them all.)

Grab the edge of the watercolor paper and drag the index card—and the paint with it—all the way across the page.

If you must, touch up the stripes with a paintbrush.

Sliding the paint splootches across paper to make the easy DIY fall decor | thinkmakeshareblog.com

How to make the bead garland

Paint a few beads to match the painted stripes DIY, and leave the rest natural.

You could also steal from this post about painting patterned wooden beads for a necklace.

Painting wooden beads in our fall color palette for the garland | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Decide how long you want your garland to be, and cut a piece of jute twine about 3 inches longer than that.

Make an overhand loop knot in one end of the jute twine, and begin stringing the beads.

Stringing wooden beads onto twine for the DIY fall bead garland | thinkmakeshareblog.com

When you get to the end, make another overhand loop knot.

If want to add another finishing touch, make an oversized tassel for each end using more of the jute twine.

This video will show you how: Just wrap the neck with much more jute and for far longer than feels reasonable to get this lovely chunky effect.

Finished pieces of the fall decor DIYs | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Now it’s time to make your vignette: Stage your fall decor DIYs somewhere you can see them every day.

Pro Tip

Pampas grass is a trendy fall accessory for your vases. With it’s rise in popularity, it’s become super easy to find online or in craft stores!

A woman stages the wall art on a table top | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Did you make these easy fall decor DIYs? What colors did you use? Where did you put them? Please take pictures and tag us on Instagram at @Think.Make.Share. 


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