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Fun Fall Nature Crafts

Fun Fall Nature CraftsFall is upon us. This means brisk mornings, sweaters, and mugs of hot cocoa. It also means the outdoor landscape is changing, and everything is turning various shades of orange, red, and yellow. 

There really aren't many things better than looking out your window on a fall day. In fact, one of the few things on that list is spending time outside on a beautiful day. Something about the leaves falling all around you, the crisp autumn air, and the smell of campfires and damp dirt fills you with a feeling of joy and excitement. 

This feeling is likely why so many people head out to the farm or a pumpkin patch during the season. It's probably also why fall is one of the most popular times for outdoor festivals.

However, sometimes you don't feel like leaving home, and you just want to enjoy the fall weather in the comfort of your own yard. On these occasions, the fall arts and crafts ideas listed below can give you and your family something to do together in your own backyard. 

Fall Findings Crown

You'll Need:

  • Paper or card stock
  • Fall nature findings (leaves, acorns, feathers, pinecones, etc.)
  • Stapler and staples
  • Glue

Begin by taking a nature walk. Have your child look for and collect items on the ground that appeal to them. These could be leaves, feathers, acorns, or any number of other things. When you have collected plenty of treasures, head back to the craft area to make your crown.

To make the crown, you will need to cut your paper or card stock into a 1.5- to 2-inch-wide strip that is long enough to go around your little one's head. If you are using printer paper, you will have to staple strips together. 

Lay the paper or card stock strip out flat and have your child glue their fall treasures to it. When they are finished decorating, staple the paper strip to fit your child's head, and voilà, you have a beautiful fall crown that's fit for royalty.

Leaf Rubbings

Everyone loves looking at fall leaves. Why not keep them around all year long? You can do just that by making some leaf rubbings and using them in decor or on scrapbooks or greeting cards. 

You'll Need:

  • Fall leaves (in plenty of interesting shapes and sizes)
  • Crayons (stripped of their wrappers)
  • Paper

Begin by collecting plenty of leaves from your backyard. Make sure you have a wide variety of shapes and sizes.

Head to your craft area and lay a leaf flat under a piece of paper. Gently rub the side of an unwrapped crayon over the area of paper covering the leaf. This should transfer a leaf-like print to the paper. Repeat this process in various places across the page—using different colors of crayons if you like—until you are satisfied with the result. 

Use your creations as wall hangings, stationery, or any other way you see fit.

Pinecone Bird Feeders

Pinecones are everywhere during the fall season, making it the perfect time to do this classic craft with your child(ren). As an added bonus, the birds will love visiting your place when you finish.

You'll Need:

  • Pinecones
  • Peanut butter (or another nut butter if peanut allergies are an issue)
  • Bird seed

First, collect several pinecones from your backyard. When you have enough, head to a table to start working.

Begin by rolling a pinecone in the peanut butter, taking care to coat the pinecone on all sides. When your pinecone is well-coated, roll it in the birdseed, making sure to cover all of the peanut butter with the seed.

Tie a piece of yarn to the bird feeder and hang it from a tree. Make sure to watch for birds after your feeder has been hung. You are sure to be rewarded with a variety of lovely flying friends. 

These are just a few of the fun crafts you can do using fall treasures from nature. Feel free to think outside the box and come up with some ideas of your own. Your kids will thank you for it!

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