37 Easy Crafts to Try This Season for Festive DIY Fall Decor
DIY Fall Wall Decor
Hang this DIY fall decoration above a console table in your entryway for a festive touch as soon as you walk in the door. Purchase a piece of fabric with an autumn-inspired pattern, then stitch around all four sides to create clean edges (press on fusible interfacing first for crisper lines). Along the top and bottom, create a rod pocket and push a wood dowel through the opening. Use iron-on letters to spell out a seasonal phrase. Thread a cord through the top pocket and tie off to hang the fall wall decor.
Cozy Sweater Vases
Use old cable-knit sweaters to turn plain vases into DIY fall decor. Start by cutting off the sleeves of thrifted or no-longer-worn sweaters. Stretch them over cylindrical vases, folding the edge over the rim and securing with double-sided tape if needed. Fill the vases with gathered branches that showcase colorful fall foliage.
Fresh DIY Fall Decor
The season's best produce can serve as supplies for fresh DIY fall crafts. Try carving out squash and gourds to turn them into vessels for beautiful fall blooms. Place the planters on a galvanized metal cake stand to complete the farmhouse-style fall display.
DIY Chalkboard Sign
Fall Farmhouse DIY Wreath
Welcoming Pumpkin Craft
This easy DIY fall craft will transform your front porch into a sweet welcoming space for fall guests. Use a large basket (we love the natural colors in this one!) to hold a pile of mini pumpkins and accent this easy DIY project. Choose a white pumpkin with a nice shape, and use a permanent marker to transfer our free "gather" pattern to the front of the pumpkin. We love how easy this farmhouse front porch accent is.
Fall Welcome Mat
Creating a beautiful fall front porch starts with this painted welcome mat. Our free stencil and some paint are all it takes to transform a plain mat into a stunning piece of DIY fall decor. Customize it with any colors you like. It also makes a great handmade gift!
Felt Acorn Wreath
DIY Thankful Banner
Give Thanks Corkboard
Get ready to celebrate fall with an acorn-shaped corkboard that inspires you to give thanks. Simply cut an acorn shape from purchased corkboard ($4, Michaels) and use punched cardstock circles to create the cap. Hang it in your kitchen, at a party, or save it for Thanksgiving. Bonus: Kids will love helping fill the board with their favorite things.
DIY Pumpkin Planter
Instead of plain pots, display your fall flowers and plants in a DIY pumpkin planter. Simply cut the top off a real or faux pumpkin, add drainage holes, and you're ready to get planting. Set it on your front stoop for a welcoming fall porch.
Copper DIY Fall Decor
Shiny and warm, copper is the perfect accent for fall. Turn the metallic trend into a gorgeous fall craft using copper sheets, a thick tree slice, and some gilding adhesive. Display it as a base for fall vases and centerpieces, or as a backdrop to a mantle display.
Leather Acorn Garland
Looking for a Thanksgiving decoration that lasts all season long? This handmade fall garland fits the bill! Create cut leather acorns in neutral shades and string them up with thick twine or ribbon. Add it to your mantel for a stunning piece of fall decor.
Metallic Magnolia Wreath
Temporary Tattoo Pumpkin
DIY Clay Leaf Dishes
Perfect for holding salt or spices, these small dishes bring a hint of fall to your table decor. To make this DIY fall craft, roll out air-dry clay on linen and use leaf-shape cookie cutters to cut out. Place leaves, pattern side up, on a sheet to dry. When completely dry, paint leaves with a mixture of 2 parts liquid fabric dye to one part water.
DIY Succulent Pumpkin Planter
This quick fall craft will be the star of your Thanksgiving table. We used a white faux pumpkin to create a DIY holiday centerpiece that's filled with a variety of fresh succulents. Pops of decorative moss add color and finish off this fun fall craft for adults.
Felt Mum Garland
Wax Paper Lanterns
Grab the wax paper from your pantry and turn it into adorable lanterns made for autumn. Using ironing cloths and a few leaves leftover from raking your yard, iron the leaves onto 8x8 squares of wax paper. Use washi tape to adhere each square together, then place a flameless tea light in the center to give off an inviting glow.
Fall Acorn Treats
Make adorable acorn treat holders your family will go nuts over this fall. Not only are they great for sending in school lunches, but the easy fall craft is a thoughtful party favor or decoration, too. To make, simply hot-glue twine around the wide end of a plastic Easter egg, then fill with snacks, candy, or other fun treats.
Shimmering Fall Votives
Let your lighting set the mood for any fall get-together with this easy craft idea. Start by spraying a light mist of water into a glass holder. Working inside the glass only, spray a light layer of metallic gold paint over the water beads, leaving the glass slightly translucent. Let dry, then add a layer of gold glitter spray to finish.
