Fall is a great time to let your imagination and creativity flow. Here are just a few of many crafts you can make with the fruits of fall. So get outside, get collecting, and get creative!
Leaf Rubbings — Gather a variety of leaves (or tree bark, pine needles, rocks, or other plants). Place them under a sheet of paper, and color evenly over it with a regular graphite pencil, or experiment with crayons, colored pencils, or charcoal. Identify which leaves you have found in a guidebook of trees in your area. Kids can make their own leaf books with their rubbings and label the different kinds of leaves.
Acorns abound! Gather a bag full, being sure to pick ones that are intact and don’t have any worms in them. Kids can get creative by drawing or painting faces on them to make acorn people. Remove the lids and glue on a little bit of fabric or yarn to make hair before gluing the top back on as a hat.
“Rubber Stamp” Prints. Make a stamp out of an apple or potato. Cut it in half, dip it into a paper plate of acrylic paint, and press it onto paper. You can make lovely cards, placemats, or gift bags. Use fabric paint and make special fall napkins or a tablecloth.
Clove Apples produce a spicy, clove aroma that will last for months. Press the pointy ends of whole cloves into an apple. Cover the entire surface, or make designs. They make great decorations. Tie colorful ribbon around it and hang it up or set it on a windowsill.
Pumpkins–whether you like to paint or carve them, pumpkins provide a great substance for fall creativity. But don’t forget small gourds as well. Decorate them with googly eyes or paint. Use your imagination. Sponsor a pumpkin-decorating contest in your neighborhood or school.
What do you create this time of year? Share your craft ideas here.