Get creative as a family this autumn with these 30 fun fall crafts for kids! Your children are sure to love several of the projects here. Scroll down to see them!
Kids are back in school, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep crafting at home. You’re also going to need something for them to do during those fall breaks or cool weekend days that are coming up. So how about some fun fall craft ideas?
Simple Autumn Crafts for Kids
The most fun autumn crafts for kids, in my humble opinion, are the easy crafts that are a play off of everyday decorations or ideas – but they use fall colors.
For example, decorating mason jars but with orange, red, and brown tissue paper. Or a paper plate wreath with leaves cut out of construction paper.
When considering what fall crafts for kids you want to make, you can look up a variety of your favorite creative ideas for littles and just convert them to the season by selecting the right palette and materials.
One thing I love about crafting with children is that 9 times out of 10 you can throw a variety of supplies in front of them and they’ll start gluing and cutting and making it work.
As adults, we tend to overthink things. Let your littles be creative and don’t try to control what they’re doing, even though it’s tempting!
My Favorite Materials
If you’re wondering what supplies to buy, let me give you a few suggestions. Of course there’s scrapbook paper and paint in fall colors . . . but what else could you get? Here are some of my favorites:
- Natural materials – leaves, pinecones, acorns (dry them to remove worms), twigs
- Tissue paper
- Felt – I really like the sparkly and/or adhesive felt!
- Cork (especially wine corks for stamps)
- Beads – wood, plastic, perler
- Foil (which you can paint)
- Pom poms – I love the assortment bags at Michaels with the fall colors
I really love fall crafts for kids specifically because I love orange, so the various shades of the season inspire me. Pick your favorite color(s) of autumn and let it inspire you when you purchase supplies.
Where to Buy Supplies
Obviously craft stores are going to be your best bet for purchasing fall craft supplies, but I want you to consider two other options. First, check online because you can find some smokin’ deals. My favorite sites are Oriental Trading Company, eBay, and even Wish.
eBay and Wish are similar in that they are both like thrift stores and you have to sort through everything to find the good stuff. Wish is especially like an online junk yard, but I find supplies I really like on occasion, so it’s worth searching.
Besides shopping online, let’s not forget the biggest source of fall craft supplies: nature! I love using leaves, acorns, twigs, etc. in all of my autumn projects, and kids love them too. And of course the best part is that they are free.
Are you ready to see the ideas? Here they are!
Fall Crafts for Kids
Celebrate the fall season with these 30 fun fall crafts for kids. There are animals, leaves, trees, and some no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas on this list! You are sure to find a few fun ideas to try.
Fox Gift Box
Make a super cute woodland themed gift box with this fun fox craft idea! Kids will love making it and you probably have a lot of the supplies already.
DIY Fall Garland
This autumn craft is more appropriate for older children, or at least requires supervision of younger children since they’ll be using a needle.
This fun forest animal gets its spikes from real leaves! I’m thinking you can do a variety of animals this way! The website is in Bulgarian but you don’t need a tutorial for this autumn craft – it’s pretty self explanatory.
Fabric Covered Pumpkins
Use a cool and modern fabric to make these unique fabric covered pumpkins! You’ll love this easy, no carve idea made with Mod Podge.
Coffee Can Scarecrow
This is probably one of the cutest scarecrows I’ve ever seen! I love his happy little face. Not only could you make this out of a coffee can, but you could use oatmeal containers or any other cylindrical container that tickles your fancy.
DIY Mini Fall Banners
Fall banners are easy to make out of felt, and perfect for celebrating the season! Learn how to make this mini version, easy for all ages.
Origami Pumpkin Garland
I love the pumpkins made using origami for this garland. The paper folding technique may be better for older children. Younger ones could cut out pumpkin shapes for their garland.
Apple Pie Play Dough
You probably have the ingredients to make this apple pie play dough in your cabinet right now! It’s very easy to make, silky smooth, and smells amazing. Don’t forget to seal it in an air proof container between play sessions.
Carving pumpkins can get messy, so grab the mini gourds from the grocery or dollar store and attach some confetti! Anyone can do this project and these will last for the entire season.
Fall Leaf Chalk Pastel Art
You can download the leaf templates provided or draw ones of your own to make this project. Use cotton swabs to smudge the chalk if your kids don't like getting messy.
Grab your yarn scraps in pretty fall colors for this project. Kids will have fun blowing up balloons and wrapping them with yarn to make pumpkins.
Paper Plate Sloth In Pumpkin
Construction paper, an orange plate and glue will get you started on this super cute craft. Have fun making up stories about why the sloth is hiding.
Leaf Stamping Fall Tree
I don’t know about you, but I have a ton of toilet paper rolls that I’ve saved for just such an occasion! Use the ends of the rolls to make stamps that look just like leaves.
Fall Leaf Coasters
Kids will love cutting leaf shapes out of tissue paper, then they can Mod Podge to simple ceramic tiles. Make this autumn craft even more fantastic by adding a little gold glitter! You can adapt this idea to a variety of holidays.
Fall Tree Luminaries
If you like fall crafts for kids that can be used as décor, these mason jars are going to be right up your alley! If your child can tear tissue paper and use a paint brush, this is worth trying.
Handprint Fall Tree Plaque
Say hello to fall with your kids—make this fun handprint plaque that would look great in an entryway.
Autumn Tree Painting
Cotton balls dipped in autumn paint colors are used to make the leaves on this beautiful tree.
Glittery slime that smells of cinnamon as you play with it. Bonus? This slime recipe doesn't use Borax!
A cross between play dough and slime, moon sand is fun to make and a blast to play with! The addition of pumpkin spice makes it smell like fall baking.
The tissue paper used in these suncatchers really make them look like stained glass. Feel free to make your own leaf shapes, or download the templates provided.
Fall Handprint Tree
Kids love handprint crafts. This one comes together as a fall tree. If you make these each year, you can see how the trees will grow!
Seed Picture Garland
Beans and seeds in an array of fall colors are used to make these pictures that come together as garland.
Preschoolers will love watching their windsocks blow in the breeze with beautiful fall colors.
Paper Plate Wreath
The mixture of felt and foam leaf shapes adds depth to this wreath. It is easy to put together with a hot glue gun and paper plate.
Make a paper pumpkin, step by step! Kids are going to love this fun craft idea for fall and Halloween.
Cinnamon Salt Dough Leaf Ornaments
This project uses leaf-shaped cookie cutters and an autumn spice salt dough recipe. The end result is not only pretty, it smells wonderful!
Use caps from acorns to cover a dollar wood frame – and place one of your favorite fall images within! This can stay out through Thanksgiving. Looks cute with free printables, too.
Cute Acorn Craft For Kids
The pipe cleaner arms and legs are just so cute on these fun acorns. Your kids will have fun drawing different expressions and waving the hands!
Paper Plate Owl Craft
I love a good paper plate craft! This one even provides a downloadable pattern to help with the design.
Pom Pom Pumpkin Patch On Paper
Download the free printable and get started on your new pom pom pumpkin patch now! No kid can resist googly eyes.
Fall Leaf Crowns
Collect some of your favorite leaves while out on a walk and make a fun crown from your findings!
Now that you’ve checked out these autumn crafts for kids, I think you’ll like the following ideas:
Wednesday 14th of November 2018
Fantastic creativity!! These crafts are very interesting and I think it’s too simple idea ..thx for sharing!
Saturday 10th of November 2018
Wow! These are all fantastic. Really the best collection of craft for kids. Love your craft. Thanks!
Friday 25th of October 2013
The hedgey is so cute!! I love him. ;)
Friday 11th of October 2013
Thanks Amy for the feature! :)