The colors and textures of fall lend themselves wonderfully to crafts. Whether you are looking for something to do with a group of friends or need to keep your kids occupied on a fall afternoon, we have some great ideas to share with you.
A craft night is a great excuse to get together with friends and do something constructive at the same time. Pair any of these fun ideas with some butternut squash soup, pumpkin lattes, and oatmeal cookies for an evening that makes the most of everything good about fall.
Gather some pallets (check craigslist) and have all the friends in your group design and paint a rustic fall sign for their front porches. All you need are the pallets, paints and brushes, and creative ideas. Pumpkins, scarecrows, sunflowers, and maple leaves all make great focal points for the sign. Have your guests paint their mural on the pallet then add a simple fall sentiment such as “autumn blessings”, “welcome fall”, or “harvest time”.
Making pretty fall soap is as easy as one, two, three and it makes a wonderful make and takes get together with friends! Start with glycerin soap base available at stores like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. Melt the soap down and add the essential oils of your choice. Use scents such as cinnamon, orange, and clove for a sweet and spicy smelling soap or ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, cassia, and cardamom for a smell that will remind you of pumpkin pie. Be sure to use oils graded for skin application to avoid irritated skin when you use your soap. Arrange some dried flowers, maple leaves, citrus peel or herbs into the molds. After your oils are blended into the soap pour it into the fall shaped molds or a cake pan to make rectangular soap. Let your soap cool for an hour (while you enjoy your fall goodies). Enjoy!
Maple leaves are the perfect base for lots of kid-friendly fall crafts. These craft ideas are simple, cute, and make the perfect distraction for kids during a rainy afternoon or preschool playdate.
Collect a good amount of fall leaves in different colors, shapes, and sizes. Let the kiddos pick out a piece of colored paper that suits their fancy. Print a large maple leaf onto the paper such as the one in this template http://www.woojr.com/leaf-template-printables/ . Allow the kids to decorate their leaf with the fall leaves you collected in the yard. Glue sticks work best for little ones!
To make a simple decoration wrap a foam wreath with different colored ribbons. Add store-bought leaves, flowers and other decorations with a glue gun. Simple, yet pretty!
What's your favorite fall craft?