Autumn is finally here, and that means it's time for a some easy, earth-colored, comfy-cozy DIYs. Here, we've gathered together the best fall crafts, so you don't have to look far to find inspiration. Each of these easy fall crafts is super cute, incredibly easy to make, and the homier picks you'll find here are bound to pair wonderfully with the rest of your decor—especially because they're all so customizable. Change out colors and add meaningful personal details to any one of these hand-selected projects, or simply use the ideas presented here as a jumping-off point from which to dream up completely new, different autumn craft ideas. What matters far more than following the instructions to a T is that you're spending time away from your phone, off of your computer, and thoroughly engaged in your handiwork—all while celebrating the most beautiful season of them all.
But the fun doesn't stop there. Once you've found a project that's perfect for you, why not make it a family affair? Crafting doesn't have to be a solo affair; on the contrary, it's actually the perfect fall family activity. Ask your kids to join in on the DIY fun, or simply head over to our favorite fall crafts for kids for more age-appropriate ideas. They're just as wonderful as the ones presented here!
We're absolutely smitten with these pumpkin "Mason jars." They're a combination of so many of our favorite things!
Make the Jars: Print pumpkin and apple templates on removable tattoo paper. Attach to small white pumpkins per package directions. Remove the stems from pumpkins. Cut a piece of cardboard to fit into the opening of a wide-mouth Mason jar ring. Attach a round of gingham fabric, centering it, to the cardboard. Glue pumpkin stems in centers. Attach lids to tops of pumpkins.
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Make the Wreath: Wrap a 16-inch wreath form with burlap ribbon and loop a piece around the wreath form for hanging. Paint the tip of 40 pine cones in fall colors such as orange, yellow, and beige with acrylic paint. Brush the tips of 10 pine cones with matte Mod Podge and sprinkle with gold and copper glitter. once dry, wrap an 18-inch length of floral wire around the base of each pine cone and twist tie around the wreath form to secure, layering and overlapping them as you go.
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Fall's a whole lot more fun when you can play with it, not just in it! These checkers allow you to do just that. The whole project is such a fun alternative to the store-bought version.
Make the Game: Paint 32 squares on a large (roughly 30-inch) wood board with burnt orange craft paint. Use mini white and orange pumpkins as game pieces.
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Nothing says "fall" quite like Indian corn. Here, it's dried and assembled into a gorgeous wreath.
Make the Wreath: Detach husks from one side of 20 medium-size Indian corn. Hot-glue the undersides of the corn to their husks. Lay out the corn in a circle with the tops pointing out, alternating colors. Hot-glue the corn to an 18-inch craft ring, and fill in any sparse areas with extra husks.
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It's cute, fun, and just a little bit different. This honeycomb pumpkin is an easy alternative to the more intricate carving designs out there.
Make the Honeycomb Pumpkin: Cut a hole in the bottom of a medium orange pumpkin; scoop out pulp and seeds. Draw a honeycomb pattern on the front; etch out. Cut out a few of the combs and paint the remaining combs with yellow craft paint. Lean a honey dipper against its side.
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Pumpkins inside pumpkins? It's fall inception, and we're loving every bit of it.
Make the Basket: Cut off the top quarter of a flat pumpkin (this is a Musquee de Provence variety); scoop out pulp and seeds. Attach lengths of grapevine just below the opening with T-pins. Attach a grapevine handle just inside the opening with T-pins. Nestle mini pumpkins in the basket.
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How fun is this paper wreath? Allow it to bring the spirit of fall right to your front door this year.
Make the Wreath: Draw a 3-inch-wide maple leaf shape on a piece of cardboard and cut out to create a stencil. Trace on original pages (or, preferred, photocopied pages) of a vintage book—consider a fall-themed title or mystery novel—and cut out approximately 100 leaves with decorative scissors that have a "torn paper" edge. Attach book page leaves to maple leaves with hot glue. Attach layered leaves to a 16-inch wreath form with hot glue, layering and overlapping them as you go. Hang with burlap ribbon.
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There's no better way to welcome your visitors this season than with a pumpkin sign! Write your message of choice directly onto the pumpkin for a serious "wow" factor.
Make the Sign: Cut a large hole in back of an oblong pumpkin; scoop out pulp and seeds. Remove flesh so it's light enough to hang. Etch outline of desired phrase on long side of pumpkin. Color center of letters with a black oil-based paint pen. Paint two 2" by 1" boards black; once dry, use white paint for desired phrases. Hang from bottom of pumpkin with chain. Cut hole in oblong top of pumpkin. Cut 1" dowel the width of the top inside of pumpkin (parallel with words). Tie rope around dowel, and feed rope through hole; hang.
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Talk about adorable fall porch decor. This "barrel" is the perfect way to show off your apple-picking treasures!
