15 Fall Décor Crafts That Will Make Your Home Feel Warm and Cozy

Thanksgiving Tables with Fall Decor
Photo: Lennart Weibull

When it comes to the changing of seasons, there's nothing more exciting than the summer-to-fall transition. With it, the time of year brings stunning foliage and plenty of autumnal flavors, like cinnamon, apple, and pumpkin spice. As we segue into the cooler autumn weather, which calls for warmer layers, many of us are simultaneously dressing up our homes in a similar fashion—which you can luckily do with a few easy DIY projects.

Take inspiration from falling autumn leaves and warmer neutral hues to help guide your homemade décor choices; A rich, welcoming tablescape can be achieved with velvet pumpkins and leaf-printed table runners. Plus, plunging temperatures means we have the perfect excuse to break out some of our cozier furnishings and make new homemade throw blankets and pillows.

Looking for a way to supplement your time at pumpkin patches and football tailgates this autumn? Stay busy with our creative fall décor crafts that can double as festive decorations all season long.

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Fabric Pumpkins


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. The easy fall décor craft can be accomplished by sewing an assortment of fabrics—linen, silk, and velvet—around faux pumpkins made from batting.

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Wheat Cluster

wheat door decor

For an easy, lightweight decoration that still evokes the glorious fall harvest, try these dried wheat bundles, which are 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 3 feet of twine hanging off the bunch in a tail, and cut the stalks to approximately 3 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.

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Hanging Bough with Dried Flowers

thanksgiving bough

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.

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Leather-Trimmed Lanterns

leather trim lanterns
Lennart Weibull

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.

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Soft Seats

chairs with sheepskin covering
Aaron Dyer

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 Ultra suede-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.

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Block-Printed Linens

stamped linens
Johnny Miller

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.

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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 x 42-inch strips of velvet.

With embroidery scissors, snip V shapes into the velvet about 1/8 of an 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.

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Gingham Knit Blanket

Dana Gallagher

Believe it or not, you don't need to be an expert knitter to tackle this fall décor craft; 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.

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Embroidered Throw Pillows

embroidered pillows
Alpha Smoot

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.

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Harvest Branches

William Brinson

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 the fiber around the brand, gently pulling the fleece apart (without tearing it) as you go. Wrap until the piece of fleece runs out, and then add more 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 from your skin help the fleece stay on the branch and adhere to itself.

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Pumpkin Spice Scented Candles

Make your own pumpkin spice candles with our easy tutorial.
Alexandra Churchill

Poured into orange-tinted mason jars, these pumpkin spice scented candles throw off an especially autumnal glow. Place them throughout various areas of your home to evoke feelings of fall—they'll be a great addition to your seasonal tablescape.

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Pear "Welcome" Display


Make guests feel the ethos of the season by giving them a warm (and fragrant) welcome into your home. Do so with these easy project—arrange a mix of seven Forelles and Anjous pears and write letters on the front of each with a fine tipped washable marker. Complete the look by press aromatic whole cloves into the flesh along the lines.

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Leaf-Stamped Table Runner

Leaf-Stamped Table Runner
Alpha Smoot

The perfect runner for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the entire fall season, this homemade piece is one the entire family can help with. Begin by measuring and cutting a length of linen to the size of your table, then fray the fabric edges by pulling out individual threads lengthwise. Coat a fall leaf one at a time using a paint roller and fabric paint in a color of your choosing. Press each leaf paint-side down onto the runner. Lastly, place a piece of paper on top and roll over it with a brayer to capture all of the little details.

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Leaf Candlestick

two candles with autumn leaf decoration
Johnny Miller

Give taper candles and holders a seasonal twist by cutting copper sheets into leaves and wrapping them around wire. The collars reflect the light, emanating a warm, almost fire-like glow throughout your home.

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Fruitful Wreath

autumnal wreath on wooden door
Johnny Miller

Bring nature to your front door by creating a wreath inspired by its scene (and color palette). A plain grapevine wreath—which you can find at any craft store during fall—is adorned with dried bunny tails, gold-painted sora pods, and velvet sewn to look like autumn flowers.

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