Love decorating for fall? So do we, but we don’t always find the time to make all those intricate, time-consuming little crafts we love. Why not add some easy fall crafts to the mix, so you can have your DIY fall decor done in time to enjoy for the season? From pretty little tabletop items to wall art to wreaths, and of course pumpkin crafts, we found 45 of the best DIY ideas for fall. Decorate your home in style, even if you are in a hurry. Check out the step by step tutorials to learn how to make these awesome DIY projects. Some of these projects can be used from September through Christmas, too. Pretty ideas for your table that are perfect for family gatherings and even Thanksgiving dinner, cute things to put on your porch while you sit outside enjoying the cool weather, and some quick and easy decorating ideas that will net you some DIY fall crafts in a hurry. I found the cutest DIY farmhouse style decor, but there are also projects that would look great with modern decor, industrial and of course classic looks. From fall mason jar crafts to easy rustic decor to everything you can think of with pumpkins, these projects let you bring the best of fall to your home.
I fell in love with this DIY fall decor idea the minute I saw it, and just now found the time to make it. Wow. These succulent pumpkins turned out even cuter than the ones in the picture. I was planning to give this as a gift to my neighbor who just moved in, but I decided I had to keep it for myself. To make your own crafty pumpkin, all you need is a faux pumpkin from Michaels or your local craft store, a saw, some potting soil and your favorite succulents. If you need some quick and easy decor ideas for autumn, this craft should be at the top of your list. Of all the fall decorating ideas I’ve tried lately, this is my top pick, super pretty but simple.
Rustic decor, anyone? If you love country crafts and farmhouse style DIYs, this wreath belongs on your front door this fall. Upcycle an old pair of blue jeans and a worn flannel shirt into this fabulous door decor. If your husband does not have these leftover, you can pick them up cheap at the craft store. All you probably need to buy is a styrofoam wreath and a small bunch of silk flowers. Super easy to make, you will be surprised how little time this creative project takes to make. From start to finish, I had mine hanging on my front door in less than an hour. I love country crafts and rustic decor ideas so much, and having this wreath on my door just makes me smile whenever I see it.
I saw this tutorial for cute DIY tassels and knew right away they were the icing on the cake for my beautiful fall decor ensemble I created on my front porch. Just using some leftover yarn from a sweater I made for my daughter and some wooden beads I got from Michaels, I turned my ordinary pumpkins into a regal gift perfect for the spirit of Thanksgiving! In less than one hour my front porch was transformed. If you are looking for cheap and easy fall crafts for kids to help with or just some simple projects you can make without fail but look fantastic, these cute DIY pumpkin tassels should be at the top of your list.
Need some cheap, quick and easy ideas for fall decorating? How about ones that look super expensive and time-consuming but actually only take minutes? If this sounds too good to be true, you need to check out this DIY twine wrapped “acorns.” I already wanted to make this project, but when I found out I could upcycle the leftover Easter eggs I’ve been tripping over, I ran to get out the supplies to make this. Paint yours gold and add some glittery sparkles or go for a more natural rustic look. Either way, your fall decor will get an instant upgrade when you add these pinecones and yarn wrapped acorns to the mix.
The kids and I had this amazing idea as we were browsing the Fall decor at Michael’s. We purchased some artificial leaves, glitter in beautiful Autumn Tones and earth-toned ribbon. We had a blast covering our leaves in Elmers Glue and rubbing the sparkling Fall colors over each stunning masterpiece. We attached all the loveliness and hung it right over the entrance to the porch. My husband was so thrilled to see his busy little elves of autumn cheer had brightened our beloved holiday season. At night you can see the sparkling from yards away. Little things make our kids love this Autumn seasonal decor as much as their Mom.
If you are like me, your kids can’t get enough candy corn during the Fall season. From the beginning of the first chilly breeze to fun-filled Halloween costumes, candy corn is king at our house. So recently when my eldest had their October birthday, we wanted our party goers to have as much candy corn as they could carry. We bought some terracotta pots from Michael’s and some simple drawer pulls and made gigantic acorn containers. I tell you this made the children so happy. The Mom’s were smiling too because they knew they could use these crafts as part of their fall decor once the candy was gone. A win, win for autumn, my favorite season for crafting!
