Not so very long ago I blogged about fall crafts for parents to do, and in my search I realized there are just as many (if not more) fall craft ideas for kids out there. The best part of children’s fall crafts is that they incorporate a lot of natural products, so you aren’t using a ton of materials — or spending lots of money! — on craft supplies. Mother Nature has you covered!
From fall banners to leafy finger puppets, here are 18 of my favorite autumn DIY projects for children!
1. Fall Apple Banner
Painting with apples as stamps is fun and simple for kids of all ages. Plus, it’s eco-friendly to boot!
See how this banner was made at Multiples and More
2. Acorn Owls
How cute are these? Felt scraps and glue make a fun little playset, with little preparation required.
View more pictures at Bloesem Kids
3. Marbled Leaf Art
Parents, you’ll want to watch over the kids for this one, but there’s hardly anything more fun than shaving-cream painting (well, except for maybe a shaving-cream fight — but this is much cleaner).
Learn how to make this at Little Wonders’ Days
4. Pine Cone Hedgehog
Older kids can form the clay pieces themselves, but parents should form them for the younger ones. Then the pieces are super easy to assemble.
Learn how to make these at Kiddley
5. Fall Leaves Garland
Simply string felt leaves together with a needle and thread for a lovely fall garland. This one is for older kids, with adult supervision.
Learn more about the project at A Beautiful Mess
6. Pine Cone Turkey
Young ones will love adding bright feathers and a head to a pine cone body. (Sure beats those trace-around-your-hand turkeys!)
Find out how to make it at Projects for Preschoolers
7. Tissue Leaf Suncatcher
This pretty fall project is perfect for kids who can cut to follow a template. Contact paper and tissue paper complete the suncatcher effect.
Get the detailed instructions at All Kids Network
8. Leaf People Finger Puppets
These fun little puppets are made with recycled toilet paper tubes and natural materials like twigs and stones (fun for the little ones to collect!). To make the craft even more kid-friendly, let them use a glue stick.
See how they were made at Make and Takes
9. Felt Owl Styrofoam Balls
Children can pick the colors and cut out the felt for these playful owls, while adults should hot-glue everything together.
Get the step-by-step instructions at Factory Direct Craft
10. Plastic Cup Crow
The only thing your little ones might need help with is cutting and curling the hat, but the rest of the crow is easy peasy!
Learn how it was made at Crafts By Amanda
11. Luminous Leaf Lanterns
Parents and children can work together to glue foliage to a lantern with Mod Podge. The fun part is collecting the brightest leaves you can find!
Get the tutorial at Twig and Toadstool
12. Salt Dough Leaf Prints
Adults should prepare the dough and bake it to finish — the kids get to have all the fun finding the leaves, making the impressions, and painting.
Get the full tutorial at That Artist Woman
13. Nature Crowns and Cuffs
Children will love collecting beautiful flowers and leaves, then gluing them to simple cardboard crowns.
Find the step-by-step at Maya Made
14. Paper Sunflower
A great activity for a rainy day, these flowers use several recycled and natural materials and will keep your little ones occupied for a while.
Find out how these were made at That Artist Woman
15. Pumpkin Paper Plate Mask
Kids can paint, glue, and staple this pumpkin; parents finish by hot gluing a stick to make the mask. Then it’s up to the kids to make the funny faces while wearing it …
Get the full tutorial at Be Brave, Keep Going
16. Cinnamon Acorn Craft
Preschoolers will have a blast sprinkling cinnamon on a wet painted surface (plus, it smells so good!).
View more pictures at All Kids Network
17. Recycled Craft Apples
Kids can glue the tissue paper to the plastic caps to make these little apples — but adults should hot-glue the stems on top.
Find the tutorial at Four Crazy Kings
18. Apple Play-Doh
Play-Doh should be made by an adult, but kids will have hours of fun making the shapes and adding twigs to create apples (or other fall fruit!).
Learn how it was done at Pink and Green Mama