80+ Fall DIY & Craft Projects for All Ages

Celebrate the fall season with one of our fun-to-craft projects you'll want to display year after year.

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September 25, 2020
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Candy Corn Banner

Are you obsessed with this popular-yet-polarizing Halloween candy? Deck your door in a banner of handcrafted candy corn pennants. All you need is a store-bought cardboard pennant banner, some craft paint and wood beads to pull off this yellow, orange and white display.

See More Photos: 73 Front Porch Decorating Ideas for Halloween

Wooden Post Pumpkins

With just a little help from a saw-savvy adult, kids can turn a 4x4 wooden post into a trio of colorful pumpkins you will proudly display year after year.

Get the How-To: 3 Pumpkin Projects That Will Outlast the Season

DIY Hand-Lettered Tray

Have you ever seen a piece of gorgeous hand-lettered decor and thought, "I wish I could do that"? Well, if you can trace, you can easily create your own fall-inspired signs and decorations at home.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Hand-Lettered Farmhouse-Style Tray

Falling Leaves

Beautifully bring the outdoors in by tying real or faux fall leaves onto fishing line. Attach the leaf streamers to the ceiling or light fixture above your dining table to recreate the effect of falling leaves.

Get the How-To: Dress Up Your Autumn Table With Fall Leaves

Rope Pumpkin Centerpiece

Made out of jute rope, this easy DIY pumpkin makes a gorgeous addition to your autumn tabletop display. Add instant charm by adorning the pumpkin with fall's favorite pattern: plaid.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Rope Pumpkin Centerpiece

Two-in-One Front Porch Decor

Make switching up your seasonal decor easier than ever with this DIY scarecrow/snowman combo that takes you from fall to winter with one high-impact piece.

Get the How-To: Snowman + Scarecrow: Two-in-One Front Porch Decor

Butternut Squash Vase

Display harvest-hued florals in a vessel made from a traditional fall vegetable: butternut squash. Simply hollow out the squash, fill with water and arrange fresh blooms for a seasonal centerpiece.

Get the How-To: Turn a Butternut Squash Into a Fall Centerpiece

DIY Potpourri

Incorporating delicious scents like cinnamon, bay leaves and essential oils, this fresh and fruity homemade potpourri will have your home smelling like fall in just a few easy steps.

Get the How-To: Freshen Up Your Space With DIY Potpourri

Maple Leaf Mailbox Garland

Send the message that autumn has arrived by adorning your mailbox with a fiery maple leaf garland. This DIY project can be easily completed in an afternoon and requires just two wire coat hangers, floral craft foam, faux leaves and mini pumpkins.

Get the How-To: Fall Into Autumn With Easy DIY Mailbox Swag

Fresh Greenery Wreath

Why wait until after Thanksgiving to brighten up your front door? This fresh eucalyptus and cotton stem wreath adds just the right rustic touch for fall. Mix in a few Christmas ornaments or battery-operated lights to keep its good looks going through the holiday season.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Eucalyptus Garland + Easy Greenery Wreath

Pumpkin Table Planters

Nothing says fall like a bright orange pumpkin, but the real thing doesn't always last very long. This autumn, opt for an out-of-the-box pumpkin you can craft with one quick trip to the hardware store — like these pumpkin planters made from hanging baskets.

Get the How-To: 3 Pumpkin Projects That Will Outlast the Season

Wine Cork Pumpkin

Put your old corks to use with this seasonal DIY cork project that boasts a fall-tastic pumpkin on one side and a frosty little snowman on the other. The best part? When the seasons change, just flip the piece around, and welcome in the wintery weather.

Get the How-To: DIY Wine Cork Pumpkin and Snowman

Apple Chair Swag

Add a touch of whimsy and essence of fall to the back of chairs at a seasonal gathering with this simple-to-make apple chair swag. Use an upholstery needle to thread small apples onto jute twine. Tie the swag onto chair backs and add playful ribbons to finish the look.

See More Photos: Celebrate Fall With an Apple-Themed Outdoor Get-Together

Mumpkin Centerpiece

Create an impressive seasonal tablescape with the addition of these simple DIY pumpkins starring fall's favorite flower: mums. Style them with candlesticks and loose greenery for an eye-catching display.

Get the How-To: Dress Up Your Autumn Decor With DIY Mumpkins

Front Door Decor

Welcome the arrival of fall with a front door display that's hard to miss. Budget-friendly materials, such as butcher paper and faux leaves, are used to create a welcoming message on this autumn-ready entry.