Make the Barrel: Cut off the top quarter of an extra-large pumpkin; scoop out pulp and seeds. Hot-glue three strips of burlap ribbon around outside of pumpkin. Stuff pumpkin three-fourths full with Poly-Fil. Insert burlap fabric into the opening and fold over outside of pumpkin; hold in place with upholstery tacks. Fill with apples or desired items.
Complement the interior of your home with this lovely, elegant-looking DIY wreath. You can change out the colors of the blooms depending on what works best with your own decor style.
Get the tutorial at 2 Bees in a Pod.
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We think these paper pumpkins would look lovely on any dining table as a whimsical alternative to a typical floral centerpiece. Place them lengthwise along a burlap runner, or gather several together in a glass bowl in the middle of the table.
Get the tutorial at DIY Inspired.
The best kinds of DIYs are edible too. These truffles come together quickly, and they look (and taste!) like a veritable work of art.
Get the recipe at Sugar Hero.
Paint, yarn, and washi tape are all the supplies you'll need to make these fun leaves, which look beautiful enough to be framed. Bonus: If you go for paint instead of tape, this craft's kid-friendly too.
Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids.
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Distressed ink and gold glitter make this easy craft look incredibly sophisticated. Since it's paper, it's also very inexpensive.
Get the tutorial at Polkadot Chair.
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We live for pumpkin-scented everything in the fall, and these candles make our favorite scent even sweeter: They're totally homemade.
Get the tutorial at She Uncovered.
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This pumpkin is the ultimate Mason jar craft! Start by removing the stem of a medium pumpkin—but don't throw it away. Next, use wired twine to spell out “fall” and hot-glue to the pumpkin. Paint the pumpkin and twine with light blue craft paint. Make sure it dries completely. Lastly, place a nine-to 10-inch tart pan upside down on the pumpkin. Hot-glue the reserved stem to the center of the pan.
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The star of this craft is a red Hubbard squash, which naturally resembles the shape of a hot-air ballon. Begin by using varying colors of electrical tape, overlapping as necessary to create the width you want. Then, thread string through a mini basket and attach to the pointy end of the squash with a nail or thumbtack. Fill the basket about three-fourths full with plastic packing material, as this will keep it from getting too heavy. Top with mini pumpkins. Finally, insert a hook into the stem end of the squash and tie rope around the hook to hang. Up, up, and away!
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Although these painted pumpkins look just like real candied apples, they unfortunately don't have the delicious taste. To make this sweet craft, first remove the stem of a medium pumpkin. Use craft paint to paint the top part green, so it resembles a Granny Smith apple. Once dry, use craft paint to paint the bottom 2/3 a golden caramel color. (Are you drooling yet?) Then, hot-glue a 3/4- by 12-inch dowel where the stem was. Display in a large, industrial-size coffee filter.
Tamale wrappers or corn husks can transform any average pumpkin into a farmhouse-chic display. To start, tear the wrappers or corn husks into strips, about a quarter to a half-inch wide. Cover a white or orange pumpkin (whichever you'd like!) with strips, hot-gluing in place on the top and bottom. Hot-glue smaller strips around the stems of pumpkins. You'll need about 25 strips for a small pumpkin and 75 for a large pumpkin.
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Grab a roll of raffle tickets and get to work! First, separate the roll into individual tickets. Then, working with one ticket at a time, brush glossy Mod Podge on fronts and backs of tickets with a paint brush. Attach to pumpkin, and add more Mod Podge on top. Repeat until pumpkin is covered.
Who knew toilet paper could look so cute? We love this adorable (and affordable!) fall decorating idea for the bathroom.
Get the tutorial at Smart School House.
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These pretty painted containers can work as a centerpiece, as candy jars, or both!
Get the tutorial at The 36th Avenue.
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Drape this glitzy garland along the fireplace, across the table, or over a doorway for a subtle dose of sparkle.
Get the tutorial at House of Jade.
A terra-cotta pot, a saucer, and a wooden knob cleverly come together to form an adorable display for your classic Halloween candy.
Get the recipe at A Pumpkin and a Princess.
Step aside, Joanna Gaines! You'll outdo even the design queen herself when you assemble these gorgeous gourds and top them with the HGTV star's favorite flower.
Get the tutorial at Lolly Jane.
String these no-sew yarn pumpkins together for a festive fall garland.
Get the tutorial at Not Quite Susie.
These tea light Mason jars are the perfect way to add a little glow throughout your home.
Get the tutorial at Sugar Bee Science.
Grab the kids to help you with this one! These yarn "pumpkins" are a simple way to make your home more festive during the fall.
Get the tutorial at One Little Project At a Time.
Greet guests with this charming alternative to a fall wreath. Simply apply a layer of chalkboard paint to the inside of an old tray, then add autumn leaves and bittersweet berries for a seasonal finish. (Swap in evergreen and holly for the holidays!)
These adorable pumpkin pots make great party favors. Just fill with candy corns!
Get the tutorial at Real House Moms.