Autumn Crafts for Kids

Bring the flavor of fall into your home and celebrate the season with fun, family-friendly craft projects. Get inspired with these easy autumn craft ideas that will have your kids falling for crafting this season.

Fall Foliage: As the leaves start changing colors and falling off the trees, round up the kids and go for a nature walk to gather the different shapes and colors. Kids will love using real leaves to make interesting leaf prints on paper this season. Simply picking the best leaves and pressing them in a book is fun; but why not make leaf confetti, leaf animals or painted creatures? Try creating a leaf crown! The options are limitless with leaves.

Apples: Nothing says fall like fresh apples in season! From this apple stamping tree craft to wine cork apples and apple sun catchers using tissue paper and contact paper, these crisp, crunchy fruits will make a perfect addition to your fall crafting.

Melted Masterpiece: Have broken crayons? Get shaving! Create a melted crayon piece of art that embodies autumn and can be hung in any room year-round. The step by step process can be found here.

Thankful Tree: Start a new holiday tradition and celebrate the beauty of fall by creating a festive centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Buy pre-cut leaves or have the kids draw, cut and color their own paper leaves. They’ll also have a chance to see just how much they have to be grateful for.


Family Hand and Footprint Fall Tree: This cute family print tree is the perfect way to keep track of your fall bucket list. Use your feet for the trunk and your handprints for the leaves, add your bucket list items to them. You can add simpler things like raking leaves and carving pumpkins as well as trips to apple orchards and pumpkins patches. As an activity is completed the leaf has ‘fallen’ and is moved to the bottom of the tree.

Autumn Handprint Wreath: This quick craft is great for your fall decor or Thanksgiving festivities. Trace your little one’s handprint on to card board as a template, cut out and use to repeat the shape on to as many pieces of paper as you’d like. If you do the cutting, your child can help you assemble the piece and glue together.

Salt Dough Leaf Bowls: These salt dough leaf bowls are baked into an amazing decorative piece. Here is the salt dough recipe you can easily whip up, roll flat and press your large leaf into. Simply bake, paint and spread the love this season.

Pasta Snowflake Ornaments: It’s never too early to gather round the table and create your own one-of-a-kind snowflakes to hang all winter long. So grab a Blue Bottle hot cocoa and delight in your own winter wonderland.

With the gift giving season right around the corner, many of these crafts will double as an afternoon project with your wee ones and a heartfelt handmade gift for a teacher or grandparent.

Bay Meadows is a family-friendly neighborhood with lots of green space to enjoy all year long. Whether its growing your own vegetables in a gorgeous community garden with expert guidance, playing a game of pick-up basketball after work, team building over bocce and beers, or picnicking with friends and family on warm summer nights, there’s no shortage of green space to explore. If you have little ones, don’t miss Momdays on Mondays in Paddock Park!