Get the How-To: Make Your Front Door Say "It's Fall Y'all" With DIY Decor

Leaf Soaps

Get the kiddos to help you whip up a batch of scented fall leaf soaps you can then use to freshen up the guest bath or package up as festive favors.

Get the How-To: How to Make Scented Autumn Leaf Soaps

Dough Bowl Centerpiece

Add a rustic touch to your fall table by turning a vintage dough bowl or wooden trencher into a centerpiece overflowing with seasonal pumpkins, gourds, pinecones and flowering branches.

Get the How-To: Create a Rustic Fall Centerpiece in a Dough Bowl

Mini Pumpkin Wreath

Instead of making a wreath with bulky plastic gourds, try using putka pods, which are natural dried seed pods that look exactly like tiny pumpkins. This wreath makes an elegant fall statement that can be displayed year after year.

Get the How-To: Make a Mini Pumpkin Wreath for Fall

Cute Crochet Pumpkins

Cute, cozy and fun to make, these crochet pumpkins are an easy needlecraft that both beginner and veteran crocheters can tackle with ease. The type of fiber, weight and gauge of the yarn does not matter, so this project is a great way to use up your yarn stash and dress up your fall mantel or dining table for (almost) free.

Get the How-To: How to Make Cute Crochet Pumpkins for Fall

DIY Plaid Mason Jars

Made from upcycled jars and acrylic paints, these farmhouse-chic arrangements are the perfect decoration for autumn.

Get the How-To: DIY Plaid Mason Jars for Fall

Leaf Print Napkins

Leaf print napkins are a fun way to upcycle plain white napkins for fall. To make them, add a generous amount of fabric ink to the backside of a leaf, then stamp it onto the napkin. Use a dry iron to heat set the ink onto the napkin.

Emoji Pumpkins

Give your jack-o'-lanterns a new-age makeover by swapping classic spooky, silly carved faces for fun, magnetized emoji expressions. All that's left to do is snap a pic and post it!

Get the How-To: Create a Fun Fall Front Porch With Emoji Pumpkins

Velvet Pumpkins

Turn rolled-up socks, velvet fabric and sticks into the perfect fall decor in minutes with our quick and easy tutorial below.

Get the How-To: Spice Up Your Fall Decor With These Simple Velvet Pumpkins

Boho Beauty

Bring store-bought mums to life in a big way this year by planting them in a wheelbarrow. To ensure that her display would look less country and more boho-chic, lifestyle photographer Aniko Levai painted feathers and geometric shapes right onto the wood — something you can easily do, too.

DIY Shutter Sign

The possibilities for this easy wood shutter craft are endless. Simply use removable mounting squares to adhere letters to a shutter for fall, then easily swap out the letters for Halloween and other holidays. It’s even perfect as everyday decor, displaying words like "home" or "love."

See More Photos: 5 DIY Decorations That Transition From Halloween to Thanksgiving

Fall Harvest Centerpiece

Line the center of your table with a cheerful, autumnal apple arrangement. A long simple flower box stuns with the help of lush, overflowing foliage and ripened red apples.

Get the How-To: Fall Harvest Centerpiece

Fall-Filled Wreath

Top a twig wreath form with corn husks, preserved fall leaves, mini pumpkins and dried grasses to create this front door decoration that can stand up to the elements while giving your front door a colorful fall update.

See More Photos: 20+ Fall-Tastic DIY Wreaths

Make a Succulent Planter

Mini white pumpkins make adorable vessels for small, sculptural succulents. A fun project for kids to help with, use these festive creations to mark each place at dinner or display them throughout the house.

Get the How-To: Make Mini Pumpkins Into Fall Succulent Planters

Faux Fall Leaf Gift Tags

HGTV Handmade’s Danielle Boaz shares a festive way to spruce up fall-themed gift tags with gold and red leaves that are sure to make each recipient smile.

Get the How-To: Welcome Fall With These 3 Easy Faux Leaf DIYs

Fall Door Hanger

Simple and chic, these fall-themed door tags from DIY blogger Jaime Costiglio are a fun, elegant way to add a touch of seasonality to your outdoor decor.

Lucky Black Cat Mum

Add a little personality to your planters with our tips for magically turning a fall mum into a lucky black cat, just in time for Halloween.

Get the How-To: Monstrous Mums: Craft a Lucky Black Cat

Upcycled Tiered Tower Centerpiece

Transform your dining table into a festive fall display without breaking the bank. All you need is a few cake pans, candle pillars and some paint to create an upcycled tiered tray tower.

