Category: Fall Crafts

Popsicle Stick Scarecrow Craft for Kids


This quirky little scarecrow will put a smile on your face and is the perfect, simple decor for autumn. Experiment with different colors and different expressions.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour (includes drying time)
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood craft sticks
Orange paint
Magnets
Raffia ribbon
Paint brush
Cardstock
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Permanent marker

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut your card stock slightly smaller than the size of 8 sticks lined next to each other. Glue the first two sticks the card stock, as shown.

2. Finish gluing all 8 sticks to the card stock. Here’s what it looks like from the back.

3. Cut a bit of the raffia and glue about 2″ down from the top of the group of sticks. Glue the final craft stick on top, at an angle – or not! You can decide. This represents the hat and hair.”

4. Glue the magnets to the back.

5. Draw a face on the scarecrow.

6. Paint the hat, and allow to dry.

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DIY Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Luminary


Bring the outside in during autumn and make a beautiful leaf luminary centerpiece. This will look gorgeous all season long…and last a long time, so you can show it off on your Thanksgiving table.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1-2 hours *includes dry time
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Clear pint mason jar
Tea light
Spray adhesive
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Raffia ribbon
Artificial fall leaves
Scissors
Gloves *recommended

Things to do:
1. Snip off any stems on the leaves you’ve gathered.

2. It’s best to do steps 2-5 outside, with the wind away from you! If desired, first put on latex gloves (the spray is very sticky). Spray your jar in the place you’d like to place a leaf, and quickly spray the back of a leaf.

3. Wait a few seconds so the spray is tacky and not wet. Carefully stick the leaf onto the jar.

4. Repeat with more leaves.

5. When you’re done layering your leaves on the jar, this is what it will look like.

6. Wait for the leaves to dry. Paint on some Mod Podge and allow to dry.

7. Wrap the top with raffia ribbon.

8. Insert your tea light into the jar.

9. Watch your beautiful leaf luminary jar glow!

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DIY “Thankful” Thanksgiving Tree Centerpiece


This quaint DIY makes the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner. Set the ornaments on each guests’ plate and let them write a word or phrase to display on the tree. They’ll love decorating your space with things they’re thankful for.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Large mason jar
Wired ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Jute
Log slices
Chalk paint
Chalk
Chalk Ink Marker
Miniature pumpkins
Branch

Things to do:
1. Paint several log slices with chalkboard paint. Use a small paintbrush and apply a generous layer. Give the log slices time to dry and apply a second coat if necessary.


2. Fill a mason jar with miniature pumpkins.

3. Slide a large branch into the miniature pumpkins.

4. Next, you’ll want to prepare your log slices to be hung. Apply a drop of hot glue to the back of the log slice and add a small jute hanger. Repeat this step until all log slices have a hanger attached.


5. Cure your log slice chalkboards by rubbing a piece of chalk across the surface and wiping them clean with a rag.
6. Display your branch and ornaments and let your guests record the things they’re thankful for.


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How to Make Simple Pinecone Flowers


Dress up your pinecones with this quick and easy project. In minutes, you can create a cute piece of decor that will liven up your fall centerpieces and adorn your home during the autumn months.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Pinecones
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Beads

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting off the top half of your pinecones. Use a pair of scissors to cut away at the layers until you’re left with a clean base.


2. Choose several beads in a variety of sizes and use hot glue to attach them to the center of the pinecones.

3. Display your pinecones and enjoy your new rustic decor!

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How to Make a Ribbon Turkey Tutorial


The approach of November means thinking about family, harvest… and turkey. Decorate with these adorable ribbon turkeys. You can make several and hang them as garland, add to a barrette or pinback, or attach to packages for your Thanksgiving hosts.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Brown grosgrain ribbon
Orange grosgrain ribbon
Yellow grosgrain ribbon
Googly eyes
Scissors
Ruler
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut the brown ribbon to 18 inches. Fold it into a loop as shown. This is the bottom of the turkey’s body.

2. To make the head, bring the ribbon back around and create a smaller loop on top of the larger one.

3. Bring the ribbon back to the lower part of the body again, making a slightly larger loop.

4. Trim the ribbon and glue the end underneath the top layer, and glue all layers together in the center.

5. Cut three pieces of orange and three pieces of yellow ribbon each to 5 inches long.

6. Fold all of them into loops and glue the ends together for each.

7. Glue two of the loops to the back of the turkey, so the round parts of the loops stick out over the head” of the turkey.

