Category: Fall Crafts

How to Make a Cork Pumpkin

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Spruce up your shelves for fall with these adorable cork pumpkins. Make several and paint them in different shades of orange for a dynamic autumn display.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Corks
Orange paint
Foam brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Artificial leaves

Things to do:
1. First, arrange your corks in a pumpkin shape. Make sure they’re all facing in the same direction, large side out.
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2. When you’re happy with your shape, use hot glue to attach the corks.
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3. Use a foam brush to paint the front of your corks orange.
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4. Use hot glue to attach a single cork to the top of your pumpkin. This will be your stem.
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5. Add an artificial leaf to the top.
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6. Display your cork pumpkin proudly!
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Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece Arrangement Tutorial

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Creating a large, beautiful centerpiece arrangement in a paper mache pumpkin, is a lasting way to decorate for the upcoming fall season, that will last for years to come!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 mins+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Large sized paper mache pumpkin
Faux fall flowers
Floral foam
Scissors or wire cutters

Things to do:
1. If using the decoupage pumpkin found here, simply turn your pumpkin upside down, so that it is in the shape of a bowl. Then remove the “stem” by pulling it through the hole.
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2. Attach your floral foam to the inside bottom of your pumpkin. If your foam does not come with an adhesive strip, simply hot glue the foam to the bottom of the pumpkin.
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3. Cut your flower stems to the appropriate length, and fill your pumpkin with beautiful fall flowers and sprays. Arrange to cover the empty spaces, and create balance with your flowers, so that one side doesn’t feel heavier than the other.
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DIY Vintage Inspired Jack-o-Lantern Candy Dish

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Save yourself a trip to the antique store, by creating your own paper mache vintage inspired jack-o-lantern treat bowl. This simple craft will give your Halloween decor a vintage flair without breaking the bank!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache pumpkin
Paint (orange, black, white)
Paintbrush

Things to do:
1. If using the decoupage pumpkin found here, simply turn your pumpkin upside down, so that it is in the shape of a bowl. Then remove the “stem” by pulling it through the hole.
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2. Paint your pumpkin. Pumpkins come in a variety of colors, but we went with a burnt orange color to create a more vintage feel.
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3. Paint your face. Vintage paper mache typically had large open mouths with big, spaced out teeth, as well as thin, long triangle shaped noses and dramatic eyebrows. These pumpkins were also hand painted and far from perfect, meaning don’t worry if your pumpkin isn’t perfect! Using a slightly darker shade of orange to create smile lines, and shadow give the pumpkin a more realistic look.
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4. This step is optional, but we brushed a VERY light amount of watered down ivory colored paint over the surface of the pumpkin, then used a paper towel to blot the top, to give the appearance of age.
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Harvest-Inspired Thanksgiving Silverware Holder Tutorial

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Looking for a quick and easy way to dress up your holiday table? We have the perfect project for you! Grab the kids and get everyone crafting and your Thanksgiving is sure to be picture perfect!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Burlap bags
Jute
Scissors
Cinnamon sticks
Artificial floral picks
Raffia ribbon
Silverware

Things to do:
1. To make your burlap bags look a little more rustic, add a fringe to the top by fraying the edges. Use a pair of scissors to cut the fold open and pull the strings apart until you’re happy with the way it looks. Trim any stray strings.
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2. Next, it’s time to make your decor for the silverware holder. Start by pulling a bunch of two leaves off of your artificial sprig.
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3. Use jute to attach a cinnamon stick to your leaves.
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4. Finally, we’re going to bring all of the pieces together! Slide your silverware in the bag and pull the drawstrings tight.
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5. Use jute to tie your cinnamon stick and leaves around the top.
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6. Complete the look with a bow made from ribbon or raffia.
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DIY Rustic Twine Pumpkin Tutorial

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These twine pumpkins add the perfect rustic touch to your fall decoration. Display them for Halloween and reuse them as centerpieces for your Thanksgiving dinner!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Jute
Cinnamon sticks
Scissors
Tube

