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It’s officially boot-and-sweater weather here in NYC and that chill in the air, in addition to making me want some apple cider, makes me want to get cozy at home and craft my little heart out. If you love leaf peeping and crafting, why not put both activities together and make a day of it? Take a stroll outside (or forage in your backyard if you’re feeling lazy, no judgment) and collect leaves and acorns to adorn your abode. They may look humble on the ground, but you can easily transform your natural finds into cute seasonal decor with these ideas.

fall acorn wreath

Leaves would be an obvious choice for a fall wreath, but that’s exactly why I like this nutty, textured twist from All You. So, go ahead and start squirreling away those acorns — just collect them in a bucket or bag, not in your cheeks, please!

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fall jar craft

If you’re a decoupage fiend like I am, this fall jar craft from Gingerbread Snowflakes is the perfect way to use up your leftover Mod Podge. Try it as a candle holder for that dreamy glowing effect, but don’t forget that the jar makes an attractive seasonal storage solution, too.

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fall leaf hanging
Before you buy a pricy holiday centerpiece, check this out: These fall leaf streamers from Layla Palmer are a cinch to make and mimic the way foliage drifts through the breeze outside. Head to our tutorial to get all the instructions.

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fall napkin ring

If you’re already sprucing up your fall table with the leaf streamers above, I think these acorn napkin rings from BHG would really complete the woodland theme. Decorative gourds optional.

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fall art

Why rake up piles of leaves when you can frame them instead? Upcycling wizard Danny Seo featured these natural art shadowboxes on his blog, but if you’ve got some empty frames and an eye for arrangement, you can feature them on your own walls.

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Which fall craft left you acorn* aching for more? And do you have any unlikely craft material suggestions for this MacGyver? Leaf** them in the comments below!

* Sorry!
** I should be pun-ished*** for this one.
*** Okay, I’m stopping now.


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12 Responses

  1. Christine says:

    Love the fall leaf streamers.

  2. Janet says:

    The jar with the candle looks so cozy.

  3. Anne Cuskley says:

    David Bromsted's white room challenge was on last night and the show was fixed. The Asian woman was ganged up on by the other three contestants and David gave her bad advice. This is classic 'bullying'! Anderson Cooper…it's everywhere…hiho!

  4. Shelby Rinehold says:

    The napkin rings are so cute. Love everything FALL!!

  5. Kim T. says:

    The leaf streamer is lookin' good.

  6. Paula says:

    Love the jar.

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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