Fall is the perfect time to get your kids busy with crafts. And if you take your little ones for a daily or weekly walk through the park, this is the opportunity to collect leaves, acorns, sticks and stones, which they can then have fun making. The crafting fun doesn’t have to end with our compilation of fall crafts for kids. The kids will love these adorable DIY projects to make with fall-themed colors and embellishments, even for little ones at daycare!
Make an owl out of muffin cases with children
paper muffin cups
Paper craft sheets in yellow, orange, brown and blue
Ornaments in the form of leaves
glue and scissors
How to make the owl out of muffin paper:
- Start by flattening the muffin cases to create circles. Be careful not to tear them.
- Fold the muffin cases in from both sides, leaving a small gap in the middle. The gap should be narrower at the top and wider at the bottom.
- Make a small fold from top to bottom. Get out your chalk markers and decorate the owl’s wings and tail.
- What is wrong with our owl? A beak! Cut out small triangles for the beaks from the orange and yellow construction paper. Then cut out a branch from the brown paper so our owls have a place to perch.
- Time to put everything together! Attach the popping eyes and beak to the owl’s head. Attach the branch and leaves to the blue background and finally attach our owls to the branch. That’s it!
Make your own scarecrow out of paper
Brown construction paper – 3 pieces per scarecrow
Scissors or paper cutters
Big wobbly eyes
Orange, yellow, green, or red construction paper
Pipe cleaners (optional)
How to make the scarecrow for children:
- Follow the instructions here to make a pinwheel. Cut the brown paper into a square. Then use hot glue to glue the pinwheel.
- Cut out the scarecrow hat template found below.
- Have the children trace the hat template onto a piece of paper of their choice. Cut them out.
- Cut the raffia to the desired length of the scarecrow hair. You only need two small strands for each side of the hat.
- Glue the raffia in place by placing a stack of glue on either side of the wheel. You can use the hat as a guide for where to put the hair. It will be a mess and the glue will drip into the cracks. You just need to know that the white glue will dry and the bast will stick.
- Add the glue on top where you want the hat to sit. Put the hat in its place. Again, it sticks when the glue starts to dry.
- Glue a ribbon to the hat using white glue.
- Glue on the googly eyes.
- Cut a triangular nose out of paper and glue it in the middle.
- Tape on a mouth. The children would like to cut their own mouths out of paper. Or you can use a pipe cleaner for the mouth.
- Allow everything to dry completely before moving on. So the paper craft for children is ready.
Colorful autumn wreath made of egg carton
What you need:
2-3 egg cartons
Scissors (preferably kitchen scissors)
Acrylic paint in autumn colors
Cardboard for the wreath base
thick white glue
Autumn crafts for children – Instructions:
- Cut out a wreath shape from the cardboard. You can draw a small plate for the outside rim and a plastic lid for the inside.
- Paint the wreath brown and let it dry.
- Cut out flower shapes and leaves from the egg carton cups, from the flat areas.
- Paint the flowers and leaves with acrylic paint and let them dry. While the flowers are still wet, they are quite pliable. So if you want to shape them a little you can try but once they dry they are very stable.
- Place the flowers and leaves around the wreath in an attractive manner and when you are happy with the design, glue the flowers onto the wreath.
Autumn crafts for kids: handprint tree
Accessories for a handprint tree:
Cardstock – brown, yellow, red and orange
paper towel roll
Pine cones and sticks for decoration
Steps to DIY an Autumn Handprint Tree:
- First, paint your paper plate green and set it aside to dry.
- Cut slits in the bottom of the paper towel roll and glue them to the paper plate.
- Glue the tubing into a handprint tree
- Then draw your hand and arm on the brown cardstock so the “trunk” of the tree is long enough to cover the paper towel roll.
- Glue the “stem” of your handprint to the paper towel roll.
- Now use the orange, yellow, and red cardstock to trace normal handprints.
- Now you can stick your handprints on the tree!
- To cover up the tape at the bottom, add some pine cones and sticks for decoration. Glue these in place if you want them to be permanent. You may need to use hot glue if you want them to stay permanent. Have adults do this part or use cold hot glue suitable for children. You’re sure to make the whole family happy with these colorful fall crafts for kids!