Fall Décor DIY Ideas: Mason Jar Turkey Craft & More!

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Fall Décor DIY Ideas: Mason Jar Turkey Craft & More!

Thanksgiving turkey pretzel rods with Happy Thanksgiving tag on rustic wood

For the upcoming fall festivities and lovers of the season, fall decor DIY ideas are endless and many are simple and cheap. From autumn lantern jars to gratitude turkeys and mason jar turkey crafts, all of these DIY fall centerpieces and fall decor ideas are budget-friendly fall crafts.

Supplies

About the only crafting materials you will need for these harvest decor projects are as follows and can be found at your nearest Michaels, dollar store, Walmart in the crafting area, and on their online stores:

  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks – For adults and older kids
  • Regular Elmer’s Glue – For young kids
  • Mod Podge
  • Scissors
  • Candles
  • Candle Jars
  • Small paint or sponge brush
  • Wire cutters for the florals
  • Acrylic paint or spray paint.
  • Ribbon, Twine, or String for fall garland crafts and candle votives wrapping and décor if desired.
  • And of course, Fall and Thanksgiving goods! Because that’s what this is all about, right?: Maple leaves, leaves, acorns, pine cones, pumpkins (whether real or fake)

Here’s how to prepare acorns and leaves for decorations:

Indoor Fall Decor DIY Ideas

Autumn lantern jars decorated with colorful leaves and heather wreath. Candle inside.

Autumn Lantern Jars: Maple Leaf Twine Wrapped Candle 

These harvest decor bunches simply need good candle jars with glued-on maple leaves on string or twine to be wrapped around them. These autumn lantern jars also make for great additions to fall porch ideas as will be explored below.

Apple Tea Light Candles or Gourd Candles   

Talk about simple elegance and simple execution to complete this DIY fall centerpiece!

  • Clean the apples and/or gourds.
  • Use a melon baller, which is just the right size to make these apple votives or pumpkin votives. Press the edges of the melon baller into the top of the apple or gourd to cut through the skin, then scoop it out at just about an inch deep. Or you could do it in other ways. Here’s help in knowing how to clean and cut produce like gourds, squashes, and pumpkins.
  • Now with the hardest part done, apply lemon juice or salt water to the apples and/or gourds to preserve them from turning brown.
  • Lastly, just drop in your tea tree votives and then drop the completed apple tea light candles and/or gourd candles into one or a few glass bowls on your dining table, and this fall décor DIY idea is complete as a perfect DIY fall centerpiece.  Try it at an upcoming dinner party or for Thanksgiving!   

Outdoor Fall Décor DIY Ideas & Fall Porch Ideas

Fall Candle Wreath or Fall Leaves Garland

Pairing it with Maple Leaf Twine Wrapped Candles makes a great front porch idea.

Paste maple leaves on burlap ribbon, twine, or string to create your fall maple leaf garland then set the maple leaf twine-wrapped candles alongside. Light the way to your house!  You can also wrap your indoor staircases with this warm fall leaves garland.

Fall Décor DIY Idea for Kids: DIY Mason Jar Turkey Craft!

Thanksgiving turkey pretzel rods with Happy Thanksgiving tag in canning jars on rustic wood

Now, this DIY fall centerpiece and Thanksgiving craft is something your little one can really enjoy, and maybe you will too because of how cute the end result is! This DIY mason jar turkey craft is very simple to create, but truly festive and versatile. It can be more than just a DIY fall centerpiece or fall décor idea for your home. It can also be a great early Thanksgiving gift if you fill it with some seasonal autumn goodies like candy corn, chocolate covered pretzels, and the like. You could fill it with goodies and give it as a teacher gift before the Thanksgiving holiday or just keep it as part of your own decor at home. Either way, let’s get to this easy turkey-themed craft.

SUPPLIES:

  • Small mason jars w/ lids
  • Brown or tan craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Black, white, yellow, orange, red, brown, and purple felt (or construction paper if you’d like to add a Thanksgiving gratitude theme and even more of a Thanksgiving craft angle to your mason jar turkey craft.
  • Scissors. Be sure your youngest ones use safety scissors.
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue*
  • Glue gun*
  • Optional: Candy corn and other fall goodies to fill the mason jar, googly eyes, and a pen for writing the gratitude statements on the feathers.

*IMPORTANT: If you’re playing it safe by letting your kid do this mason jar turkey craft completely independent, then you might want to consider regular Elmer’s glue or Mod Podge. You’ll want to additionally get a foam brush if you go with the Mod Podge.

DIRECTIONS:

1. Begin your mason jar turkey craft by applying two coats of craft paint to the inside of no other than a…mason jar! Allow the paint to dry thoroughly. (This paint application is optional. If you want to keep your turkey clear instead of brown, then move to Step 2!)

 2. While the paint dries, you can begin snipping out the feathers of the turkey. Cut out some long ovals from the felt in any color combination you wish. If you are opting for the gratitude statements on the feathers, we would encourage the use of construction paper instead that might be easier to write on. If you go this route, be sure that your child writes his or her words of appreciation on the feathers at this point.

3. Craft the face of your turkey by cutting out two large white circles and two small black circles for pupils. You also want to cut out an orange triangle for the beak and a red squiggled oval for the gobbler of this mason jar turkey craft.

4. If the paint is dry, attach the lid to the mason jar. Add a dab of glue to each feather and press it to the back of the jar. Here’s where you step in as the adult to help youngest ones who can’t yet operate a hot glue gun safely, if you choose to use such an adhesive tool.

Also in this step, your child will want to add the gratitude feathers here on the pieces of feather-shaped construction paper created in step 2 if so inclined.

5. Finish the mason jar turkey by applying the face. Layer the two circles to create eyes, place the beak below, and tuck the gobbler under the beak. OR you can use googly eyes to replace the paper for an even more animated, lively, 3D effect.

6. Stuff or fill up the mason jar turkey with the candy goodies and be sure your little one (or you!) does not gobble up too quickly!

That’s it! Have fun with all of your fall décor DIY ideas and share them if you like with us, so that we can highlight them on our social media. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and hashtag #JarStorefalldecorideas to be showcased!  

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