Let November’s brilliant colors and crisp breezes stoke your creative fires: make some time for crafts this season. Crafting is actually a powerful tool for maintaining wellness. It’s been shown to improve your mood, ward off stress and anxiety, keep your mind sharp, boost social engagements, and even dull your perception of pain. Here are some classic (and not-so-classic) fall crafting ideas to get you going:
Turn pumpkins and gourds into festive planters. If you’re on Pinterest or Instagram, you may have seen this crafty fall trend. Basically, you hollow out a pumpkin or gourd (or five) and plant succulents in the top to create a seasonable centerpiece or front porch accent. Since pumpkins don’t last forever, you’ll need to repot them after about two weeks. You can also try this with mums and other decorative annuals!
Create an ombré corn husk wreath. Your front door will welcome visitors in style and incite neighbors’ envy after you hang this easy-to-make wreath! All you need is dried corn husk, fabric dye, hot glue, a wreath form, and a little free time on your hands. Get specific directions here.
Fashion homemade Christmas stockings for your family. We know that you’re still eating Halloween candy, but like Christmas shopping, Christmas crafting is best done with plenty of time to spare. (It’ll save you stress!) Now’s the perfect time to begin sewing or knitting new stockings for your clan. If you’re looking for ideas or patterns, just take to the internet — there are millions of them!
Share apple spice cake with friends. If you prefer to craft with edible ingredients, put this fall’s apple haul to good use and spread good vibes by baking an apple spice cake. This recipe from Bake from Scratch looks delish!