Bringing sights, sounds, and smells that are both new and familiar, there's nothing like the changing seasons.
With that in mind, we've scoured the blogosphere for a round-up of blog posts sporting simply adorable craft tutorials for fall. Catering to a wide range of ages and interests, we're sure you'll find something your little ones will fall in love with.
For an unforgettable sensory experience for kids of all ages, follow the example of Carla from Small + Friendly. She provides a recipe for homemade pumpkin-scented playdough, plus suggestions for collecting found fall objects. Nature walk, anyone?
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Dana from MADE takes macaroni crafting to new heights with these Spaghetti Box Feathers. The kids can customize color combinations with their favorite autumn hues and use them any way they choose. We love the idea of these feathers hanging from a mobile or garland, arranged in a centerpiece, or even hanging from a necklace.
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A simple salt dough recipe is a crafty kid's best friend for creating ornaments for all seasons. Heidi of Honey Bear Lane walks readers, step-by-step, through the process of constructing these sweet Autumn Leaf Ornaments.
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The entire family will love constructing these crafty paper pumpkins from scrapbooking materials. Using the template from I Heart Naptime, you can create an entire patch of pumpkins of varying sizes and prints.
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What kid doesn't love a nice and sticky hands-on project? Well, this post from Allison of Learn Play Imagine takes the sticky, hands-on concept to an entirely new level with the added WOW factor of autumn-scented artwork. Make sure you have a muffin tin on-hand for easy distribution—and plenty of extra paper.
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There's nothing like a lovely seasonal wreath. But this one from Kathy of Merriment Design? This one is brilliant. Start with an outing, and have kids take photos that remind them of the season. Then, showcase their photos on the wreath. If you don't have access to a Polaroid camera, use a disposable camera instead—waiting to see how the images turn out is half the fun! And since the base for the wreath is made separately, it can be repurposed to display photos all year round.
Read the Post: Urban Wreath for Fall Using Polaroids
In this post on fall crafting with autumn leaves, Mod Podge and food coloring, Pam of Gingerbread Snowflakes waxes poetic on the multiple possibilities. Our favorite is this simple Mod Podge project for mason jar candle holders. Kids will marvel at the final product, and so will you.
Read the Post: Autumn Magic! Fall Leaves, Mod Podge and Food Coloring
Fall without pumpkins? A travesty. So we always love interesting new takes on pumpkin and pumpkin-inspired treats. This sweet-to-eat pumpkin DIY by Heidi of Hands Occupied is both fun to make and eat. Heidi uses candy orange slices, so it's entirely edible—just beware of toothpicks!
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Talk about a craft that keeps on giving. This crayon craft from Jodie of Meaningful Mama doubles as imitation stained glass. It requires a hot iron—and with it, lots of supervision—but the leaves will look lovely in the windows, catching sun all season long.
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Tally of craft blog Tally's Treasure shares a tutorial for a Crayon Leaf Wreath, featuring DIY Leaf Crayons using the simplest of homemade molds. We're smitten with these marbled beauties—the kids can help make the crayons, then use the leftovers for the rest of the season.
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Using only four simple supplies—including one you can find right in your backyard—toddlers and preschoolers will have a ball crafting their own miniature trees, thanks to this tutorial from Jackie of Happy Hooligans. To adapt this craft for older kids, simply choose larger, more elaborate twigs.
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If you're anything like us, you use mason jars for a lot more than canning. And if that's the case, then you're probably left with a stack of neglected mason jar lids. So we have to extend a big thank you to Angie of Seven Clown Circus for her too-cute-to-handle DIY for a crafty pumpkin, made mostly of repurposed jar lids.
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We pretty much stay indebted to Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess for their endless crafting inspiration. So we're not surprised that they even have sweet fall DIYs that the younger set will love. This simple garland will be a hit with kids.
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Fallen leaves can be used in countless ways. Here, as shared by Jodie of Meaningful Mama, they're used for print-making. Just paint, press, and peel! Encourage the kids to mix and match paint colors and types of leaves—the possibilities are endless.
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Youngsters will love the idea of bringing the outside in—and then turning it into a friend. This simple DIY from Sylvia and Simona of Artsy Ants, makes use of autumn's bounty and requires only a few simple supplies and a helping hand.
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