Fall is my favourite season and the colours and feel make it a natural time to be inspired to create autumn-inspired crafts. Here are some of our favourite easy crafts to make using things that can be found around the house. They are simple, do not require a lot of preparation and they all turned out well for us.
Toilet Paper Bird Feeder
All you need for this is a toilet paper tube, peanut butter and bird seed. I find the cheapest place to get bird seed is in the bulk bins at the grocery store or bulk bin store. You can use almond butter or Sunbutter as an alternative to the peanut butter in the case of allergies.
Spread peanut butter over the cardboard tube and roll it in the birdseed. You can then slip it right onto a tree branch or hang a string through it to hang it off a branch.
Apple Bead Tree
This is another craft made using an empty toilet paper roll. Draw the shape of a tree top on a piece of green cardstock. Glue red beads (apples) to it. When it is dry, make 2 small slits in the side of the toilet paper tube and slide the green top into the slits. (If you wanted, you could paint the “tree trunk” brown.)
With a pencil, lightly sketch what you would like to make. Using different types, sizes, shapes, and colours of beans, glue them to your paper to create the desired look. Depending on the shape chosen (leaf, tree, apple, pumpkin) and the colours of the beans or lentils, this can create a beautiful fall craft.
Print the templates for the fingerprint trees. Use stamp pads in fall colours to create a beautiful fall tree using fingerprints. This can even be framed and kept as a keepsake of how tiny the kids’ fingerprints were that year. Ours turned out really well.
A classic fall craft not to be missed is leaf rubbings. These can be done using crayons and paper and also can encompass bark or sticks or pinecones or any other outdoor treasure your child can find. If you want to get fancy with it, you can have them cut them out afterwards or even make them into a mobile by hanging them from a wire coat hanger.
All you need for this craft is paper, paint and an apple. Cut a shape into the apple and use it as a stamp. We recently did this as an activity to correspond with the book The Kissing Hand.