I was noticing all the beautiful apple orchards on our recent Autumn vacation in England. The apples looked like fall ornaments hanging in the trees, I had to replicate this somehow. So I found some old yarn leftover from a sweater I made for our puppy and got some balloons and good old Elmers glue and the kids and I made about 30 ornaments and hung them in the tree at the end of the driveway. Every time we arrive home we see our own little slice of the apple orchards of England, an Autumn dream.
My friend has a pine tree and was overrun with cones this year. She showed up at my door with two baskets full of these beauties. My daughter ran for the glitter and Elmers glue. We glued and dipped to our heart’s content, then fastened them all with string. Our result was so amazing we strung them in the tree with our apple project and the kids are exclaiming, “Is it Christmas Yet Mommy?” I can’t wait for Grandma and Grandpa to drive up for our Thanksgiving feast.
If you are looking for the perfect rustic table runner to grace your Thanksgiving dinner table, look no farther. This Thanksgiving runner is hands down the cheapest yet most gorgeous runner I’ve seen this Autumn holiday season. Just gather your twigs, real or faux and use your glue gun to set the ribbon holding frame. This is really going to wow your guests and keep those kids busy having fun for hours. Rustic Autumn Thanksgiving never looked so impressive. Check out the easy to follow step by step tutorials with instructions to learn how to make this table runner for your fall dining table.
Give you Autumn decor the royal touch. Nothing is classier than a personal monogram, I couldn’t contain my excitement when I saw these burlap DIY pillowcases. What a gorgeous way to say I love you to all the members of your family. When we have our hot cider apple juice on a brisk Autumn evening, everyone gets their own personal pillow. Make this Thanksgiving special in the most personal way for your loved ones. We love burlap crafts and decor, so these pillows were the perfect addition for our fall decorating needs.
These pumpkin pillows are a real charmer and if you love to sew, here is your perfect Autumn gift idea. I love giving pillows to my loved ones because they are cuddly and provide comfort when you can’t be there. I made these with leftover fabric scraps in beautiful Fall tones. I gave them to my nieces and nephews but managed to keep a couple for my Thanksgiving holiday display. You will find yourself always wanting to make more of these because everyone goes straight for them when you settle with your morning coffee or afternoon tea.
I made this Autumn owl jar for my daughter’s teacher. It was the most simple impressive gift I’ve ever made, hands down. Glitter spray and a hot glue gun are your best friends in the world of DIY arts and crafts. For this fall mason jar craft idea, I used a pair of old earrings for his eyes with leaves for Autumn drama. I put a Fall arrangement of artificial leaves that I got from Hobby Lobby, but our sweet teacher need a place for pencils, so we stapled the leaves to the Fall bulletin board. My daughter did very well in that class, I’m sure that lovely owl brought us luck.
A picture is worth a thousand words and a picture frame pronounces every one of them so loudly and clearly. When I saw this idea I knew my entire family room was coming together. I never could find the perfect frame to commemorate our Autumn trip to Yosemite last year. My children were delirious, spellbound in a state of wonder and amazement. Each one of my babies found an acorn and we glued them on together. It is now the centerpiece to the family room and is an example of the truest words ever spoken, “The family that plays together, stays together”.
The Fall fairy garden is a favorite for young and old. Our Thanksgiving stage was almost set, grandparents on the way to our cabin in the Autumn woods, turkey in the oven. Then youngest found her old doll furniture in the attic. She wanted to show her Grandma that we had kept all these lovely things and incorporate them into our Thanksgiving holiday. We found an old bucket and I cut the top of a decorative pumpkin from Michaels and presto, we were in business. We added plants and a little stick fence for rustic Fall appeal. Just as I expected Grandma wanted to take it home, the kids were thrilled.
