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Vivid colors, charming fall motifs, and luscious textures fill these crafts ideas with the cozy appeal of fall. These easy fall crafts adorn you and your home in warm autumn colors and textures, making every day a harvest celebration.
Improve on Mother Nature's handiwork by subbing pretty felted balls for the brown base of fall acorns. For each ball, place small wispy tufts of wool roving in a pile (each of our balls is made from five 4x4-inch tufts). Place the pile in your hand and place a small pebble in center of the pile. Wrap the wool around the pebble to create a ball of roving in your fist. Work over a sink and add warm water and a bit of bar soap to the ball; gently start rolling, increasing the pressure as you go. When the ball is just the size you want, rinse with cold water and squeeze out excess. Let dry overnight, then hot-glue on an acorn cap.
Editor's Tip: Be patient and don't rush the felting process or you'll get creases and folds in the felt. Plan on about 10 minutes of rolling around in your hands per acorn.
Put your favorite pumpkin pie in the oven, open a bottle of crisp white wine, and invite over friends for a table filled with fall foods and highlighted with pretty tassel-wrapped napkins at their place settings. To make the tassels, simply wrap frayed satin ribbon around a 3-1/2-inch piece of cardboard. We used about 2 yards for our tassels, but you'll want to experiment depending on the thickness of your material. Cut a 12-inch length of ribbon and slide it under one side of the wrapped ribbon, pulling it toward one end and tying a knot at the top (this is your long band for hanging around a napkin). Remove the ribbon from the cardboard. Cut an 8-inch length of contrasting ribbon and tie it below the top knot, wrapping it around the tassel a few times and knotting at the back. Trim the opposite end of the ribbon to create the frayed edge. Wrap around a napkin and get ready for compliments.
Enlist a retired pair of denim jeans for a textured pillow that's prepped for a fall catnap. Cut the leg from a wide-leg or boot-cut pair of jeans (about 10 inches wide, ideally) to fit a lumbar pillow form (ours is about 9x16-inches). Turn the denim inside out and sew the cut end closed. Turn right-side out and place a piece of cardboard inside. Using a leaf stencil, brush on the design with white paint. Let dry. Insert a 10x14-inch lumbar pillow form and top stitch the open cuff side of the jeans closed.
Glue green moss onto a straw wreath, add red leaves and faux pears, and you'll have a long-lasting crafts that can be used on the door or as a centerpiece.
Warm hands thanks to a warm heart: Make a cozy fall hand warmer in minutes. Use 100% natural textile such as cotton or wool. If using a wool sweater like we did, felt the sweater by washing and drying it. Cut two heart shapes from the sweater, place right sides together, and machine or hand-stitch around perimeter, leaving an opening for turning on one straight side. Turn right-side out and fill with rice, lentils, corn, or flaxseed. Hand-stitch the opening closed. Heating varies by microwave, but one minute should work for most.
Editor's Tip: To make it smell better when heated, add dry or liquid lavender to the filler.
Glam-up a blanket with show-off tassels in seasonal hues. This cozy craft is easy enough to switch out with each change in the weather. To make a tassel, wrap yarn lengthwise around a 6x4-inch scrap of cardboard. Wrap about 50 times for a big, thick tassel. Use a 12-inch piece of yarn to tie the top edge of the yarn together; trim the opposite edge to create the fringe. Wrap another 12-inch piece of yarn through the top of the tassel and use this to stitch to the edge of your blanket.
Editor's Tip: Use several shades of yarn for an ombre look.
Embroidered? Nah. Puffy painted? Yeah! Pick a pretty sihouette and a solid-color pillow; trace the shape onto contact paper and press the paper onto your pillow. With a light touch, apply paint dots around the design. Let the project dry for three hours, then remove the contact paper and admire your handiwork.
Necklaces look oh, so cute in an octogon bowl made of felt in fall colors. Pick a midweight 3-millimeter-thick felt and print the pattern, below. Cut and notch as guided (hint: Sharp scissors save headaches). Pinch the cut corners and sew a quick straight-stitch with matching thread.
You know those felt furniture feet that minimize floor scuffs? They just got upgraded to fall-style icon. Grab 54 of the 3-inch-wide feet and arrange in a 6x9 grid. Cut colorful felt circles to size and attach to the circles using the adhesive side of the pads. Cut strips of neutral-color 1/2-inch-wide cotton trim for each row to match the rug's length and width. Attach the trim to the felt pads using fabric glue (this keeps your rug in one piece). Let dry for 24 hours.
Bring the outdoors into your home with our natural fall-inspired napkin rings. Simply cut various succulents with a short stem, poke florists wire into the stem, and wrap with florists tape to secure. Push the wrapped wire through a hole in the center of a burlap strip, loop the wire so it can hold the napkin, and hot-glue the burlap to cover the wire.
