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Crafting with your children is a fantastic way to enjoy quality family time and help your child engage their creative side, build problem-solving and fine motor skills and so muh more.
Fall crafts can be especially fun as they can utilize items found in nature and correlate to upcoming seasons and holidays, making craft time an educational time as well.
Crafts don’t need to be difficult (in fact, they shouldn’t). They should be something a child can do with some help from a parent and each craft should provide a child the opportunity to express themselves.
As the weather has been a bit cold and rainy, these five fall crafts are great projects your family can do from the comfort of your home.
1Pressed Flowers and Leaves Bookmark
Chelsey on the blog Buggy and Buddy posted this craft as a way to explore nature and celebrate the changing of seasons.
Various pressed leaves and flowers
Contact paper or laminator
Single hole punch
Yarn, string, or raffia ribbon
1. Begin by taking a walk in your own backyard or local park. Have your child gather some of their favorite leaves and flowers. To press them, place them inside a thick book for 3-4 days. Once they’re pressed and dry, carefully remove them and you’re ready to craft.
2. Cut cardstock to the size of what you want your bookmark to be (usually 6 x 2 inches).
3. Place your pressed flowers and leaves in the design you want. You can use adhesive glue runners and lightly press your flowers and leaves to it. Leave it like that or include a fall-themed quote.
4. Once you have it looking the way you want, you’ll need to protect it. You can use lamination packs which are self-adhesive, which don’t require a lamination machine, or you can get your own personal laminator which usually run about $20.
5. Once you’ve covered your bookmark, trim off the excess plastic. If you want, you can use a hole punch to make a hole at the top and tie yard, string or ribbon to it.
2DIY Mason Jar Turkey
Ester and Jacob posted this craft on their Local Adventurer blog. This is a great craft you can do each Thanksgiving.
4 oz mason jars
Candy of choice
Construction paper in a variety of colors
1.Fill mason jar with candy of choice (fall themed candy like candy corn always looks great)
2.Cut out approximately 4 inch long feathers out of construction paper in several colors. You can make a template out of cardstock or just free-cut them. Once they’re cut out, write out things your thankful for or as a nice treat make them for another person and write some nice notes for each other.
3.Cut out 1 inch triangles for beaks.
4.Glue all the pieces onto your mason jar. Place the googly eyes and beak onto the front of the mason jar. Then glue or use double sided tape to attach the feathers to the back.
Emily on The Benson Street Blog posted this craft as a great fall craft to explore nature and decorate outside for the season.
And any other item you might want in your wind chime (lots of things will work, like wooden beads, metal fall-themed decorations)
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- Gather all the items that you want to include on the chime. Emily and her family used rocks, pinecones, and other things they gathered in nature and then paired them with wooden beads she got from her local dollar store and the decorative metal piece off of tealight holders she found at the dollar spot at her local Target.
- Take two sticks and tie them with the twine in the center. Once together, you’ll tie strands of twine all about the same length, but fairly long as they’ll get shorter once you start tying in your things. They used 9 strands with two on each of the four spokes and one in the middle.
- Paint rocks in fall colors and let them dry completely.
- When all your supplies are gathered and prepared, start having the kids arrange their items in the order they want them on their wind chimes. For beads, string the bead through the twine and then back through so that you can get them in a specific spot. Rocks were tied in and knotted with a little glue to secure them. Pinecones were secured with another piece of twine.
4Yarn Wrapped Mummy
Celebrate Halloween with this cute decorative mummy. Rachel from I Heart Crafty Things posted this as a great craft for little kids.
1. Download and print the mummy template or re-create it. There’s two sizes for you to choose from. Trace template onto a piece of cardboard and cut out.
2. Paint the front of the mummy black and let dry completely
3. Glue Googly Eyes onto the front of the mummy
4. Cut small slits all along the mummy to help with placing and wrapping the yarn around the mummy.
5. Wrap the mummy – You’ll begin the wrapping by taping the end of your white yarn to the back of the cardboard (at the top) and begin wrapping the yarn around the face of the mummy, leaving a space open for the eyes. Continue wrapping the mummy all the way down and wrap each of the legs. When you are finished wrapping your mummy craft, tape the end of the yarn onto the back of the mummy.
5Celery Stamped Owl
This craft is also great for little ones, and is super simple and cute. Michelle, from Crafty Morning, created this craft with celery that had started to wilt in her refrigerator! This is a great craft for any time of the year, but if you want fall-themed, just used fall themed prints.
- Cut out the shape of an owls body with plain yellow paper.
- Cut out the rest of the owl parts using patterned paper. You’ll need some circle eyes, a beak, wings, and feet.
- Glue on the eyes, beak, and feet.
- Cut a piece of celery and dip it in the paint to stamp onto the bird. The kids will love using the “celery stamp” to create the owl’s feathers.
- Finish the owl by gluing on his wings
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