It couldn’t be easier to say it with style. I needed a banner in a pinch and it is not always easy to find one pre-made to say what you want it to. I found my answer to this dilemma at Michael’s craft store. String, tags, stencils, and clothespins make a lovely Autumn holiday banner customized for your Thanksgiving festivities. You can use glitter, gold paint or even just a marker to say I love Autumn with a unique flair that will undoubtedly impress everyone. This is a fun craft for families with kids, even toddlers love to sprinkle glitter, perhaps a little too much at times 😉
I was on a long walk on a brisk Autumn day, thinking of how I should decorate my house for Autumn and for the up and coming Thanksgiving holiday. I remembered this ingenious DIY lantern idea involving twigs. My Fall decorating could have never been easier, I gathered twigs and rushed home. I had some really plain glass candle holders, so I got out my trusty glue gun and went to town. I was shocked at how amazing they looked, my husband came home and thought I had been at Pottery Barn again. Quite a compliment, this craft project is a must for Fall.
Balls of festive light this Fall holiday season is all the rage. I wanted something durable for my back patio that could easily transition into Christmas decor in December. This idea seemed to fill all needs and I thought it would look lovely in Spring and Summer as well. I used a really strong hemp twine to withstand the elements and some Elmer’s Glue and cornstarch for stiffening and wrapped the light strings inside and out. Two of my friends have used the idea for their porches. I think I’ve started a trend.
I fell into DIY shabby chic heaven when I saw this faux distressed galvanized bucket. I really wanted something old world and authentic for my Autumn porch display. The formula was so easy to follow and my guests cannot stop talking about the old school prices I painted on with my awesome stencils. Things are a bit more expensive now but these old prices get the conversation going and keep it going for hours.
For your babies out there who love candy corn, here is some fun candy corn wall art. Though candy corn only comes around in Autumn for our Halloween and Thanksgiving joy, you can now have your candy corn all year round. Buttons, burlap, Elmer’s and Modpodge is all you need. This is a great project for the young and the young at heart.
I saw these square pumpkins and they spoke to my inner Picasso. Who says pumpkins have to be round? Not only are they cutting edge with this brave geometric design, but they were also super cheap to make. total cost was about two dollars each. You just need your wood, paint, and stencils and this masterpiece will be sitting among your gorgeous Fall display looking fabulous. This cool craft idea is cheap and easy, but super cute. (Pro tip: You can even make and sell these cute polka dot pumpkins on Etsy!) Rustic, farmhouse decor is super popular right now, and these adorable pumpkins fit perfectly with that look.
I fund my perfect decorative bowl for my Fall coffee table. I fell in love with these artificial leaves I got from Michael and I bought so many, more than I could ever use. I was n need of some low-cost low fuss DIY gifts for Thanksgiving and I saw these leaf bowls, the project of my dreams. I got out a bowl to mold around some Glad wrap and Elmers glue, then with the greatest of ease, I made these beauties. My cost was zero and my gift recipient satisfaction was through the roof. This was one of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever made, the leaf bowls are sure to impress.
If you love wire sculpture as much as I do then this wreath is something you have to try. It has a cool, sleek minimalist look that looks difficult and expensive, but it’s cheap and very simple to make. I had a leftover wire wreath from an old project and some leftover felt from our Christmas Elves. I cut the leaves out of felt and attached them to the wire wreath with a simple twist. My guests were screaming with joy as they approached my door for our annual Thanksgiving celebration.
I needed a Fall decoration for my daughter’s Thanksgiving school party and I only had thirty minutes to come up with something. I decided on this super simple flat mobile. I used a stick from my yard, leaves, and string to create this festive wall hanging. I was out the door ahead of schedule and my daughter’s teacher was thrilled.
I wanted a break from the traditional circular wreath this Fall season and found this stunning cluster of pine cones attached to ribbon. My Mother in law had brought me two buckets of pine cones and I had some lovely velvet ribbon left over from last Christmas. Using my hot glue gun, I did simple attachments and a big opulent bow at the top. I made the entire family happy and it only took me thirty minutes.
