With the warm months of summer finally over, it’s time to find some entertaining indoor activities for your children. One of the best indoor activities is crafts time. Crafts teach children artistic skills, problem-solving, and help them express their unique personalities. In order to get you started, I’ve put together a list of my favorite Fall crafts to do this time of year. These crafts will keep your children engaged, help foster some quality bonding time, and will create some fun, memorable keepsakes. So if you are looking for something to do this autumn, try one of these great crafts:
Paper Plate Leaf Wreath
Decorative wreaths aren’t just for Christmas, they can also make a wonderful addition to your Fall decor.
A paper plate leaf wreath can be made in a variety of ways depending on what you have handy around the house or in your backyard. Hang it on your front door to greet all your guests!
Another great craft using leaves is to make people out of them.
Challenge your kids to make your whole family, their best friends, or even their favorite animal.
Then put these great portraits in a frame or hang them on the refrigerator.
Dough Leaf Ornaments
I love making homemade ornaments during Christmas, so I love that this clever crafter made them for Fall. Making this is easy.
You simply make a salt dough or use a simple white clay, bake per the instructions, and then decorate. You can decorate them with anything you have around the house from glitter to paint to paper decoupage.
Don’t forget to puncture a hole at the top so you can hang them around your home or outside on your Fall tree for everyone to enjoy them.
Glue Ghoulery Ghost Necklace
From the queen of crafts herself, Martha Stewart, this fun necklace was designed as a Halloween accessory.
However, I think the technique can be used to make any kind of fun Fall shape your child can dream up.
Pine Cone Bird Feeders
You may remember this timeless craft from your children. With the winter coming, birds flying South may be having a hard time finding good food to eat. A perfectly placed bird food snack will give them all the energy they need to make it to their winter home. Make sure to put it near a window, so you and your children can watch for the birds stop by for a meal.
Ringlet T-Shirt Scarf
This wearable craft is perfect for older kids and teens and the scarf is so unique, you’ll want to make one for yourself. You’ll finally get some use out of those old t-shirts and you can even make a few for some fun Christmas gifts for your loved ones.
Do you have a child who loves glitter and glitz and all things sparkly? These shiny bedazzled gourds will make them swoon. They are super simple to make and will glam up any dull area of your home. The best part about these gourds is once you make them, they will keep season after season, so you’ll always have something fabulous to decorate your home with during the Fall.
Write a Letter to Santa
Another great Fall craft idea is to take the time to write a letter to Santa. My husband loves all the letters he gets from children every year! Once you send the letter onto the North Pole, you can make sure Santa responds by signing your child up for a Package from Santa. Your child will receive a letter personally addressed to them, along with a package chock full of goodies from the North Pole! Santa (with your help) can speak to all the specifics that your child included in his/her letter to Santa. This fun tradition is sure to create Christmas magic that will last a lifetime. It’ll be so special you’ll want to do it every year.
Also, if you make any of these great crafts be sure to share them with us on Twitter @santaletters1, my husband and I can’t wait to see what you and your children make this Fall!