The days are getting shorter and the weather's cooling down, which can only mean one thing — it's time to deck out your home in all. the. fall. decorations. We're talking pumpkins, decorative gourds and pretty much anything yellow and orange. No matter your craft, we can guarantee there's a perfect fall decor project for you.
1. Paint Pumpkins in a New Way
Get a cool tie-dye effect by dipping a pumpkin (real or fake) into a bucket of water and spray paint. Just layer your colors and swirl them around before dipping — there's no artistic skill required for this funky result.
2. Say Hello to the Season
Embrace all things fall with a fun handmade sign. Simply repurpose an old picture frame with some stain, a piece of cardboard and chalkboard paint. Then fall-ify it by adding festive flowers, small decorative gourds and a handwritten seasonal message.
3. Knit an Autumnal Garland
No matter how you use it, this handknit garland is the perfect finishing touch to your fall decor. Drape it across your mantel or the perimeter of a sign, wind it through a wreath or just place it around your Thanksgiving centerpiece. Because even though the pattern makes two 4' garlands, you can adjust it to fit any length you need — making it one of the most versatile projects in your queue.
4. Make a Festive Rug for Your Mug
There's nothing like curling up with a cup of joe (or hot cider!), especially on chilly mornings. Follow the template to stitch a mug rug and matching coasters you can use on slow, cozy days. Bonus: it's so simple to appliqué!
5. Fall in Love With Felt
Fun pieces of felt and basic stitching techniques come together in these quick-sew coasters. They're cute and easy to make, so you can whip up a set for yourself and stitch them for gifts .
6. Skip the Pumpkin Carving
Instead of carving a Jack-O-Lantern again, put a creative spin on the tradition and decorate your pumpkins with fabric and Mod Podge, paint, fake plants, sequins — the possibilities are endless! Not only is it a safer activity for kids (no sharp blades!), but you can really get creative and give it some unique ~flair~.
7. Perfect Your Fall Centerpiece
First, pick your favorite fall blooms or choose a color pattern from your coziest flannel. Then use that to build a centerpiece your Thanksgiving guests will be wowed by! This arrangement combines fresh, dried and fake flowers, but it doesn't matter what you use — as long as you criss-cross your stems and work from the biggest blooms to the smallest, this project is sure to come out great.
8. Make It PSQ (Pumpkin Spice Quilt) Season
This beginner-friendly quilt is bringing all the fall vibes. It comes together quickly, and you'll learn a hack for making eight half-square triangles from only two squares — no extra scraps in sight!
9. Crochet Those Crunchy Leaves
One pattern, four crochet leaves. Learn how to stitch aspen, oak, vine and generic leaves in white thread, then hand-dye them in brilliant (and realistic-looking) autumn colors. They're beautiful when used in a wreath or scattered on a tablescape.
10. Get Leafy With Your Candle Holders
Turn a plain mason jar into a gorgeous fall-themed candle holder. It's a great upcycling project and the perfect way to preserve your favorite leaves found in the back yard. When it's dry, tie a bow around it with twine and place a tea light candle inside — voilà!
11. Paint the Foliage
Flex your artistic muscles and paint an autumn landscape. This fall forest is a great exercise in perception as you paint trees in the foreground, background and define a focus point. Plus, it looks really good framed up on the wall.
12. Compose a Bountiful Spread
This party platter didn't come to play — as it stretches the entire length of your table, it means business. In there guests will find cheese, wine and any other appetizer you have a craving for. Give it extra fall flair with small pumpkins, greenery and decorative gourds scattered throughout the spread.