I love decorating our house for Fall and it’s always fun to get my kids involved in some crafts. Here are a few of the fun crafts we did together to celebrate Fall.
I really like decorating our table and this centerpiece came out better than I expected. It is simple, yet fun and was easy for my kids to help with.
- Canning jar
- Paints in various Fall colors
- Leaf shaped cutouts (I originally planned on cutting these out myself, but found very affordable pre-cut leaf shapes at Michaels. These could also be easily created with a Cricut machine.)
- Popsicle Sticks
- Twine, yarn or string
- Glue or tape to attach the leaf cutouts to the popsicle sticks
I got the idea for creating an apple themed canning jar from the Scholastic website. We started by painting the canning jar in an apple red color and once it was dry, added some painted leaves to the top with some twine. (Another idea is paint the metal top of the canning jar green to give it an apple theme.) We then decided to make use of the hundreds of acorns in our yard. After washing and drying them, we painted them gold to make them stand out and then filled the canning jar with them. We then painted the leaf shaped cutouts different colors. We decided to attach a few of the painted leaf cutouts to popsicle sticks and nestle them amongst the acorns in the canning jar to complete the centerpiece. (My daughter decided to attach more of the painted leaf cutouts to popsicle sticks and give them to her friends to use as bookmarks, which I thought was a great idea!)
I always like making snowflakes from a piece of paper, so why not make pumpkins from a piece of paper?
This is created by taking a piece of paper, folding it in half and cutting out a pumpkin shape. Then you cut out the nose and mouth shapes. An extra vertical fold is needed to cut out the eyes. We used orange construction paper to make these, but some decorative scrapbook paper would really make these pumpkins unique. My kids also pointed out that if we had some black construction paper, we could have made a spider web, which would have been fun to try!
This year we made two different garlands to decorate our mantel with.
First, we created a candy corn garland after seeing something similar on display in Michaels.
- Paper or card stock
- Orange and yellow paint
- Twine, yarn, string or ribbon
I created a candy corn stencil and then cut out candy corn shapes. My kids painted the paper candy corns using orange and yellow paints. Once dry, we punched holes in the paper candy corns and then thread them onto the twine. Some ideas for variations on this craft would be use to use a Halloween themed ribbon or to write ‘Happy Halloween’ or ‘Trick-or-Treat’ on the paper candy corns. I found this on the Better Homes and Gardens website that shows another variation of this craft.
For the second garland, I had an idea when I went to Michaels and then modified it based on the supplies I found. I was thinking about creating a garland with pumpkins and ghosts that said ‘Happy Halloween’. But, while I was there, I found gift tags that were plain and oval shaped. I immediately thought that they would make this craft very kid-friendly and even easier than planned, so I decided we would paint them orange and use a Sharpie to create pumpkin faces and write ‘Happy Halloween’. The package of plain gift tags also came with a large length of twine, which was perfect for creating the garland.
- Pre-packaged plain gift tags that came with twine (Lots of different shapes and sizes were available at Michaels.)
- Orange paint
What Fall or Halloween themed crafts do you like to do with your family? I’m already starting to think about Thanksgiving centerpieces that my kids can make, but I’d like to hear any ideas you might have!