Get the How-To: 4 Upcycled Decorations for Your Thanksgiving Table

DIY Welcome Mat

Looking to get creative when sprucing up your front porch this fall? Get crafting with this DIY doormat that's fun — and easy — to make. Customize your own with our how-to below.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Stenciled Fall Welcome Mat

Mercury Glass Pumpkin

Something new and shiny doesn’t have to mean expensive. Spend less and love it more this year with a DIY mercury glass pumpkin jar that will easily take you through the entire holiday season.

Get the How-To: Pumpkins That Last: DIY Mercury Glass Pumpkin

Flannel Cuff Bracelets

Cover bangle bracelets in flannel closet castoffs to create fashion-forward jewelry that makes a thoughtful handmade gift that's fun for kids to craft.

Get the How-To: How to Craft Trendy Flannel Cuff Bracelets

Candy Corn Vase Filler

Use fall's iconic candy as decor for your seasonal display by using candy corn as colorful vase filler. Pair with seasonal flowers for a festive fall arrangement.

Get the How-To: 5 Quick Crafts and Recipes to Make With Candy Corn

Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece

With succulents trending in home decor and gardening, it's the perfect time to incorporate them in your holiday tablescape. Live succulents are clipped and used to top off seasonal pumpkins and squash to make a dramatic centerpiece.

Get the How-To: Craft a Succulent-Topped Pumpkin Centerpiece

Upcycled Fall Block Letters

Easily create this fall-themed decor with pieces of scrap wood and painted letters that you can display year after year.

Get the How-To: 4 Upcycled Decorations for Your Thanksgiving Table

Apple-Picking Bag

Create a fun apple-themed canvas tote bag perfect for your apple-picking haul. This craft is fun for the entire family and takes only about an hour to complete.

Get the How-To: DIY Apple-Picking Tote Bag

Fall Magnolia Garland

With nature as your inspiration, create this beautiful, bohemian magnolia garland to soften up any outdoor living space during the autumnal months.

Get the How-To: Go Boho With a Metallic Magnolia Garland for Fall

Turn Fall Leaves Into Art

What's more fun than taking the kids for a nature hike on a warm fall day? While you're out, have them search for the prettiest fall leaves you can frame, then include them in a wall grouping with printed seasonal sayings.

Painted Magnolia Leaf Wreath

Cover a wire wreath form with freshly snipped magnolia leaves to create this modern and multi-hued take on a traditional wreath. To bring in the color, choose six different shades of paint based on your home's architecture or pick a traditional fall palette of oranges, reds and yellows.

Get the How-To: How-to: DIY Painted Magnolia Leaf Wreath

DIY Aged Galvanized Bucket

Gorgeous, weathered pales and buckets are selling for pretty pennies at antique stores and resale shops these days. But the good news is, it's surprisingly easy to give new pieces a time-worn, authentic look you'll be proud to display. Fill with seasonal staples for a display-ready piece.

Get the How-To: How to Make a New Galvanized Steel Tub Look Old

Paper Leaf Centerpiece

Looking for an inexpensive, seasonal centerpiece that will last through the fall? All you need is some patterned scrapbook paper, twine, glitter spray and a few branches from your backyard.

Get the How-To: Easy-to-Craft Fall Leaf Centerpiece

Basket Wreath

Make swapping out your Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations a snap by replacing multiple wreaths with a single tote or basket you can fill to fit the season. Add vinyl house numbers for a custom touch.

Get the How-To: Skip the Wreath: Try a Holiday-Spanning Front Door Basket Instead

Turn Pumpkins Into Pets

These playful pet pumpkins are a fun, no-carve fall craft that you and the kiddos can create from either fresh or faux pumpkins and basic craft supplies. Our step-by-step instructions below include printable templates to bring each animal to life.

Get the How-To: Halloween Kids’ Craft: Adorable Pet Pumpkins

Pumpkin Door Decor

Invoke the warm and fuzzy feelings of fall with this cozy, effervescent front door design. Cover your door in brown craft paper, then cut store-bought white pumpkins in half. Attach the pumpkins with removable picture hanging hooks and accent with a waterfall of faux fall foliage and plaid ribbon.

See More Photos: 73 Front Porch Decorating Ideas for Halloween

Lighted Marquee Letters

Usher in fall and the start of the entertaining season with the warm glow of these vintage-inspired, marquee-style letters.

Get the How-To: How to Make Lighted Marquee Letters

Neutral Fall Wreath

Easily dress up a simple grapevine wreath for fall with the addition of faux white pumpkins, cotton stems and a sweet, cozy sign.

