Marvelous Autumn Mask
Jump into fall with some colorful homemade style this year!
5 Orange Potatoes features this fun idea for making face masks with vibrant autumn leaves -- and we have a feeling that this is one project that will surely have your little ones excited for the season. The mask is available as a free download on the site and you'll want to have string, glue, scissors and a hole punch on hand after scouting out the backyard for the best fall finds. Be sure to check out the rest of the tutorial for the full scoop!
Zip up your favorite fall hoodie and head out into the wild on a "finding fall" expedition. Mama Emily of
Red Bird Crafts shows us how she transformed an Annie's Cheddar Bunnies package into an autumn treasure box for her child before they went out exploring on a backyard nature adventure. To get started you'll simply need a box for gathering and a couple of easy crafting tools such as scissors and glue -- super easy. We absolutely love this idea, and it's one that we're excited to try -- think of all the neat things you just might find!
All of your garden's flowers may be coming to an end for the year, but these sunshine-y beauties will last you all season long!
That Artist Woman, these cool sunflowers are made with newspaper, coffee filters, tempura paint, thin cardboard, felt, poppy seeds and twigs. Be sure to check out the full tutorial for excellent walk-through photos and helpful tips. Such a fantastic eco-friendly bouquet that'll surely keep you feeling warm and cheery as the weather grows colder.
We love these little pine cone hedgehogs included on
Kiddley. Crafted by Myra of My Little Mochi, these adorable little critters are simply made using pine cones found in the backyard and polymer clay. They also have black beads for eyes, powder blush for a little bit of cheek color and details on their feet and faces from a little bit of handy toothpick work. And just as a heads up, Kiddley no longer offers current ideas, though don't let that hold you back from checking out the rest of their site -- they've got tons of fantastic crafts that are truly timeless.
Garden Mama offers up this excellent idea for making a homemade leaf press with your tots and we think it's pretty darn lovely.
Simply made using cardstock, cardboard, glue and an adorning piece of birch bark for the cover, Mama Nicole says that this leaf press worked perfectly for preserving her family's "memories of adventures in the forest in autumn." Doesn't get much sweeter than that!
Though we'll pretty much always find any excuse to make finger puppets or use googly eyes, these leaf people puppets featured on
Make and Takes were just too cute not to share.
Made using cardboard tubes, pipe cleaners, twigs, googly eyes, leaves and fun extras such as buttons, bark and pebbles, these cool fall finger puppets will provide hours of entertainment -- from collecting the natural accessories in the woods to actually playing with the completed puppets.
Turn those fallen backyard acorns into fuzzy new friends, like these adorable teensy owls included on
Perfect for small hands, this fall craft is a super easy one -- only requiring glue, scissors, felt and acorns. But who says that only the owls get to have all of the fun? The options are absolutely endless when it comes to the different animals your kiddos can make with these upcycled acorns -- and they'd certainly make nice pocket pals!
Scientific Rainbow Art
Mama Rachelle of
TinkerLab shares this fun idea for examining how the fall and winter rain drops will affect tissue paper artwork.
A great project for rainy days that are typically spent inside, you'll only need to have some bleeding tissue paper pieces, regular paper and glue on hand to recreate your own rain-blurred autumn rainbow. Once your rainbow is constructed and dried, simply set it outside and let the raindrops do their work. Check out the full post for beautiful pictures and a handful of other fun ideas for weather-related activities.
And if you're looking for more indoor project ideas, be sure not to miss our article on
rainy day crafts and activities for kids!
We love this gorgeous fall leafy lantern featured over on
Twig and Toadstool.
Simply made only using autumn leaves from your backyard, Mod Podge and a glass jar or bowl, this lantern is a fantastic project for younger children -- and it's one that your family can continue to use in years to come! One important tip to keep in mind: Mama Maureen recommends pressing your chosen leaves for at least 36 hours before adding them onto your soon-to-be fall lantern. Yet once your leaves are fully pressed, you'll only have to worry about placement and a good glue slather. Functional, easy and long-lasting -- just the way we like it.
And speaking of letting in a little light this fall, we can't get enough of this wonderful autumn window display included on the
Frugal Family Fun Blog.
To get started on this colorful craft, you'll only need construction paper for your tree's base and coffee filters for the leaves. Simply paint your coffee filters with watercolors, cut them into leafy shapes and begin adding your fall foliage to the window with double-sided tape. Overall, a great project for small hands and one that will certainly bring some fun, vibrant colors into your home for the season!
Apple-licious Play DO
Pink and Green Mama offers up this great recipe for making Kool-Aid play dough that smells exactly like apples -- or what we're thinking is a lot like apple pie. (Sounds pretty amazing, right?)
