If there’s any time of year to get into crafts, it’s fall. There are plenty of great options for you to choose from, no matter where you live. All of the ones featured below are not too complicated to make, and can serve as great decorations for your home.

Pinecone Door Décor

If you’re focused on the looks of the exterior of your home, this is a great first project to embark on. It only requires the use of a few things you probably already have around your home or yard.

Time Needed: 20 minutes

What You’ll Need

  • 8, six-inch pinecones
  • 8, two-foot-long pieces of silk ribbon
  • 1 hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 1 nail for hanging craft on door


  1. Grab one ribbon and one pinecone. Use a hot glue gun to attach each ribbon to a pinecone. Repeat until all pinecones have been attached to one ribbon.
  2. Once glue dries, grab all pinecones with ribbons. Stagger them so each cone is at different lengths.
  3. Tie all of the ends together into a knot.
  4. Trim your tips and secure the knot to the nail.

Splatter Painted Pumpkins

While you may carve and paint your pumpkins, have you ever considered something a bit more sophisticated for your home?

Time Needed: 2 hours

What You’ll Need

  • 3 large pumpkins
  • 1 roll of painter’s tape
  • 2 old newspapers
  • 1 half-inch-wide paintbrush
  • 1 can of shellac-based primer
  • 1 can of white spray paint
  • 1 small can each of deep red, brown, and gold paint
  • 3 plastic paint trays
  • 3 scrub brushes with stiff bristles
  • Latex gloves


  1. To avoid getting paint on the stems, wrap each stem with painter’s tape.
  2. Set your pumpkins on newspaper.
  3. Using a paintbrush, coat your pumpkin in the shellac-based primer.  Let the primer dry.
  4. Clean your brush with ammonia and water.
  5. Using white spray paint, spray your pumpkin and let it dry.
  6. Pour the red, brown, and gold paints into separate paint trays.
  7. Put on your latex gloves and dip a scrub brush in red paint. Hold the brush a few inches away from your pumpkin.
  8. Run your fingers through the bristles to create a splatter effect on the pumpkin.
  9. Rotate the pumpkin and repeat.
  10. Dip a clean brush into gold paint and repeat.
  11. Repeat with your other pumpkins, and substitute brown paint for red on some. Let all pumpkins dry.
  12. Remove painter’s tape from the stems and paint them gold, using a clean paintbrush.

Apple Mason Jar Pencil Holders

This is a great decorative holder for pens or pencils. Think about this as a gift for teachers. Work on this project in a well-ventilated area.

Time Needed: a couple of hours (30 minutes spent on project)

What You’ll Need

  • 2 pint-sized mason jars
  • 1 can of red spray paint
  • 1 package of green card stock
  • 1 package of individually wrapped twine
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • A variety of pens and pencils to put inside your finished holder


  1. Cover your workspace with newspaper.
  2. Spray your mason jars with red spray paint. Let them dry for at least an hour before adding an additional coat.
  3. Cut your green card stock into leaves.
  4. Punch a hole at the top of each leaf. Tie two leaves onto the side of each mason jar with twine.

(Optional: Personalize the mason jar for a teacher or other person as you see fit.)

Fall Leaf Garland

Who says that garland can only be made around the holidays? This can be a great decoration to put along your stairwell or above a foyer. If you use fake leaves, you can put the garland in storage to use for years to come.

What You’ll Need

  • A dozen faux leaf bunches, with circle connectors in various autumn colors
  • 2 packages of twine
  • 1 sewing needle


  1. Remove all leaves from their stems.
  2. Thread a sewing needle onto the end of some twine, and feed through the center hole of the leaves. (Note: your needle should be slightly smaller than the hole in the center.)
  3. Try to alternate your leaves by color as you get ready to thread the next one in.
  4. Once you have reached your desired length, cut your twine and double-knot the ends.

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