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With cooler weather on the horizon, my thoughts are turning toward pumpkin, spice and everything nice. Today, I've rounded up a few of my favorite pumpkin and fall-related tutorials for sprucing up your home and welcoming autumn with open arms!:

felt, orange, pumpkin, fall, autumnFake the real thing with this cute felt pumpkin. Photo: Country Living

1. So Simple Felted Pumpkins
If you love felt as much as I do, you'll love this simple tutorial from Country Living. Why not display a few felt pumpkins this year? They'll never spoil, and you'll get a few surprising looks from family and friends.

2. Sugar Pumpkin Centerpiece
Don't feel like fighting the seeds of the real thing? Create a lovely centerpiece with sugar pumpkins (fake or real: your choice!) and a bit of ribbon. Good Housekeeping shows you how! (I love the look in a bewitching black cauldron!)

3. Pumpkin Hurricane Lighting
Also from Good Housekeeping is this luminating idea: Simply cut off the stems of a miniature pumpkin, replace with a votive and hurricane glass lantern, and poof! -- A gorgeous candlelit centerpiece to set the mood for autumn lovebirds.

4. Polymer Clay Pumpkins
Want a more kid-friendly DIY to tackle? I love these polymer clay pumpkins, courtesy of Craft Ideas. A step-by-step tutorial is provided for your convenience, so the project couldn't be simpler!

5. Plastic Bottle Jack-o-Lantern
Put all of those sugary drinks to good use by turning a soda bottle into a luminary with these cute idea from Fave Crafts Blog. Why not host a mess-free Jack-o-Lantern competition in your neighborhood with a few empty soda bottles, spray paint and markers? The kids will love to use their ingenuity, and you'll love the [very!] minimal cleaning!

6. Paper Bag Pumpkin Craft
Want another child-friendly DIY with materials you more than likely have at home? Try this paper bag pumpkin craft from Kaboose that uses a bit of paint, a paper bag and some construction paper/raffia. For additional fun, place some candy for your kids to enjoy in the bag itself --- not to opened until after Halloween, of course!

7. Paper Strip Pumpkin
Of course, nothing's easier to use than the trusty scissors and paper, so why not tackle a simpler project like this one from Crayola? Grab your kids and get to work!

Here's hoping the above project ideas will help you welcome in the autumn -- whatever your skill level. Happy crafting!


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