Category: Fall Crafts

Kid-Friendly Popsicle Stick Scarecrow Tutorial


This autumn craft makes the perfect indoor activity for kids. They’ll love assembling the pieces to create their very own scarecrow. Give them a bottle of glue and watch their creativity run wild!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 6 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Brown and orange felt
Googly eyes
Marker
Scissors
Pip berry garland *optional

Things to do:
1. Glue five popsicle sticks together and let them dry. This will become the face of the scarecrow.



2. Cut a top hat shape out of brown felt.


3. Apply a thin layer of glue to the top of the popsicle sticks and attach the felt hat.

4. Cut a thin strip of orange felt and glue it on the brim of the hat.


5. Use glue to attach googly eyes to the front of the scarecrow face.

6. Cut a triangle out of orange felt and glue it on to the center of the scarecrow, making a nose.

7. Wrap a small piece of wire garland around the end of a marker, creating a nice curl. Apply a drop of glue to the end and place it under the orange band on the hat.


8. Use a sharpie to draw a rugged smile on your scarecrow and enjoy!

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DIY Rustic Autumn Wreath


This rustic wreath is the perfect addition to your home this season. I love this project, because it is so easy and it makes a serious style statement. Choose your favorite dried flowers and have fun arranging them into a beautiful display on a grapevine wreath form.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wreath form
Pussy willow branches or dried flowers
Pinecones
Floral wire
Wire cutters
Wreath hanger (optional)

Things to do:
1. Start by adding pussy willow branches to your wreath form. For this wreath, I’ve chosen to cover roughly 1/3 of the surface with pussy willow. If you choose a grapevine style, you can tuck the branches in and they will be secure. If you’re going to be displaying your wreath outdoors where it’s windy, you may want to add hot glue to ensure they stay in place.

2. The next step is adding pinecone details. I placed them at the base of the pussy willow branches, to hid the seam. Wrap a piece of floral wire around the center of the pinecone and stick the ends of the wire through the wreath form. Twist the ends of the wire together behind the wreath form to hold the pinecones in place.



3. Add any extra details, such as dried flowers or a burlap bow and enjoy displaying this lovely wreath in your home!

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Kid-Friendly Popsicle Stick and String Spider Webs


Let your spooky side show this Halloween with fun spiderwebs! These simple DIY decorations can be made from string or jute, allowing you and your kiddos to get creative with seasonal crafts.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 6 and up

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
String or jute

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating the base for your spider web. Use hot glue to secure two popsicle sticks in an X” shape. Glue one more down the center of the X,” creating a star pattern.


2. Tie a piece of jute in a double knot around the center of the star.

3. Flip the star over so the knot is in the back and begin weaving the string in and out of the star’s arms. Be sure to pull tightly so it doesn’t slip off.

4. Continue wrapping the jute, moving out a half-inch at a time, until the entire star is covered.


5. When the spider web is finished, apply a drop of hot glue to the back of the star and pull the end of the jute through it. Twist the jute to a 90 degree angle. Once the glue has dried, cut the jute to a 90-degree angle.



6. Once the glue has dried, cut the jute and display your spider web!

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How to Make Spooky Leaf Ghosts


It’s Halloween! The ghosts and ghouls are out and ready to make mischief. Pumpkins are on porches, witches are in windows and the costumes are ready. Now all we need are some ghostly decorations! These little leaf ghosts are adorable to hang in windows, adorn wreaths, add to packages or hang from a mobile! Plus they are the perfect kid project for a spooky Halloween craft session.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Fall leaves
White craft paint
Paintbrush
Permanent marker in black

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, paint the surface of the leaves with white paint. Allow the paint to dry and then paint a second coat.


2. Once the paint is dry, use the marker to add eyes and a mouth to the ghosts.

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Kid-Friendly String and Glue Spiderweb


This is the perfect craft for a rainy fall afternoon with the kids and a great DIY Halloween decoration to hang around the house to add a little creepiness to your decor. Here we have left the string as is but you can also spray paint the finished product wild colors or paint with glow in the dark paint for an even wilder look!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Wax paper
Craft glue
Yarn, string or butchers twine
Scissors
Masking tape

Things to do:
1. Lay out an approximately 20 inch piece of wax paper on your work surface and tape the ends down with masking tape.
2. Squeeze out a pool of glue near one end, this will be your working area.

3. Cut 6 pieces of string about 12 inches long and one more piece about 20 inches long.

4. Dip one of the shorter pieces of string into the glue and then squeeze off the extra.

5. Lay the string out on your wax paper. Repeat with another piece, laying it to for an X” with the first. Continue to add the longer pieces to form the base of the web.

6. Once you have the basic web structure, dip the long piece of string into the glue, squeeze out the excess and, starting at the center point of the web, lay the string in a spiral, working away from the center.
7. Allow the string to dry completely before removing from the wax paper and hanging.

