Attractive, versatile and easy to work with, natural wood is the perfect material to cozy up your home for cooler weather. With its light color and organic texture, a few raw wood accents add a certain cool factor in an instant, whether you go for a new candle centerpiece or a set of vases for your favorite seasonal blooms. The transition into autumn gives you the perfect excuse to update your place with lots of new fall decor, and these 20 DIY wood projects are a chic way to embrace the season without adding too much clutter.


1. DIY Leather Handled Boxes: Jazz up your workspace or vanity table with a few simple wooden boxes. Leather handles and a color-dipped effect are always surefire ways to transform just about anything from standard to trendy. (via Shrimp Salad Circus)


2. DIY Painted Wooden Vases: Speaking of color-dipped, you can transform West Elm’s natural wood vases into real masterpieces with a variety of cheery patterns and colors. Add a bit of pizzazz to your autumnal blooms with paint and shellac to seal the deal. (via Damask Love)


3. DIY Wall Organizer: If your collection of pens, pencils and craft supplies won’t fit on this huge organizer, you might have a hoarding problem. Or, you can just make two organizers and make sure everything has a place. (via Brit + Co)


4. DIY Copper Wood Side Table: Forget the hardware store and head to the kitchen store for this DIY. An inexpensive cutting board turns out to be the perfect piece of wood to use as a mini nightstand or side table. (via Look What I Made)


5. DIY Arrow Wall Hooks: Another spot for organizing accessories? Yes, please. These colorful wall hooks are fresh and playful, and you can personalize the color palette with everything from chic pastels to outdoorsy primary shades. (via Brit + Co)


6. Yarn Wrapped Bud Vases: The cozy factor is on point with these yarn-wrapped vases. Seriously, it doesn’t get much cuter than a single bloom wrapped up in its own little sweater. (via Apartment Therapy)

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7. DIY Birch Slice Coasters: Color-dipped wood coasters easily achieve that rustic vibe without sacrificing the bold hues you love. Paint the edge in gold foil, or leave as-is for a boho-chic look. (via Dans le Lakehouse)


8. DIY Wood Vases: Head to the dollar store or thrift shop to stock up on plain glass vases. Cover the vases with wood veneer to bring a touch of the outdoors inside, but in a fresh, modern way. (via Brit + Co)


9. DIY Dowel Ladder: The one thing your living room needs as the weather gets colder? Blankets… lots and lots of blankets. Oh, and a chic blanket ladder to store them all in style. (via The Merrythought)


10. DIY Wood-Burned Utensils: It’s all too easy to pull out the paint when you want to add some personality to your utensils, but try to resist that urge this time. Transform wooden spoons into cute pieces of decor with wood-burned patterns and letters. (via Brit + Co)


11. DIY Wood Plank Cross Stitch Decor: Cross stitch wood? Yep, you read that right. Ease the transition from the outdoors to the indoors by lining your entryway wall with this charming piece of textural artwork. (via Make it & Love it)


12. DIY Hanging Wooden Planters: This is such a gorgeous and minimal way to show off your air plant collection. These look best in groups of three or more at varying heights; if you’re really missing a dash of color, you could always use colorful rope or leather. (via The Surznick Common Room)


13. DIY Wood and Leather Notebooks: Whether you’re storing DIY ideas or making checklists, you can never have too many notebooks. If you’re looking for a notebook that nobody else has, DIY this handmade notebook with a chic combo of wood and leather. (via Brit + Co)

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14. DIY Wood Frames: Give your gallery wall a cool, Scandi look with these wooden frames. The tutorial is in German, but the pictures are easy to follow and Google Translate is a life-saver for any other questions you might have. (via Sinnen Rausch)


15. DIY Giant Pegboard: Pegboards are like the cousins of open shelving, but a little more eclectic and playful. They’re pretty simple to make and it’s nice to be able to move the shelves and hooks around, depending on what room you’re organizing. (via eHow)


16. DIY Wooden Centerpiece Boxes: It just takes a couple of paint swatches to transform these simple wooden boxes into a cool centerpiece. Fill them with berry branches or eucalyptus leaves to add a pop of fall color. (via Tell Love and Party)


17. DIY Front Door Planter: Just because you’re not spending as much time outdoors, doesn’t mean your porch doesn’t deserve a little TLC. Add a few succulents for a burst of color or go straight to Halloween and fill the box with spooky little skeletons and battery-powered candles. (via Brit + Co)


18. DIY Candleholders: It doesn’t get more minimal and functional than this. Now that you’re spending more time indoors, cozy up your space with plenty of candles in simple wood candleholders. (via Passion Shake)

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19. DIY Raindrop Mirror: A strategically placed mirror can add a bit of character to any space. Dress up your old mirror with a few bags of wood beads from the craft store and you’ll have something that looks like it cost you big bucks. (via Sinnen Rausch)


20. DIY Pineapple Cutting Board: Prepare for your first fall party with an on-trend tray that will ensure your nibbles are totes Instagrammable. Save yourself major moola by skipping out on the Anthro tray and trying the DIY version instead. (via Brit + Co)

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