We’ve been crafting up a storm lately and I thought I’d clump a bunch of the kid projects into one great post.    I’ve definitely trained my kids well when it comes to crafting, and even my three-year-old boy can spend hours cutting, gluing, and drawing at the table next to me. Who needs TV shows when you have glue?!
5 Fall Crafts for Kids
1. Rainbow Pumpkins
We adore magazines and one of our favorites is Oriental Trading. We can spend hours looking at all the fun things for sale. Oriental Trading had these nifty black pumpkins that you can scratch off the black to make a face and it is rainbow underneath. My daughter really wanted them, so we decided to recreate our own rainbow-faced pumpkins.
Just paint a rainbow with watercolor paints on a paper, let the rainbow dry, outline your pumpkin with black ink (or watered down black acrylic paint), and then fill in the pumpkin with black. Happy rainbow pumpkins; Macey’s jack-lantern dream come true! Our paper got all warped from the watercolors so I set it under a heavy book overnight once dried. Using a heavier card stock or watercolor paper would eliminate the paper waveys.
5 Fall Crafts for Kids

2. Apple Stamps

This is an oldie but goodie in my book. Just chop an apple in half (through the middle, not stem to end) and the center seeds make a star shape. Dip the cut edges in paint and stamp away. My kids loved this because it’s novel; I only bust this out when apples are on our tree ready for picking.

5 Fall Crafts for Kids

3. Marshmallow Stamps

We were munching on mallows while crafting and Henry used his as a stamp (just a regular sized marshmallow). Again, they loved it because it was novel and it worked incredibly well.

marshmallow stamps, paint with marshmallows

One of the things that I liked about marshmallow stamping was that it was easy to assign one marshmallow to each color of paint. Sometimes the only paintings I have on my fridge are brownish-black because the kids just swirl all the colors together when painting with a brush. The marshmallows were fat enough for my fifteen-month-old to manage on his own too; I just had to make sure he didn’t eat what he was painting with!

The marshmallow stamps would make great fall leaves on a tree or apples the kids could add a stem to if you are wanting a little more than polka-dots

marshmallow painting

4. Painted Clay Shapes/Magnets

I love Pinterest (you can find me here). I found a really neat clay, similar to salt dough, but the result is much nicer and pure white. It’s made by cooking baking soda, corn starch, and water on the stove until it makes a dough. I rolled it out like cookies and then used cookie cutters to cut fall shapes (apples, leaves, pumpkins). You just bake the clay in the oven to harden it and you are ready to paint. The recipe and detailed instructions on the great plain white modeling clay can be found at The Woodside Kitchen. I’m planning a full tutorial on it later because I liked it so much.

I glued a round magnet to the back of these and we are sending them to my sister in Argentina. I think she’ll like a little fall fridge art even though it is super-duper hot there.

easy play pumpkins, easy clay crafts for kids
5. Watercolor and ink-blown shadow trees
This is by far my favorite of the art projects listed and I hope you try it. We actually did this when I was a kid at Hope Elementary. I obviously liked it all those years ago to remember it still.
Paint a paper with sunset-inspired colors. After the water colors have dried put a few drops of ink (or watered-down black acrylic paint) on the paper and use a straw to blow the ink around. Add a few more drops, here and there, and continue blowing until you have something resembling a tree. Use a brush (or your finger) to paint a landscape on the bottom of the page. Once the black has dried, use a black marker to add more details. Permanent markers are nice and dark but a washable one would work, too. My paper got all warped from the watercolors so I set it under a heavy book overnight once dried. Using a heavier cardstock or watercolor paper would eliminate the paper waveys.
I added a moon, a witch on a broom stick, two owls in the tree, a haunted house with a claw coming out of the door on the hill, and a little graveyard and fence. You could add anything you like!
water color and ink craft, spooky tree craft, water color ideas for kids

These are quick, easy, and I’m sure you have all the stuff at home to do them. Just lay out all the supplies, whip up of a batch of homemade graham crackers for a snack, turn on your favorite  Halloween tunes, and surprise your kids when they walk in the door from school. You’ll have a fridge full of art before dinner.

If you try any of these I’d love to know about it. Thanks so much for reading and happy crafting to you.

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15 Responses
  1. willowday

    These are such great Fall Crafts! I love making the apple prints and have always wanted to make the blown paintings…. did I as a kid, I wonder? It’s the kind of craft that if one hasn’t, they hope they did! Cute post.

  2. Sarah

    Do NOT use finger paints for the apple painting. I tried that & it didn’t work very well. I think regular paint must stick on the apple better. That blown art is out of this world!! You need to submit that picture to a family magazine or something. SO cool!

  3. Janet

    I am home sick from school today and was looking for a fall art project for my 5th graders. I think the sunset and blown black ink will be a lot of fun for them! Thanks for the inspiration!

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