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DIY Spooky Halloween Eyeball Flower Vase


Your guests will take a second look at this decor that – at first glance – it isn’t obviously “Halloween decor.” The spooky eyeballs are buried in the flowers and will bring a smile to anyone who takes a second look at your vase.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Bloodshot eyeballs
Black satin roses
Vase
Floral wire
Pipe cleaners
Newspaper or another filler for the bottom of the vase
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Select 3-5 flowers. For each flower, place a pipe cleaner next to the short stem, and attach it by wrapping floral wire around both. Clip the wire (but not the pipe cleaner) when you get a couple of inches below the original stem.

2. When you’re finished, all flowers will have longer stems.

3. Warm up your hot glue gun and glue the eyeballs in the middle of each flower.

4. Place all the flowers together and wrap with the pipe cleaner. Add some newspaper to the bottom of the vase to prop up the eyeball flowers. Insert them into the vase and surround with other flowers. Now….wait for someone to notice!

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DIY Printed Burlap Table Runner


Show thanks this season and combine primitive decor with some modern whimsy. This hashtag “Thanks” burlap table runner will show your appreciation while giving the kids something to smile about.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1-2 hours (allows for drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Jute burlap runner
Stencils
Black acrylic paint
Large stencil brush
Scissors
Newspaper

Things to do:
1. Remove the centers from the letters for THANKS,” as well as the hash tag symbol. Cut your runner to fit the length of your table, with about 12″ of overhang on each side.

2. Lay out some newspaper under your runner. Place your stencils on the jute runner carefully. The letters will fit, but you’ll have to lay them out in advance in order to avoid having them trail off the right side by accident!

3. Use the stencil brush to pounce” the black paint into the open areas of the letters and the hash tag.

4. Allow this side to dry, and repeat for the other short end. Drape on your autumn-themed table!

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DIY Fall Leaves Mason Jar Luminary


There’s nothing quite so beautiful as brightly colored fall leaves, don’t you think? Every year I wish I could keep those colors around through the dull days of winter. Here’s a way to keep those colors around to light up decor all winter long.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Faux fall leaves
Mason jars
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Plastic Wrap

Things to do:
1. Lay out a piece of plastic wrap a little wider than the height of the jar.

2. Paint the surface of the jar on one side and press a layer of leaves onto the glued surface, coating the leaves with a thin layer of Mod Podge as you add them.
3. Lay it on the plastic wrap, leaves down and add more leaves around the jar, layering Mod Podge and leaves until the surface of the jar is covered.
4. Pull the plastic wrap tightly around the jar to hold the leaves onto the surface.

5. Allow the glue to dry for a few days and then carefully peel the plastic wrap off of the jars. Apply one more coat of Mod Podge to seal.

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DIY Fall-Inspired Felt Leaf Coasters


Primitive-looking felt coasters are great for year-round use, but when you create leaf shapes, you’ve decidedly invited Autumn into your decor! Try different leaf shapes for a variety of felt leaf coasters.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Yellow felt sheet
Burgundy felt sheet
Yellow and red embroidery thread
Embroidery needle
Scissors
Marking tool

Things to do:
1. Fold your burgundy felt sheet and draw half a leaf shape on one side. You can draw any shape, but make sure it’s large enough for the base of a glass to rest upon.

2. Cut it out and adjust the shape if needed. Trace this shape onto the felt again for the back of the coaster.

3. Fold your yellow felt sheet and draw leaf veins” on one side. The shape will resemble a tree without leaves.

4. Cut out the yellow veins and stitch to the leaf shape with large running stitches, using the red embroidery floss.

5. To minimize the amount of cutting and re-knotting you’ll need to do, simply travel with your needle along the back side of the leaf as you continue creating running stitches on the front.

6. Switch thread to the yellow, and continue sewing veins” around the leaf.

7. When you’re finished stitching veins, it’s time to stitch the back of the coaster onto the front.

8. Knot your thread and bury it on the inside, between the front and back.

9. Completely stitch around the outside of the coaster and carefully hide the final knot between the layers when you’re finished.

10. You’ll have a primitive and whimsical felt leaf coaster for your next gathering!

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DIY Fall Leaf Bunting


The color of fall leaves never cease to amaze me and I always wish I could keep them around all year round. This project allows me to do just that AND to make a beautiful bunting in the bargain. This little trick makes it easy to add or take away leaves to make your bunting longer or shorter and makes putting the bunting together a snap.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Artificial fall leaves
Straws
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Yarn

Things to do:
1. Cut the straw into 1/2 inch sections

2. Plug in your glue gun and insert glue sticks.
3. Once the glue is hot, attach the straw pieces to the center top of each leaf.

4. When the glue dries, string the yarn through the straw pieces and cut the yarn to length for your bunting.

5. Spread the leaves out evenly and hang the bunting.

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