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Pieces of fabric, sticks, and ribbon are strewn across a bed waiting to turn into a fall decoration or arts and crafts project.

4 Fun and New Fall Crafts Your Family Will Love

Let’s all be honest with ourselves: Fall is the best season. The crisp air, changing leaves, and sweater weather transport you to another time and another place. It’s a magical time of year, though a bit short-lived.

Fall arts and crafts are all the rage, but how many times can you carve pumpkins and trace your hand into a turkey before it gets old? Okay, it’s still fun. But, don’t you want to try something new too? If you do, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got a list of 4 fun and new fall crafts that you and your family will love. These crafts are unique, and range from super easy to a bit challenging. You’ve got this, though!

For more crafts and DIY project ideas, visit our blog. Now, let’s get started.

Fun Fall Crafts For All Ages

1. Pumpkin Pots

Everybody knows that pumpkins and squash are must-have Fall decor pieces. Whether they’re carved into creepy and cute faces, stuffed with candles, or simply plainted, pumpkin pots are a fun and easy project the whole family will love.

There are a couple of ways to do this project, and we’re going to list them.

Most simply, you can buy real pumpkins and carve them out. This is a fun (maybe gross) project that kids love, and you even have some pumpkin seeds to cook up afterwards.

Freshly carved pumpkin planters teaming with succulents.

Once the pumpkin is fully gutted, all you need to do is fill it with some of your favorite things. These can include fake or real flowers, some sod and succulents, knick knacks, or any number of fall-related things. If you aren’t down with the classic orange, you can even paint your pumpkins to match your interior or exterior decor.

Another option is to make these pumpkin pots a bit more permanent. While carving out pumpkins is fun, they’ll rot eventually, leaving you a fun mess to clean up come the first of November. Another option is to make a forever Fall decoration out of poured concrete.

It’s simple really. The process is exactly the same as this DIY Concrete Planter Guide we put together. Check it out for more details. But basically, all you need is a mold, some poured concrete, and some concrete colorant. Pour the concrete into the mold, let it set, and stain it the classic orange, or any range of colors available at DirectColors.com. Our DIY Trial Kits are perfect for small crafts and projects.

EverStain Acid Concrete color trail kit

Direct Colors DIY Trial Kits

2. Pinecone Wreath

Depending on where you live, you might be able to find the materials for this project at a local park, or strewn across your backyard. You just need some pinecones, burlap, some wire, and a touch of paint if you want to.

Once you’ve gathered your pinecones (or bought them from the Dollar Store), get a wreath form and cover it in burlap ribbon. Once it’s covered, take your pinecones and wrap the stems in floral or traditional wire to secure them. If you like, you can dip each pinecone in a different color of paint, or sprinkle them with glitter for some added flair. Once they’ve dried, secure the other end of each pinecone’s wire to the wreath, spreading them out in whatever pattern you like. And you’re done!Now post that baby on Instagram and Pinterest and hang it on the door!

A pinecone wreath hangs by a burlap ribbon against a white wall.

3. DIY Concrete Bookends

DIY Concrete bookends hold up "A Light in the Attic" and "The Magnolia Story" against a white backdrop

This may not seem like a Fall specific crafts project, but like all arts and crafts, it’s what you make it.

DIY concrete bookends are the easiest at home concrete project you’ll find. A square mold, some poured concrete, and fun colors are all you need to start and finish this piece. Depending on how many you make, you can even create bookends for every season. Why not add some concrete pigment to each batch to match? 

Concrete pigment allows you to integrally color poured concrete, creating a muted, pastel hue in your bookshelf decor. Choose from over 50 unique shades including Aztec Gold, Canyon Brown, Cobalt, Galaxy Black, and more.

To learn more about integrally colored concrete, read our guide

Black Concrete Pigment

Direct Colors’ Concrete Pigment.

For a step by step guide on creating concrete bookends, check out our blog. Once they’ve set though, you can even add a seasonal flair to the finished product. Some burnt orange flowers, pumpkins, or a few bats wouldn’t hurt anyone!

4. Pumpkin Spice Playdough

If you’re wondering what we’re talking about, trust us, we were just as surprised as you. But, it’s real!

Pumpkin Spice Playdough isn’t made for eating, though. It’s made for, well, playing. You know what it’s like, though, right? You’re a kid, there’s playdough around, you’re hungry (and maybe a little nuts) so you gobble it down. It’s salty, it’s slimy, it’s disgusting. Not to mention the chemicals and other bad stuff in there.

Home made pumpkin spice playdough

Knowing that kids are the way they are, some parents came up with a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Playdough. Not only are the colors very seasonal, but it’s safe to play with and eat if it happens to end up in your kid’s mouth (which everything does sooner or later). For the full recipe, click this link.