Category: Fall Crafts

How to Make a Thanksgiving Turkey Crayon Holder

Entertain the kiddos this Thanksgiving with this adorable little turkey crayon holder. These little turkeys make a perfect gift, combined with a coloring book, to keep the little ones busy while the feast is being prepared.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 2 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Google eyes
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Template 1
Template 2

Things to do:
1. Using your printed template, cut the turkey pieces from felt.
2. Glue the turkey’s body to the smaller set of feathers.
3. Glue the eyes and the “snood” to the face.
4. Glue the beak to the face, slightly overlapping the snood.
5. Using a pen and a ruler, mark the center of the bottom edge of the large feather piece. Draw a line up from the center, almost connecting with the “v” shape between the feathers. Stop about 3/4 of an inch from the end so that your lines will be covered by the smaller feathers.
6. Apply a line of hot glue over each of your pen lines. (Note: Do not apply the glue too thick or you will not be able to slide the crayons all the way in. You just want enough glue to hold the two layers of felt together.)
7. Align the bottom edges and press the smaller feather/turkey body piece over the top, pressing firmly.
8. Slide crayons in each of the feather spots and enjoy!

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DIY Pumpkin Placeholder Tutorial

This darling placeholder is the perfect addition to your holiday table. Let the guests take their name card home afterwards as a party favor or use them to decorate your home for fall.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden block
Orange acrylic paint
Foam brush
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Angel hair vine filler
Green wired ribbon
Cinnamon sticks
Paper tag

Things to do:
1. First, paint your wooden block with orange acrylic paint. Let it dry before moving on to the next step.
2. Next, we get to add the details! Gather a tight bunch of angel hair vine filler and use hot glue to attach it to the top of the wooden block.
3. Snap a cinnamon stick in half and glue it to the top center of your wooden block to create a pumpkin stem.
4. The final step is adding your name tag. Wrap a piece of green wired ribbon around the handle of your foam brush to add a curl. Slide the name tag onto the wired ribbon and wrap it around the cinnamon stick stem.
5. Write your guests’ names on the name tags and enjoy!

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DIY Autumn Leaf Wreath

Celebrate fall with a colorful, leaf wreath! This artificial leaf wreath looks lovely displayed on your front door or on a shelf, adding a seasonal touch to your home decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam wreath form
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Artificial leaves

Things to do:
1. Start filling in your wreath form with your largest artificial leaves. Run a line of hot glue down the center of the leaf and hold it in place until the glue dries. Be sure to vary the colors of leaves to add depth to your wreath.
2. When you’ve covered a majority of the surface, move on to a different color or side of leaves and start filling in the white space.
3. If there is any white space remaining, go in with a few more large leaves and patch the empty space. (Don’t forget the sides – they’ll be visible when your wreath is on display!)

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DIY Pumpkin Pie Garland Tutorial

This pumpkin pie garland is adorable and oh-so-festive! String it over your dining room table to dress up your space.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Tan and orange felt
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
White pom poms

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out your triangle pattern for all of your pie slices. Fold a tan felt sheet in half and cut out half a triangle. Open it up to reveal a perfectly symmetrical triangle. Use this pattern to cut out all of your pie bases.
2. Lay your pattern on top of an orange piece of felt and cut out the shape. Trim 1/2 inch off of the base of the orange triangle.
3. Secure the orange triangle to the tan triangle with hot glue.
4. Measure the length you want your garland to be and cut your string.
5. Secure the garland string to the top of the orange triangle with hot glue.
6. Now, we’re going to cover the string with pie crust. Cut a 1-inch wide strip from the end of your felt sheet and use glue to secure it along the top of your pie piece. Pinch the felt as you go to create a cute ruffle.
7. Finish your pie slice with some whip cream! Use hot glue to secure a pompom to the center. Continue adding pie slices to your garland until the entire length of string is covered.

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DIY Succulent Pumpkin Planter Tutorial

Looking for an inexpensive way to dress up your table this Thanksgiving? This succulent pumpkin planter is quick and easy to make, and it looks lovely amidst candlesticks and holiday fare.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Faux pumpkin
Artificial succulents
Angel hair vine filler
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is hollowing out your pumpkin. Cut around the stem and remove about 2 inches of the Styrofoam inside.
2. Next, start filled the gap with succulents. Since the pumpkin is Styrofoam, you can simply press the stems down into the pumpkin and they’ll stay in place.
3. Finish your pumpkin planter by adding angel hair vine accents around the base of your succulents. Use hot glue to hold the vine in place.
4. When you’re happy with the styling of your planter, let the glue dry and display it proudly!

