Your calendar may already be filling up with fun fall activities, but you should still make time to spend some weekends inside to put your DIY skills to work (especially when the inevitable fall chill hits). These creative fall craft ideas are a great place to start, whether you’re looking for a rainy day activity to keep your kids busy or a simple, affordable way to add seasonal cheer to your home. Best of all: Each and every one of these DIY projects, which range in number of supplies needed and crafting ability, double as fall decorations that you can leave on display from Labor Day through Thanksgiving. Give your home a warm and cozy (and orange!) vibe with these ideas, complete with pumpkins, foliage, acorns, candy corn, and other autumnal favorites.
You know what to do: Grab a mug of apple cider, round up a few of your family members (kids and adults alike), and enjoy a fall crafternoon. And while you’re at it, start brainstorming craft ideas for Halloween and Thanksgiving because those holidays will be here before you know it.
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Dress up your mantel, front stoop, or dining room table with these adorable flower arrangements. Carve out these minis just like normal, then cut the bottom of a water bottle, and drop it in to act as a vase. Fill them with ranunculuses, mums, and dahlias — your choice.
RELATED: No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas
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Pom Pom Pumpkins
Since pumpkin carving is sometimes more trouble than it’s worth, DIY these colorful yarn versions that’ll last more than one season. Just keep them indoors on your mantel or dining room table, so they can stay in tip-top shape.
Get the tutorial at A Kailo Chic Life »
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If you have any dinner parties on your horizon, use this floral-meets-fall centerpiece. To make, carve a deep hole in the top of a pumpkin, then slide in a plastic cup. Fill with water and a medley of bright blossoms.
RELATED: Cute Painted Pumpkins for a Colorful Fall
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Pumpkin Stress Balls
Fill orange balloons with rice and draw on faces with a black Sharpie to create stress-relieving pumpkins. Both kids and parents will benefit from a squeeze or two.
SHOP ORANGE BALLOONS
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Pumpkin Pie Soap
Although this clever craft looks good enough to eat, stick to the edible variety if you want a sweet treat. This pie-shaped soap, however, will come in handy when it’s time for everyone to wash up before the feast.
SHOP SOAP MOLDS
Get the tutorial at Club Crafted »
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Pumpkin Jam Jars
Repurpose used jam jars into something that’s equally delightful: After giving the jars a clean base, stamp them with red apples or orange pumpkins, and then add gingham fabric in complementary colors.
Get the tutorial at Country Living »
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Polka Dot Pumpkin
To ensure that you can enjoy this sparkly beauty all season long, glue gold sequins to a plastic white pumpkin instead of a real one.
SHOP GOLD SEQUINS
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Lean into the season’s spook by painting artificial plants and their pots a rich black color.
SHOP FAKE PLANTS
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Glue a bunch of felted balls or pom-poms in a circular shape for instant door decor. Choose fall colors that’ll pop against your door, including red, orange, and yellow.
Get the tutorial at The Magic Onions »
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Hang fabric scraps in harvest hues, cleverly cut in the shape of leaves for an instant mantle upgrade.
Get the tutorial here »
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Paint stray acorns fun colors and then cover in glitter for display-worthy shine. The rest is up to you: Sprinkle them throughout your tablescape, dot them along your mantle, or use them as vase filler.
Get the tutorial at Home Stories A to Z »
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Snipped from patterned plaids and fuzzy felt, this wreath’s faux foliage will look fresh year after year.
Get the tutorial here »
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Say cheese — graters, that is. Salvaged shredders make a lovely table display with the illumination of votive candles twinkling through.
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