My 18 Favorite Fall Nature Crafts for Kids

Fall Nature Crafts
Do you love fall as much as I do? Try some of my favorite fall nature crafts for kids! There are options for an array of age groups.

Fall is my favorite season for gathering natural materials that will supply craft projects for me and my kiddos for the entire next year. There’s something about the shift to autumn that makes crafting with natural materials even more satisfying than usual, as well, so it’s rare that a fall day goes by that doesn’t find us spending at least a little time collecting acorns or pressing leaves or making something cute out of pinecones.

Whether or not you’re as obsessed with fall crafts as we are, I hope that you’ll find fall nature crafts for kids to delight you in the following list of our favorite projects.

18 Fall Nature Crafts for Kids

1. acorn bellsThis is a great kid craft, and the perfect pick for a kid to make as party favors, or for a group of kids to make together.

2. acorn cap jewelsA young kid will have loads of fun with this project, both making it and playing with it afterwards.

3. acorn owlsIf you lay out lots of little bits and bobs, I bet your kids will find that they can make more than just owls out of their acorns.

4. acorn wreathI think this wreath would look just as cute unpainted, which will make it a lot easier to compost when you’re through with it.

5. apple centerpieceSometimes the best decorations are the simplest.

6. apple printAutumn is THE time for apple prints!

Fall Nature Crafts7. clove appleThis method will preserve the apple and keep it smelling sweet.

8. dried apple wreathHere’s another wreath that’s simple to compost after the holidays!

9. gourd braceletA dried gourd is the perfect shape to make these stenciled bracelets.

10. leaf chromatography. You probably know by now that I NEVER lose an opportunity for learning! Leaf chromatography is a great science project, and it’s also super fun.

11. leaf mobileTake your pressed or preserved leaves and turn them into a festive seasonal mobile.

Fall Nature Crafts for Kids

12. wax-preserved leavesSkip the laminator–you can preserve your autumn leaves completely naturally, using beeswax.

13. paint-dipped leavesThis is an interesting take on colorful autumn leaves–perhaps you’d like to have some blue or purple ones this year!

14. pinecone flowersI guarantee that this is one pinecone craft that your friends won’t have seen a million times before.

15. punched leaf shapesPress the leaves first and you won’t have to worry about their color fading.

16. scented pineconesPinecones already look like autumn–now you can make them smell like autumn, too!

17. sprouted Indian cornTake at least one of those lovely dried ears of Indian corn and let your kids watch it grow a whole new crop of corn sprouts.

18. nature crownsThis is a fun project to do on an autumn hike–by the end, you’ll all be royalty!

Do you have favorite fall nature crafts for kids? Share them with me in the comments below!

Do you love fall as much as I do? Try some of my favorite fall nature crafts for kids! There are options for an array of age groups.

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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