43 enchanting autumn craft ideas for adults
Autumn is well and truly here! There's nothing better than cosying up on a rainy evening with a wonderful autumn craft and a hot chocolate.
The leaves have turned brown and started to fall, the evenings are getting darker and colder, that can only mean one thing: autumn is here! If you love to cosy up in the evening with an autumn craft as much as we do then you'll love our list of the best autumn craft ideas.
You'll find all sorts of crafts to inspire, from snuggly fox slippers to rustic yarn pumpkins, there's something for everyone to get stuck into this autumn season.
Use these amazing autumn craft ideas to decorate your home, give as gifts, or just for a bit of fun this season.
Our autumn craft ideas for adults are the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day at work, or just if it's raining outside and you don't fancy venturing out.
43 autumn craft ideas
1. Fox slippers
Ensure that your feet stay toasty warm throughout the fall with this cosy fox slipper knitting pattern designed by Sincerely Louise.
We love everything about this adorable pattern and think these slippers would make an amazing gift (or just keep them for yourself!).
2. Mushroom embroidery
Looking for your first embroidery project? This enchanting mushroom embroidery pattern by Maggie Magoo is beginner-friendly and will look fabulous in your home this autumn.
3. Speedy beanie knitting pattern
Looking for the perfect bobble hat to wear this autumn? We've got you covered! Find out how to make your own easy beanie hat knitting pattern with Gathered.
It's super comfy and quick enough to whip up in a weekend!
4. Punch needle cushion
If you've never tried punch needle embroidery before, this is your sign to give it a go! It's hugely satisfying and can be used to make a variety of projects, such as this gorgeous retro punch needle cushion designed by Shikira Alleyne-Samuel.
5. Fall painting ideas
Channel your inner artist with these stunning fall painting ideas. There's nothing more relaxing than settling down with a painting project while the wind howls at the window. Light a candle, make a hot drink and get in the zone!
You don't need to be a professional artist to give these painting ideas a go – we've included plenty of inspiration for beginners too.
6. Rain cloud wrist warmers
These rain cloud wrist warmers are the perfect finishing touch for any autumn outfit! This pattern is more suited to intermediate knitters than absolute beginners, but they're well worth the effort they take to make.
7. Pine needle jumper
Make your favourite sweater even more special by adding this autumnal pine needle embroidery design. You'll be wearing it all the way up to Christmas!
8. Free macrame patterns
Macrame was popular in the 70s and has seen a revival in recent years. Once you've mastered a few knots, you can make a whole host of decorations for your home – like this amazing autumn leaf wall hanging.
Get started with these beautiful free macrame patterns.
9. Vintage floral jeans
Give your jeans a vintage vibe by stitching this incredible floral embroidery design above the back pockets. This is a great hack to refresh a pair of tired old jeans and update your look.
10. Book folding patterns
Turn old tomes into works of art using book folding techniques. Wouldn't this look fabulous on your bookshelf?
Check out our book folding ideas to make your own novel art.
11. Wax melts
Making wax melts is a wonderful sensory activity for an autumn afternoon. You can add your own blend of fragrances using essential oils to make your home smell divine. Then you can melt them in an oil burner and enjoy the aromas all over again.
We've used soy wax in our tutorial, so this fall craft idea is suitable for vegans!
12. Fall wreath
Make this beautiful fall-inspired wreath with our free tutorial right here on Gathered. The beauty of this autumnal craft project is it will only take you an hour or two to create.
Once it's finished, it'll last for weeks until you’re ready to take it down and reach for your Christmas decorations! Find the full tutorial on how to make a fall wreath by Becki Clark.
13. Owl mittens
Everyone needs a pair of mittens in their autumn wardrobe! These owl mittens by Amanda Jones are bound to become a firm favourite and you'll wear them all the time.
14. Mushroom drawing tutorial
Mushrooms are popping up everywhere at the moment. Celebrate fabulous funghi using this brilliant mushroom drawing tutorial by professional illustrator Jesse Hodgson.
15. Knitted hedgehog
This knitted hedgehog is made for cuddling! Angela Turner's prickly pal is utterly adorable and would make a wonderful gift for a child.
Alternatively, it would look sweet on your couch surrounded by cushions.
