The autumn season is the perfect time for crafting. After all, what could be better than cozying up by the fire, tea or hot apple cider in hand, and the materials for a craft laid out all around you. While it is lovely to enjoy crisp outdoor walks among the leaves, this is the season where many of us feel most at ease staying inside to escape the inclement weather.
The problem is that it can be hard to find crafts that are fall-themed. Sure, it’s the season with Halloween and Thanksgiving, but what if you want to do a craft that is not holiday-themed and is instead season-themed? In this article, we will provide you with autumnal craft inspiration so that you will know which crafts to take out the next time that your hemisphere enters the coziest season of all (okay, so maybe we threw in a few Halloween and Thanksgiving crafts in here as well — what can we say? ‘Tis the season).
DIY Fall Crafts You Can Make For The Season
Fall Outdoor Planter
We’re cheating — the first entry on this list is not actually a craft as much as it is a gardening project. However, we stand by it, especially since you could realistically decorate or paint the pot to look any way you would like. This tutorial from House of Hawthorne will also tell you which outdoor plants will flourish in the fall season (although you could definitely also use synthetic plants, we’re not judging).
Popsicle Stick ScareCrow
Here is a craft that is much more kid-friendly. Actually, we would go so far as to call it adult-friendly considering that it can be pulled off with very few materials. All you will need is some construction paper, and of course some popsicle sticks. The end result will be a very jolly friendly scarecrow as seen here at Crafty Morning.
These terracotta pots have been modified to look like a cute pumpkin, and they are holding a surprise inside — candy! This is a great option for anyone who wants the festive look of an orange pumpkin on their porch but doesn’t want to go to the bother of carving one or doesn’t want to deal with the inevitable rotting pumpkin down the road. Get the idea from Real House Moms.
Wine Cork Pumpkin
There are a lot of pumpkin-themed crafts on this list, but you can’t say that we didn’t warn you! We can’t think of anything quite as autumn-esque as pumpkins. This particular pumpkin craft from My Gourmet Connection uses painted corks to create a pumpkin. You don’t have to drink all of the wine yourself to get these corks, but we won’t judge you if you do!
Warning — this next one is not for those of us who have a bout of arachnophobia! Instead, it is for anyone who wants to celebrate what the true spirit of Halloween is all about — spookiness! This hand spider craft from the Best Ideas for Kids is a great one for children as it shows them how they can use construction paper to craft a spider out of the shape of their handprint.
Paper Bag Turkey
As promised, here is a Thanksgiving craft — and this one is sure to be a big hit among the kids! Luckily for adults, it has pretty limited materials, too. All you’ll need is a paper bag, some construction paper, and of course feathers for the turkey! This example from the Best Ideas for Kids uses googly eyes, but in lieu of this supply, you could just draw your own eyeballs on the turkey.
Here is another wonderful idea for a craft that has to do with pinecones! We especially love using pinecones for crafts because not only are they beautiful, but they are also free and in abundance in the natural world around us. If you have children, a great way to get them involved in crafting is by taking them on a nature walk and having them help you collect pinecones that you can use for the craft (trust us, children love to scavenge). Get inspiration over at A Beautiful Mess.
Here is something that we would love to see popularized: using wreaths for occasions other than Christmas! We’re talking wreaths for spring, wreaths for summer, and of course, wreaths for fall. And what better shape for a fall wreath to take than that of a sunflower? You can check out how you can make your very own sunflower wreath thanks to this handy tutorial over at Grillo Designs.
Acorns are one of those symbols that are just synonymous with fall. While you could certainly just collect some acorns and keep them in a jar for a festive decoration (hey, that is actually not a half-bad idea, now that we think about it), do you know what is a lot more fun? Covering acorns in beautiful, shiny glitter! Check out the idea over at Happiness is Homemade.
Fresh Apple Candle Holders
There are many wonderful scents that are associated with the autumn season, and apples are definitely up there among the top ones. Unfortunately, we can’t enjoy that fresh, authentic scent of apples that comes along with apple picking every single day of the fall season — that just wouldn’t be feasible. However, one thing that you can do is adopt this very creative idea from One Little Project that shows you how you can cut out space in real apples and stick tea lights in them to fill your home with a truly delicious scent!
We saw how this craft combines two great things about fall — leaves, and Halloween — and we couldn’t resist adding it. The premise of this craft is undeniably simple, as all you have to do is cut leaves into the shape of ghosts. Get the inspiration here.
Pressed Leaves Bookmarks
One of the main characteristics of the fall season is the fact that leaves and flowers fall off their branches and drift away in time for the winter season. You can now preserve some of your favorite flowers of the fall season in a pretty bookmark, as seen here from Buggy and Buddy. Not only is this a great craft idea, but it is also a wonderful way to encourage kids to read.
Fall Leaves Mason Jars
There are just so many things that you can make out of mason jars — we could definitely make an entire list dedicated to mason jar crafts alone! However, we thought that we would mention this particular mason jar craft from Hello Newlywed Life — we love the way that it uses clear mason jars to showcase the beauty of autumn leaves.
Pine Cone Wreath
Here is another DIY wreath idea that is just simply perfect for the fall season! In fact, it is such a cute idea that you shouldn’t be half surprised if you get neighbours knocking on your door wondering if they can make themselves such a wonderful adornment. The best part? It’s very easy to make, not to mention very cheap — not a surprise considering that the main ingredient is pine cones. See it over at a Piece of Random.
Pumpkin From Mason Jar Lids
This craft includes mason jars as well, but not in the way that you would think. For this particular craft, you are going to want to use not the mason jars themselves but the mason jar lids. If you’re anything like the majority of us, this is actually welcomed news because we always seem to be misplacing out jars and lids, which means that we never have an equal amount of both! Check out how this creative tutorial from the Country Cook shows you how to make a pumpkin out of mason jar lids that have been painted bright orange.
We don’t blame you if this list of crafts makes you look forward to the autumn season! May your spooky season be filled with quality crafting at all times — we are sure it will be if you follow the tutorials that we have outlined above.