Check out easy fall crafts and get inspired to create this season!
Fall is one of my favorite times for crafting. The weather cools off, there’s always great movies on TV, and I get to celebrate the turn of the seasons in one of my favorite ways: Making things! I’ve got over 35 ideas for fall crafts and DIY projects to share with you, so you can cozy up and create all autumn long! So, make a hot cup of cider, grab your craft supplies, and settle in for some fun fall crafting!
Prettiest Pumpkins in the Patch
When I think fall, pumpkins are the first thing that comes to mind. So it’ll come as no surprise that this weekend’s tutorial are gorgeous paper pumpkin lanterns that require no glue or tape. Watch for the full video tutorial and free designs for these pumpkin lanterns here on my blog and channel on Sunday, September 24!
Whether it’s technically sweater weather or not where you live, my easy No-Sew Sweater Pumpkins are a cozy craft anyone can do! It’s a super fun way to repurpose your old, worn out pullovers — or a perfect excuse to go thrifting.
But, don’t want to make the whole gourd? How about an adorable slice of Pumpkin Pie Plushie — with a bonus pie slice gift box? Or, want to send your guests home happy? Not only can you fit the plushie in the box, it’s also the perfect size for a generous slice of real pumpkin pie.
Carving pumpkins would be so much easier if we could just let our Cricut machine do the cutting! Unfortunately, Cricut hasn’t figured out the whole pumpkin carving process just yet, but I’ve got the next best thing: Paper Pumpkin Kits! Even better, they make a great fun fall craft without the mess of carving!
My Easy Split Monogram tutorial includes a customizable monogram file that you can use so many different ways. This fall, why not monogram a faux pumpkin for your porch?
Light Up the Fall Night
The light changes are one of the first subtle signs of fall’s arrival. As dusk comes sooner and nights get darker, so brighten up those dim evenings with an Autumn Leaves Luminary made of cardstock!
Or, to take the fun outside, line your walk on with my easy Jar Luminaries! This easy tutorial shows you how to decorate mason jars with fall leaves, then illuminate them with LED tea light candles. They’re great for trick-or-treaters on Halloween night!
Speaking of Halloween, light up creepy corners with my Star Lanterns in seasonal colors. Change up the colors and these are the perfect craft for so many occasions!
Or, indulge your spooky side with an eerie neighborhood of Haunted House Lanterns! Insert an LED tea light to make the windows glow with macabre mystery.
Falling for Flowers
As summer fades away, there’s no reason why the flowers have to! Luckily, paper flowers are so beautiful, and I love making them look as realistic as possible. Did you know that I actually created my Paper Marigold design by tracing real marigold petals?
The fall colors in Michigan are truly spectacular, so I like to bring those rich autumn colors indoors as much as I can during the season — even in the tiniest of ways! My felt (or paper!) Mini Mums are easy crafts and add a splash of fall to any nook or cranny.
For a truly show-stopping fall flower, how about this mesmerizing Giant Sunflower! Just like the paper marigold design, I traced actual sunflower petals to create this file. Fortunately, your Cricut can cut all the intricate pieces!
Cups of Comfort
What’s perfect for the pumpkin patch or a brisk day of apple picking? A tumbler full of coffee, cocoa, or hot apple cider, that’s what! Pro tip: Fall beverages taste better from a cute tumbler with a Cozy Autumn Vinyl Decal.
The fabulous fall season won’t last forever (sadly), but these Etched Stainless Steel Tumblers might. Use etching cream and a vinyl stencil to create a permanent design on a rugged steel travel mug. Fill it with enough hot coffee to get you through those chilly autumn days.
At home with the kids? Conjure up some creepy concoctions to drink in some silly (and easy) Mugs with Faces made from permanent vinyl.
Creating a matching set of cute and comfy autumn PJs is easy as pumpkin pie with my DIY Custom HTV Shirts tutorial. These are perfect for a fall bonfire or getting cozy with the family for a spooky movie night!
The transition into a new season is a wonderful excuse to make a T-shirt. So if you like to celebrate fall as much as I do, screenprinting shirts is a fun craft the whole family can help with! Your kids will love creating their own T-shirts with cute fall designs.
And did someone say autumn accessories? Making incredible DIY earrings is one of the coolest things many crafters don’t realize they can do with a Cricut! Whether you’re into the simple Faux Leather Earrings look or want to turn up the glitz with Gold Foiled Earrings, I’ve got you covered with fun and easy tutorials.
You can even make Wood Veneer Earrings with a Cricut Explore or Maker series machine! They are so pretty and unique, and are fabulous for fall crafts.
Yes, the season of entertaining is rapidly approaching — are you ready to welcome your guests? Protect tabletops from sweaty beverages by making these Custom Cork Coasters with vinyl designs for fall.
Create and fill an Easy DIY Charcuterie Board with seasonal snacks for your autumn get-together or Thanksgiving hors d’oeuvres. The best part? The board is covered in chalkboard vinyl, so you can label goodies or draw little fall doodles for the occasion! Then simply wipe it off, and it’s ready for your next event.
Want to strategize your seating plan at your Thanksgiving or your autumn dinner party? DIY Place Cards are a great way to ensure a lovely, harmonious meal with minimal family drama.