Gold leaf is the most luxurious DIY trick you can easily do at home. If you want your Autumn arrangements to sparkle with regal opulent glory, try this simple technique. You can find gold leaf sheets and adhesive at the craft store. Simply brush on your adhesive then press on your gold leaf and you have a beautiful piece of art that works so well with your Fall melange or as a stand-alone object of art.
I couldn’t decide on an Autumn centerpiece for my Thanksgiving dinner and I saw this idea for pumpkin wreaths used as candle holders and knew I had an impressive formula to make the table really pop. I used real pumpkins because I had so many in my Fall display, but artificial will work fine. Joined some beautiful Fall toned flowers around the base with my hot glue gun and they looked fabulous. My inlaws thought I bought them from a florist. All for under $5.00. A cheap but awesome idea that should be part your fall table decor!
If your kids get anxious on rainy Autumn days, this is an excellent group project. We got an old wooden box out of the garage, found a tree branch we liked and made these lovely little owls to represent each family member. The kids had been restless all day and this leveled out their mood and kept them amused for hours. Grandma loved this cute craft idea.
This Fall centerpiece is a super little DIY project anyone can do on a limited budget. I found some jars and vases that were not essential to my life while cleaning out the cabinets and I found this cute centerpiece idea. Used some old burlap scraps leftover from another project, used a stencil for a personalized touch. I cut leaves from an old paper bag, secured them with twine and threw some acorns around the edges for a beautiful Autumn effect. It looked fantastic and I cleaned out my cabinets at the same time.
Brighten your porch this fall season with beautiful sunflowers. I had a beautiful Autumn display that needed some color to really make it pop so I got some styrofoam balls and sunflowers from Michael’s and used my glue gun to attach them. Then attached a string and hung them all around the back windows and door overlooking my Fall display. This amazing color pop makes everyone happy.
My kids love my handwriting so what better way to send them loving messages than simple chalkboard statements. I repurposed some old cabinet doors adding chalkboard at the center of the frames and drilled some holes for hanging and I can keep everyone in this house posted on what’s for dinner to household chores. You can add garland around the cabinet frame to suit any season. I added a rustic branch, leaf and berry garland for my rustic Fall display but Christmas lights look great also. The repurposed cabinet door chalkboards are perfect year round.
This was the most simple Autumn decor DIY project I have done this year. I had some leftover pumpkins I used in my outdoor display last year and got some Magnolia flowers from Michael’s. I simply attached the flowers to the top of the pumpkin with my trusty glue gun and wrote a holiday message on the front with my gold paint pen. I rate this as one of the easiest, most impressive projects I have ever done, everyone loves it.
This season I cannot get enough lovely candle displays in my home. I had these big candles that looked a bit plain by themselves, so using last years leftover fake leaves, burlap and twine, I dressed them up with the coolest Thanksgiving flair. My guests were amazed at these beauties I had gracing our lovely dinner, they brought so much to my table.
I love this Autumn decor idea and you don’t need much, just birch bark, glass or plastic vases, jute string, leaves.. a beautiful taste of fall! I found the strips of bark came off quite easily from my stash of fireplace logs I have in the backyard or firewood from HEB will work just as well. I just fastened the bark to the vase with jute twine and made the most beautiful fall vase wraps I could imagine. I added rustic looking clippings from my garden and the results were so impressive.
Great DIY project for all you woodworkers out there. I just love the idea of using the idea of using a leaf shape as your vowel in the word Fall, what a way to bring my favorite season to life. I cut the letters using my circular saw, but they will pre-cut at Home Depot if you ask. You just bolt them down, wood glue will also work, and add your lovely leaf to the middle. This is the perfect outdoor sign to bring your Autumn porch display into full glory, my family loves it.
I always have a stockpile of empty bottles after the big Halloween party I have every year. So what better way to upcycle than creating these beautiful ombre candy corn bottles to transition us into Thanksgiving? Just be sure and take the labels off and use a primer coat first to give your paint extra grip. Fashion your spraying pattern visually like candy corn and let your colors melt into each other. You can add leaves or flowers and decorate around them with your leftover party treats. This looks fantastic and will bring a vibrant spark to your room with a very small amount of cash.