Chrysanthemums, the colorful mainstay of fall, transform any table into a beautiful autumn display. To make each mum, start by punching layers of colored tissue paper using a scallop-circle punch; make multiple punches in various colors. You will need 12-16 same-color scallop circles for each chrysanthemum. Layer scallop circles and staple through all layers at the center. Scrunch each tissue layer, one at a time, beginning with the top layer. Fluff up layers. Repeat to make three to four mums in each color.
Transform cast-off books from page-turners to head-turners with our cozy fall crafts idea. Find old hardcover books similar in size and page count at old flea markets, thrift stores, or even in your own basement. Cut a piece of backing board into a rectangle 1-2 inches smaller than the back of your opened book; hot-glue to book. Now it's time to get creative! Have fun folding your book pages in whatever way you like best; we recommend dividing the book into even sections for a symmetrical look. We hung nine books in rows of three by securing them with brads hammered into the corners of each book.
Celebrate the weather change with a pillow that announces the season. Lay a pillow cover on a flat surface and arrange large chipboard letters across it. Use repositionable spray adhesive to adhere the letters. Spray the pillow cover with fabric paint in your desired fall color; let dry. Remove the chipboard letters and insert a pillow form in the cover. Tie jute twine in bows near the ends for even more texture.
Get cozy on the couch this fall with this fun fabric throw made from upcycled wool sweaters. Decide the desired size of your throw and determine how many 9-inch squares of felted wool fabric you will need; we made a few of our large squares by sewing four 5-inch squares with right sides together using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Once you have all of your squares, arrange in an attractive pattern. Sew together rows of blocks using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, then sew the rows together, matching the seams. Back the quilt with a cozy flannel sheet, sew perle cotton ties at the intersections, then topstitch 1-inch from the edge around the perimeter to finish.
Fall Crafts Tip: To create the nonraveling fabric, turn the pieces inside out and toss into the washing machine on a hot-cycle wash with detergent; machine- or air-dry.
Nothing could be cuter than this fall-theme trivet cover! Cut squirrel, acorn, and trivet patterns from felt colors of your choice. Stitch squirrel and acorn onto large felt piece. Fold and stitch the piece on two sides to create a darling trivet cover.
Decorate your coffee tumbler with fall flavor. Cut the provided pattern from felt, and stitch on felt leaves and a button as shown. Add decorative stitching as desired. Use the pattern to cut a strip of plastic gripping material from a crafts store. (This will ensure the felt doesn't slip.) Cut a small piece of elastic, form it into a loop, and sew it onto the back of the felt as you sew on the gripping material. Wrap the felt piece around your coffee tumbler, securing the elastic around the button.
Gather inspiration from the classroom when coming up with fun fall crafts to make this season. Use a table saw or handsaw to cut two yardsticks into 5-inch pieces. On eight of the pieces, drill holes 1/2-inch from the edge and 1/2-inch apart; sand the holes smooth. Use a needle and yarn to sew two drilled sticks together, referring to the picture and creating a cross-stitch pattern as shown. Repeat with remaining drilled sticks to create four corner pieces. Use wood glue to secure the nondrilled center sticks to the corner pieces; clamping with clips while the glue dries. Repeat until you have four sides. Place an empty can inside and fill with pencils or other office supplies.
Fall Crafts Tip: If you're working with unfinished yardsticks, like we did, stain them the desired color and let dry before starting your project.
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This nutty pincushion will put a smile on your face all season long! Cut two pieces of brown felt in the shape of an acorn and one contrasting color of felt in the shape of an acorn crown. Attach the acorn crown to one of the brown acorn cutouts, adding stitching detail if desired. Stitch the front and back pieces together, leaving space to add stuffing. Stuff the acorn fully with wool or synthetic fiber; sew the opening closed.
This charming fall scene dresses up your everyday napkin holder. Measure your napkin holder, and cut two pieces of felt slightly larger than those measurements. Cut the tree and leaves from contrasting felt colors, and stitch them to one of the felt pieces. Attach the two pieces of felt together by stitching around the two sides and top, leaving an opening at the bottom to slip onto the front of a napkin holder.
Step onto cozy comfort with this handmade rug crafted from braided felted wool. You'll need around 100 yards of 1-inch-wide wool strips to make our 2x4-foot rug. Cut felted wool into 1-inch strips and braid together into 3-yard lengths. Machine-stitch all the lengths together end to end. Tape one end to a flat surface and stretch to 4 feet, tape to the surface, then round back in the opposite direction, hand-stitching the two rows together until you reach the other end. Tape the end down and round back in the opposite direction, repeating the back-and-forth hand-stitching pattern until your rug is 2 feet wide. Tuck the end to the back and hand-stitch to secure. Remove all tape.