Fast Fall DIY Ideas

Block-Print Wooden Vase
Filling your home with fall decor this season doesn't have to take a weekend. Each of these quick DIY ideas take an hour or less, and can be mastered by any level of crafter.

Cake Stand Centerpiece

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Fall centerpieces can be so easy. Place a cheap round mirror on a cake stand (glue to secure if you'd like), and top with gourds and pumpkins.

Feed Sack Pillow Covers

Start to finish: 45 minutes

The most time-consuming part of this craft will be finding the perfect piece of burlap for your pillows -- we suggest checking or -- after that, it's a cinch! Cut two pieces of burlap 2 inches wider on all sides than the pillow insert. With right sides facing, sew together on all sides, leaving a 6-inch opening. Turn right side out, insert the pillow, then whipstitch the cover closed.

Add sparkle to your entry by coating faux leaves with glitter. Here's how to make the leaf craft and create a welcoming outdoor display.

Glittering Leaf Door Hanging

Start to finish: 30 minutes

Faux fabric leaves and some decoupage medium and glitter instantly welcome fall to your door. Hot-glue the glittered leaves to ribbon and hang. Watch the video for the full tutorial.

Linen Leaf Plate Decor

Start to finish: 45 minutes

Perfect for a fall-theme dinner party! Attach iron-on backing to the linen and felt you'll be using. Trace the inner circumference of your plain glass plate onto a piece of paper, and cut out to make a stencil. Trace the circle onto the linen; cut out. Sketch or trace a leaf shape onto the back of the felt; cut out. Use tacky glue to adhere the leaf to the circle. Layer under the plate, and if desired, attach the fabric to the plate with spray adhesive.

Potato Masher Place Setting

Start to finish: 20 minutes + dry time

The pattern on this place setting is courtesy of a fairly common kitchen utensil: a potato masher. (Try out other utensils like a fork or basting brush!) Dip the masher in fabric paint; blot on paper to remove excess. Press the tool onto a plain cloth napkin, and repeat as desired. To make matching chargers, use the same pattern on round cork trivets.

Linen Napkin Rings

Start to finish: 30 minutes

Hosting a fall party will be a must once you make these simple napkin rings. Cut two strips of linen (one 4x1/2 inches and one 4x1 inch). Use tacky glue to join them together, then glue the short ends together to make a loop. Glue coordinating buttons on top.

Editor's Tip: Instead of glueing on buttons, use magnets as your decoration. That way, you can switch them up to match your party themes.

Book Page Print

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Cute, customize wall art doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Type a letter into your word-processing software, replace the printer paper with a book page, and print.

Editor’s Tip: Print the letter on plain paper first to make sure you have the right size.

You likely already own every supply you need to make these inexpensive fall crafts. Bet you'll never look at wax paper the same way again!

Leaf Lantern with Wax Paper

Start to finish: 50 minutes

Cut and fold wax paper, then add fall leaves, ironing them on to secure. The final supply is a few pieces of tape to make strong edges. Watch the video to see how!

Burlap Wreath

Start to finish: 60 minutes

Burlap is a fall essential. To make this wreath, secure the end of a spool of burlap garland to a foam wreath base with straight pins. Wrap until completely covered, and secure with pins. To make each flower, cut six same-size circles of burlap. Lay one flat, then fold another in half twice, and stitch to the base circle with the point toward the center. Repeat with four more circles (two go on top of the original three). Make as many flowers as you’d like, and secure each to the wreath with a pin.

Acorn Frame and Leaf Art

Start to finish: 50 minutes

Showcase fall’s beauty with this quick tabletop decoration. Pop the caps off acorns and secure them to a frame using hot glue. Wrap the insert in burlap; secure with hot glue. Use tacky glue to attach a dried oak leaf to the center. Reassemble without the glass.

Woodblock Letterpress Letters

Start to finish: 45 minutes

Scour your local flea markets for woodblock letterpress letters. Use a brayer to roll a thin layer of acrylic paint onto the letter side of the block and immediately stamp it onto canvas for easy wall art. Let the woodblock letters dry (you may want to paint another layer on them first), and display those, too!

Editor’s Tip: The lighter the layer of paint, the more textured the print.

Chalkboard Container Labels

Start to finish: 20 minutes

First, find vinyl stickers that accept chalk marks. Then, use a punch to cut out the labels, remove the paper backing, and position them on glass or wooden canisters. 

Autumn Table Runner

Start to finish: 50 minutes

Take a simple linen table runner and add some fall flair. Choose scraps of three autumn-color linens (you’ll need less than 1/4 yard of each) to make the leaves. Apply iron-on backing to the linen, and trace leaf and stem shapes onto the backing (freehand draw or use a stencil). Cut out the shapes, arrange on the runner, and secure with tacky glue.

Block-Print Wood Vase

Start to finish: 25 minutes

When looking to create a pattern, think outside the box. The texture on these wooden vases is created from a scrap of foam wrapped with string. Simply dip the foam in crafts paint, give it a half-roll on the vase, and repeat.

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