March is here, and that means it is officially autumn in our part of the world (or will be soon, for equinox hold-outs, myself included). Summer has flown by and already shorter cooler days are hinting at the changing seasons. To make the most of autumn colours, the occasional rainy day for guilt-free crafting, and nesting prep for winter days to follow, here’s a collection of fun fall creative ideas and inspiration. March is also Craft Month – all the more reason to get creative!
Autumn/Fall Creative Ideas and Projects
In the Garden
- Grab your camera or a sketch pad and spend some time with nature. Autumn is such a beautiful colourful time of year. Get out an enjoy it when you can!
- Gather autumn prunings, fallen leaves, and other foraged supplies for nature crafting.
- Enjoy the lingering flowers by making a simple homemade flower press (also great for autumn leaves) or try your hand at dehydrating, air-drying, or other preservation methods. This is great just for fun, or you can use them in other creative projects.
- Planning on doing some shoulder season or dormant winter plantings? Check out our durable DIY custom painted garden markers for tagging new plants or refreshing current labels.
- If, like us, you’re lucky enough to be able to garden to an extent all year round, plan and plant your winter garden. If not, start dreaming of plans for spring. It will be here before you know it.
- Too chilly to be outside in the garden? Bring the outdoors in with decorative houseplants, indoor herb pots, or even little microgreens. Whatever will help you smile through the chilly seasons.
In the Home
- Do a fall clean. Spring cleaning gets all the glory, but after months of open windows, outdoor living, and dusty summer weather, a deep clean is a great way to refresh. Fall cleaning is my fav!
- If you’re a seasonal decor swapper, enjoy giving your home a transitional makeover. Even if you’re not, get ready for chilly days by digging out (or making) blankets, pillows, and other cosy goodness. Nesting can help keep you comfortable and save on heating energy bills.
- Switch up your favourite summer scents for warming autumn/winter smells. Feeling crafty? Create your own custom scented candles, like scented soy candles from A Beautiful Mess or Hello Glow’s spicy chai candles.
- Looking a little glum out the front? Create some curb appeal. Give your front entrance a fresh new face with a pretty autumn wreath or by potting up some bright autumn flowering plants.
In the Kitchen
- If the heat of summer made you loathe to turn on the oven, take advantage of cooler weather and get back into your kitchen groove. Stuck in a food rut? Dig out an old favourite family recipe, try a recipe from your favourite baking or cooking website, or spoil yourself with a new cookbook.
- Head to your local farmers market or u-pick farms and enjoy the fresh flavours of the fall season.
- Make the most of the end-of-summer harvests by experimenting with freezing, pickling, preserving, dehydrating, and other new food storage recipes/techniques.
- When you do your autumn deep clean, don’t forget to check your pantry and spice rack. Clear out expired supplies and make sure that you have your fall favourites on hand (or on your shopping list) so you can easily whip up a tasty treat or a hot cup of happiness.
In the Craft Room
- Get ready to make the most of the guilt-free crafting days ahead by organising your craft room (or crafting space and supplies). Enjoy creating with less time and frustration looking for the tools/materials you need or fighting your way through the clutter.
- While you sort and organise your craft space, plan some destash craft projects (free fun!) or destash your supplies. Once you’ve organised your stash, you can sell, swap, or donation unwanted supplies to clear clutter and make room for what you love.
- Plotting a craft room make-over? Upgrade project? Autumn is a good time for DIY, and you’ll be able to enjoy spending time in your new crafting space during the cold wet days of winter.
- Rainy day? Chilly weather? Storm day? Perfect for creative playtime! Dive into a project you’ve been wanting to start (or finish) or tackle a new creative technique.
- Autumn is a great time to work on your winter warmer projects, like comfy quilts and winter woolies, so they’re finished and ready to enjoy when the cold weather sets in.