Fall Craft Ideas

It’s officially fall, and the temperature is finally below 90!  To celebrate, I’m sharing some of my favorite fall crafts that I’ve made over the years.  Click the name to link to that DIY project and make your own!

Cotton Boll Wreath

This cotton boll wreath is my favorite wreath I’ve ever made.  With a total cost of less than $35, it’s no wonder why it’s my most shared DIY project on Pinterest!

DIY cotton boll wreath

Wine Cork Pumpkin

With wine corks always laying around, it’s easy to put a wine cork pumpkin together and you can paint the pumpkin whatever color you want to match your decor!  The more natural look fits right in with our home decor.

DIY wine cork pumpkin

Candy Corn Mason Jars

The candy corn mason jars were one of the first projects I blogged about, and they still come out as decor.  I still think they look cute years later and they’re great kids Halloween decor.

painted candy corn mason jars

Color Block Pumpkins

The color block pumpkins were the first time I had played with craft pumpkins before, and I was really into making non orange & brown fall decorations.  Again, you can customize these how you want to match your home & decor!

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Mummy Mason Jars

These were a quick project from last year, and one that would be great to make with kids.  They only take a few minutes to make and look adorable during the day, or lit up with a tea light at night!

DIY mummy mason jars for Halloween

Decoupaged Map Pumpkin

Last year I went through a big decoupage kick and wanted to put maps on everything.  The cutest map project was my pumpkin, that’s back out and on the mantle this year.

DIY decoupaged map pumpkin

What are your favorite crafts or decor that you’ve made for fall?

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Wine Cork Football

We all know I’m excited for football season – and the GT / Clemson game tonight – and since Erin gave me a HUGE bag of wine corks awhile back (thanks Samuelsons!) I wanted to do a football related wine cork project.  The obvious choice to me was to make a football out of wine corks!

Wine Cork Football

What you’ll need:

  • Wine corks (~30 for my football)
  • Hot glue
  • White paint pen

Similar to my other wine cork projects, this basically just takes corks and some hot glue.  I decided to use corks from red wine bottles with the red wine stained end being the one facing out to be the football “color.”

Start by getting your wine corks out and arranging them in a shape somewhat similar to a football.  This is harder than it may seem, so may take a little arranging to get it to a shape you’re happy with.
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When you have the layout of the corks done, begin gluing them together, one at a time.  I had all the wine stained sides facing down on the table so they would all be straight together, since not all corks are the same length.wine-cork_football-02

Once they were all glued together, flip it over.  This is what I was working with.  Pull any off and adjust / re-glue as needed.  I think we can all agree it’s not the perfect football shape, but it really was harder to put together than I thought!

wine-cork_football-03Now you’ll make the laces so people can tell it’s really a football..  I just used a white paint pen that was in my desk, so the lines were even and paint was visible.  When the laces are on, you’re done!

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Another project to add to my football and wine cork craft repertoire!

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Wine Cork Wreath

It was just a matter of time before I made a wine cork wreath considering all of the wine cork crafts I make, as well as all of the wreaths I’ve made.  The process may have been expedited when I was talking about making one of these wreaths with my co-worker Marianne, as well as my aunt Beth within a week.  Well, here you have it!

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What you’ll need:

  • Wine corks!
  • Wooden wreath form
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine

The thing I like about wine cork crafts is how easy and quick they are to make.  Every craft (except for the wine cork tree) takes a matter of minutes if you have the corks handy, and this was no exception.

The first thing I did was actually not related to wine corks — I tied a piece of twine around the wreath, which will make it easier to hang later without putting too much stress on the corks.
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Now to the corks!  Get your wreath form, plug in your hot glue gun, and have lots of corks ready. First, I arranged the corks on the inner part of the wreath form to make sure they fit nicely.

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You can tell there’s a little space between a few, but overall they fit great.  Next, glue the corks to the inside of the wreath, one by one.  I applied a line of hot glue to the cork, and made sure that was the piece that attached on the inside of the wreath, as follows:

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Then I did the same thing for the outside of the wreath.  Again, for the most part the corks fit and filled the wreath nicely, but you can see a few spaces.

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The fun part was then filling in the middle with more rows of corks.  Instead of laying them all out and then gluing them, I just went for it and started gluing.  I glued both rows at the same time (inside cork, then outer cork) to make sure they fit together within the space nicely.

Slowly make your way around the wreath, just gluing away..

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Finally, you’ll get to a point where you’re done!  Of course I had a spot where a cork wouldn’t fit, so I ended up putting one in sideways to solve that problem.

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After looking at it, the sideways cork bothered the OCD tendencies in me, so I had to fix it.  I removed the cork, cut it in half, then glued the 2 halves into the wreath in the same direction as the others.

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Much better!  The wreath looked too plain to hang like that, but I couldn’t decide what else to do to it..

Full transparency: I made this wreath in November, but wasn’t ready to take down my cotton boll wreath yet, so it ended up sitting on the floor in our office for a few months.  When I was ready to switch them out, I had to decide what else to add to it.