See More Photos: 5 DIY Decorations That Transition From Halloween to Thanksgiving

Fall Table Runner

Spray paint sassafras leaves to make an easy table runner that'll last through the season and dress up your fall tablescape.

Get the How-To: Dress Up the Table With an Autumnal Table Runner

Farmhouse Pumpkin Vase

A coat of spray paint and rustic accents transform a dollar store trick-or-treat bucket into a farmhouse chic pumpkin you can keep on display all autumn.

Get the How-To: 5 Farmhouse Halloween Decorating DIYs

Seasonal Burlap Wreath

Easily embellish a burlap wreath with gourds and faux foliage for fall, and switch it out with antlers and a red Rudolph nose for winter.

Get the How-To: DIY Seasonal Burlap Wreath

Sweater Weather Pumpkin

Cozy up a plain pumpkin with an old or thrifted sweater that’ll bring amazing texture to any fall vignette. Use a faux pumpkin for a trendy take on traditional fall decor that you can display through Thanksgiving.

Get the How-To: Fall Upcycle: Give Pumpkins a Cozy Makeover With Old Sweaters

Foam Pumpkin Planters

Plump pumpkin topiaries complete with lush trailing vines and pops of colorful blooms make a splashy seasonal statement on this front porch. Learn how to make your own with our tutorial below.

Get the How-To: 3 Ways to Put Outdoor Planters to Good Use This Halloween

DIY Apple Tea Lights

Short on funds and looking for a clever centerpiece idea? Head for the produce aisle. These tea light candles tucked inside apples create a pretty glow that looks gorgeous with any festive decor.

Get the How-To: Turn a Bounty of Apples Into a Glowing Centerpiece

Fall Findings Wreath

Inspired by a walk in the woods, foraged acorns and pine cones come together to make this woodsy, budget-friendly wreath.

Get the How-To: Forage a Wreath for Fall

Faux Fall Leaf Wall Art

Gather the cozy blankets and light some pumpkin-scented candles because fall is in the air. While you’re at it, round up some basic crafting supplies like faux leaves, cord and a dowel rod to make this chic ombré wall art.

Get the How-To: Welcome Fall With These 3 Easy Faux Leaf DIYs

Candy Corn Play Dough

Skip the store-bought play dough this year, and enlist the help of the kids to help make their own this fall. With just four ingredients, it's a snap to make a batch.

Get the How-To: 5 Quick Crafts and Recipes to Make With Candy Corn

Thankfulness Tree

Give thanks in a new way this season. Invite friends and family to share what they are most thankful for by creating a thankful tree that can take center stage throughout the fall season.

Get the How-To: New Thanksgiving Tradition: Create a Thankful Tree

Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Mask

In their raw forms, ingredients like pumpkin, coffee, honey, brown sugar and cinnamon are chock-full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that, when combined, create a spa-worthy face mask too delicious to resist.

Get the How-To: DIY Face Mask: Pumpkin Spice Latte

Glitter Leaf Fall Pumpkins

Pretty enough to display from Halloween until Thanksgiving, these glitzy pumpkins are a snap to make using just leaves from the backyard, glue and metallic glitter.

Get the How-To: Easily Glam Up Your Fall Decorations With These Glittering Leaf Pumpkins

Faux Fur Insulating Drink Sleeve

You and your guests will love toasting to good times with these handmade faux-fur insulated drink sleeves — sure to keep your cold drinks cold in style.

Get the How-To: Party Like a Viking With DIY Faux Fur Drink Coozies

Mixed Nut Tree Structures

Nuts remind us of the harvest, making them a natural choice for fall decorating. Give this humble material a sophisticated spin by using them to cover an inexpensive foam topiary. Just attach assorted nuts with hot glue, then fill in the spaces between with dark peat moss.

See More Photos: 9 Festive Entertaining Ideas for Fall

Pumpkin Place Card Holders

Make your tabletop the epitome of seasonal bliss with these gold leaf pumpkin place card holders.

Get the How-To: Pump Up the Party: Pumpkin Tabletop Decor

Square Corn Husk Wreath

Shake up your front door with a square wreath featuring colorful ears of Indian corn. Head to your local craft store for materials then assemble this harvest-themed outdoor decoration in just a few hours.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Square Corn Husk Wreath

Fall Leaf Collage

Grab the kids and commemorate the changing seasons with a beautiful collage of end-of-summer petals and fall leaves. You can illustrate your favorite animals, flowers, landscapes and anything else you like, all while creating wonderful memories.

