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Decorative Fall Blocks from Recycled Boxes

By: Tracy Wellmann

Wondering how to make fall decorations on a budget? Use old packaging as a base, add some patterned paper and a few accent pieces and voila: a cute fall decoration! Follow these easy steps to make Decorative Fall Blocks from Recycled Boxes!

Decorative Fall Blocks from Recycled Boxes


  • 4 empty Cricut cartridge boxes
  • 4 brown lunch bags
  • 2 12 x 12” pattern paper in fall theme
  • FALL letters - 5 1/2”
  • Picks and berries
  • Raffia
  • Homespun fabric - 1” x 36”
  • Pop dots
  • Adhesive
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wire
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters


1. Cut off bottom portion of brown bag making an opening at top and bottom. Cut bag open where glued together to make it flat. Make into a ball to crunch up to hide the creases from the bag. Smooth out flat.

2. Starting on side of box, wrap brown bag around and adhere with adhesive. For top of box, fold in a “gift” wrapping effect works best. Secure with adhesive or hot glue.

3. Cut one page of pattern paper in 1/2, wrap around center of each box and secure with adhesive.

4. Attach F A L L letters to front of boxes using pop dots.

5. Cut a slit in homespun fabric and rip to give “jagged” or “torn” edges, cut off excess strings. Starting on bottom of box glue homespun fabric around the side bringing 2 ends up to the top to tie.

6. Taking the berries or picks of your choice secure together with wire; hot glue raffia bow and glue to top of box; directly onto fabric. Once glue has dried, tie the homespun fabric into a knot or bow to secure.

7. Arrange the berries on top of boxes into the design desired.


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I made these for the fall season, one that read "Fall" and one that read "Autumn". they turned out great. I plan to make some for each season for me and my girls and they don't have much room to decorate and these can be placed anywhere, plus their light and don't break when they fall. It is a great idea to use up scraps of ribbon, junk or broken jewelry, decorative papers. I love this craft

i made one Fall one and one Autumn one and they turned out fabulous, i used all stuff that I had on hand. I had to make two because my daughter saw the Autumn I made first and she wanted one for her apt. I plan on doing these for all seasons. You don't have to match each one. Each of mine were different with the name being the only matching item and they turned out great. Check Facebook, I posted the picture there.

Fall is my favorite time of year! I'm always looking for ways to make "this out of that" and knew I could do this with old boxes. Since I used the brown bags as the "base" of my box coverings these could be made for any season and changed out once the new season comes along. Thanks for leaving me a comments on this project! Tracy Wellmann designer


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