Five Fall Craft Ideas for a Cozy Home

When you are thinking of ways to decorate your home in festive, fall flair, consider the picture frame, a commonly overlooked item that can be utilized for fall decor. Whether it’s simply painting a frame in beautiful fall colors, or using the frame itself as the centerpiece, here are five, fun kid-friendly crafts for fall—all using picture frames.

Nature-Inspired Picture Frames


  • Picture frame
  • Acorns, pine cones, leaves
  • Hot glue gun
  • Photograph

Take advantage of all those leaves, acorns, and pine cones that are taking over your yard this fall, and use them for this kid-friendly craft. Go on a nature hike, either alone or with your family, and while enjoying the beautiful weather collect fallen acorns, pine cones, or even leaves.

Pick a plain frame with a clean surface, and hot glue your finds directly onto the frame. Once dried, take your favorite family portrait (or any picture you desire) and display.

Pressed Leaves


  • Leaves
  • Wax paper
  • Mat board
  • Heavy books
  • Newspaper or scrapbook paper
  • Frame
  • Mod Podge

Even though this craft takes a bit more time than others, it will add an elegant fall touch to your home. Find pretty leaves outside and place them in between two pieces of wax paper. Take the sheets of wax paper with the leaves in them and place between the pages of a heavy book. Next, stack heavy books on top of the first book, and let it set for a week.

While the leaves are drying out and flattening, measure a piece of newspaper or scrapbook paper so that it will fit your chosen frame and mat board. Once the leaves are dry, flat, and ready to go, choose one and carefully paste it onto your newspaper or scrapbook paper using Mod Podge.

Don’t forget to measure out the placement of the leaf to ensure it will be directly centered in the middle of the mat board. Once the paper is dry, insert the finished project into the frame.

A Frame for Gratitude


  • Empty frame
  • String (twine, yarn, etc.)
  • Tape
  • Construction paper
  • Clothes pins
  • Marker
  • A grateful attitude

This craft can be a fun, ongoing project for the entire family. Not only is it nice to look at, but it’s a great way to bring the family together to discuss each day what everyone is grateful for right up to Thanksgiving.

Take an open frame and duct tape twine in a zig-zag pattern onto the back. Next, take construction paper in fall leaf colors and either draw leaves free hand, or use this pattern, and then cut the leaves out.

Each day, have every family member write down a few things they are grateful for on each of the leaves. Hang each leaf onto the frame using clothespins. Place on a mantle or other high-traffic area of your home to be reminded of all the things your family is grateful for this year.

Turkey Frames


  • Hot glue gun
  • “Googly” eyes
  • Brown paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Feathers
  • Foam sheets
  • Plain wooden frame

The finished product of these turkey frames may just be cute enough to replace your real turkey as the centerpiece on Thanksgiving Day. Take a plain wooden frame and paint it brown. Once the paint is dry, use a hot glue gun to glue feathers on the back of the frame (leaving space to insert a picture) and “googly” eyes on the front for the turkey’s eyes. Take either a yellow or red foam sheet, cut out a small triangle, and then glue that to the bottom of the frame under the glass. Once the glue has dried, insert your favorite holiday photo.

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Festive Fall Wreath


  • Picture frame
  • Two different colors of spray paint in your favorite fall colors
  • Wood letter
  • Fall foliage (either real or artificial)
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Staple gun (recommended, but not required)

For this craft, the frame is the centerpiece of the finished product. It’s inexpensive and easy to make, and it adds a cozy and festive fall element to your front door. </>

Take a plain wooden frame without the glass and spray paint the frame in a color that will “pop” against your front door. Once the paint has dried, take your leaves, acorns or other fall foliage, the cinnamon sticks, which provide a festive fall smell, and glue them onto the frame. This can be either in the corners or on the sides of the frame.

Take a wooden letter (whether for your first name, last name, or whatever you’d like) and spray paint the letter with the other color of spray paint you purchased. After the letter is dry, glue it onto the bottom left-hand corner of the picture frame.

Lastly, either staple or glue the ribbon onto the back of the frame, making a loop. Hang on your door and enjoy!

About the author


Mark Rogers is an amateur photographer and the founder of Frame Destination, Inc. In 2004 Mark realized the framing industry was not keeping up with the evolution of photography via new digital technology and started Frame Destination in his garage. Now his company has thousands of do-it-yourself framing customers across the US that it helps with its 11,000 square feet production facility in Dallas, TX.

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