Cheerful family doing arts and crafts together at the table

Fall is a great time of year! The weather is cooler and the holidays are around the corner. If you’re ready to dive into pumpkin spice and everything nice, we have a little fall fun for you and your family. Colder temperatures can often mean more time indoors so why not make it enjoyable? Here are a few easy DIY crafts that are sure to make your time inside go by fast and help with holiday decorating, too!

Chalk Wine Bottles

This will make for cute decorative pieces around the house. Chalkboard paint is fairly easy to find at your local home improvement store.

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  • Empty wine bottles
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Chalk
  • Sponge paintbrush
  • Plastic gloves (to keep hands mess free)


How To

  • Step 1: Soak empty wine bottles in soapy water to remove labels.
  • Step 2: Empty, clean, and dry wine bottles.
  • Step 3: Now the fun begins! Put your gloves on and start painting. You can paint as much or as little of the bottle as you like.
  • Step 4: Let the paint dry.

Once the paint is dry, you can begin drawing or writing on the bottle to complete your artwork.


Wine Cork Name Card Holders

If you tried your hand at our chalk wine bottles, you may have a few corks left over, too. There’s no shortage of crafts you can create with wine corks, and with holiday gatherings ahead, why not use them to create card holders for your guests?11_14_AJ_Sustainability_Fall Crafts_Image 3


  • Wine corks
  • Sharp knife
  • Cardstock

How To

  •  Step 1: Sand the bottom of the cork a little so it can stand flat. Lay the cork on a smooth surface in order to keep it as steady as possible.
  • Step 2: Holding the cork firmly,  carefully cut a slit lengthwise. Make the cut just deep enough to hold your place card without falling out.
  • Step 3: Create your place cards with table numbers or guest names, and place in the cork. Voila! You have a classy and easy DIY table setting.


Coffee Cup Pilgrim Hats

Another festive table idea is making Pilgrim hat card holders out of used single serve coffee pods. Take a look at how they’re made.

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  • Used cups from single serve coffee maker
  • Colored cardboard (or you can choose to spray paint cardboard a color of your choice)
  • Ribbon
  • Crafting glue
  • Sharp knife
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock

How to:

  • Step 1: Clean and dry K-cups.
  • Step 2: Turn cups upside down so the open end is on the bottom.
  • Step 3. Measure to see how much ribbon you’ll need to go around the base and cut as much as you need.
  • Step 4: Add glue along the bottom edge of the single serve cup and immediately add the ribbon, smoothing as you go along.
  • Step 5: Cut a square of colored cardboard small enough to fit onto the cup and glue in place. You want the square to resemble the buckle found on pilgrim hats.
  • Step 6: Cut a slit across the top of your newly created pilgrim hat — it’s the perfect spot for your place cards.


Twine Bottles

If you’d like a project with a little less mess, this one might pique your interest since it doesn’t involve paint.

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  • Empty wine bottles
  • Twine
  • Glue gun

How to:

  • Step 1:  Soak empty wine bottles in soapy water to remove labels.
  • Step 2: Empty, clean and dry the bottles.
  • Step 3: After drying the bottles, begin adding glue to the bottle and wrap the twine around the glued sections as you go. Keep going until the entire bottle or whatever portion you want, is covered.

This makes a great vase and is the perfect rustic addition to your holiday décor.


Turkey Paper Towel Roll Napkin Holders

When it comes to holiday decorating, we don’t want to leave out the kids’ table. Here’s a fun idea to get the children excited about dinner.11_14_AJ_Sustainability_Fall Crafts_Image 6


  • Empty paper towel rolls
  • Construction paper (red, yellow, brown, gold)
  • Glue or tape
  • Scissors

 How To:

  • Step 1: You can keep the paper roll whole or cut into fourths.
  • Step 2: Cut feather shapes from the different colored construction paper or purchase fake feathers. Whichever you choose is fine!
  • Step 3: Glue or tape your feather shapes or feathers to the inside of the paper roll.
  • Step 4: You can use cardboard cut-outs for the face and nose. It’s up to you. Make it fun!
  • Step 5: You can draw the turkey’s eyes and beak or get creative and use other crafting supplies like googly eyes bring this project to life.

Impress your guests with these DIY upcycling ideas and you’ll be the talk of the town this holiday season.

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Aijana W.

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If you love to read about ways to use your favorite products and foods in surprising ways, Aijana W. is going to be the blogger to watch. A member of the Publix family since 2014, Aijana loves to explore the diverse corners of social media and hopes you leave our blog with great ideas as well as a better sense of who Publix is as a company. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, dancing, trying new restaurants, and of course – eating Publix GreenWise Salted Caramel Ice Cream!

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