Check out the full post for the no-cook Kool-Aid play dough recipe and how you can create your own fragrant apple pie-esque dough by adding a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice to the mix. And to give your "fruit" a life-like finished touch, simply add a twig from the backyard for the stem and real or silk leaves to match.
Apple Print Perfect
For more in apple fun, check out this lovely apple print wreath featured on
No Time for Flashcards.
We're total suckers for apple printing so we were super excited to see this colorful fall decoration. To make your own, dip a halved apple into paint and begin printing away -- that's it! After your prints are completely dry, cut them out and glue them onto a paper plate ring. Easy as apple pie!
Got some extra cups in the pantry from last summer's family barbecues? Transform them into adorable plastic cup crows, like this one shown on
Crafts by Amanda.
For these cute little crows, you'll need: two plastic cups, acrylic paint, glue, scissors, construction paper, craft foam, cotton balls and googly eyes. Oh, and let's not forget about the accessories! Amanda's crow features a bright red button, but we think that stickers or glitter could also be great possible choices for bedazzling your little autumn birdies.
Fit for Fall Royalty
And while we're on the topic of accessories, these beautiful autumn nature crowns by
Maya*Made are sure to make your little one feel like royalty for a day.
Maya explains that they made these cute au naturale accessories in honor of a fall garden tea party, using colorful leaves and flowers from an earlier nature walk. To make your own crown and cuffs, you'll want to have duct tape, scissors and a paper bag handy, along with some fall goodies such as flower petals and maple leaves. Check out the tutorial for the full scoop -- and to see plenty of darling photos from their outdoor tea party. (Even Grandma Bunny got a crown!)
A-maize-ing Fall Jewelry
After finding a couple ears of maize at the local farmers market, Mama Jen of
Paint Cut Paste and her daughter decided it was time to try their hand at making a beautiful fall necklace. And, Jen not only admits that this was an easier project than she expected, but as you can see -- it turned out great! To make your own maize necklace, you'll want to begin by popping all of the corn off of the cob before soaking them in water so they'll be soft enough to string. Mom may have to forgo the needle and thread alone, but Jen said that popping the corn off the cob was a fun and easy project for her young daughter. And the cutest part -- once the necklace was complete, Jen's daughter said that the necklace reminded her of "what a hula dancer would wear in the fall.” We absolutely love it!
Artsy Autumn Animals
The French children's craft blog,
Atelier Pour Enfants, features this crafty idea for making gorgeous animals out of colorful fall leaves.
A great project for younger children, these leafy critters only require glue, paper, potentially a bit of scissor work and of course, a fall nature walk for gathering your goodies. Don't miss out on seeing the rest of the animals that are featured in this post -- there's an elephant, a peacock, a lion and more!
Mama King of
4 Crazy Kings offers up this fun idea for making these cool recycled apples out of plastic lids. She explains that this craft is a good one for preschoolers and kindergartners and hints that these lovely fruits might look quite nice as a part of an apple tree display. (We agree!)
To make these upcycled apples, you'll want to have apple seeds, plastic lids, tissue paper, glue, a hole punch, paintbrush and last but not least, pipe cleaners for the stems. Be sure to visit the site for the complete walk-through and great pictures for all of the steps.
Found Fall Goodies
Much like the idea earlier for making an autumn treasure box, these "fall walk" wreaths included on
Little Birdie Secrets give little ones the chance to show off all of their colorful, fun fall findings in one place.
To make your own autumn wreaths, simply head outdoors on a nature walk to see what your surroundings have in store for you. After you've collected all of your nature booty, begin gluing on your leaves, nuts and other miscellaneous findings until your wreath is brimming with fall foliage. (Be sure to check out the tutorial for a bonus quick and easy autumn snack idea!)
Fall Felt Fun
Mama Amy of
Let's Explore serves up this awesome idea for a homemade felt scarecrow game that's absolutely perfect for the fall season.
First, Amy cut up some make-your-own-scarecrow felt pieces for their felt storyboard and then she realize that she could turn this into a game to extend her daughters' play interest. The game aspect of this craft is a simple paper plate that's been turned into a spinner with labeled drawings, an arrow and a bracket. Check out the full post to learn more about Amy's game rules -- you (and your little ones) won't be disappointed!
Fall Family Portraits
Meet the Dubiens features this neat idea for using autumn leaves to make quirky family portraits. The picture shown is of Dad -- though there are three more fantastic portraits where that came from.
This project is great for younger children as it only requires leaves from the backyard, a little glue work and some googly eyes. Other than that, you can use a marker for a nose and smile and your fall family portraits are good to go. (Don't miss out on seeing how the rest of Jill's family turned out -- we love Dad's "helicopter/whirlybird" hat!)