11 Fall Crafts to Make with a Glue Gun

11 Fall crafts to make with a glue gun

Fall here is and that means it is time to start crafting. My glue gun is definitely my trusty side kick when it comes to most crafts.  It so versatile and handy so I use it for practically everything. As you get ready to start making some beautiful fall projects, check out these 11 fall crafts to make with a glue gun for inspiration.

11 Fall crafts to make with a glue gun

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Pumpkin Tea Towel Hand appliqué

If you have have been around long enough you know I love fall and fall means Halloween is right around the corner.  Halloween is so fun and it is the perfect excuse to play dress up.  Not that I really need an  excuse, but you sure get a lot less stares in October.    Not only do I like to make costumes, I like to add little accents around my home.  Recently I have taken up sewing and hand appliqué.  I made pumpkin tea towels this year.  Tea towels are one of my favorite things to make and to give.  They are not expensive.  My favorite tea towels and linens to use are by Dunroven  House.   They are very durable, hold their color and best of all they are  MADE IN AMERICA.  They are a family owned business and very nice  people and I love to support my community and American business.   Amazon, Jo-Ann’s and Walmart carry them.  I get mine at Farm and Fleet.  But they are not everywhere.  This is a close up of the appliqué.    The instructions and supplies are way down at the end of the post.





Join the blog hop & click on each of the links below, for the Halloween projects you’d like to see in more detail and it’ll take you right to that post with additional information and photos on how to create it.

1. Mini Ghost Pumpkin Cakes
2. Easy Halloween Sculpey necklace
3. Owl-ween Party
4. Easy Halloween Cupcake Wrapper Wreath
5. Halloween Polka Dot Pillow
6. Halloween Dinner Party Table Setting
7. Halloween Party Garland
8. Halloween Oreo Truffles
9. Skeleton Hat
10. Fabric Halloween Wreath Tutorial
11. Pumpkin Carving 101
12. Dress It Up Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags
13. Lips as Red as the Rose (an ICE Resin belt buckle)
14. Easy Halloween Caramel Apple Dippers
15. Raccoon Mask
16. Pumpkin Tea Towels
17. Easy Halloween Window Cling

Halloween is absolutely one of my FAVORITE holidays and to celebrate I pulled together the creative minds of some of my talented blogging friends to bring you over 110 fabulous Halloween ideas! From costumes to parties, crafts and home decor, recipes and free printables, we have so many fun ideas to share! I guarantee you’ll find a project (or 10!) that you would love to incorporate into your Halloween festivities. All week (Monday through Saturday) myself and my blogging friends will be sharing our fun creations with all of you. Each day will include approximately 20 Halloween projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

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Pumpkin applique tea towel halloween


Supplies to make the pumpkin tea towel:

  • Scissors, sewing machine and thread, iron and pencil
  • Embroidery needle and  floss in black, green, orange.
  • Black Tea Towel from Dunroven House
  • Two orange pattern fabrics
  • Green fabric
  • Fusable webbing and parchment paper

Applique Basics 1-

We have several sewing and quilting patterns that incorporate appliqués – which simply refers to the process of applying one surface to another. You can use this technique to embellish not only quilts, but also clothing and fabric home décor as well.

To get our shapes to stick together we are going to use fusible webbing.   To get started I cut off a manageable piece of webbing  and parchment paper from the roll.

Place the adhesive side face down onto the wrong side of the fabric. Use the iron to melt the fusing onto the fabric. The fabric was pressed beforehand. You don’t want to try and fuse webbing to wrinkled fabric.

Press for a few minutes to make sure the fusing sticks firmly to the fabric. Join me for the next segment which shows how I use a die cut machine and a computer to make some fun shapes for applique.

Directions to make the appliqué:

  • Wash, dry and iron towel.  Fold towel into thirds and then in half and lightly iron the edges.  This helps with design placement.
  • Draw your image on the parchment paper with a pencil.  Layer the paper, webbing onto wrong side of  fabric. Place iron on the layer  for 10-15 second intervals until webbing is melted onto fabric.

black tea towel

  • Use scissors to cut design out of fabric.
  • Lay the newly cut design on the tea towel and arrange

hand applique pumpkins


Iron the shapes to the tea towel

ruffled edges

Sew on the ruffled trim

blanket stitch pumpkinBlanket stitch around the pumpkins and straight stitch for their eyes.  I totally winged it on the jack o lantern faces.  That could be why they look a little crazy and demented.

jack o lantern hand applique

Peacock Mardi Gras Mask

Peacock Mardi Gras Mask for Halloween

peacock Mardi gras mask t

To make the Peacock Mardi Gras Mask:

  • Plastic mask from craft and hobby store
  • Metallic paint
  • Clear crystals and Gem-Tac
  • Paint brushes
  • Ornament Swirl

paint supplies

Paint the plastic mask with your desired color.  I chose the the pearl turquoise by Lumiere (Jacquard)

base coat mardi mask

My daughter wanted extra shimmer so I coated the paint with several layers of glitter glue.

mardi gras mask

Use a fine line paint brush to add the details to the mask.  Add the crystals with glue.  I used Gem-Tac since it dries clear and hold well.