8. Add all the remaining loops in a fan to create the tail of the turkey.

9. Glue the google eyes onto the turkey’s head.

10. Fold a small square of ribbon in half to make a triangle.

11. Glue the triangle to the turkey head, as a beak. Enjoy your ribbon turkey!

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DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Spider Suckers


Creepy, crawly, and just in time for Halloween! These spider candies are the perfect thing to offer trick-or-treaters that come to your door this month.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: Under 1 Minute
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Suckers
Pipe cleaners
Googly eyes
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Wrap four pipe cleaners around the stick on the sucker.



2. Bend the pipe cleaners in half, giving them a life-like look.

3. Use hot glue to attach a pair of google eyes to the sucker.


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DIY Autumn Acorn Wreath


Have fun arranging all of your favorite pieces of autumn to create a gorgeous wreath to adorn your door. This DIY project is quick and simple, leaving you with a beautiful piece of handcrafted decor that you’re sure to enjoy this season.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Flat styrofoam wreath form
Pinecones
Artificial flowers
Acorns
Putka pods
Jute
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. The first thing you want to do is cover the wreath form with jute. This will create a beautiful backdrop for your fall florals. Apply a small drop of hot glue and attach the end of a piece of jute directly to the Styrofoam. Once the hot glue has dried, begin wrapping the string around the wreath.


2. Once the entire surface has been covered, cut the jute and use hot glue to secure the end to the wreath.
3. Now it’s time to decorate! Start with the larger pieces, such as artificial flowers and pinecones. To add a sunflower, pull the bloom off the stem and press it down into the Styrofoam. To add pinecones, use a drop of hot glue on the flat portion and press them onto the jute.




4. Finish the wreath by using hot glue to attach acorns and miniature pumpkins.

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DIY Glitter Pumpkin Luminary


Bag luminaries are a treat for the eyes during any holiday, but during Halloween they’re particularly delightful. This adorable glitter pumpkin luminary bag is a great combination of fun and beauty – light from the inside, and sparkle on the outside. Make several of these to line a path to the treats!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
White paper bags
Orange glitter
Glue
Flameless tea lights
Scissors
Pencil
Piece of card stock

Things to do:
1. Cut your card stock to the width of the bag. Fold it in half. Draw half a pumpkin on the card stock.

2. Cut out the pumpkin.

3. Trace it onto the bag and draw in an eyes and mouth, or whatever you’d like to put on your jack o’ lantern.

4. You can cut out the eyes and mouth now or later, depending on your preference. Add glue to the pumpkin, but avoid the eyes and mouth.

5. Spread it neatly with your finger.

6. Sprinkle glitter over the entire pumpkin.

7. Once dry, knock off any additional glitter to reveal the design.

8. If you didn’t cut out the features previously, cut them out now. Add the tea light to the bag..and watch the light add beauty to Halloween night!

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DIY Decorative Mini Wooden Acorns


These darling acorns take only minutes to make and look lovely displayed during the crisp Autumn months. Have fun mixing and matching different colors to create the perfect collection.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden eggs
Acrylic paint
Jute
Scissors
Hot glue and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Paint your wooden eggs in several different fall colors. Allow the paint to dry completely. Apply a second coat if needed.



2. Once the wooden eggs have dried, apply a drop of hot glue to the surface and begin wrapping jute around the top 1/3 of the egg. Leave a short piece sticking out from the top.



3. Display your wooden acorns and enjoy!

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DIY Autumn Maple Leaf Bowl


Welcome fall with a colorful autumn dish! This bowl is made entirely out of leaves and looks lovely displayed as a centerpiece on your table or on your hutch with your seasonal decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Balloon
Mod Podge
Artificial Maple leaves
Scissors
Foam brush
Bowl

Things to do:
1. Blow up a balloon and knot the end.


2. Place the balloon into a bowl to hold it in place.
3. Use your sponge brush to paint a thick layer of Mod Podge on the bottom half of the balloon.

4. Place a layer of leaves on the wet Mod Podge. Cover the entire bottom half of the balloon. Set the bowl aside and allow time for the Mod Podge to dry.

5. Use a pair of scissors to pop the balloon. Pull the remaining plastic away from the leaves and shape the bowl as desired.


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