10 Fun Fall Activities
Set the theme with this simple, low-cost craft for fall. Add variety to your display by making orange pumpkins, too!
What you'll need: Colored cardstock, brads, scissors, hole punch
- Cut leaves and punch a hole in the end of each leaf.
- Cut colored cardstock into four 10-inch by ½ inch strips, and punch a hole in both ends of each strip and in the center.
- Place brad through all 4 center holes, then another brad through all end holes.
- Spread strips in a circle and secure the brad.
These fall-inspired cookies are made from kids' favorite sweets.
Mini Keebler Fudge Stripe cookies
- Attach Hershey's kiss to bottom of a mini Keebler stripe cookie with a dot of icing.
- Place a small amount of icing in the center hole of the cookie and insert a short piece of black licorice for your stem.
Frame Your Fall
Gather a few fall leaves from your garden and turn them into works of art. Press your leaves between a glass frame and display them on your mantle all year-round.
Message in a Bottle
Recycle some bottles to make a great table centerpiece or windowsill decoration.
What you'll need: vinyl, brown empty jars, craft scissors, Mod Podge, bundles of wheat
Make it: If your bottles have labels, soak them in warm water for 10-20 minutes and then rub off the label. Spell out "FALL" with your favorite font on your computer, and print. Trace onto some vinyl sheets and cut with craft scissors. Apply Mod Podge to the backs of your letters and attach to the bottles. Finally, insert a bunch of wheat stems into the bottle -- you want them to fit snugly.
Crafts for Kids: Cozy Critters
Felt Leaf Garland
Link together these felt leaves to add some fall color to your house.
What you'll need: cardboard or paper, different colored felt, brown or black thread, scissors
Make it: Make several leaf templates -- you can trace real leaves or freehand a few. Trace your template onto different colored felt and cut out. Using a sewing machine, add the leaf vein detail. Keep threading the leaves without cutting the thread, and you'll automatically link your leaves into a fun, colorful garland.
String up some pompoms and pinecones to make this simple fall decoration.
What you'll need: pinecones, a bag of pompoms, heavy-duty thread, needle
Make it: Thread your needle and push it through five different color pompoms, leaving a little space between each one. Then, tie on a pinecone by wrapping your thread around the first few prongs of the cone. Continue this until your garland is as long as you like, and hang it from your mantle, your door, or your entry table.
For a simple, crowd-pleasing treat try these tasty baked apples.
A precut presentation board from an office supply store becomes a perfect toss board for these apple-toss beanbags. Let the games begin!
What You'll Need
Box cutter, straight edge, tri-fold presentation board, pencil, bowl or other round object, craft paint, paintbrush, packing tape, hole punch (optional), 1 yard ribbon (optional)
- Using a box cutter and a straight edge, cut both flaps of the presentation board from the bottom inner corner to the top outer corner in a straight diagonal and fold flaps under to give the board its incline.
- With a pencil, draw a tree and, using a bowl as a guide, trace 3 circles within the leafy part of the tree.
- Cut out circles with box cutter.
- Paint red rings around the cutout circles, then paint tree trunk and leaves.
- To make the flaps stand at a right angle, reinforce with a piece of packing tape. For a more permanent reinforcement, punch holes in the top corners of the flaps and thread a piece of ribbon through holes. Knot ribbon to secure.
Shortcut Pumpkin Bread
Jazz up a box of cake mix with some canned pumpkin puree.