Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials, and templates.
Welcome Fall: Inside and Outside
One of the best things about these fall crafts is that they are appropriate to display from the end of August until after Thanksgiving when you are ready to decorate for the Christmas season. I started searching for unique DIY ideas that would add fall colors and use some of the beautiful supplies offered by nature. I especially like the use of pine cones and leaves. I feel that I've included some of the best fall craft ideas and tutorials to be found on the internet.
I made a sign like the one shown above to welcome guests to my home entry. I painted my sign on the bottom of a wooden crate that I had on hand and freehand painted the words. The tutorial at Jennifer Allwood Home is a pictured narrative on how to make the sign—an outstanding project!
1. Autumn Leaf Candle Holders
Consider using the flameless candles when you make this decoration and you won't have to worry about safety. Fast Forward and Fun shares an easy to understand tutorial and includes time-saving tips.
2. Glitter Leaves and Acorns Napkins
Although I haven't made these napkins yet, they are definitely on my "this year's crafts" list that I want to accomplish before Thanksgiving. Crafts by Amanda is where to find the tutorial, and you'll also learn how to heat-set the project so that the napkins can be washed.
3. Fall Chalkboard Sign
This is an impressive project that has oodles of uses. Imagine it propped on a fireplace mantel, or at your front door. I love the chalkboard painted letters that set off the stained wood. Go to Shanty 2 Chic to find the directions.
4. Falling Leaves Garland
I can imagine this falling leaves garland hanging from the mantel with the blackboard Fall sign above. A quick and easy craft that the kids can help you make. Find the tutorial at House of Jade.
5. Screen-Wrapped Luminaries
I love these luminaries. They would be a fantastic decoration for a fall wedding. You'll find the supplies you need and the tutorial for making the luminaries at Lowes.
6. Stenciled Fall Welcome Mat
If you like to decorate your entry for the seasons, here is a super easy and very attractive addition. Make this fall welcome mat following the directions at Practically Functional.
7. How to Make a Fall Mailbox Topper
8. Beautifully Bleached Pine Cones
A few weeks ago I made my first batch of bleached pine cones and they turned out beautifully. I really like them mixed with original pine cones and displayed in a bowl or basket, but I want to also use some in a fall wreath. Go to Sand and Sisal to see how easy it is to bleach pine cones.
9. Framed Pine Cones
Here is another project that the kids will love helping with. Maybe they could make their own using a wire or wood clothes hanger instead of a frame. Just tie the ribbons to the hanger. You'll find the tutorial at Craftaholics Anonymous.
10. Farmhouse-Style Fall Wreath
This is a favorite wreath because of the pine cone and cotton boll theme. In the tutorial at The 36th Avenue, purchased cotton branches are used. But, if you want to make your own rustic cotton stem, check out the project directly following this one. I love how bay leaves are used in this wreath.
11. Faux Cotton Stems
When I ran across this site, Country Design Style, I had to immediately try making my own cotton stems. I want to use them in a wreath so I haven't use the ones I made yet, but I want you to know they are really easy to make and look fantastic. Be sure to try this craft, you'll find oodles of ways to use the cotton bolls.
12. Fall Leaf Pillow
Pillows are one of the easiest way to add a seasonal flavor to your decor. The instructions for making this pillow is found at Make and Takes. Don't be afraid to change the colors of the pillow or the leaves and make two or three for your couch or chairs.
13. Burlap Pumpkin
Burlap is a great craft fabric to work with and the things made with it always seem to turn out great. You'll be surprised at how easy these pumpkins are to make. Great directions at Confessions of a Plate Addict.
14. Burlap Leaf
Have you ever thought that it would be nice to have unique leaves for your newly made pumpkin craft? These burlap leaves are perfect for that. They are easy to make and there are so many ways to use them. The tutorial is found at Fox Hollow Cottage.
15. Birch Bark Wreath
This birch bark wreath is beautiful and so appropriate for fall decorating. It is also a project that allows you to use other supplies to customize your wreath. The directions for this birch bark wreath is at Woman's Day. Imagine using the burlap leaves shown in the craft idea above for the leaves on your wreath, or how about mixing them with book page leaves (in the project below), burlap and birch bark.
16. Book Page Leaves
Aren't these fall leaves beautiful? I can think of so many uses for them. The tutorial is found at Tombow. I don't have a Sizzix machine, but I'm going to make these by drawing the leaf shapes on the book pages first. and then paint them (or use colored sharpies). I'll cut them out leaving some space all around the leaf, I'll tape a wire to the back and glue the leaf to card stock before cutting them out. There are leaf shape patterns included in the preceding (burlap leaf) craft.
