‘Tis the season for falling acorns, leaves, and pine cones, and the only thing more fun than collecting them is transforming nature’s small treasures into lovely DIY decor for your home or cottage. (The cooler weather also makes this an ideal time for indoor crafting.) Here are 10 autumn crafts you’ll “fall” for (sorry, couldn’t resist).
Turn autumn leaves into a bowl for holding your Halloween candy or even the acorns and/or pine cones you’ve collected. While artificial craft store leaves are recommended, try using real ones that you’ve preserved first for a more authentic look and feel. Get the tutorial here: Hellolucky.com
Create an eye-catching centrepiece by clipping a few branches of beautiful fall leaves and placing them in a sturdy vase filled with water.
Give your collection of acorns a pop of colour by painting them with acrylics. (They’ll look great in the leaf bowl, too!)
Fold freshly collected maple leaves into roses for a cheery decorative bouquet that’s both floral and fall-appropriate. Get the tutorial here: Designsponge.com
Gather some interesting-looking pressed leaves and create wall art by mounting, matting, and framing them. For a simpler yet equally effective look, stick the pressed leaves to card stock with spray mount and tack them on the wall for an instantly pleasing display. Get the tutorial here: Countryliving.com
Make your own leaf-printed linens—perfect for hosting Thanksgiving dinner— with some acrylic or fabric paint, scrap paper and cardboard, a foam brush, a plain tablecloth or tea towel, and of course, a leaf (or a few different ones). Get the tutorial here: Funtober.com
Cover the outside of a mason jar with leaves to turn it into a festive fall candle holder, and tie the top with raffia or ribbon as a final touch. Get the tutorial here: Sparkandchemistry
This is an all-time classic to do with kids: make homemade bird feeders out of pine cones with some peanut butter, bird seed and twine, and then hang them outside as a treat for the birds. Get the tutorial here: Freedbiefindingmom.com
For an elegant door decoration, glue gun some pine cones to strands of silk ribbon and tie the ends together in a knot to hang over your entryway as a nice fall welcome to guests.