Temperatures are falling, the lazy days of summer are behind us, and school routines are back in full force. But there’s no need to despair because there’s still an abundance of fall fun to be had.
Fall crafting is a delightful way to embrace the new season, and I have some wonderful ideas for autumn crafts and DIY projects that are perfect for all ages.
When it comes to crafts for young children, simple crafts that kids can play with (or display) after the projects are completed are ideal. One of my favourite fall crafts for young people is a simple fall tissue paper wreath. It’s made by cutting the centre out of a paper plate, having the child scrunch up one-inch squares of tissue paper (in fabulous fall colours), and using white glue to attach the tissue paper “leaves” to the plate. When the entire surface is covered, a hanging ribbon can be added to the beautiful autumn wreath.
Making paper puppets is another wonderful activity for kids. Adding a popsicle stick or dowel to the back of a scarecrow or pumpkin (printed on heavy paper) is simple and fun. You can also make leaf puppets by taping craft sticks to the back of leaves and creating faces by adding googly eyes and mouths.
A popsicle stick pumpkin frame is another adorable fall crafting idea. Paint craft sticks orange, use glue to create a square, add a brown paper stem, and attach a piece of green curling ribbon. This sweet frame is perfect for displaying seasonal pumpkin patch pictures. Magnets can be added to the back of the frame or a ribbon can be attached to the top for hanging.
Coming up with crafts that peak the interests of tweens and teens requires some extra thought. Choosing interesting materials (e.g. paint, yarn, a glue gun, etc.) is helpful. A fall-themed monogram frame, made using dollar store supplies, is a perfect project for this age group. This project requires an unfinished wooden letter, a dollar store frame, fall-themed scrapbook paper, paint, and a piece of ribbon. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit inside the frame, place the paper inside the frame, paint the wooden letter, and (using hot glue) attach the wooden letter to middle of the frame. Hot glue can also be used to add a piece of ribbon for hanging.
Tweens and teens might also enjoy painting rocks with fall pictures, making pom poms from orange yarn that can be turned into pumpkins by adding brown pipe cleaner stems and green felt leaves, and crafting vases from old jars covered with fall leaves and decoupage.
Adults can engage in fall crafting too. It’s a wonderful creative outlet, money saver, and stress reliever. This year, I made a simple “cozy” autumn wreath for my front door. I covered a foam wreath by wrapping it in white yarn and securing the yarn periodically with hot glue. Then, I used a maple leaf cookie cutter as a template and cut several fall-coloured leaves from felt. I attached the leaves to the wreath using a bit of hot glue, and finished the wreath by wrapping twine around the leaves to create an “argyle” pattern. There is nothing like creating an easy, inexpensive, and unique piece of handmade seasonal décor.
Getting crafty is a fantastic way for kids and adults to mark the change in seasons… and it is budget friendly too. Grab some cheap supplies, use your imagination, and have some fall fun!