Fun Fall Crafts for Kids

Celebrate the arrival of autumn with these fun seasonal projects

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Halloween Kid Craft Paper Pumpkins

Aaron Dyer

Paper Pumpkins

These simple pumpkins inspired by paper-chain dolls let kids create a string of festive faces. For the small trio shown here, download our template, below. Accordion-fold an 18- by 5-inch piece of orange paper (tape two pieces together, if needed) into six 3-inch sections. Using the template, cut out the shape. For symmetrical features, cut them from a sheet of black paper folded in half. Attach them with a glue stick.

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Photo by Aaron Dyer, Idea by Jean Van't Hul of ArtfulParent.com

Autumn Art

Use beautiful fall leaves as canvases for doodle designs. Press colorful finds inside a heavy book for about 10 days, then draw on them with metallic paint markers. To add a bit more strength and shine, seal the finished leaves with Mod Podge.

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Crafts for Kids: Cozy Critters

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Photo by Laura Johansen, Idea by Kimberly Stoney

Swab Skeletons

Make no bones about it: this is a spellbinding Halloween party craft! Cover a work area with plastic wrap, then set out cotton swabs, cotton balls, black paper, and glue. Using plenty of glue, your guests can build skeletons from the swabs, cutting them into different lengths as needed, then attach cotton ball skulls and black paper faces. When the glue is dry, the skeletons can be hung up with thread.

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Photo by Laura Johansen, Idea by Natasha Collins

Give a Hoot

This statuesque owl was hatched from humble origins--namely, a cardboard tube and paper cupcake liners--so you don't need to be talon-ted to make one!

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Photo by Ed Judice, Idea By Tova Opatrny

Make an Apple Cozy

It can be a bruising ride to school in a kid's lunch box. Protect fruit from dirt and dings with a fleece pouch.

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Photo by Laura Johansen

Fun With Leaves

Encourage your family to take a fresh look at nature by making an ecofriendly art project, like this adorable autumn crown or an outdoor leaf sculpture.

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Alexandra Grablewski

Acorn Squirrel

The mighty oak may grow from a single acorn, but for this cute craft project, you'll need two.

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