16. Poncho sewing pattern
Turn an old jumper into a new garment with this clever poncho sewing pattern. You can wear this poncho around the house when you're relaxing or throw it on before a breezy autumn stroll.
17. Autumn appliqué cushion
Appliqué is a sewing technique that's worth learning, as it allows you to make a variety of enviable textiles – and it's easy to get the hang of if you have access to a sewing machine.
Welcome autumn into your home with this seasonal fall appliqué cushion design.
18. Pumpkin quilt
This contemporary quilt design would look incredible hanging on your wall this fall. Learn how to make your own pumpkin quilt with Amanda McCabe.
19. Geode coasters
These DIY geode coasters look just like real crystals! They look expensive, but they're much easier to make than you might think.
Follow Katie Dolan's easy tutorial to craft your own this autumn.
20. Moon phase garland
Get spooky with this fantastically witchy moon phase garland. It's made using polymer clay which has been blended to create a magical marble effect.
21. Autumn deer embroidery hoop
This autumn deer embroidery hoop by Kirsty Neale has a real folk art vibe. This is a brilliant project for anyone learning embroidery, as there are seven different stitches for you to practise.
Prepare your home for Halloween!
Decorate your house in spooktacular style this October with Gathered's pick of the best DIY Halloween decorations.
22. Pumpkin crochet pattern
These mini crochet pumpkins are so cute! You'll want to make a whole pumpkin patch using Liz Ward's free pattern.
23. Fox cross stitch pattern
Foxes and flowers? What's not to love? This charming floral fox cross stitch pattern from Durene Jones is made for lazy autumn days.
24. Wooden scarf hanger
Bring the outdoors in with this rustic wooden scarf hanger idea. It's a unique decoration with a real cottagecore style – and it's useful too!
25. Amigurumi hedgehog
Get ready for some woodland adventures with your own little amigurumi hedgehog companion! Irene Strange's crochet hedgehog comes with his own basket and blanket.
26. Origami pumpkins
Get addicted to paper folding with these simple origami pumpkins. This is an easy origami project for all ages to enjoy and you can make a batch in no time.
Draw spooky faces onto your pumpkins to turn them into creepy Halloween decorations.
27. Pottery painting ideas
Pottery painting is a fun activity for rainy autumn weekends. It's also a great activity to share with friends and family – you can even turn it into a party!
Looking for inspiration? Take a look at our pottery painting ideas to find your dream design.
28. Fox sewing pattern
This fantastic fox sewing pattern is so huggable – you'll want to stitch a complete fox family. Jo Carter's design would look amazing in a child's nursery, if you can bear to part with it!
29. Bear hot water bottle cover
If you're new to sewing, this is the project for you! This soft felt bear hot water bottle cover can be made entirely by hand, without the need for a sewing machine.
30. Pumpkin cross stitch
Some might say we're pumpkin mad, and we would say to that: yes, yes we are. If you adore pumpkins as much as we do, try your hand at this adorable pumpkin cross stitch, designed by Jenny Van De Wiele, which can be downloaded for free from Gathered.
This sweet pumpkin cross stitch is rich in autumnal colours that will appeal to both experienced stitchers and beginners.
31. Yarn pumpkins
Oh, we absolutely adore these gorgeous yarn pumpkins! And they're really simple to create. You can follow along with the helpful video tutorial by Ava Shields, see if you can spot the kitten in the video too.
You can use a variety of yarn colours and create all kinds of pumpkins to display in your home. If you love creating these cute pumpkins, you could give some to friends and family.
32. Beeswax candles
Find out how to make beeswax candles and warm up your home just in time for winter. Follow along with our amazing tutorial and find out how to make these gorgeous beeswax candles using raw beeswax, which has a lovely colour and delicious natural smell.
33. Toilet paper pumpkins
How cute are these pumpkins? And what a creative way to decorate those boring old toilet rolls! This is a particularly great craft for those sewers out there who have lots of leftover fabric lying around their homes.
Simply wrap your toilet rolls in any autumnal themed fabric, pop a bit of cinnamon in the top and voila! You have a lovely piece of autumnal decor to brighten up your bathroom. If you want to see the full tutorial and find out some top tips on making these pumpkins, check out the creators, Made to be Momma.
