Kid-Friendly Fall Craft Projects: From Halloween Pumpkins to Thanksgiving Turkeys
1. Paint Halloween PumpkinsCarved pumpkins can last only days, so consider decorating Halloween gourds using paint or markers to create ghoulish faces. Better yet, use craft glue to attach paper, fabric or dried leaves in rustic, fall-theme or family-focused designs. Then your pumpkins can continue to star in holiday home decorating plans right through Thanksgiving!
2. Fall Leaf Wreath
A TIP FOR QUICK-DRYING FALL LEAVES: Collect colorful, unblemished leaves that have not begun to curl or crumple. Place small batches between layers of paper towel or parchment, and dry in the microwave. Start with 10-15 seconds then check, adding seconds until fully dry (microwave powers vary and leaves can burn, so check often to learn what works for you). If desired, give microwave-dried leaves a final quick flattening with a hot iron.For a 16” wreath, you will need: 60-80 dried fall leaves, cardboard or heavy cardstock, box cutter or craft scissors, a stapler and staples, craft glue or a hot glue gun.
- On the cardboard, draw a 13” circle within a 16” circle. (Hint: Use a drawing compass or trace plates or bowls to draw the circles. Measurements do not have to be exact!) Cut out the circles to create your wreath form.
- Starting at the top, just to the right of center, staple on a small cluster of leaves. Moving down the curve, staple another group placed to cover the first staple and stems of the first batch. Continue moving downward along the curve until half the wreath is covered. Then, starting again at the top, work down the other side.
- When wreath is fully covered, use craft or hot glue to add a few more leaves to cover any thin spots or visible staples. Allow to dry.
- Glue or staple a loop of twine for hanging this ultra-light wreath OR make several to use for table-setting or placing under a fall-theme entryway display.