5 Easy Fall Crafts You Can Do With Your Kids

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Fall is here, and that means it is time to begin making fall crafts.  There are so many different crafts that can be made, the ideas are endless.  From fall wreaths to table centerpieces, there is such a large range of fall crafts available.  Some crafts require a sewing machine, while others only require your two hands.  

But if you are wanting to do fall crafts with your kids, you'll need to choose fall crafts that are easy to make.  Fall wreaths that require a sewing machine should probably be taken off your bucket list since that can be difficult for your child to help you make.  And the point of making fall crafts is to have fun, right?  If you are looking for some fall crafts to do with your kids besides carving pumpkins, you have come to the right place.  Today I will be going over 5 different crafts that are easy for your kids to make, and can also be displayed year after year.  Are you ready to get crafting?  Go gather your crafting supplies and go get your kids, because your family will definitely fall in love with these fall crafts.  Let's get started.  

1. Paper Pumpkins

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Image Source: It's Always Autumn

Do you love the thought of decorating with pumpkins, but carving a pumpkin sounds too messy and hard?  Well, now you can decorate with pumpkins without even having to carve them.  In fact, you don't even need a pumpkin.  All you need is some paper and a few other supplies.  Older kids should be able to complete this craft themselves, but if you have younger kids, you may want to help them make it.  These paper pumpkins make perfect centerpieces, and can be hung too since they are so light.  You have the option of using different colored paper, or sticking with orange paper.  Once fall is over, you can pack them up and use them again next fall, unlike a real pumpkin that would go bad.

Instructions:

  1. Cut 16 to 24 strips of paper in the following dimensions: 6 inches long by 1/2 wide, 9 inches long by 3/4 inch wide, and 12 inches long by 1 inch wide

  2. Punch a small hole near both ends of the paper strips.

  3. Thread one paper strip onto a 12 inch length of medium weight craft wire.

  4. Loop the wire around the end of the paper strip to secure it.  The pattern on the paper should be facing the short or looped end of the wire (down).

  5. Thread the rest of the paper strips onto the wire, being sure the pattern is facing down. Fan out the paper strips slightly.

  6. Pick up the bottom paper strip and thread the wire through the hole on the other end.

  7. Continue with all the other paper strips in order, always threading the bottom strip on next.

  8. Wrap the wire around a pencil, wrapping and curling the wire to force the paper strips into a pumpkin shape.

  9. Add a leaf if you want.  If not, you are not finished!  Here is a picture to show exactly how to make these paper pumpkins:

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Image Source: It's Always Autumn

The finished result should look something like this.  These adorable pumpkins can be reused year after year.  Like I mentioned earlier, because these pumpkins are lightweight you could hang them on a string.  If you want these pumpkins to look even more creative, add some glitter or draw some designs on them.  Have fun!

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Image Source: It's Always Autumn

2. Homemade Bird Feeder 

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Why not feed your feathery friends while you also have fun making this craft? Although this homemade bird feeder cannot be reused each year, it is fun to make and gives the birds outside a little treat.  It is also fun to watch the birds come and eat the bird seed. 

Supplies Needed:

  • Pine cones 
  • Peanut butter
  • Bird seed
  • Twine

Instructions:

  1. Cut a length of twine for each pine cone.  The twine should be long enough to tie around the top of a pine cone and then hang from a tree branch (about 12 to 20 inches)

  2. Tie the twine around the very top part of the pine cone.  It is better to tie the twine on now instead of later, because the pine cone will be very messy later on.  

  3. Using a small spatula or butter knife, spread peanut butter over the pine cone.

  4. Pour some birdseed into a bowl wide enough for the pine cone.  Roll the pine cone in the birdseed until it is fully covered in bird seed.  You can also sprinkle birdseed directly onto the pine cone.  

  5. Hang the pine cones somewhere where you can watch the birds eat it.  

3. Tin Can Pumpkins

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This is another easy and simple fall craft to make with your kids.  It is also a great way to up-cycle cans.  The next time you open a can of soup or vegetables, make sure you save the can and take the paper off.  These tin can pumpkins are just too cute to resist.  

