Arts & Crafts
Fall Arts & Crafts For Kids
Celebrate the changing season with these colorful crafts for aspiring artists–from a genius Thanksgiving kids' table idea to a new twist on our go-to playdough recipe along with simple cozy gifts to make for the holidays.
A Colorful Cornucopia
Paper pad or butcher paper
How-to: Lay several pieces of ornamental corn along the center of the table for decoration and encourage kids to trace the outline of the corn, draw in the kernels, and embellish with watercolor.
Cardboard Tube Hedgehog
Toilet paper roll
Collect leaves on a walk and pull a cardboard roll out of the recycling. Pinch slightly and cut one side to create the hedgehog's nose and belly. Paint the hedgehog's eyes, nose, and stomach. Add glue to the tube and add dried leaves as quills.
Egg Carton Mushrooms
Air dray clay or playdough
Break sticks into small pieces the size you'd like your mushrooms and paint them white. Next, cut an egg carton to create the mushroom caps and paint them red and white. Here, we used the sections that separate the eggs for tall, skinny shrooms. Then, roll a small ball of air dry clay or playdough to support the mushroom. Smoosh the stick into the clay and top it with glue & the mushroom cap.
Cozy Pom Pom
U-shaped pom pom maker
How-to: Wrap yarn around a U-shaped pom pom maker. Secure with embroidery floss, tying tightly around the center of the yarn. Slide the yarn off the maker and secure again with floss. Trim with sharp scissors until it's a sphere, then fluff it into a pretty pom pom. For more tips and designs Purl Soho has a thorough guide and inspiration.
Fall Seasonal Mobile
A long branch wrapped into a circle or an embroidery hoop
Thread, string, or fishing line
Objects collected in nature
How-to:Collect materials like leaves, pinecones, or seedpods while you're out on a walk or in the backyard. Tie a piece of string to each object and tie them to your circle, arranging them in a way that looks great to you.
Polka Dot Pumpkins
Paint & Paint Brushes
How-to: Set a pumpkin on a table in front of your budding artist, along with a pencil and paper. Tape vellum over the paper and add spots of color, just like artist Yayoi Kusama. You can create new prints and patterns by swapping out the vellum for a new sheet.
Make Your Own Playdough
4 cups of flour
3 1/2 cups of hot water
1 cup of salt
4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
Food coloring and essential oils
How-to: Add the flour, salt, and cream of tartar to a pot over the stove. Add hot water and oil along with food coloring and essential oils if you'd like. Stir until it becomes a ball. Let the dough cool until it's not hot to the touch and knead until smooth. Store in a container or airtight bag to keep it soft.
How-to: Create a circular wreath template out of cardboard. Add rubber bands to the cardboard circle and tape them in place. Add evergreen branches, berry bunches, or any other nature bits you find by sliding them under the rubber bands. Find the full directions and more inspiration at Little Pine Learners
Rolled Beeswax Candles
Honeycomb beeswax sheets
How-to: Cut a beeswax sheet in half. Press a string into the edge of the sheet, making sure there is an additional 1" of wick at the top of the candle. Fold the outside edge of the sheet on top of the wick and continue rolling the sheet until you have a long cylinder.
Create a Fall Fairy Garden
Plants and flowers
How-to: Lay out all the materials and let kids add them to their terracotta planter, starting with potting soil and pea gravel, and then adding plants and decorations.
Thanks to our crafty contributors!
Laura Prietto lives in California and shares colorful crafts and DIYS with her two girls through her Instagram.
Purl Soho is the best source for sewing, quilting, knitting, and fiber crafts.
Fanny & Alexander creates toys fro m natural materials along with beautiful books for kids and the adults who love them.
Oh! Canary offers workshops, camps, and classes for kids 1+ in South Orange, New Jersey with materials that celebrate play and promote artisitic development.
Allison Klein is the foudn er of Rose & Rex, a retailer with toys thoughtfully selected by education professionals to foster well-rounded skill building.
Little Pine Learners is a resource for ideas to inspire kids to spend more time learning and playing outdoors.
Kristen from Live Simply shares tips for simplif ying food and natural living on her blog.
Tami O'Malley shares creative DIYs, curated finds, and inspiration for creative living.