Welcome autumn guests with some seasonal porch decor! A DIY Door Hanger with some fall flair is a beautiful addition to any entrance. Celebrate the season with this HTV Home Sign, or modify my Winter Wreath design and make it with fall tones or Halloween colors like orange, black, purple, and green.
Copper is my favorite metallic color, and I love the way it simply exudes fall vibes! My Copper-Colored Aluminum Wreath may look intimidating, but it’s really quite easy — especially when you save time (and your hands) and have your Cricut do the cutting! This fall wreath is an absolute showstopper, and you’ll end up wanting to hang it on your front door all year round — it’s just THAT gorgeous.
With guests coming over, don’t forget to give them a place to wipe their feet! The customization possibilities are endless when it comes to creating your own Personalized Door Mats. Make one for every season or holiday to keep your front porch (and entryway) fresh.
You don’t need to wait til fall to send someone a nice note, and my Autumn Leaves Filigree Card is a lovely way to send some smiles this season. I just love the beautiful, intricate details.
You can also take your card-making up a notch (or several) with my Autumn Owl Shadow Box Card. This one is extra fun for your recipient, because besides being “just a card,” they also become a cute little piece of fall decor!
Need something for the little kids? Perfect for small hands, my Fall Friends Felt Ornaments and Cards are adorable for sharing with friends at the school Halloween party!
Go back to basics with some simple fall crafts made of cardstock. Wouldn’t it be lovely to spend some quality time making these with your Cricut cutting machine on a cozy, crafty morning?
For a SUPER easy project that packs a big autumn punch, my “Give Thanks” Pumpkin Shadow Box comes together quickly. These are wonderful for last minute host gifts, and one of my favorite DIY fall decorations when I don’t have a ton of time.
Or, my Smashing Pumpkin Paper Bombs are the perfect way for young friends to exercise those fine motor skills (and have some fun in the process). Give those little hands something to do!
It’s time for all things spooky, and the Halloween Paper Haunted House project by my friend Lucy can be customized however you like. Use craft paint, construction paper additions, washi tape, or even some well-placed googly eyes! Raid your stash or your local craft store for supplies!
Speaking of Halloween, it always makes me think of cute black cats. You can have one of your own with my 3D Halloween Black Cat. Plus, you’re not limited to just black, you can use any color (or pattern!) of cardstock you like. Or, make spooky sparkle cats glitter cardstock.
No matter your budget or skill level, I hope you’re inspired by my fall craft ideas. With these tutorials, you’ll be busy making fall goodies all autumn season long!
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Materials And Tools for Fun Fall Crafts
You can find full material/tools lists and additional details with each project, but here are popular materials and tools you’ll definitely want to have on hand to get you started with your fall crafts!
For Cricut cutting machine crafts:
- I typically use my trusty Cricut Maker 3, but you can learn which cutting machine is right for you
- Green StandardGrip machine mat
- Basic Cricut tools like a weeding tool, scissors, scraper, etc.
For Cricut vinyl projects:
For iron-on vinyl projects:
- Iron-on vinyl in your choice of colors
- A heat press like a Cricut EasyPress or Autopress
- Heat-resistant mat
For cardstock projects:
- Cardstock in all your favorite fall and Halloween colors
- Good quality craft glue (or tacky glue if you prefer) like Bearly Art precision craft glue
For earring projects:
- Faux leather
- Earring hooks and pliers
- Cricut foil transfer kit
- Foil transfer sheets (gold)
- Cricut wood veneer
- Cricut deep-point blade and housing
- Purple StrongGrip machine mat
For felt projects:
For projects with lights:
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Answers to Your Questions About Fun Fall Crafts
Q: How do I start decorating for fall?
A: You have to start somewhere, so just pick a project and jump in! Want to start with something easy that makes a big impact? My 3D Pumpkin Lanterns only use cardstock, copy paper, a Cricut cutting machine, and an LED tea light. Just follow my easy steps!
Q: Can you show me how to make cheap fall decorations?
Q: Can you help me figure out what to make for a fall craft fair?
A: Tumblers are all the rage right now, and they tend to do very well at craft fairs! Wreaths, door hangers, porch signs, and serving ware are other great options that fair-goers love to take home with them.
Q. How do you make a simple fall centerpiece?
A: I’ve got several options for simple fall centerpieces you can make for your table, or bring as a host gift. Customize my 3D Paper Candles project to give it a spooky vibe, make a paper flower arrangement, light up a pumpkin lantern, and don’t forget the place cards!
Q. What month do you start decorating for fall? Is August too soon to decorate for fall?
A: I typically start decorating for fall toward the end of September, but it’s completely up to you! Your home, your choice. You get to choose how you decorate, and when!
Q. What are fall decor colors?
A: My favorite fall decor colors look a lot like the autumn leaves here in Michigan: Deep maroon, rich oranges and yellows, rust colors, and earthy browns. Jewel tones are also beautiful for fall, like plummy purples and even dark turquoise and gem reds. These colors are gorgeous for general fall-time or Thanksgiving crafts. If you’re wanting more of a spooky vibe for Halloween crafts, black and orange are my go-tos, but purple, yellow, and green are also fun choices! Just have fun and use colors in a creative way you like!
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