The summer heat of July and August are slowly dissipating making room for the crisp air of Autumn to take its place. And though Autumn is the perfect weather for a lot of things, like PSLs, floppy knit hats, and letting your leg hair grow out, it's also the perfect time to sit back with a cup of hot cocoa on a rainy day and feel your inner craft goddess emerge -- but that doesn't mean she has to stay. We all know DIY projects are fun to start, but a hassle to finish. So here is a list of the prettiest, easiest and most Autumn-ee DIY projects to start and then almost immediately abandon.
Nothing says Autumn has arrived like a colorful wreath to hang on your door. Also, nothing let's your friend's know you're a super crafty Zooey Deschanel type than having a leafy circle greet them whenever they come to visit. This wreath by Ella Claire is extra easy because it's basically just tying together two pre-made wreaths that you can buy at a home goods store. Easy as this wreath is to make, your favorite show is about to start up again, so feel free to throw those two wreaths you just bought into your closet to never think about again -- until you move.
Mass produced candles can contain chemicals that can harm your reproductive system. This is something I've heard once, and now believe wholeheartedly. That's why I only buy soy candles, but another way to avoid ovarian damage is to make your own! And what better time to make a candle than in the Fall, when the smells of pumpkin and spices follow you and your latte wherever you go. The Happier Homemaker gives you her favorite recipe. But, let's be honest, making a candle looks HARD, so go ahead and buy that one from the grocery store, you never wanted to have kids anyway.
It may be cold and dreary outside, but you can spice up your living room easily with this fun garland! Using fake leaves instead of real ones like House of Jade suggests decreases the mess and makes sure your leaves stay intact all the way through winter.....But speaking of messes, glitter always leaves your place looking like a unicorn had explosive diarrhea on your floor, so maybe just throw your fake leaves outside to join their real brethren.
Your hot cocoa and lattes can't just go on your coffee table -- they'll leave watermarks! So The Seasoned Homemaker has provided a tutorial for an easy, and cute, acorn coaster that'll protect any wooden surface in your house. Although, this tutorial requires a sewing machine, and that's already too much effort, so go ahead and give your coffee table some watermarks, you got it from Ikea anyway.
What a cute way to remind yourself it's Fall while you're taking a dump. This "craft" is super easy and requires no sewing and barely any cutting! But rolling and unrolling fabric every time you need a new roll of toilet paper seems like a Sisyphean task, so why not save yourself the trouble and give up before you start?
Who says that DIY can't be tasty? These yummy Rice Krispie Candy Corn Treats are fun and good as a family activity. Celebrating Everyday Life shows you how to decorate your plain Rice Krispie Treats to look just like the iconic Halloween candy. But you know what's faster? Just eating plain Rice Krispie Treats.
Itching to make your place the spookiest on the block? Try this cute floating ghost decoration! Everyday is Crafting Day gives you instructions for this quick and easy Halloween decoration that's sure to delight any trick or treater who comes to your door. That said, you do live in an apartment, and only three kids came to your door last year, and are they really worth this much trouble? (Hint: no.)
Carving pumpkins can be fun, but it's also messy and they can spoil really fast. Luckily, Crafts By Amanda has provided a fun alternative -- painted jars to look like Jack-o'-lanterns! And these are actually cute instead of the shitty pumpkins you end up carving because apparently you have less control over your hands than you thought you did. But the jars are in your pantry, which is so far away, and nobody knows that you planned to make these, so why don't you just give up on this like you give up on finding a spouse.
Nothing is quite so stereotypically Autumn like a Cornucopia centerpiece. And Craft Goddess herself Martha Stewart shows you how to make a classically beautiful one in just 8 steps -- wait, 8 WHOLE steps for something you're going to use for a week tops? No way, just use that grocery store candle for your centerpiece. It's good enough.