17. Packing Tape Transfers
If you haven't discovered The Graphics Fairy yet, let me be the first to introduce you to this outstanding crafting resource. A couple of years ago, after my husband passed away, I made Christmas ornaments for all my children and grandchildren using this packing tape transfer idea. I used his picture, his birth and death dates and an appropriate saying on the ornaments. Be sure you check out this site, you'll find many, many great images and ideas for your crafting.
18. Homespun Coasters
What a great way to use scraps of fabrics. I love the shabby chic look of these coasters. Go to Homespun Projects to find the tutorial to make these cuties.
19. How to Make (Pottery Barn Inspired) Faux Mercury Glass
20. Burlap Flower Centerpiece
I like the way these flowers are made. You'll find the instructions at Morena’s Corner.
I would like to have the flowers on stems though so I could use them in a vase. My idea is to glue a wire between the two flower shapes and add a bead or button to the center. Maybe add a burlap or book page leaf, or use a dried bay leaf.
21. Lighted Pumpkin
My granddaughter and her friend made pumpkins like these, at my home, following the tutorial at Recaptured Charm. They turned out just as outstanding as the one shown above, but I have to admit that the process is sort of messy. Be sure to work over a plastic tablecloth or newspaper!
22. Pumpkin Vase
Who wouldn't love to have this included in their Fall decor? The tutorial at A Pumpkin and a Princess suggest using fall flower bushes (you can buy them at the dollar store or Walmart) as part of the arrangement. Very pretty and doable.
23. Autumn Leaf Fairy Lights
Imagine a fall wedding using these fairy lights in there decorations. But, they would also look beautiful hanging over a mirror or wrapped in a table centerpiece. Find the instructions at Wallflower Kitchen. She used an interesting waxed paper method of preserving the natural leaves.
24. Felt Leaf Table Runner
This project is actually written for kids with them drawing their own leaf shapes. If you prefer, print off the leaf shapes using the copy and paste method. That way you can resize the leaf shape to page size before printing. All the directions are found at Hello, Wonderful.
25. Wood Block Letters
It would be great if you had scrap pieces of wood to make these wood blocks, but if you don't, I don't think this amount of lumber would be too costly. Go to Thistlewood Farms for the tutorial.....and some "corny" jokes.
26. Leaf-Stamped Napkins
You'll find the directions for this stamped napkin project at All Things G&D. She doesn't say anything about setting the paint, but I would suggest following the instructions given at the end of the second project in this article Glitter Leaves and Acorns Napkins. Also using paint for fabrics would be a good idea.
27. Scrubbing Pad Pumpkins
Who would'a thunk? What a cute idea for using scrubbing pads. You'll find the simple directions for making these pumpkins at My Soulful Home.You might consider using cinnamon sticks for the stems, to add a bit of fall aroma.
28. Clay Leaf Bowl
If this is fun for the kids to make, I'm sure I'd love it too. The pictured tutorial at One Project Closer shows kids painting the leaves. These would make cute table favors for Thanksgiving. Fill them with nuts and fall colored M & M's.
29. Coffee Bean Balls
I love the smell of coffee beans and I thought they would make a great Fall project, but I couldn't find a project that specifically used coffee beans. I found this bean balls craft with a tutorial at Love Sweet Love and am sure coffee beans would work in their place. Maybe you'll prefer other beans than coffee, so this will be perfect for you too.
30. Candy Corn Pine Cones
"A fun, fast and inexpensive craft" is how Who Needs a Cape describes this project. You'll find the tutorial for this, inside or outside, decor at that site.
31. Rustic Pumpkin Patch: Re-purposing a Dollar Store Plaque
32. Pine Petal Covered Container
Make larger terracotta pots to fill with candy, flowers or pinecones. Use very small ones and fill with candy to make favors for a Fall themed table. Find the tutorial for making this cute covered container at Real Housemoms.
33. Plaster Leaves
If you like to give little favors to your Thanksgiving guests, consider this as a handmade gift. Go to Cottage at the Crossroads for the instructions. Maybe add the year in gold script so the gift can be hung on the guest's Christmas tree.
Did You Find a Fall Project You'd Like to Make?
Shannon Williams from Davisville, WV on September 19, 2018:
Hi! There are so many great ideas! I want to do them all! LOL
RTalloni on September 17, 2018:
Enjoyed seeing these ideas, especially the two types of napkins and the bleached pinecones. Thanks!