After pulling the wreath back out and looking at it on our table, I decided I wanted to add “Cheers” to it (seemed appropriate considering the wreath is made of corks).  I looked at the craft stores to see if they had any wooden letters with cheers already done that I could just paint, but alas, no.  I grabbed the last small canvas I had (~4″ x 8″) and decided to paint a sign instead.

In an effort to use the Cricut, I decided to cut out a ‘cheers’ stencil on card stock to use when painting.  I cut it out, taped it to the canvas, then painted around the letters until I was happy.  I ended up using blue spray paint, then splattering silver and light blue acrylic paint on top.

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I removed the stencil, touched up the letters with a white paint pen, and hot glued some twine to the back so the sign could hang.  Cheers sign, done!

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Finally, I hung the wreath and the sign on the door.  I was worried the sign would blend into our black front door, but it still contrasts nicely.

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And how nice does it look with our new front light?  We had been planning on replacing the faded plastic lights by the front and back doors, and Hunter surprised me with new lights last weekend!  Seriously, it’s the small things like lights, new numbers on your door, a coat of paint, and a cute wreath to freshen up the front of your house!

Now what can I make with the wine corks Laney just brought me…?

Update: A few corks have fallen off after either being in the heat or hanging, so I ended up reattaching them with liquid cement, Goo.  This seems to have done the trick and is a stronger hold!

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Mini Wine Cork Balls

Sundays are perfect for lazy days and crafting while watching football, and that’s exactly how this craft came about!  I bought some wooden balls from Hobby Lobby earlier in the week knowing I wanted to try this with the extra corks I had lying around

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What you’ll need:

  • Wine corks (~13)
  • 1 1/2″ wooden ball
  • Hot glue gun

Like most of my projects, I saw something I liked, decided I wanted to make it, and figured out a plan of how to do it myself.  On one of my many trips to Hobby Lobby, I came across the wooden balls and figured they would be the best to use as the center of the cork ball.

I grabbed some corks, plugged in my hot glue gun and got started.  I wasn’t really sure what to do, so I basically started gluing the corks to the ball —  Seemed straight forward enough.
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I feel like with any wine cork craft, things never fit quite perfectly since all corks are slightly different.  Well, this was no exception.  Toward the end, the corks didn’t fit perfectly on the ball, but close enough, and close enough is good enough  for me!  I glued all the corks on the ball, and was done.

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It wasn’t a perfect ball, but I like it! Right now it’s sitting next to my map pumpkin, and I’m sure it’ll move around, but it’ll always be in season.

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Next, I might try to make bigger cork balls — possible Christmas ornaments?

Wine Cork Pumpkin

Now that we’ve survived the 26.88″ of rain that fell over 4 days, I’m back!  Since the temperatures have cooled down some, I decided it was time to break out the fall decor.  Before the storms came, I had already gotten out some wine corks  and decided I wanted to make a pumpkin with them (similar to how to made the wine cork grape ornament).  When the power went out on Sunday night, the only thing I could think of to do without electricity was to start this project — so I did, by candlelight (hence the low light pictures).

Wine Cork Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Wine corks (~20)
  • Cream paint
  • Dark brown paint
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue
  • Raffia

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First things first, figure out how big you want your pumpkin to be and the color of paint.  I decided on a shape that included 20 corks.  Since I’m not the biggest fan of orange, I opted for more of a cream color pumpkin and found the paint in my closet.

Paint the tops of all of your corks, except for one, the color you want — in my case, I painted them cream.  The painted side is the side that will be facing out, so I painted the flat side or the cork, and not the side that the corkscrew went in since those tend to be more pulled apart.  That side will face the back and no one will see it 🙂
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After the tops are painted, paint the other cork dark brown, to be the stem of the pumpkin.  I didn’t have a dark brown, so mixed a lighter brown with a drop of black until I got a good color.  When painting the corks, it’s ok if some cork shows through — it makes it a little rustic (maybe?) and shows the cork it used to be.

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When all of the corks are dry, start to assemble the pumpkin using hot glue to attach the corks together.  I put the corks in the shape of the pumpkin so I didn’t mess it up as I glued them on.

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Slowly, but surely you’ll get the shape of a pumpkin.  Okay, here’s the key — for the top middle cork, you want to use a short one that broke off when you were uncorking, or else cut a cork in half.  Your “stem” cork will go behind it, but then you still have the pumpkin shape in front.

You can kinda tell the top middle cork is shorter in the picture below.
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After the pumpkin is together, glue the “stem” cork on the top, behind the half cork.  Finally, take a piece of raffia and tie a bow around the stem –> I think Maggie is rubbing off on me with the bow!

Your wine cork pumpkin is done!

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cork pumpkin 07 Right now my cork pumpkin is sitting out on our front table, but I may move it to another spot.  At least it looks great with the other color block pumpkins I did last year.  Happy fall!

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