The advent of autumn means the simultaneous arrival of some of the best things in the world: beautiful leaves, sweater weather, belly-warming recipes, and baked goods. Fall is the coziest time of the year, and making your home reflect that comfy feeling is easy with fall craft projects. Try any of these crafts to outfit your house with seasonal charm and ring in the changing temperatures.
Few things set the autumn mood like a delicious smelling candle. Take your illumination game up a notch and create your very own DIY candles this fall. Purchase a candle making kit with all the necessities, form your very own candle crafting station, and waft in delightful scents for the entire season. The best part? With your own kit, you can tailor the scent to your preferences; imagine a perfect-smelling home for months on end.
Get started on making your own jewelry and design pieces with a little bit of fall flavor. You may need to try several different styles before you find your favorite design process. From traditional beading to hemp knotting to polymer clay, the options are plentiful. Incorporate common autumn colors to make your creations perfectly match the season. While making jewelry doesn’t seem like a house decoration project at first glance, you can easily display your favorite pieces throughout your home, dress up door knobs with untied pieces, and of course wear them all the time. Even better, they serve as wonderful gifts. If you really enjoy it, you can even start your own jewelry business.
For a plant that doesn’t get a whole lot of recognition at any other time of the year, gourds provide a variety of crafting options. Buy some dried gourds and dip one end into metallic gold paint. Let dry, and place multiple creations in a bowl for an easy but sophisticated centerpiece. If you want something more simple, cut a large dried gourd in half and smooth out the insides and outsides to make a quaint bowl for fall fruits. You can often find gourds at local farmer’s markets or online from gourd-specific retailers.
As wonderful as fall is, it can be hard to let go of the summer months. If you’re like me and you’re missing summer already, hang onto it a bit longer with a summery flower-inspired craft. While tulips bloom in spring, this is the last chance to get some. Most tulip crafts use fake or paper tulips, but why use fake flowers when you can get real ones conveniently online through ProFlowers? Fresh blossoms will provide a professional feel to any craft you work on, and will make your creation the perfect gift for any occasion. Try making a tulip bouquet to hang on your front door!
The feelings of fall can be captured in old glass jars or bottles filled with orange, red, and dark pink berries still on the branch. Scour your local antique shops and flea markets for colored glass bottles. Mix and match as you see fit, and really search for antiquated, distressed bottles to inject a rustic appeal. Grab a branch of your preferred dried berry, place inside, and set up along a shelf or windowsill. This craft is quick and will leave you plenty of time to bake some delicious fall treats should you so choose!
Candleholder...With No Candles?
Repurpose old candlesticks, or buy inexpensive statement candlesticks at a store like Ross or TJMaxx. Instead of placing a candle on the top, stun guests with the addition of beautiful fall-related produce. Gourds, small pumpkins, or leaf arrangements work perfectly and transform the stick into a decorative art piece. Tie a ribbon around the base of the candlestick for a quaint look.
Pumpkins work as an ideal decorating tool throughout autumn, and you don’t need to go the traditional route of jack-o-lanterns. Wrap a piece of fabric around the width of a pumpkin and add a string bow for a sweet, simple decoration. For a more intensive project, collect fall leaves from your yard or a local park and trace their pattern onto red, orange, and yellow tissue paper. Once you’ve cut these shapes out, spread a generous amount of Mod Podge (easily found at Michael’s) onto a light colored pumpkin, and place the leaves in overlapping patterns. If desired, gently nudge the tissue to create ridges for extra texture. Add another light layer of decoupage over your new design, and let dry. Place on a seasonal place mat in your kitchen and enjoy for months to come.
Try one or a few of these DIYs to get the fall look and feel you want in your home. What other fall craft projects have you done in the past that really gets your house feeling cozy?