Get the How-To: Fall Leaf Collage How-To

Tree Stump Vase

Take your seasonal floral arrangements to the next level with this crafty, organic vase made from a tree stump.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Tree Stump Vase

Fresh Fall Ribbon Rose Wreath

Craft a cheery touch of fall for your front door with a moss-covered wreath form and autumnal ribbon roses that look complicated but are actually a snap to make.

Get the How-To: Fresh Fall Decorating: Make a Ribbon Rose Wreath

Fabric Covered Pumpkins

Give fabric scraps or upcycled clothing new life — and give faux pumpkins with smooth texture and shallow ridges fashionable makeovers — with kid-friendly DIY decoupage.

Get the How-To: Trendy Fabric-Covered Pumpkins

Fall Felt Garland

Add a touch of autumn with this simple-yet-vibrant fall garland made from felt and yarn. With a cost under $5, it's ideal for adorning a doorway, a mantel or window.

Get the How-To: Make a Felt Garland for Fall

Buffalo Check Pumpkins

Celebrate the season with painted pumpkins that match your favorite flannel. Not only are our DIY buffalo check pumpkins crazy-cute but they’re simple to recreate at home and can be customized with colors of your choice.

Get the How-To: 3 Stylish Painted Pumpkin Ideas for Fall

Autumn Rake Wreath

Forgo the wreath form for this fall decoration that uses a new or old garden rake as its base. Faux fall flowers and silk leaves ensure it's an arrangement you'll be able to display for many falls to come.

Get the How-To: Autumn Garden Gate Decor

Fall Hued Paper Dahlias

Make a gorgeous fall statement in your home with these giant paper dahlias. Just one of these beautiful autumn blooms makes a unique front door decoration, or you can group several together for a stunning piece of 3-D wall art.

Get the How-To: Easy DIY Craft: Paper Dahlias

Felt Acorn Pillow

With basic sewing skills and just a few materials, you can create this cute fall acorn pillow that mixes fine linen with humble felt and jute twine.

Get the How-To: Fall-Inspired Linen and Felt Acorn Pillow

Corn Husk Wreath

Put autumn on your front door with this easy-to-make corn husk wreath you can leave up all season. The best part? You'll only need five materials and an hour or two to whip it up.

Get the How-To: DIY Corn Husk Wreath

Autumnal Apple Topiary

Straight from the orchard, fresh red apples are arranged with sprigs of greenery for a delightful addition to a buffet or dining table.

Get the How-To: Make an Autumnal Apple Topiary Centerpiece

Dried Corn Wreath

Add a modern twist to a traditional, fall grapevine wreath with felted ball stems, an abstract yarn pattern and classic flint corn.

Get the How-To: Bring a Modern Touch to a Dried Corn Wreath

Rustic Tablecloth With Burlap Trim

Embellish a basic thrift-store or hand-me-down white tablecloth with strips of inexpensive burlap to give the plain table linen a sophisticated, custom look that's perfect for throughout fall and Thanksgiving.

Get the How-To: Make a Rustic Tablecloth With Ruffled Burlap Trim

Metallic Pumpkins

Give faux pumpkins a glamorous makeover with gold, silver and copper leaf. They'll add just the right amount of sparkle to a fall display or Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Get the How-To: Make Metallic Copper, Gold and Silver Pumpkins for a Chic Fall Display

Rectangular Rustic Wreath

Add an earthy touch indoors with this twist on a traditional round fall wreath. Dried mushrooms, moss, seed pods and grasses form the base while russet fresh or faux pears add a pop of fall color.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Rectangular Rustic Fall Wreath

Make a Leaf Bowl

To create a decorative leaf bowl you’ll first need to preserve your leaves. To do this, keep the leaves completely submerged in one part glycerin to two parts water for a week. Remove the leaves and let them dry. Once dry, use paper mache paste and a large balloon to create your bowl. Blow up the balloon and cover with paper mache paste. Layer leaves around the balloon in a bowl shape, covering completely with paste as you go. Let dry completely, then remove the balloon for a beautiful, decorative bowl.

Seasonalize Your Decor

Give an ordinary lampshade autumnal appeal by stenciling it with fall leaves. This project is an easy and inexpensive way to give a subtle nod to the changing seasons.

Get the How-To: How to Create a Fall Leaf Lampshade

Fall Foliage Wreath

Turn those fallen leaves into a glorious wreath celebrating the arrival of autumn with a needle, thread and wreath form.

Get the How-To: Make a Fall Leaf Wreath

Acorn Place Card Holder

Wooden eggs, wire and sisal rope combine to create adorable acorn place card holders perfect for a fall or Thanksgiving table display.

Get the How-To: Acorn Place Card Holders

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