Homemade Gifts Inspired by Autumn Plus Upcycled from Nature

Have you noticed how Mother Nature seems to open her annual craft storehouse come autumn? A stunning array of leaves, vines, gourds, fruits, berries, twigs, natural fibers—all in the rich colors and fascinating textures of fall. Ideal crafting materials for creating heartfelt, homemade gifts that celebrate the season!

So we’ve gathered in this post gift ideas drawn from our own Bellenza styled sets for autumn weddings, Thanksgiving tablescapes, and fall occasions. Go ahead and modify, elaborate, and personalize as you wish!

Ideas for Handcrafted Gifts You Can Make this Fall

Here’s our creative inspiration for gifts to make! Great for housewarming presents, as across-the-miles gifts for a virtual Friendsgiving, for newlyweds decorating their first home, or as accessories for home workspaces.

See which ideas grab you, then get to work with nature’s materials and upcycled elements and accessories you may already have at home.

1 - Mini Twig Wreaths

1 – Mini Twig Wreaths – These were featured as unique place card holders for a fall wedding. But they are so versatile, you can follow our tutorial, then give them as home decor accents trimmed with autumn foliage, berries, and nuts. 

2 - Autumn Leaf Note/Memo Cards

2 – Autumn Leaf Note/Memo Cards – Working from home can get so much cooler with seasonal supplies like these leaf-cutout cards. Surprise a colleague, a co-parent, or Mom with a box of these to use on a memo board or for clip-on notes (they actually appear as a unique guestbook idea in one of our posts!).

3 - Frames with Pressed Autumn Leaves

3 – Frames with Pressed Autumn Leaves – Upcycle some old photo frames or buy a few at a craft store, refinish or spray paint them if needed. Then, create charming mini artworks using dried autumn leaves gathered from your yard.

4 - Rustic Jam Jar Candle Holders

4 – Rustic Jam Jar Candle Holders – Gift someone special with the cozy glow of candlelight for fall. Assemble these easy DIY candle holders from recycled pickle or preserves jars, trimmed with raffia twine, leaves, pieces of bark, and star anise!

5 - DIY Fall Wreath

5 – DIY Fall Wreath – See what a stunning autumn decor piece you can make using materials from outdoors and your kitchen—woody branches and twigs, fallen leaves, seed pods, and dried orange slices. Lovely gift for a front door or mantel this autumn. (You can see this wreath here and here, too.)

6 - Straw Tray/Basket Frames

6 – Straw Tray/Basket Frames – This idea is actually part of another unique guest book idea we styled (also featured here). Here, you can take any small woven tray basket and use it to mount a memorable family photo to give for Thanksgiving, a child’s snapshot for a fall birthday, or a quote about autumn to hang as wall art.

7 - Harvest Basket Centerpiece

7 – Harvest Basket Centerpiece – With fall being the season of abundance, this would make a creative dining table centerpiece for a family member’s home. Or even a thoughtful care gift for someone living alone or recovering from illness.

8 – Mini Tabletop Pumpkins – Make a whole bunch of these petite pumpkins to give to family and friends! Whether actual mimi gourds from the market or faux ones from a craft store, just add on leaves, twigs, berries, nuts, even glitter if you wish. So cute!

9 – Rustic Napkin Rings – Check out our basic tutorial for these creative napkin accents that would be great for home entertainers. Then, get resourceful and see what fall-inspired materials you have in your own kitchen pantry, backyard, and craft stash.

10 – Baked Goodies Wrapped in Table Linens – A double-gift idea! Bake up your fall sweets specialties, then package them in fabric napkins, tea towels, hand towels, or handkerchiefs that are actually presents, too.

Can’t get enough of homemade gift ideas for fall? We hope this inspiration has sparked many more of your own!