16 Fall Dècor Crafts to Feel Warm and Cozy at Home
When it comes to the changing of seasons, there's nothing more exciting (or drastic) than when summer fades into fall. We transition into the cooler autumn weather with warmer layers, and many of us dress up our homes in the same fashion. Taking inspiration from falling autumn leaves, warmer neutral hues often play up the drama of the season; plus, plunging temps means we all have the perfect excuse to break out some of our cozier furnishings. Fall is a time for all of these things and getting back into our regular routines, making it the ideal chance to return to your crafting room with these DIY projects in mind.
Transforming your home into an autumnal retreat is as simple as focusing on the accents you're bringing into each and every room. How can you add a pop of inviting texture to a sitting area or another heavily-trafficked spot in your living room? Are you adding colors into your space that create a warm and inviting respite from the cold outside? Focus on details to achieve these things from blankets to pillows, coasters to trivets, and plenty of candles, think small to go big.
Here, we've upgraded an otherwise dark, cool space with a rich tablescape capitalizing on this fall-friendly neutral color palette—and accessorizing where possible. Add warmth to your table with raw linens and the glow of beeswax candles; if you're setting the scene for Thanksgiving, try an informal arrangement of mottled gourds or any of the fall centerpieces that rely on unique seasonal outdoor elements.
Some of the crafts in this roundup can transition into exterior areas. From piles of pumpkin atop the table to custom blankets and pillows, tackle these projects and get cozy.
A fresh way to display seasonal gourds, we paired sewn pumpkins among real ones—some of which we spray painted—among a cool autumnal scene of spare branches and scattered leaves (also spray painted in a silver hue). Begin by sewing linen, silk, and velvet into these adorable faux pumpkins that can be displayed every year.
Our DIY leather-handled trivets offer common ground to an eclectic Thanksgiving spread. To begin, cut out two 5 1/4-inch squares of wool or medium-weight cotton; then cut another 5 1/4-by-9 3/4-inch rectangle, and one 9 3/4-inch square of fabric. Cut out a 9 3/4-inch square of batting, as well as a 7-inch leather strip. Sew 5 1/4-inch squares together with a 3/8-inch seam allowance to form a long rectangle before ironing the open seams.
To continue, sew this new rectangle to the rectangular piece of fabric with 3/8-inch seam allowance. Iron the new open seams. Lay the patched square right-side down on 9 3/4-inch fabric square so that you may top it with the batting; then pin all three layers together. Sew around all four sides with a 3/8-inch seam allowance, leaving a 3-inch gap in middle of top side. Continuing on, clip off the corners and turn the fabric right-side out through the gap. Poke out corners so they're pointy, and then stitch the gap closed.
To attach a leather handle, punch small holes about 3/8 inch from each end of the leather strip. Use an embroidery thread to stitch the leather strip's ends onto the newly created trivet, centering it and pulling it through the holes three or four times until secure.
For an easy, lightweight decoration that still evokes the glorious fall harvest, try these dried wheat bundles (wrapped in colorful waxed twine and wooden beads). Begin by bundling together three to 10 stalks of wheat; then, wrap the stalks of wheat together in twine. Leave about three feet of twine hanging off the bunch in a tail, and cut the stalks to approximately three-inches in length. Repeat for as many bundles as desired. Then, push the twines tail through a chosen bead, loop its ends and tie it in a knot. Trim any excess twine and slide the bead up to cover your knot.
Hanging Bough with Dried Flowers
Looking to add room décor to your dining space? This simple, natural arrangement works especially well if you don't have much table space. You can hang this piece in place of a mirror or painting, too.
Rustic Woven Lanterns
Thinking of dressing your dinner table with fresh place settings this holiday season? Upcycle your old place mats by rolling them into tubes and stitching them along the seams—candlelight will gracefully flicker through the loose weave of the hurricane lanterns.
Mood lighting is easy when you group beeswax pillars on your tablescape. Elevate candlelight with these leather-trimmed lanterns; a trio of varied heights is handsome enough to stand in for a flower arrangement, and comes together in minutes from basic materials.
Dinner isn't going to be the only warm thing at your table with these simple slipcovers that instantly reinvent dining chairs at your formal dining table over the holidays. Simply drape a finished sheepskin over the back of the chair before securing it with an Ultrasuede-tape or cord in a contrasting color. Finish securing them to the chair by threading the tie through the sheepskin on each side with a tapestry needle—that will help you create a cuff over the chair's top. Knot the ends and let them hang loose.
Block-printed linens are costly to buy but surprisingly simple to make. With little more than textile paint, muslin fabric, and woodblock stamps, a personalized setting is close at hand—here, we used indigo shades, but you can substitute for any color of your choosing. Begin by laying a paper towel on top of a foam sheet; lay pre-washed muslin fabric on top, and smooth out any wrinkles. Then, pour your choice of textile paint on a plate. Dab a sponge in the paint, and smooth it evenly onto a wooden printing block with a unique pattern.
Practice pressing the block onto a scrap of fabric until you feel comfortable with the amount of pressure you'll need to apply on your linen. Then, press the block straight down and evenly onto the fabric without wiggling it or moving it; remove it by lifting straight up. Add more paint and continue printing until the fabric is covered with a pattern, and don't worry about making it perfectly uniform. To finish, let the fabric dry completely, then iron the other side of your linen to let it set. To clean your blocks, scrub them under running water with a brush.
Velvet Dahlia Arrangement
These stylish branches and flowers are beautiful enough to have come from nature. And they're so easy to make; just attach pom-poms to twigs, or sew on velvet petals to make dahlias. Begin by cutting two 2-by-42-inch strips of velvet. With embroidery scissors, snip V shapes into the velvet about 1/8-inch from its bottom edge. Place one strip on top of the other, with the fuzzy sides down, and sew a running stitch through both layers along the bottom 1/8 inch. Once about every 4 inches, pull the thread to gather the fabric and secure with a double stitch.
Spiral the strip tightly to create a flower shape, securing it with random stitches. Stitch through all the layers when the strip is completely rolled. Make a few more stitches to attach a hooked paper-wrapped floral wire for the stem, and then finish by covering it with green floral tape.
Gingham Knit Blanket
Believe it or not, you don't need to be an expert knitter to tackle this project; you can make this cozy throw blanket with quick-to-knit strips. Here, we sew scarves of alternating stripes together to create a unique gingham pattern. An even smaller version of this craft would make a great baby blanket.
Embroidered Throw Pillows
Upgrade a pair of store-bought wide-weave cushions by tricking them out with bright neutral yarns sewn directly into the weave with a tapestry needle.
We love how easy these fleeced branches are to put together, and how they add a touch of warm color to any setting. Simply pull a bit of fleece roving off a ball, and then press the end of the fiber against the branch. Start wrapping tightly, gently pulling the fleece apart (without tearing it) as you go. Wrap the branches until the piece of fleece runs out, and then add more fleece as needed, going back over the last inch of wrapped fleece with each new piece. The friction of your fingers on the fibers and the natural oils form your skin help the fleece stay on the branch and adhere to itself.
Pumpkin Spice Scented Candles
If you're among the camp that counts down the days until you can sip a classic pumpkin spice latte once again, these homemade candles are for you. Poured into orange-tinted mason jars, they throw off an especially autumnal glow in any area you might have in mind. Check out even more ways to bring classic fall scents into your home with natural solutions.
Celebrate fall's abundance of almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, and walnuts with this festive decoration. Use any hard-shelled nuts, including acorns you gather from your own backyard.
Mini Cornucopia Favors
Make festive fall favors by rolling pieces of caning into cones, lining them with tissue paper, and filling with nuts.