Things to do:
1. The first step is wrapping your twine to create the body of the pumpkin. You can use any cylinder tube you have around the house. Today, I’m using a roll of plastic wrap. It works really well, because the plastic wrap is sticky and holds the twine in place as you wrap. Start 1/4 down the roll and wrap the twine until it covers the rest of the roll.
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2. When you’ve reached the end, cut the jute leaving a 10-inch tail.
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3. Push the jute off the tube and run the excess jute through the center and secure it by tying a knot.
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4. Pull the jute around the circle, fanning it out into a pumpkin shape.
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5. Slide a cinnamon stick down the center of the twine pumpkin.
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DIY Glitter Glam Autumn Leaves

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Allow beautiful leaves to march right across your hearth, banister, or book case. Gorgeous glitter leaves will add sparkle and shine to any decor.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Artificial maple leaves
Extra fine copper glitter
Extra fine gold glitter
Mod Podge
Paint brushes
Jute twine
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Paint Mod Podge to a leaf. You can choose how much of the leaf you want covered by adjusting where you add the Mod Podge.
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2. Sprinkle on the glitter.
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3. Allow to dry, and add another coat of Mod Podge to the top to help keep the glitter in place, if desired.
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4. Decide how long you want the banner, and cut the jute to this length plus an extra 2-3 feet depending on length. Tie the jute onto the leaves and hang!
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Kid Friendly Thanksgiving Pumpkin Turkey Tutorial

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Craft this whimsical pumpkin turkey and let it smile from your table! Fun for a desk decoration for a teacher or as part of your dinner decor.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Brown craft foam
Orange felt
Artificial maple leaves
Googly eyes
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Pumpkin

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Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut out a turkey head shape as pictured from your craft foam, and glue on the google eyes. Cut out a triangle from the felt and glue in place as well.
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2. Cut out feet from the brown craft foam. Glue the head to the top of the pumpkin and feet to the bottom.
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3. Glue three leaves to the back of the pumpkin for the tail feathers.
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DIY Rustic Burlap and Pinecone Hanger Tutorial

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Hang this understated pinecone bow next to your door, and welcome your guests with a bit of primitive appeal. Make the bow wider or longer as desired.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Pinecone
Wide jute ribbon
Pipe cleaner
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Cut the ribbon to 7 feet long and tie in a bow in the middle. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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2. Add the pinecones to one of the tails. Be sure to glue the pinecones onto the ribbon and onto each other for added security.
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3. Tie the pipe cleaner to the back and use as a way to hang your pinecone spray bow.
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DIY “Fall” Mason Jars

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Put anything you’d like in these decorative jars for autumn – candy, dried flowers, office supplies – so pretty and practical for autumn!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 2-3 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
4 Mason jars
Acrylic paint
Paint brushes
Burlap ribbon
Jute twine
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Paint the jars. You’ll need to paint two coats, allowing the coats to dry in between each.
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2. Cut four pieces of the burlap to wrap around each jar. Make sure they’re wide enough to paint on the letters.
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3. With black paint, paint F, A, L and L on the pieces of burlap. Protect your work space because the weave allows the paint to seep through. Allow to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Glue the burlap pieces around the mason jars.
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5. Tie the jute around the top of each jar.
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Autumn Monogram Leaf Tutorial

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Add a bit of autumn to your room or office with this monogram leaf decoration. Hang it from twine as shown, or consider adding a sawtooth hanger to the back and mount it on the wall.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Wooden maple leaf cutout
Toffee apple barrel paint
Harvest orange paint
Wooden letter
Hemp twine
Gold spray paint
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Spray your letter with the gold paint and allow to dry.
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2. Paint the inside section only of the leaf. Don’t allow this to dry.
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3. Add the brown paint around the edges of the leaf, blending with the orange. This gives the leaf more natural appearance. Allow to dry and warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Glue the letter to the center of the leaf.
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5. Cut the twine and glue to the back for hanging.
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