Fall Garden Banner
Create an all-natural look with our easy fall garland. This DIY fall craft is decorated with treasures from your outdoor autumn garden. Silvery twine loops form a scalloped garland. Chinese lanterns, fall leaves, nigella pods, and gingko leaves make special additions; attach using fine wire.
Lacy Fall Leaves Craft
Burlap DIY Fall Wreath
Inexpensive and versatile, burlap gives DIY fall decor a rustic touch. Use it in this cozy fall craft for a gorgeous wreath you'll love adding to your home decor. Wrap a basic foam wreath with a burlap garland, attaching with straight pins as you go. Hot-glue store-bought burlap flowers to the wreath to finish the fall wreath design.
Fall vases don't get much cuter than this. Duplicate this DIY fall craft in a snap using leaf-printed decal paper. Soak the designs in a bowl of cold water, then apply the leaf shapes to plain or colored vases to decorate your living room with fall spirit.
Painted Wine Glasses
This pretty wine craft is perfect for a party! Add simple fall romance to party stemware using pearl and glitter glass paints. Coat the underside of the glass base with the pearl paint, swirling a pattern out from the center; let dry. Alternatively, add a coat of glitter glass paint on top of the base and up the stem.
The vibrant blooms of fall deserve a striking display. With this easy technique, a plain vase gains autumn style with a few strokes of a pen. Plan a design to coordinate with the flowers, and use a white oil-base marker to draw the design on a plain ceramic vase.
Fall Gratitude Journal
Gratitude journals are perfect as fall gifts or just to record your own favorite moments of the season. Download the illustrated cards and attach to the fronts of blank journals with photo corners. Keep one for yourself; give one as a gift.
Paint makes it easy to add metallic accents to a variety of containers, turning plain glass vases into DIY fall decor. Pour a small amount of metallic crafts paint inside a vase; tip and twirl the vase to cover as much of the interior as desired. We love gold for fall, but you can pick the paint that matches your home decor.
Sparkling Wheat Wreath
Simple upgrades can transform even the most ordinary fall crafts into something extraordinary. Start with a purchased wheat wreath. Buy a separate bunch of dried wheat and divide into three groups. Paint each group a different metallic color (such as gold, copper, and brass) and tuck into the purchased wreath. Hang a sweet message off-center to finish and you're ready to hang your DIY fall wreath.
Metallic Painted Leaves
A smattering of leaves can make a pretty fall centerpiece when grouped together. You can also place one at each place setting for an unusual accent. Here, we sprayed thick mature sycamore leaves with copper paint.
Organic in style and easy to design, these stylish natural coasters provide a practical boost to your side tables. Start with a 4x4-inch wood block; make straight cuts of varying widths. Sand the edges and corners, and apply a coat of natural wood stain and sealer; let dry. Apply cabinet bumpers on the four corners of each of the bases to keep surfaces scratch-free.
Thankful Tree Decoration
Fall is a natural season to step back and reflect on what you and your family are thankful for. Use this easy autumn craft as a visual reminder. Start by finding an interesting branch; tape off the base and spray-paint the top white. Fill a vase with nuts or rocks and insert the branch. Cut out leaves from construction paper (search online for leaf shapes), punch a hole at the top of each, write a thankful message, and hang with ribbon or twine.
Pressed Fall Leaf Artwork
Artfully display fall specimens on microscope-slide-inspired frames to brighten a shelf for fall. Place a pressed leaf between two pieces of glass. Secure the pieces of glass together by wrapping colored linen book-cloth tape around all four sides.
Editor's Tip: To create pressed leaves for fall crafts, place leaves between layers of newspapers and press under a stack of books. Let dry for a couple of days, then iron each leaf between two pieces of waxed paper to enhance the color of the leaf, using a pressing cloth to keep wax off the iron.
No-Sew Fall Leaf Pillow
Dress a pillow in cozy fall textures without sewing a stitch in this fun fall crafts project. Assemble a collection of leaves from your yard in various shapes and trace their forms onto felt. Cut out the felt leaves and attach them to the pillow using permanent fabric adhesive.
Fall Leaf Garland
Keep your fall decorations natural and simple with this fun crafts project. Gather fresh fallen leaves from the backyard and use a needle to thread them onto a string, securing the ends with knots. Tack the garland onto the edge of a table, along a banister, or across a door frame to add instant fall color.
Decorate your Thanksgiving spread with this easy fall craft. A splash of chalkboard paint is all it takes to turn a platter into a changeable display space for a menu or welcome message. Use a small brush to apply chalkboard paint inside the edges of the platter. Roll the center with chalkboard paint using a small smooth-surface foam roller.