Fun Ideas for Fall Crafts

Breanna | October 8, 2021 |

Fall is the perfect time to break out the hot glue gun, craft paint, and all the construction paper to make fun art pieces and incorporate crafting into educational time. But sometimes, when inspiration is lacking, it’s helpful to see some examples. 

That’s why we’re searching high and low for the best fall crafts in 2021. So let us do the searching while you heat the glue gun. We’ll have you crafting away, lickety-split. 

First off let’s not forget that one of the best craft ideas for fall is making a halloween costume!

Now onto some other ideas…

Papercrafts

Ghost handprints 

Want to remember the size of those little hands? Turn them into spooky ghosts! Trace and cut out your child’s handprint. Then, glue it into a paper plate that’s already been decorated with a creepy scene. Use markers to draw ghost faces on every finger and BOO! You have a handful of scary ghouls to hang on the fridge. 

Sunflower chain 

As warm days subside and harvest approaches, you can still squeeze in a sunflower craft. This one is perfect to incorporate into a math homeschool activity as your child can choose to measure their height and aim to make their sunflower the same, or they can also estimate how many paper links will equal their height. Your supplies are easy. You’ll only need construction paper, glue sticks, and scissors. 

Paper apples 

If your kids like making chains from paper, try out this twist on the simple maneuver. Instead of linking them, take the strips (about 6), lay them flat, and fasten them together on one end with a brad. Then, separate and curl them into a sphere shape, fastening them on the other end. Complete the apple with a cardboard leaf for the perfect harvest. 

Handprint acorn lacing 

Need another craft that doubles as a developmental activity? Go back to the handprint cutouts. There’s a reason teachers have used these for decades. They’re easy! Trace and cut out your child’s handprint from tan paper. Top it off with an acorn cap-shaped piece of brown paper. 

Then punch holes in both pieces once glued and tried. You can then use twine to thread through the holes. It will look nice, yes, but you’re also completing a valuable motor skills activity. 

Paper bag scarecrows

If you want a craft that’s a little more harvest-themed than the spooky season, grab some small paper bags. Your little ones can use construction paper to make facial features and “straw” hair for their scarecrows. Then use a marker to make a happy smile. Once you’re finished, they can slip the bag over their hand and they’ll have a cute puppet! 

Leaf crafts

Leaf printing on rocks 

On your next nature walk, pick up some leaves in different shapes and sizes, along with some decent-sized rocks with smooth surfaces (or as smooth as you can find). When you get home, paint the rocks. Then, in another color, use your leaf to stamp paint onto the rock. The lines and texture of the leaf should be transferred, giving you a neat way to study the leaf. 

Leaf animals

Fall is a kaleidoscope of shapes and colors. Use the variety of leaves to your advantage by arranging them like makeshift tangrams into animal shapes. Add more detail with sticks for antlers and sharpie dots for eyes. You can either leave them loose or glue them down to construction paper as well. 

Leaf candle holder/jar 

Have an older child that would like to craft something a little more substantial than paper? Grab some leaves, an empty glass jar, some Mod Podge, and a brush. Swipe the Mod Podge liquid onto the jar and leaf, then press them around the jar until they’re smooth. Once try, your candle holder will glow with warm, autumn colors. 

Handprint tree 

Take another opportunity to document the size of your child’s hand by tracing and cutting out the shape up to their forearm. Use brown construction paper so it looks like a tree trunk. Then take some leaves you collected on a nature walk or whatever you can find in your backyard to glue onto the fingers, or tree “branches.” 

Fall leaf crowns 

Is your little one the ruler of the forest? Let’s make them feel that way! Measure your kiddo’s head. Then, grab your trusty construction paper and cut a strip to size. Either glue or staple the strip tiger together to make a circle. Next, fasten leaves around it using a stapler until the ring is completely covered. Your guy or gal will be fit for any royal woodland gathering

Paint crafts 

Acorn art 

Want to turn a nature study into craft time? If you live near oak trees, go out and collect a handful when they start to fall. Then, paint them however you want while teaching your child about how acorns turn into trees. You can also paint little faces onto them and create characters. For an added step, run string through the tops to create a colorful acorn garland! 

Apple stamping 

Apples are the perfect harvest fruit and they’re a huge part of autumn. There’s apple cider, candy apples, cooked apples, apple pie . . . You get the picture. So why not take some apples and turn them into a fun art project? First, grab some apples. Then, cut them in half to reveal the core and seeds. Dip the inside of the apple into some paint and use them as a stamper to create perfect-shaped apple art. 

Painted pumpkins

Who can forget pumpkins in the fall? Not us! And we don’t just want plain old Jack O lanterns either. So grab some smaller pumpkins (small enough for little hands to handle), some paint, q-tips, and brushes so you can decorate your pumpkins for the most spectacular porch display. This activity is also a great bonus for fine motor skills practice. 

Life-size scarecrow 

This one takes some teamwork. Have your child lie down on a long sheet of craft paper. Either you or one of their friends will need to trace the outline of their body onto the paper. Once completed, have your child draw the features of their life-size scarecrow and paint the details. 

Sunflower plate 

For a colorful display and easy painting, grab a paper plate. Have your child paint the entire plate yellow, then either dot the middle with black paint or glue down actual sunflower seeds. You can make the stem and leaves from green construction paper. Then, display your garden of sunflowers and enjoy! 

Breanna

Breanna is a former therapist turned writer. She earned a master’s in psychology in 2015 but ultimately decided she would like to be more present for her family. Currently flexing her writing skills as a stay-at-home mother of two toddlers (with another baby on the way), she enjoys writing in the parenting and home/DIY niches. She also writes fiction and has been published in a handful of literary magazines and a fiction anthology. In her spare time, Breanna enjoys blogging, painting, running, and drinking an absurd amount of coffee.

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