20 Easy Fall Art Projects To Get Kids In The Autumn Spirit

leaf rubbings

Put those falling autumn leaves to good use with these easy fall craft ideas. Fall is the season for creative crafts and family togetherness, so plan a DIY session today. These autumn crafts are fun for the whole family, and they are an easy way to get the kids involved while creating seasonal decor that you'll treasure year after year. From pumpkins and garlands to wreaths and suncatchers, we have gathered plenty of ideas for a fun autumnal "crafternoon." Fall is also the season of several festive holidays that deserve a crafting session all on their own. Gather the materials, cover the table in newspaper, and get to crafting ASAP. Your family will be having fun and producing pretty art projects in no time. Some of these ideas require some tools and materials, but some just require paper, crayons, and for your family to gather autumn leaves from the yard. No matter the craft or the final result of your family's adventures in DIY, you'll treasure both the time spent together and the wonderful memories made.

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Leaf Lanterns

Leaf Lanterns

Kids will love making these fall lanterns out of glass jars and the pretty autumn leaves from your yard. The memories making these will be priceless and you'll end the afternoon with lovely keepsakes to break out year after year. Learn how to make these festive lanterns from Babyccino Kids.

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Tree of Thanks

Tree of Thanks
Laurey W. Glenn

Have your whole family write notes of thanks and display them on this tree to celebrate the season. Start by helping the kids cut paper into leaf shapes and get creative with different prints, photos, and colors before using string to fasten the creations to a potted plant. This project is especially great to get the grateful ball rolling for Thanksgiving; Who says that Christmas is the only holiday that can be celebrated with its own tree?

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Yarn Pumpkin Garland

Yarn Pumpkin Garland

This super easy garland doubles as an afternoon craft and seasonal decor. You'll have fun family time and cute garlands to decorate your home when you finish. Get the how-to from Design Improvised.

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Scrap Ribbon Pumpkin Suncatchers

Scrap Ribbon Pumpkin Suncatchers

Use scrap ribbon to create these sweet pumpkin suncatchers. They're fun for the whole family to create and will cast beautiful warm tones across your home as the sun catches them hanging in your window. Learn how to craft these up from Fireflies + Mud Pies.

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DIY Leaf Animals

DIY Leaf Animals

Gather fallen leaves and decorate them with your favorite friendly animal faces. Make sure to press your leaves in a book for a couple of days before settling down with young ones to bring them to life. Get the how-to from Handmade Charlotte.

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Thanksgiving Pie Garland

Thanksgiving Pie Garland

Stringing together this crafty garland with loved ones is a slice of life that you'll always cherish. So sweet, you'll want to leave this precious decor hanging in your home all year long. Learn how to pull it all together from Martha Stewart.

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Melted Crayon Pumpkin

Melted Crayon Pumpkin

Put those broken crayons to good use with this fun DIY pumpkin craft idea. Once you've gathered your crayon scraps, all you need is a pumpkin and a blowdryer: easy-peasy. Learn how to make this craft from Mom Spark.

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Maple Leaf Garland

Maple Leaf Garland

Leaves and plaster give a creative touch to this DIY fall garland. Who would have thought that the kids could have cooked up home decor so elegant? Sweet Something Design did.

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Autumnal Wreath

Fall Wreath
Southern Living

Brighten your door with this fall craft. Use preserved leaves from a craft store or colorful foliage from your yard to turn nature's gifts into something beautiful for your home. Learn how to do it here.

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Decoupage Pumpkins

Decoupage Pumpkins
Laurey W. Glenn; Stylist: Buffy Hargett Miller

Collage your pumpkins with assorted colorful scraps such as recycled magazines to make them bolder and brighter than ever. Or, follow My One Hundred Year Old Home's lead and use patterned cocktail napkins to match your artificial pumpkin art to your tablescape.

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Felt Garland

Felt Garland

This easy felt garland is a cheery addition to your seasonal decor, and the kids can help string the leaves. Make leaves in the classic fall foliage colors or throw in a left-field pick like purple or blue to match your home. A Beautiful Mess will show you the ropes.

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Bean Mosaic

Bean Mosaic

Create a mosaic out of dried beans for a craft that kids of all ages will enjoy. Go for a geometric shape, or for older kids, a fall-inspired design. Get the details from Craft Whack.

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Watercolor Fall Leaf Wreath

Watercolor Fall Leaf Wreath
Happiness is Homemade

If leaves straight from the lawn isn't quite your interior design style, go ahead and make your own. These delicate wreaths showcase fall color just as well. Get the how-to from Happiness is Homemade.

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Paper Pumpkin Pie

Paper Pumpkin Pie Craft
A Night Owl Blog

Fall is the season of pumpkin pies. If that's not something to celebrate, then we don't know what is. Decorate your home with homemade paper pumpkin pies to gaze at while enjoying the delicious kind straight from the oven. Learn how to bake, we mean make, paper pumpkin pie from A Night Owl Blog.

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Paper Pumpkins

Paper Pumpkin Craft
The Moffatt Girls

Make this craft a a fall season double-whammy by adding a Thanksgiving twist. Help your kids jot down on orange paper what they are grateful for this season then sculpt their answers into a cute pumpkin shape. These crafts are festive through the season and act as perfect Thanksgiving table-toppers. Learn how to pull them off from Easy Peasy and Fun.

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Leaf Catcher
Handmade Charlotte

Making a dreamcatcher is fun as can be, but this twist is distinctly seasonal to catch all that the season has to offer. You'll need an embroidery hoop and lots of fall memories to get started. Get the details from Handmade Charlotte.

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Sequin Style Pumpkins

Sequin Style
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez/Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

You won't find pumpkins more fabulous than these. Start with an artificial white pumpkin and coat it in Mod Podge before letting the whole family have fun attaching sequins. This DIY will shine all autumn long.

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Ombré Leaf Table Runner

Ombré Leaf Table Runner
A Kailo Chic Life

Why stick to just reds and yellows? Let your kids' creativity shine through with a rainbow of fall foliage for a standout centerpiece. Choose colors that match your dishes, dining room, or home decor and follow the instructions to a festive runner from A Kailo Chic Life.

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Thankful Pumpkins

Thankful Pumpkin
Amy Latta/Amy Latta Creations

This craft is easy as can be physically, but it will really have you thinking. Sit down with the young ones and brainstorm what the whole family is thankful for this season. Jot down the answers in rows on your pumpkin.

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Leaf Rubbings

Leaf Rubbings

This easy craft will keep the kids occupied all afternoon. Gather leaves, press them, layer them between paper, and rub crayons over them for refrigerator-ready fall art. Get more tips and tricks on this easy craft from Babyccino Kids.

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