I can’t get enough of personalizing our home space with initials, you simply cannot beat the elegance of a monogram. These big foam initials are very inexpensive at Hobby Lobby and artificial or real leaves attach brilliantly. I made a deal with the kids, that whoever helped set up our Autumn display got their own letter over the gorgeous Fall melange. Everyone was so thrilled and we hung our creative crafts proudly right over the porch.
My kids love my handwriting so what better way to send them loving messages than simple chalkboard statements. I repurposed an old silver tray adding chalkboard at the center of the trey and tied some twine to the top handle for hanging now I can keep everyone in this house posted on what’s for dinner to household chores. You can add garland around the cabinet frame to suit any season. I added a rustic branch, leaf and berry garland for my rustic Fall display but Christmas lights look great also. The repurposed silver tray chalkboard is perfect year round.
What to do with the remnants of an Autumn yard cleanup, is the question on everyone’s mind this season. I saw these wood stick letters and knew I had to try it. The kids and I made big paper letters and gathered our best sticks, we just broke them by hand, and glued them together on the paper, we didn’t even need a saw or clippers. We wrote out Dad’s name and put it over his parking space in the garage. No better way to say happy Fall and he always knows which parking space is his. A cute fall craft idea you can keep for many years to come.
I wanted to make a Fall centerpiece for my Thanksgiving cheese and dessert table this season and I remembered seeing this idea at Pottery Barn. I had my hurricane lamp ready to go and some Michael’s craft store leftover fake leaves, twig garland, and twine from an Autumn display I did last year. It was as simple as fixing it all down using my glue gun, to the bottom of my hurricane lamp. It turned out amazing and the hardest part of the entire project was convincing my guests I did not buy this at a high-end retail outlet. This makes a cute DIY housewarling gift, too. (Ask my new neighbor 🙂
If you live in a hot arid climate, nothing gets people in the mood for Fall than a happy Fall sign and some spice candles. I repurposed some old cabinet doors I got at a local junk shop to make my Autumn sign display. I had one made of chicken wire and one ordinary plank door. I used the plank door to stencil my Fall message over a lovely hand painted whitewash, then affixed the two together and created my own little Autumn still life to get my family really in the mood for the holidays.
These Fall banners are the lowest cost most handsome decoration you can make hands down. All we needed was a string. stickers and old pages from a book. We got some old books for less than a dollar at Goodwill. We made large ones and small ones put them just inside the door of our back porch Autumn display. The kids got a tremendous feeling of accomplishment out of this easy craft project and it was light on my pocketbook.
If you are like me you can’t get enough of the wonderful dollar Tree. I found this cheap and simple decorating idea and decided to give it a whirl. I got some etching cream, one bottle will last you forever and 10 glass jars from dollar tree and popping corn at Randalls. Using my Silhouette Cameo Cutter and adhesive vinal I created these etched glass masterpieces. You can also use adhesive stickers if you’re in a pinch, they will still look excellent.
This Autumn leaf Mural looked so good on the door of my antique shop. I glued some leaves onto the glass of the rustic wooden door and the simplicity of the Fall season is singing in quiet understatement, my customers love it.
We had so many leftover treat bags from my daughter’s Halloween party, they were stuffed in every drawer in the kitchen. My daughter brought me this idea to paint them from Martha Stewart that looked super easy and fun. we had the best time collecting leaves then spraying our beautiful patterns on the bags. We lined the porch with them, but we had to extra careful to use glass candle enclosures, otherwise, they could be dangerous.
I love this Autumn decor idea and you don’t need much, just birch bark, candles, pieces of leather, jute string, leaves.. a beautiful taste of fall!
I found the strips of bark came off quite easily from my stash of fireplace logs I have in the backyard.
My bag of firewood is just one of those bags you pick up at any gas station. I just fastened the bark to the candle with leather string and made the most beautiful fall candle I’ve ever seen.