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Kids Crafts-Five Fall Crafts For Kids

Updated on June 7, 2016

Fall Art For Children

Five Fall craft ideas for kids. Some of the best times I can remember about Fall are the wonderful crafts my mother would teach us to do with pine cones and leaves. I can remember as a child making beautiful crafts for kids to decorate the house. My room was decorated every Fall with leaves, pine cones, gourds and pumpkins. It always made me feel that Fall was a special time of the year for crafts. Even today as an adult I feel the need to do crafting and to use these Fall items to decorate my own home.

The memories of raking up piles of leaves and the special smell of the earthy leaves bring me back to my childhood. I can remember piling into our old station wagon for a trip out to the cider mill. There you could smell the leaves and the fresh smell of ripen apples and of course a wagon ride out to the apple orchard for picking our bushel. We would pick the apples there and mom would always make fresh baked apples and apple pies.

We always brought home pumpkins from the apple orchard and I would always pick out some small ones to keep in my room to make crafts. I decorated my room with the projects we made, which included leave rubbings, leaves preserved between 2 sheets of waxed paper, pine cones hung from strings, and wreaths made from a combination of leaves and pine cones. Thinking about how it looked brings me back to the old days.

Crayola Colored Pencils, 50 Count, Adult Coloring
Crayola Colored Pencils, 50 Count, Adult Coloring

Color pencils for leaf rubbing pictures.


Fall Projects - Cool Ideas

Art Projects

1. Waxed Paper Leaves-Take 2 sheets of wax paper of equal size. Position one over a white sheet of paper on the ironing board. Then have your child arrange the leaves on to the waxed paper. Next place the other sheet of waxed paper over the leaves and cover with another piece of white paper. Take a hot iron and press the paper until the wax melts together. When the paper has cooled remove the white paper from either side, leaving the waxed paper intact. Trim the edges of the waxed paper and you have a preserved leaf craft fit for hanging. I liked to hang mine in the window so I could admire my beautiful leaves in the sun light and think of crafts to do next year.

2. Leaf Rubbings-Have the children gather freshly fallen leaves with good textures. Take the leaves into the house and position them face down and cover with a white sheet of paper of unused newsprint paper covering the leaves. Then have the children use crayons or colored pencils to rub over the paper. The texture of the leaves will be transferred on to the paper for decorative images of leaves. These can be hung or placed in frames for crafts decorations. I have picture frames I use to hang each child's art and change them out with new projects. This keeps the clutter down and only the best are displayed in our kitchen. I keep the other ones stored in an old suit case I use for old art. Each child has a suit case of art I will give them when they have children of their own.

3.Pine Cone Bird Feeders-Children love to watch birds eat the food from their pine cone bird feeders. Simply take opened pine cone you gather from the ground and cover them with either peanut butter or shortening. The children can then roll the pine cones in bird seed or oatmeal. Then tie a string or a piece of yarn around the prepare pine cone and hang from a tree of shepherds hook. The bird will come flocking to eat the special treats your special child has made for them.

4.Pumpkins Decorating-Purchase small pumpkins or gourds. Using ordinary craft paint faces can be painted on pumpkins and gourds. Make a template and trace out in pencil the area that is desired for painting. Using a sharpie marker retrace the features made with the pencil. Next have the children paint in the face using craft paint. When the face has been painted and dried a top coat of clear finish can be used to preserve the decorations.

5.Leaf Wreaths-Start this craft with a purchase or homemade straw wreath. Using a sharpened pencil or large dulled nail let the kids poke the ends of the leaves into the wreath. Completely cover the wreath with leaves (start with freshly fallen NOT Dried leaves). Another option is to cut small squares (4" x 4") of seasonal fabric and poke the center of the square into the wreath. This can be done anytime of the year to create beautiful decorative wreaths. The wreath can also be embellished with acorns, pine cones, Indian corn, Christmas ornaments, silk flowers or any seasonal decoration.

Find Beautiful Leaf Specimens When Making Crafts for Kids Projects

Find Beautiful Leaf Specimens for Projects
Find Beautiful Leaf Specimens for Projects

Kids fall crafts

Look for Deep Rich Color to Create Crafts

Look for Deep Rich Color to Create Crafts
Look for Deep Rich Color to Create Crafts

Squares of fabric poked into a straw wreath. You can use pinking shears on the edge of each square.

Squares of fabric poked into a straw wreath. You can use pinking shears on the edge of each square.
Squares of fabric poked into a straw wreath. You can use pinking shears on the edge of each square.

Cook up something in the kitchen

Children Love to Cook - Fall Food

Stained windows

Fall Recipes

Baked Apples

6 baking apples

cinnamon or apple pie spice

sugar, or sugar sweetened red pop

Using a small spoon to dig out the core of each apple creating a tunnel from top to bottom of the apple. Place the apple top side up in a baking dish, use a glass dish if you are baking them in the microwave oven. When using the sugar method put about ½ inch of water in the bottom of the baking dish evenly distribute sugar over the top and through the center of the apples. If you prefer the red pop method, pour the red soda over the apples. In both methods season with cinnamon of apple pie spice to desired taste. Bake in a 375 degree conventional oven until tender about 30 minutes or use a microwave oven on high and cook until tender.

Serve the apples warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. whipped cream or plain cream.

Apple Crisp

8-10 baking apples

1 tsp cinnamon or apple pie spice

½ to 1 cup of sugar (adjust to your level of sweetness)

1 tablespoon of flour or cornstarch


1 tablespoon of flour or cornstarch

2 tablespoons of butter or margarine

¼ cup of oatmeal flakes

Let the kids peel the apple and remove the cores. Then cut the apples into bite size pieces and place into a baking dish. Add sugar and seasoning and stir. Mix the flour or cornstarch, with the butter and oatmeal flakes and sprinkle evenly over the top of the apples in the baking dish. Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes or until tender and browned.

Raisins may be added to the apple and sugar mixture for extra nutrition. Kids love making this simple recipe as much as they enjoy eating it. Serve warm.

Yummy baked apple

Yummy baked apple
Yummy baked apple

Delicious Apple Crisp

Delicious Apple Crisp
Delicious Apple Crisp

Fall Idea Books

19 Fall Craft Ideas For Kids: Inspiration From The Nation's Most Creative Blogs
19 Fall Craft Ideas For Kids: Inspiration From The Nation's Most Creative Blogs

A great book to inspire creative fall crafts. Get one today before they are all gone.


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    • Christine Dever profile image

      Christine Dever 4 years ago

      Lots of great ideas here. We haven't actually done much crafting lately, but with this inspiration, maybe we'll give it a try! Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love the pine cones and leaves projects most and my daughter and I do some simple baking together.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image

      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I like pumpkin coloring and decorating.

    • BaptismalGownsP profile image

      BaptismalGownsP 4 years ago

      I love all the things that can be done with fall leaves and pinecones - thanks for the reminders. Just waiting for the leaves to start changing round here so we can get to your suggestions!!!