Category: Fall Crafts

Wood Slice Apple Chalkboard Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 45 minute, plus 25 hours of drying time for paint
Age range: 12 and up with adult supervision for drill and saw

Things you’ll need:
Wood Tree Trunk Slice
Painters tape
Habanero Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint
Green felt
Tracing tool such as a pen or marker
Scissors
Glue gun and glue sticks
Foam paintbrush
Saw
1/2″ Dowel Rods
Drill and 1/4 drill bit
Chalk

Things to do:
1. Apply painter’s tape to the edge of the wood slice, applying it in sections so that the tape is smooth around the curves of the wood.

2. Using the foam brush and chalkboard paint, paint one layer onto the slice. It’s easiest to paint in the direction of the grain, and you’ll find that painting in one direction is easier and smoother than painting in the other direction. You may need to wiggle the foam brush just a little to get into some of the rough parts of the wood. Allow the paint to dry for about an hour.

3. Repeat step 2, applying a second coat of paint. Allow the paint to cure for 24 hours.
4. While the paint dries, use a saw to cut a dowel to 4″ long.

5. Draw a leaf shape onto the felt. We drew a leaf that’s 3″ tall and 1 1/2 ” at its widest point.

6. Cut out the leaf.

7. Using a 1/4 drill bit, drill two indentations into the middle of one long side of the wood slice. The holes do not have to be very deep; they should just be enough to wedge the dowel into.

8. Hot glue the leaf to the side of the dowel stem.

9. Add hot glue inside the indentations you drilled, then push the dowel into the hole.

10. Once the paint has dried completely, remove the painter’s tape from the edge.

11. Using chalk, write a message on the chalkboard paint. You can write anything from “Welcome” to “Happy fall!” – it’s your choice! When you want to write a new message, just wipe away the old one and use chalk to write a new message.

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DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath Tutorial

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Wreaths are such a fun way to add a little bit of holiday cheer. Make a cute turkey wreath to hang on your front door or to decorate a room inside your home.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 2 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Wreath
Tulle
Felt
Large google eyes
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Wrap the wreath with brown tulle several times, until you are satisfied with the shade of brown. Keep the tulle smooth when wrapping it to avoid an uneven texture of the finished wreath.
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2. Cut a tear drop shape for the turkey’s “snood” and glue it to the side of the wreath.
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3. Cut a triangular shape for the turkey’s beak and glue it on the wreath, slightly overlapping the red felt.
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4. Glue the google eyes in place, just above and slightly overlapping the beak.
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5. Cut several strips of tulle about 6 inches long. Line the red, yellow, and orange tulle up and cut the three at the same time.
6. Using three strips (one of each color) at the same time, begin tying the strips of tulle around the wreath, opposite the face.
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7. Continue tying strips of tulle on the side of the wreath for a couple inches, to create a full turkey tail.
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Thanksgiving Turkey Treat Bags Tutorial

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These cute little turkeys make great party favors. Try adding a few different colors of tulle for a rainbow of feathers.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Tulle
Pipe cleaner
Googly eyes
Reeces pieces

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of tulle about 12 inches long and fold it in half.
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2. Place a small handful of candy in the center of the tulle.
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3. Cut a piece of pipe cleaner about an inch long.
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4. Bunch the tulle with the candy in the middle and secure closed with the pipe cleaner. Fluff up the ends of the tulle and turn the bunch of candy slightly on its side so the ends of the tulle stick up in the back.
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5. Cut a piece of pipe cleaner a couple inches long. Fold the pipe cleaner to create three toes and a leg. Repeat for the second leg.
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6. Stick the legs into the bottom of the turkey.
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7. Cut a light brown piece of pipe cleaner a few inches long and fold the end over to create a head.
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8. Cut a small piece of orange pipe cleaner and wrap it around the base of the “head” to create a beak.
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9. Cut a small piece of red pipe cleaner and wrap it around the base of the head/beak with an end hanging down.
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10. Glue the eyes to the head, one eye on either side of the beak.
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11. Stick the head into the top of the turkey.
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How to Make a Thanksgiving Turkey Hair Clip

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Festive hair clips add that little bit of extra fun to your little one’s wardrobe. Make an easy turkey hair clip using this template and a few scraps of felt.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Hair clip
Felt
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Googly eyes
Scissors
Template

Things to do:
1. Cut the pieces from felt.
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2. Line up the smaller feather piece over the large feather piece, along the bottom straight edge and glue them together.
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3. Position the turkey body over the feathers, lining up the bottom of the body with the bottom of the turkey feathers and glue in place.
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4. Glue on the google eyes.
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5. Glue on the beak.
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6. Line up the bottom, flat edge of the feathers with the edge of the hair clip and glue in place.
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DIY Polka Dot Pumpkin Tutorial


Because of paint fumes and the messy nature of this project, we recommend taking your crafting outdoors.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 minutes, plus 4 hours drying time
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
2 white pumpkins
Painter’s tape
Covering for work surface such as cardboard
Circle office supply stickers
Krylon Silver Foil Metallic Spray Paint
Krylon Banner Red Spray Paint

Things to do:
1. Cover the stem of each pumpkin in painter’s tape to protect it from the paint. Be sure to tape off the top of the stem, too.