It ended up being chilly for trick or treating so we ended up altering the costume to make it a bit warmer.

IMG_0035 IMG_0050 mardi gras mask peacock



If you are looking for a fun mask to make with the kids check out these Paper Plate Mardi Gras Masks.

Simple Fall Tablescape

jute wrapped vase

Sometimes less is best and this Simple Fall Tablescape is a great example of how a few little pieces can make a large statement.   The centerpiece is a vase that came from the florist.  If you do not have any you can pick them up at a thriftstore, usually for well under a $1.  The last batch I picked up ranged from $.10 to $.25.  I like to stock up when I find prices that low.

Materials to make Simple Fall Tablescape:

  • Glass vase
  • Adtech Hot Glue Gun
  • Adtech Glue Sticks
  • Green jute cording
  • Baby Boo ( mini white pumpkins)
  • Artificial flower
  • scissors

Instructions for Simple Fall Tablescape Jute Vase:

Fall vase with glue gun

Round up your supplies

hot glue jute to vase

Slowly and steadily add hot glue to vase.   Stop at a hight that fits your vase.  Trim off excess jute.  Add artificial flower to center of vase. Then you are ready to set the table.  I was always taught to cluster and use odd numbers.  So I am going to pass that tip to you.


make a fall vase DIY


Pottery Barn Pillow Knock-off Pumpkin pillow

Make a Pottery Barn Pillow Knock-off Pumpkin
Make a Pottery Barn Pillow Knock-off Pumpkin pillow painted with ilovetcreate fabric paint and pillow cover with a Poly-fil pillow insert DIY and save money.  I love Pottery Barn and I love their style.  I have quite a few pieces from them in my home.    But there are many things that I can make for myself that are inspired by them.  This painted pillow was one of them.

I found my inspiration for the pumpkin pillow on a post by my friend Keri Lee.  She added a little challenge at the end of the post so I decided to take her up on this one.  Especially since I keep fabric paint on  hand in my craft room.  Fabric painting is something I like to do to enhance my fabric projects.  I just opened a new set and snapped a picture so you could see the packing.  I also picked up a half dozen of the pillow covers at Michael’s a  few weeks ago when they were 60% off.  The most I paid was $2.67.  I thought I could dec orate them for every season and reuse my pillow insert for them and it would take up a lot less room.  I can swap out the pillow covers to suite my mood.  Also if you like the vase, I will have a tutorial on that tomorrow.

pumpkin pillow up close

Supplies to make the  Pottery Barn Pillow Knock-off Pumpkin pillow:

tulip pillow cover and fabric paint

Instructions for Pottery Barn Pillow Knock-off Pumpkin pillow:

  1. Wash and iron pillow cover.
  2. Draw a rough pumpkin sketch on the pillow.
  3. Paint pillow and go back and highlight various parts to give the pumpkin depth.
  4. Insert the pillow into the pillow cover and place in home and enjoy!

pumpkin pillow sketch

This is my “rough” sketch of the pillow

painted pillow

I painted from the outside in and then filled the stem and leaves in.

painted pillow cover

I went back and added highlights to the painting.  If you like how the pillow turned out let me know.  I think it looks similar to the inspiration piece.  Colors are not exactly the same but I still like it.

pottery barn pillow hack fall setting


And this is the pillow from Pottery Barn.
pottery barn pumpkin

Shibori shirt dyed Halloween T


shibori shirt















I used the same dying method on this shibori shirt as I did in this SHIBORI SCARF  Tutorial

My son is big into the tie dye look and when we go clothes shopping the only way I can get him involved is to find things that we can tie dye.  It makes shopping much easier knowing he will get what he likes and we can do a  little mother son bonding.  Being the crafty momma I am, I will take any time I can get to craft with my boy.   He would much rather play a video game than do art.   So, I take every opportunity I can to get him involved.  The other art medium I can get him to do with me is polymer clay and when I am baking decorative cupcakes.

Instructions to make the shibori shirt:

  1. To make the shirt you will need wash the fabric but do not dry.
  2. Accordion fold the sleeves.  Fold the center material into thirds, and then fold into three inch sections.  Eventually you will have a 3×6 stack.
  3. Tie the stack with string or use binder clips to clamp the fabric together.
  4. Soak in the dye according to manufactures directions.  I usually use the hottest water available and let it set over night.
  5. Rinse until water comes clear.
  6. Wash, dry and enjoy. (be sure to run a cleaning cycle in your washer before the  next load.)



Fabulous Fall

Fall is fabulous in the midwest. I am not sure if I love it or Spring more.

pottery barn pillow hack fall setting

I wanted to share a little corner of my house with you.  I painted the pillow this week and will have a quick tutorial posted this week.  I will also have one for the vase too.  So please make sure you make a return visit.


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