Who doesn’t love fall? Though the weather is getting cooler, fall means back to school, apple orchard picking, pumpkin patch visits, crisp night bon fires, and football games. Fall is also a good opportunity to change up the décor in your home and bring those beautiful changing colors of the season from the outdoors in. Check out three easy craft ideas below to warm up your home this fall including a grapevine wreath, glitter gourds, and a fall leaf door hanging.
Fall Grape Vine Wreath
What better way to welcome visitors into your home with a warm cup of apple cider on a cool fall night than a beautiful door hanging wreath to make the entrance of your home warm and inviting? This grape vine wreath is a super easy craft that requires very few materials, making it extremely cost efficient. You can use the steps below to create other similar wreaths throughout the year for every holiday.
What You’ll Need to Make a Fall Grape Vine Wreath:
- A plain grape vine wreath (you can find these at any craft store)
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- 1 or 2 bunches of artificial flowers or leaves in fall colors like reds, oranges, yellows, and greens
- 1 roll of ribbon
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Start by making the bow for the top of the wreath.
- Unwrap all of the ribbon from the spool. Typically a 6-foot ribbon is perfect for this project. Ribbon with wire running through each side will help your bow hold its shape.
- Create a loop by pinching the end of the ribbon in between your thumb and pointer finger on the same hand.
- Keep making as many loops as you can until you have about 2 feet of ribbon left for the tail.
- Wrap the end of the tail up and pinch between your same thumb and forefinger.
- Now you should have a bunch of small loops with one large loop.
- Wrap your floral wire around the loops to secure them in place.
- Cut the large loop in half to create the two long tail ends of the ribbon. Fluff out the small loops until they lay how you like.
- Attach the bow to the wreath using the floral wire – simply twist to secure in place on the back of the wreath.
How to Make Floral Bows
If you have any ribbon left over, you may want to wrap it around the circumference of the wreath and secure with wire in the back.
For a Full Tutorial on How to Make Wreath Bows, Check out the Video Tutorial
- Take your leaf and flower steps and using your wire cutters
- Clip off each flower or leaf head, leaving some of the stem attached so you can tuck it into the wreath
- Once you have all of the flower and leaf heads cut, begin tucking them into the wreath, creating the pattern that you like
- To ensure your wreath is fairly balanced, consider building 2-3 larger bunches of leaves/flowers and then tuck the extra remaining leaves and flowers into smaller individual bunches around the wreath
- Glue into place
- Once you have the pattern that you like, remove each flower head or leaf one by one and attach a small amount of hot glue onto the end and tuck them back into the leaf
- Hold for a few seconds to ensure each piece is secure
- Display your creation proudly
You did it! To ensure your wreath hangs safely on your mantel or on the door, wrap a small piece of floral wire around one of the grape vine branches and twist to secure into place. You now have a beautiful fall decoration to welcome guests into your home.
Add little sparkle this autumn with a basket full of glitter gourds for a beautiful table scape. This craft is very simple and only requires a few supplies to get started.
What You’ll Need to Make Glitter Gourds:
- Gourds or mini pumpkins
- Mod Podge or Elmer’s Glue
- A paint brush
- A bowl or basket
This craft is a great way to display and use up gourds from your summer garden. Many grocery stores and stores that sell pumpkins or corn stalks during the autumn months also carry mini gourds and mini pumpkins. If you can’t find actual gourds, mini plastic pumpkins that you find in the craft store will also work for this project.
- First, make sure that all the mini pumpkins and gourds are wiped down with a damp cloth to ensure they are free of any dirt or debris.
- Next, lay down a good amount of newspaper to cover your work surface to make for easy clean-up of the glitter when you are all finished.
- Then, dip your paint brush into the mod podge or Elmer’s glue and paint it all over the gourd. Hold the gourd by the stem to keep your hands glue-free during the process.
- Then, while the glue is still wet, sprinkle the glitter all over until the entire gourd is covered.
- Repeat for all of the gourds and let them dry on the newspaper for at least 2-3 hours.
- Use 2 or 3 different colors like yellow, orange, red, brown, or green to have a colorful assortment of the fall color palette.
- Arrange gourds in a basket or bowl and place them on your table with a vase of flowers or alone as their own centerpiece.
Fall Leaf Door Hanging
Welcome your guests into your home this fall with this beautiful fall leaf door hanging craft. This is a great craft to hang on a secondary door or as an alternative to the fall grape vine wreath, explained above. Start by gathering the supplies below.
What You’ll Need for the Fall Leaf Door Hanging:
- Floral wire
This is a fun craft to do with kids. They will have a great time tracing leaves and helping you apply the glitter to create a beautiful, colorful decoration for their home.
- First, create a large bow using the steps described above in the fall grape vine wreath
- Then, trace 3 leaf designs onto your piece of cardboard. Free hand the design for a more rustic look or search for leaves in your own backyard that you can trace around for a more realistic shape.
- Cut out the leaf shapes. Thin cardboard from a cereal or cracker box works best for this craft as it will be easier to cut out the outline with a scissor. Poke a small hole at the top of each leaf cutout with your scissor.
- Apply the glue evenly across one side of the cardboard cutout.
- Sprinkle evenly with glitter. Consider a different color glitter for each leaf.
- Let the glitter leaves dry for 2-3 hours before handling them.
- Once dry, thread the twine through the holes you made, knotting them each time so the leaves stay put. Leave approximately 3 inches of twine in between each leaf and along the end on the top.
- Wrap the tail end of the twin (should be on the top leaf) around the back of the bow to secure the 3 hanging leaves. Add another small loop using the twin to the top of the bow to display on a hook on your door.
- Enjoy the warmth you have brought to your home with the easy fall crafts!
Amy from East Coast on October 08, 2016:
Love the glitter gourds and the fall leaves with bow. I'm pretty sure these Fall crafts can be made for less than $15 for both. Great ideas. I always admire Fall decorations but figure I can make them myself for a lot less. You have inspired me!
WheelerWife (author) from Minnesota on December 23, 2014:
Glad you enjoyed, Best of Aying! Thanks for stopping by!
Best of Aying from Philippines on December 22, 2014:
This is simply amazing. Thanks for sharing!
WheelerWife (author) from Minnesota on October 06, 2014:
Thanks, PeachPurple! No, I don't sell them on etsy - I just use them in my home :) Would be a fun venture to try, though!
peachy from Home Sweet Home on October 06, 2014:
i love yr crafts, do you sell them at etsy?