The shorter days and cooler nights mean fall is here! Get into the spirit of the season with these fun fall crafts.
Fabulous Fall Crafts for the Family:
Autumn Wreath—TP (toilet paper) Style
- Wire coat hanger
- 14 to 16 toilet paper rolls
- Construction paper red, orange and/or yellow (fall colors)
- Optional: Neutral color paint like brown, yellow, or black
- Glue or tape
- Take each toilet paper roll and cut a slit HALFWAY through.
- Optional Step: If you decide to paint the rolls, do this after you cut a slit and let them dry.
- Bend the coat hanger to form a circle. The diameter of the completed wreath is about 15 inches.
- Using the slits cut halfway through the rolls, slide each of your toilet paper rolls onto the hanger to form a big circle of toilet paper rolls.
- Tape the toilet paper rolls together on the inside of the circle together.
- Cut out many, many leaf shapes from the construction paper.
- Optional step: children can also do “leaf rubbings” to make leaves. To do a leaf rubbing:
- Collect leaves from outside and place them bumpy side up on a flat surface.
- Put a piece of white paper on top of leaves
- Unwrap some crayons and rub over the leaf to make your rubbing.
- Cut those rubbings out
To finish, glue the cut out leaves onto the toilet paper roll. Tie a string at the top of the wire hanger and hang up!
Autumn Vase with flowers
- Juice jar (750 ml)
- Paper mache paste (1 part flour to 5 parts water… boil about 3 minutes and let cool)
- Strips of white paper
- Paint or markers to decorate
- Tissue paper (fall colors: orange, red, yellow, brown AND white for center of flower)
- Drinking straws
- Cotton balls
- Scotch tape
For the vase:
- Paper mache the jar by dipping white strips of paper into paste. Use 3 layers to cover jar.
- Let jar dry for a full day
- Decorate the jar with paint or markers.
For the flower:
- Cut a square of tissue paper about 2″ by 2″.
- Place a ¼ of a cotton ball in the center of tissue square.
- Connect the cotton filled tissue paper to the end of the straw and wrap a piece of scotch tape around it to hold in place.
- Cut out petals from the colored tissue paper. Place 4 or 5 petals around the cotton filled tissue paper by either taping or gluing.
- Add at 3-4 rows of petals by layering them on top of each other until you have a nice full flower.
Marbled Salt Dough Leaves
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup warm water
- Leaf cookie cutter or template to cut shape out of dough
- Mod podge (optional)
- Rolling pin
- Powdered Tempera paint (fall colors)
- Drinking straw
- Cookie sheet
To Make Dough: (you may want to double the recipe if there is more than one child)
- Combine your dry ingredients of flour and salt.
- Slowly add water, mixing until you have a dough-like consistency.
- Divide the dough into 3-4 even clumps
- Add powdered tempera paint (a few teaspoons until desired shade of color is reached) to each clump.
To Create Leaves:
- Roll out colored clumps so they are about a ½ inch thick
- Use cookie cutters or cut out your own leaf shape from the dough
- Use a drinking straw to poke a hole in each leaf
- Bake for about an hour at 200 degrees…remove from oven if they are turning brown!
- Continue to let the leaves dry overnight
- Optional: use Mod Podge to paint over leaves for a glossy finish!
- Attach string to the hole and hang!
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