Poppytalk’s 10 Favorite Fall DIY Projects


It’s a nice time of year to start a new project to get ready for the fall. I’ve been loving all the DIYs I’ve been seeing online as of late and thought I’d share a few I’ve been collecting for inspiration. From a cement hanging pendant that would look cool in a reading corner to Shou Sugi Ban outdoor table that offers to prevent mold or rot for 80 years, here’s what I’ve found.

1.  Cement Hanging Pendant
A semi-failed slipcast concrete project becomes this rather unique and attractive pendant lamp. Get the how to from

2. Hanging Botanical Poster
The ladies at The Merrythought think of everything, including this pretty botanical poster idea.  Click here for the how-to.

3.  DIY Gold Animal Bookends
A fun set of bookends made using bricks and a little bit of paint. Check out the how-to here, made by Twenties in Twins creator Molly.

4. Trimming Pillowcases
By using strips of cloth or lace to trim the opening of a cotton pillowcase, or by placing a monogrammed vintage handkerchief diagonally one can easily personalize a plain cotton pillowcase, making for a unique bedding accessory or gift to a friend. Get the instructions here.

5. Make A Rug With A Paperclip
A clever and economical way to make a big rug using small rugs which are weaved together.  I’ve seen this done with hall runners before, and love how this example turned out.  Check out the how-to from Vintage Revivals.

6. Recyled Jeans Patchwork Bowl
Recycle a pair of old patchwork jeans into a clever catch-all bowl using mod podge.  A fun project from Henry Happened.

7. DIY Geo Lampshade
Using whiteboard and a template, this geo lampshade is super easy to make! Get the how-to at Ohoh Blog here.

8. Paint Stick Table Top
Keep your old paint sticks from jobs of ‘yore to repurpose for a new surface; perhaps like this paint stick table top! Get the details on this fun recycling project at Saved by Love Creations.

9. Slipcovered Headboard
Update an old headboard with a new slipcover. No scraping, sanding, or painting required! Get the full instructions at Martha Stewart.

10. Shou Sugi Ban Outdoor Table
A Japanese charring method is used to prevent rot and mold for 80 years on this outdoor table. Get the how-to at The Felted Fox.

Jan Halvarson is the co-founder of Poppytalk, a lifestyle and design blog based in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Comments (10)

  • All great ideas, especially that rug! Poppytalk is such a great blog.

  • woohoo! awesome picks, jan – i am in LOVE with that concrete pendant light – so modern and strange looking too – brilliant!

  • fabulous collection of artist & creators…love the idea of the outdoor table!

  • Thanks ladies for the kind words! And thanks to Martha Stewart Living for having me!

  • Author Comment:

    You are so welcome. Thanks for the fabulous post, Jan!

  • Love this collection Jan, especially the DIY rugs with a paperclip! I suffer from largerugphobia but this can help me take baby steps towards unbare living room floors!

  • I like your picks, but here is a suggestion. Is there any way you could pick projects from less popular blogs? Honestly, I get a little bit tired of seeing the same names on all crafting websites. Everywhere I turn, there’s Saved by Love Creations, Say Yes to Hoboken, Henry Happened, The Merrythought, A Beautiful Mess.

    Don’t get me wrong, these are all very good bloggers and very creative people, but I, for one, would like to discover other blogs through these lists.

    A different approach would help smaller blogs get noticed, as well as your readers (who already know what happened at all the big blogs).

    I don’t know if this comment will go past moderation, but I’m hoping somebody reads it.

  • #3 is from creator Molly, check out her blog for more exciting fall crafts

  • Hi Mick! Thanks for your suggestions. Most of these are from blogs around that don’t get mentioned as much I thought. But I’m always open to learning and finding new things, so feel free to let me/us know what we’re missing out on!

  • Thanks Lauren for bringing that to our attention.

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