2. Place the pumpkins on a workspace covering. Using the silver spray paint, spray paint each pumpkin, holding the spray paint 6-8″ away from the pumpkins. Spray in a sweeping motion, moving back and forth from pumpkin to pumpkin to paint an even layer. (This will be the color of the polka dots once you’re finished.) You may need to apply a coat, allow it to dry, then flip the pumpkins over to ensure you’re covering the entire surface with paint. Allow the pumpkins to dry completely, around 2 hours. The paint will appear dry within 15 minutes, but it may smudge if you handle it.

3. Once the pumpkins are dry, apply office supply stickers where you’d like the polka dots to go.

4. When you’re happy with the dot placement, spray a coat of red spray paint onto the pumpkins, again spraying about 6-8″ away from the pumpkins with a sweeping motion. Allow the paint to dry for another 2 hours.

5. Remove the stickers from the pumpkins to reveal the polka dots.

6. Remove the painter’s tape from the top of each pumpkin.
Tip: If you have silver acrylic paint or a silver paint marker, you can either of them to touch up the edges of the polka dots, making them neat and even.

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Melted Crayon Halloween Pumpkin Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 6 and up with optional adult supervision

Things you’ll need:
Set of crayons
Pumpkin
Glue (or hot glue and glue gun)
Wax paper
Hair dryer

Things to do:
1. Peel the wrappings from each crayon.

2. Break each crayon in half. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

3. Place the pumpkin on a sheet of wax paper. Add a thin line of glue to one of the crayons, then place the crayon on top of the pumpkin, making sure the crayon extends out from the stem. We placed the crayons in the indented ridges of the pumpkin so that they are more stable. You may also need to hold the crayon in place for a few minutes so that the glue begins to dry.
Tip: If you do not want to wait for the glue to dry or if you are working with an older child, you can alternately use a hot glue gun to attach the crayons.

4. Repeat step 3, placing crayons around the pumpkin and leaving about 1/2 ” of space between each crayon, until you have filled the pumpkin with crayons. You may not use all your broken crayons, so put those aside for a second pumpkin or another project.

5. Grab a hair dryer and turn it on high. Aim it directly on top of the pumpkin to begin melting the crayons. This process can take a while, so be patient.

6. The crayons will begin to slowly drip down the pumpkin. Continue aiming the hair dryer toward the stem.

7. Some crayons may be completely melted, while others are not. As you spot the crayons that are not melted, aim the hair dryer toward those while still keeping the heat straight above the pumpkin.
Tip: If you want the colors to mix for a creepier, spookier look, aim the hair dryer toward the side of the pumpkin so that the colors will start to mix.

8. When all the crayons have melted, allow the crayons time to set before displaying your new work of art.

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Thanksgiving ‘Tom the Turkey’ Finger Puppet Tutorial

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Finger puppets make the best quiet toys. Entertain the little ones with a goofy turkey finger puppet.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Googly eyes
Scissors
Template

Things to do:
1. Cut the pieces from felt (cut one of each of the feather pieces, two body pieces, and one of each of the facial pieces).
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2. Line up the smaller feather piece over the large feather piece, along the bottom straight edge and glue them together.
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3. Glue on the google eyes, the beak, and the “snood” to the turkey’s face.
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4. Line up the two body pieces and glue together, leaving the bottom open.
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5. Position the turkey body over the feathers, lining up the bottom of the body with the bottom of the turkey feathers and glue in place.
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DIY “Thankful” Holiday Banner

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Create a rustic banner to decorate for your Thanksgiving get together or just to celebrate fall! Customize with your favorite fall phrase using the customizable pennant banner.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Banner
Stencils
Acrylic paint
Stencil brush
Paint tray
Felt autumn leaf stickers

Things to do:
1. Place a piece of paper (wax paper is good because it won’t stick) behind the pennant. Line up the stencil in the center of the pennant.
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2. Using the stencil brush, dab paint on the pennant. Be careful to only use an up and down motion with the brush. Using a rubbing or brushing motion will cause paint to get under the edges of the stencil and smudge your letters.
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3. Slowly remove the stencil and set the pennant aside to dry.
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4. Repeat for the remaining letters.
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5. After the paint dries, add a couple of the felt leaf stickers to each pennant.
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6. Line up the letters and tie them together with a bow.
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DIY Turkey Thanksgiving Treat Bags

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Surprise the guests of your next feast with festive treat bags. Choose a rainbow of felt colors or use some fun fabrics to create your own designs!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Treat bag
Felt
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Googly eyes
Scissors
Template

Things to do:
1. Place a piece of paper (wax paper is good because it won’t stick).
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2. Cut the pieces from felt (one of each piece and 8 feathers).
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3. Place the turkey body piece on the bag in the desired position.
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4. Align four of the feathers, slightly overlapping, and glue together.
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5. Using the position of the turkey body, glue the turkey feather group in place behind the body. Repeat with the second set of feathers.
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6. Glue down the turkey body and add the beak.
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7. Glue on the google eyes.
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Autumn Embroidery Hoop Tutorial

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Add some rustic fall decor to your home with this template. Quick enough to complete while watching an episode of your favorite show.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Linen napkin
Embroidery thread
6″ embroidery hoop
Leaf buttons
Embroidery needle
Scissors
Template
Fabri-solvy *optional

Things to do:
1. Transfer the pattern to the linen. (Note: the pattern is sized for a 6 inch embroidery hoop when printed at full size.)
2. Place the linen in the embroidery hoop and tighten the hoop to pull the fabric taught.
3. Embroider the design.
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4. Sew leaf buttons throughout the design.
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5. Trim the excess fabric from the back of the hoop.
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