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No-Sew Felt ‘Branch’ from the Movie Trolls Leaf Vest Tutorial

Easily create a felt leaf vest from an old t-shirt and felt. Perfect for dressing up as Branch from the movie Trolls. Great for your child’s costume trunk or Halloween!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 60+ Mins
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
An old t-shirt in your child’s size
Green felt (for a size 4t, we used around 8 sheets total, so this will depend)
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. If you are starting from a typical t-shirt style t-shirt, and not a tank, carefully remove the sleeves at the seam.
2. Next, to create the look of a vest, cut a straight line up the very center of your t-shirt (only on the front portion) to the very top.
3. Create your leaves. For easy and fast creation, cut more cylinder shaped leaves. Use one to create a pattern and cut out the rest from this pattern. The amount of leaves you will use, will depend on the size of your shirt. We used around 18 for this size 4t t-shirt (only covering the front portion in leaves).
4. Attach your leaves using hot glue. We overlapped and ruffled the tops of the leaves to give them a more realistic look. Simply cover the front side of your vest in your leaves, arranging them how you see fit, making sure to cover all of the t-shirt bits visible.
5. Whether you cover the back portion of your vest is up to you, however, it is extremely simple, and can be accomplished by taking sheets of your green felt and gluing them to your fabric using your hot glue, and overlapping onto the inside of your vest-see photos for examples.

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How to Make a Felt Pumpkin Pie Slice

Create an adorable felt pumpkin pie slice, that can be used to create a banner (using multiple slices), decor, an addition to an existing pennant, or even as an seasonal felt food toy for your little one.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 10+ minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Using a ruler, create a triangle shape on your orange colored felt and carefully cut it out.
2. Cut out a rectangular piece of tan colored felt that is longer than the width of your triangle shaped piece.
3. Using your hot glue, attach your tan rectangular strip to the top of your triangle. Ruffle the felt along the way to create a crimped crust appearance.
4. Using a white bit of felt or a white pom pom, create a dollop of whipped cream on top of the pie. Using the felt, we scrunched a small piece up and attached it with hot glue.
5. We attached our pie piece to a pennant flag, by first hot gluing a stiffened doily on top (to stiffen a doily, saturate it with stiffening glue, and allow to dry), and then hot gluing our pie piece on top.

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DIY Twine Pumpkin Garland Tutorial

Feeling festive? This pumpkin garland is a great way to decorate your home for season! Follow our simple steps and your space will be spooktacular in no time!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Orange jute
Green pipe cleaners
Jute or string

Things to do:
1. First, we’re going to make the pumpkins for our garland. Start by wrapping your orange jute around your hand. When you’ve reached your desired thickness, trim the end.
2. Cut a 7-inch piece of jute and slide it down the middle of your jute loop.
3. Cut a 2-1/2 inch piece of pipe cleaner and lay it on top of your jute loop.
4. Tie the 7-inch piece of jute in a double knot, securing the pipe cleaner to the jute loop.
5. Trim any excess jute.
6. Repeat this step until you’ve made enough pumpkins to cover your desired length of garland.
7. Now it’s time to display your pumpkins. Slide a piece of string over the center of your pipe cleaners and wrap them tightly around it, creating the stem of your pumpkins and securing them to your garland.
8. Display your garland and enjoy!

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DIY Autumn Leaf Garland

Welcome fall with this gorgeous leaf garland! In just a few minutes, you can transform your space into a cozy, seasonal setting.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Artificial leaves
Embroidery needle
Jute or string

Things to do:
1. Thread your embroidery needle with string.
2. Sew through the center of your leaves, spacing your stitches out so the leaf is balanced and supported when it hangs.
3. When your garland reaches your design length, trim the string and tie a knot at both ends, creating loops you can use to hang your garland.

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DIY Stuffed Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

These darling pumpkins make the perfect Halloween or Thanksgiving decor! Play around with different patterns and prints to make a set that complements your home decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wired jute
Burlap squares
Filler (cotton, rice, etc.)

Things to do:
1. First, cut a 14 x 14 inch square of fabric.
2. Fill your fabric square with cotton or your choice of filler. For my pumpkins, I used rice.
3. Cut an 8-inch piece of jute.
4. Pull the sides of your fabric square up towards the center and tie your jute tightly around them to hold them in place. This will create your pumpkin!
5. Trim the fabric to create an even top.
6. Fold your burlap square in half and cut a half circle out of the center. Slide it carefully over the top of your pumpkin.
7. Cut five pieces of jute, all measuring roughly 2 1/2 feet, and knot the ends together.
8. Spread the tails of your knotted jute out and place the pumpkin on the center.
9. Pull your jute tails up, two at a time, wrap them around the top of your pumpkin and knot them in place. Repeat this step until all jute tails are knotted. Trim any excess.
10. To complete your pumpkin, cut off an 8-inch piece of wired ribbon, wrap it around your finger to create a spiral curl, and secure it on the top of your pumpkin by wrapping it around the stem.

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