by Brandy D. Anderson
Autumn is the best time of year to get crafty! First, you have crisp September, then you have spooky Halloween, but the best Autumn crafts come out of the slow embers of November (before Winter fever takes over). Pumpkins, apples, cinnamon, and spices fill the air. Shades of orange and yellow ebb into blue and grey as the wind changes. These colder days are perfect for bundling up, gathering supplies, and then seeking the warm and cozy refuge at home so you can immerse yourself in the perfect DIY projects! These four pages will give you a plethora of great ideas:
About: “Decorate your home inside and outside with gourds, leaves, pumpkins, nuts and other seasonal materials for beautiful fall DIY display.”
This section comes from Midwest Living, and they’re great if you’re looking for original, outside-the-box crafting. The first idea you see when you come to this page is a really neat little Autumnal biodome: “Squash, pumpkins and a twig of ginkgo leaves (inserted in a flower pick) on mounded moss command attention in this bell jar set atop a terracotta dish. Substitute a terrarium, large jar or even a glass cake cover, if desired. Arrange a few spillovers outside the glass for a touch of spontaneity.” The affect is impressive, and would certainly make a wonderful talking piece.
You can get a “Cozy Glow” by wrapping votive candle holders with raffia and overlapping moistened corn husks; there’s even a suggestion to add a ‘spotted guinea fowl feather for flourish’. If you’re in search of table centre-pieces, check out “Beyond Mums: If your go-to autumn bouquet defaults to traditional offerings, shake it up with a less-expected blend of veggies, fruits, berries and widely varied flowers. Small gourds, cabbage heads and pears (secured to thin dowels) add surprising flair.” Perhaps my favourite idea here, though, is the Faux Fireplace: “No fireplace for that cozy fall feel? Fill a large bowl or wire basket with logs. Weave in battery-powered orange twinkle lights and enjoy the glow.” It looks really cool and it wouldn’t be difficult to pull off, either. This page is easy-to-use, you can either search through the projects using a slide-show, or you can click on the option of “view all” which gives you a nice thumb-nail look at all fifty projects, then you can click on the ones which interest you most.
About: “The weekend is right around the corner…so I thought it would be a good idea to round up some fun diy projects for you to look at. This was you can check them all out in one place and pick the one that you enjoy! The only problem is…I think you are going to like them all. Time for 30 Fall Decor Craft Projects”
Many of you probably aren’t familiar with this site, but The Cottage Market is “an eclectic blog” that gives you “thrift store makeovers”, and they have some awesome ideas! The best thing about this page is that most of their projects can be done with very little money, and involve a lot of repurposing, so it’s great for the environment. One of the easiest projects involves taking four blocks of wood and painting “f” – “a” – “l” – “l” on each one, using black and grey for the letters and backgrounds (grey letters with a black background, and vice versa), and putting them up as decorative shelf pieces.
You’ll find instructions on how to make beautiful mercury glass pumpkins, there’s a link showing you the steps to take if you want dryer vent pumpkins, as well as instructions for making a quirky wood and burlap door wreath. One project that caught my eye is called “A Thankful Tree” where you find a glass vase, throw in some long, winding twigs, then cut out circular bits of paper, and punch a small hole in the top of each one. You write something you’re thankful for on each paper disc before hanging it as an ornament on the ‘tree’. You can tie a paper ribbon around the vase for an extra bit of flair. Another pretty decoration takes colourful Indian Corn and makes it into a bouquet. If you want to decorate pumpkins after Halloween, you can scoop them out and turn them into festive natural vases or you can accessorise them with ribbons and buttons. Another tutorial shows you how to make your own miniature pumpkin soap!
About: “You are going to absolutely love these DIY Fall Craft Ideas and most of them are so simple to make! Now that my boys are back in school, I am excited for the Fall weather and all of the other good stuff that comes with it. We have gathered up everything from crafts, outdoor projects, and DIY home decor…we have you covered!”
Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons began as a small family blog, but it now has over two million followers! What really sets this site apart from others is that every project can be made into a family affair, there are loads of opportunities to get your kids (or other family members/friends) involved in the crafting fun! One example is the set of wooden decorative porch pumpkins, they’re made of planks of wood and branches. Small hands could help paint the wood or find the perfect branches/twigs to make the tops.
Another project repurposes wine glasses by turning them into pumpkin candle sticks: the bulb of the glass becomes the Jack-O-Lantern (still cute post-Halloween) and the stem is painted green, with the candles sitting atop the upside-down glass. There’s a tutorial showing how you can make a two-sided multi-seasonal porch decoration: you nail together four long wooden planks, with a fifth plank nailed diagonally a third of the way down from the top, and you can paint each side with a different pattern: one side becomes an Autumn scarecrow face, with the diagonal plank becoming the brim of his straw hat; the other side becomes a snowman donning a black top hat. Another reversible floor decoration features three pumpkins on one side, three Christmas bulbs on the other. Kids would love to make the Terracotta Pot Scarecrows, they’re easy and cute. There’s also a wonderful step-by-step feature teaching you how to make origami roses out of fallen tree leaves.
About: “Fashion your home for fall with these easy DIYs, perfect for cooler weather.”
Country Living is a wonderful place to get your ‘DIY on’ any time of the year, but Fall offers some particularly scrumptious crafts. When you first come to this page, you’re greeted with an orange and red wooden “Welcome To Our Home” sign, a tote bag you can make to haul firewood, and a crocheted button pillow perfect in shades of plum and charcoal. When you open the gallery, it gives you colourful photos of the projects as well as step-by-step instructions.
For instance, to make the colourful leaves sign you get an old tray, a chalkboard, some Autumn branches, and bittersweet berries – they also give a helpful hint at the end telling you to simply swap the leaves with evergreen and holly for a Christmas sign. There’s a How-To video teaching you how to make your own DIY Fall Leaf Bowl: you take craft leaves, a large balloon, and mod podge, glue the leaves around half the balloon, and then pop it when it’s dry. Another video shows you how to do a decoration with Autumn leaves and a mason jar, and you can place a glowing candle inside if you want to make a light votive. There are instructions for making cute owl wreaths with wrap burlap ribbon, Styrofoam, and a sisal doormat. Painted Acorns, homemade Pine-cone bird feeders, and Birch-bark leaf wreaths are a few more of the cool ideas presented here.