fabulous fall crafts for families

Fabulous Fall Crafts for the Family

 

 

 

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

Materials:

  • 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
  • String
  • Glue or tape
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Take each toilet paper roll and cut a slit HALFWAY through.
  2. Optional Step: If you decide to paint the rolls, do this after you cut a slit and let them dry.
  3. Bend the coat hanger to form a circle. The diameter of the completed wreath is about 15 inches.
  4. 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.
  5. Tape the toilet paper rolls together on the inside of the circle together.
  6. Cut out many, many leaf shapes from the construction paper.
  7. 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

Materials:

  • 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
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Glue

Directions:

For the vase:

  1. Paper mache the jar by dipping white strips of paper into paste. Use 3 layers to cover jar.
  2. Let jar dry for a full day
  3. Decorate the jar with paint or markers.

For the flower:

  1. Cut a square of tissue paper about 2″ by 2″.
  2. Place a ¼ of a cotton ball in the center of tissue square.
  3. 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.
  4. Cut out petals from the colored tissue paper. Place 4 or 5 petals around the cotton filled tissue paper by either taping or gluing.
  5. 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

Materials:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Yarn/string
  • 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)

  1. Combine your dry ingredients of flour and salt.
  2. Slowly add water, mixing until you have a dough-like consistency.
  3. Divide the dough into 3-4 even clumps
  4. 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!

Arts and crafts are more than just fun.  Read here for 5 developmental benefits of arts and crafts!