32 Nature Crafts for Autumn

Nature’s bounty is always extra generous in the fall. Make the most of it with these kid-friendly nature crafts for autumn!

Nature's bounty is always extra generous in the fall. Make the most of it with these kid-friendly nature crafts for autumn!

1. acorn bellsAn alternative to using whole acorns in your craft projects is to use just the acorn caps. Bells make a sweet substitute!

2. acorn marblesThis is another cute substitute for an acorn.

Nature Crafts for Autumn

3. acorn wreathThis takes some time to pull together, but when you’re finished, you’ll have a fabulous showpiece for your front door.

4. apple printsThese look especially pretty done on linen and made into a bunting.

5. autumn artMy favorite part is the twig picture frame.

6. autumn woods sensory binLittle kids will love exploring this small world.

7.  paper punched leavesThese would look amazing in your autumn nature journal or scrapbook.

8. bleached pineconesI don’t love bleach, but if you’ve got it, this is an interesting way to use it.

Clove Apple (2 of 3)

9. clove appleMa Ingalls made her clove apples just like this.

10. decoupaged leaf bowlPeople will wonder how you made this!

11. dehydrated orange garlandYou can do this with several different types of fruit.

12. glycerin leaves. Here’s another way to preserve autumn leaves.

13. happy acorn necklacesYou know what acorns need to be even cuter? FACES!!!

14. leaf hairHere’s a fun craft for your little ones–just substitute faces cut out of upcycled cardboard for the foam faces called for in the tutorial.

15. leaf insectsHere’s another fun craft for kids to make!

16. leaf mobileThe tutorial calls for the use of a laminator, but you can substitute your favorite natural method of preserving leaves.

17. leaf printsA bunting made of alternating leaf and apple prints would be really cute.

18. leaf wreathUse a circle cut from upcycled cardboard instead of the paper plate that this tutorial calls for.

19. nature walk mobileSee how many natural finds you can use in this mobile!

20. painting on leavesIf you live somewhere where the leaves don’t turn, here’s how to help them out a little.

Autumn Crafts: Take the ephemeral beauty of autumn leaves and make it last forever when you preserve leaves with the one simple, natural ingredient that is pure beeswax.

21. beeswax-preserved leavesHere’s a natural way to preserve your most beautiful autumn leaves.

22. pasta shell treeHere’s an autumn craft that will let little ones play with their food!

23. pinecone appleKids love turning things into other things.

24. pinecone fairyYou can make this magical fairy entirely from natural materials!

25. pinecone flowersMake something really different with those pinecones.

26. pinecone owlLove owls? This craft is for you!

27. potato stampingDid you know that you can make a potato look like a leaf? You can!

28. reverse-stenciled leavesYou can use this method on almost any surface.

29. salt dough leaf bowlThis is a great kid craft, but it can also look very sophisticated when made with care.

30. salt dough leaf printsHere’s what to make with the salt dough leftovers.

31. watercolor paper leaf and branch mobileThe branch is natural, but the watercolor paper leaves are what make this project unusual.

32. wrapped wheatAdd some color to wheat stalks for a great centerpiece.

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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