Supplies Needed:

  • Tin cans, labels removed, and washed/dried
  • Orange Spray paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small twigs
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper

Instructions:

  1. Lay the newspapers on the table that you will be making these on.  
  2. Spray the tin cans with paint following directions on the sprayer system.  You will want to cover the can with only a thin layer of paint and let it dry several hours.  Repeat multiple times until the paint is the color you want it to be.  
  3. Cut a pipe cleaner into 3 inch lengths and wrap it around your finger to create a ‘twirl’ for a vine.  
  4. When the last coat of paint is dry use hot glue to adhere the stick and pipe cleaner vine to the top of the can.
  5. Let the glue cool.  If you want to be even more creative, using black paint to draw a jack o'lantern.  Or you could leave the tin can pumpkin blank.  Display it as a table centerpiece or wherever you desire.  

4. Mason Jar Wreath

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Who doesn't love a pretty wreath hanging on the door?  Some people think of Christmas wreaths when they think of the word "wreath," but there are many other wreaths as well. Fall wreaths are becoming more and more common, and there is no doubt why.  With their beautiful fall colors, fall wreaths can make any home look so much brighter.  Unfortunately, fall wreaths can take a while to make.  Some require sewing, while others just require a lot of time and patience.  If you are wanting an easy wreath that you can make with your kids, consider making this mason jar wreath.  It is nearly as simple as sliding the mason jar lids onto the ribbon.  Of course, you do have to paint the jar lids and tie the ribbon in place, but overall this mason jar wreath is quick and easy to make.  

Supplies Needed:

  • 28 to 32 large or regular size mason jar rings
  • Spray Paint 
  • Fall colored Washi tape
  • Ribbon to string the mason jar rings together
  • Ribbon for a bow

Instructions:

  1. Begin by spray painting the mason jar lids.  You can spray paint them by sliding them over a cup so that they stay in place.  Then set them on a piece of paper to dry.  
  2. When the outside of the mason jar lids are dry, flip them over to paint the insides.  It is much easier to paint the insides with the lids on a paper than it is to paint the outsides with the lids on a paper.  
  3. Once the insides of the lids are dry, spray matte spray onto them.  This will keep the paint from chipping off when they come into contact with each other.  
  4. Once the lids are dry, thoroughly apply the Washi tape on some of the rings. If you want, you can add a little glue onto the ends of each tape.  Let the glue dry.
  5. Cut a long section of ribbon and slide your jar rings on the ribbon in the order of your choice.  Tie it together so that it forms a wreath shape. 
  6. Make a bow to match your jar rings and attach it to the wreath.  Hang the wreath up and enjoy!

5. Acorn Eggs

These acorn eggs are simply adorable.  You have the option of putting candies inside of them, or you can leave them empty.  All you really need is plastic Easter eggs and twine. You'll also need glue for gluing the twine onto the eggs.  

Supplies Needed:

  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Twine
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Small treats (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place a dab of glue on the top of the wide end of the egg, and start wrapping the twine around the stem, gluing as you go.
  2. Stop wrapping when you reach the part where the egg cracks in two.
  3. Add the candies inside if you want to. These little acorns make great gifts for people. 

Final Thoughts

I hope this article has inspired you to get crafting with your kids.  There are so many different crafts that you and your kids can make.  In this article, I went over 5 crafts that can be fun to make with your kids.  Most of them are easy to make, although younger kids may need a little help.  Remember to have fun.  These crafts can be used and treasured for many years.  

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Mariann Foster is one of our content writers here at OurStart. Mariann is a certified reading specialist who enjoys homeschooling her daughter and taking care of her alpacas in her spare time. She lives in Wyoming on an alpaca farm with her daughter and their various collection of big and small animals. Being a mother is her greatest gift, so she hopes she can help to encourage other moms through her writing.

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