18 Fantastic Fall Crafts Just for Kids

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

Image source: Multiples and More
Image source: Multiples and More

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

Image source: Little Wonders' Days
Image source: Little Wonders’ Days

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

Image source: A Beautiful Mess
Image source: A Beautiful Mess

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

Image source: All Kids Network
Image source: All Kids Network

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

Image source: Amanda Formaro/Make and Takes
Image source: Amanda Formaro/Make and Takes

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

Image source: Crafts By Amanda
Image source: Crafts By Amanda

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

Image source: That Artist Woman
Image source: That Artist Woman

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

Image source: That Artist Woman
Image source: That Artist Woman

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

Image source: Be Brave, Keep Going
Image source: Be Brave, Keep Going

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

Image source: All Kids Network
Image source: All Kids Network

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

Image source: Pink and Green Mama
Image source: Pink and Green Mama

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

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