34. Give thanks embroidery design
The leaves are falling, the nights have drawn in... it's time to get cosy with some slow stitching and stitch our gratitude-themed embroidery hoop to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Enjoy this lovely pumpkin design created by the talented Jessie Doe, you can download the pattern for free. Find the Give thanks embroidery design.
35. Owl origami
Make this cute origami owl as part of your autumn crafts this season – he would look fantastic sitting on your mantlepiece.
We have an easy step-by-step guide you can follow right here on Gathered, plus lots more inspiration for autumn and Halloween origami.
36. Popsicle sticks autumn bucket list
If you are a big fan of autumn then you'll want to make the most of it, and what better way to do it than creating an autumnal bucket list? Then throughout fall you can pull out random activities and keep yourself and your family entertained.
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All you need for this is some lollipop sticks, autumnal coloured paints and a black marker pen. You can write whatever you like on the lollipop sticks, but there's some fab inspiration for you from the creators over at Craftaholics Anonymous.
37. Autumn wreath
The start of a new season is just the time to give your home a bit of a lift and this pretty autumn wreath is a great way to add colour to your place.
Use your favourite leaf punches or dies and bright autumnal papers to make your project – or mix it up and go for purples, oranges, and blacks to make a spooky Halloween wreath instead. Check out the autumn wreath tutorial.
38. Pumpkin painting
Find out how to paint your very own pumpkin with this sweet tutorial from Becki Clark on Gathered. The modern design will compliment your autumn decor.
For this tutorial, Becki has used dual-tip marker pens and ceramic pumpkins, but you can easily swap these for acrylic paints and thin paintbrushes, plus real pumpkins! Find the full tutorial on how to paint pumpkins.
39. Make your own bat plushie
If for you autumn crafts means Halloween, then we've the perfect craft for you to get stuck into. Learn how to make these spooktacular bat plushies with our easy to follow tutorial right here on Gathered!
This fun bat design is perfect for those already somewhat experienced with sewing, as it has some quite intricate details.
40. Spider web crochet
Whilst we're talking spooky, we absolutely love a bit of creepy crochet, and you can enjoy this free spider web pattern right here on Gathered. This easy crochet spider web motif by Lucy Croft is a must-make for Halloween!
41. Make a chunky knit blanket
Cosy up this autumn with our gorgeous chunky knit blanket design available to download for free on Gathered.
You’ll be amazed at how quickly this chunky blanket knits up, from start to finish, giving it a mesh-like appearance that, combined with the heavy and chunky yarn, still has a lovely warm and cosy finish and weight to it.
42. Wine cork pumpkin
We love a glass of wine and an autumnal craft, and what better use of wine corks than this?! These wine cork pumpkins will upcycle your old corks and make a fab piece of autumn decor to spice up your home. Find the full tutorial over at My Gourmet Connection.
43. Macrame ghost
Bring a haunted feel into your house this October with these bewitchingly cute macrame ghosts. If you're new to macrame, this is a really simple fall craft idea to make as it uses very few knots.
Unwind with cosy fall craft ideas for adults
Autumn is the perfect time of year to settle down with a craft project and a steaming mug of hot chocolate (or a pumpkin spice latte!).
There's nothing better than staying indoors while rain patters on the windows and you're comfortable in the warm.
There are so many wonderful fall craft ideas you can make, from snuggly knitted scarves to gorgeous quilted throws. Simply choose the project that matches your mood and begin crafting!
Enjoy creative play with fun fall craft ideas for kids
Spend quality time with kids and get them involved too! Crafting is a great way to help children develop their creativity and it's often an affordable way to keep them entertained too.
Find plenty of autumn activities for children in Gathered's easy fall craft ideas for kids.
Katie Dolan edits our needlework sections, focusing on our embroidery and cross stitch articles, as well as making videos for our arts and crafts projects. Katie runs her jewellery business, Ophelia Jewellery Art, on Etsy, where she sells beautiful resin-pressed flower earrings. She has a wide range of craft interests including embroidery – she particularly loves all things pop culture and a less traditional approach – The Simpsons and Rick & Morty are among her favourites to embroider. She has recently completed a silversmith workshop and hopes to expand her jewellery business with these new skills. When she’s not crafting, she’s usually fuelling her Harry Potter addiction with a Sunday film marathon and a couple of butter beers!
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