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Gorgeous Autumn 3D Paper Art (with Free Printable Templates)

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This gorgeous autumn paper craft is perfect for older children, teens and adults, too! Create your own amazing 3D autumn landscape with this tutorial! #Craft #Autumn #fallcraft #papercrafts #autumnart #craftingwithkids #diy #hiphomeschoolmoms
This gorgeous autumn paper craft is perfect for older children, teens and adults, too! Create your own amazing 3D autumn landscape with this tutorial! #Craft #Autumn #fallcraft #papercrafts #autumnart #craftingwithkids #diy #hiphomeschoolmoms
This gorgeous autumn paper craft is perfect for older children, teens and adults, too! Create your own amazing 3D autumn landscape with this tutorial! #Craft #Autumn #fallcraft #papercrafts #autumnart #craftingwithkids #diy #hiphomeschoolmoms
This gorgeous autumn paper craft is perfect for older children, teens and adults, too! Create your own amazing 3D autumn landscape with this tutorial! #Craft #Autumn #fallcraft #papercrafts #autumnart #craftingwithkids #diy #hiphomeschoolmoms
This gorgeous autumn paper craft is perfect for older children, teens and adults, too! Create your own amazing 3D autumn landscape with this tutorial! #Craft #Autumn #fallcraft #papercrafts #autumnart #craftingwithkids #diy #hiphomeschoolmoms
This gorgeous autumn paper craft is perfect for older children, teens and adults, too! Create your own amazing 3D autumn landscape with this tutorial! #Craft #Autumn #fallcraft #papercrafts #autumnart #craftingwithkids #diy #hiphomeschoolmoms
Fall 3D Art Project

Looking for a unique, creative, and gorgeous fall craft? This 3D Paper Art Craft is the perfect choice for older children, teens, and adults looking for some artistic inspiration this autumn. Below, you’ll find all of the free printable PDF templates that you need to make this craft as well as printable instructions. The end result is a colorful, beautiful autumn landscape that looks great on the wall or makes a nice seasonal gift for family or friends!

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This craft does involve working with an X-ACTO knife and also requires some developed fine motor skills and a bit of critical thinking. Therefore, if you are planning to do this craft with your children, just keep in mind that it is probably best suited for children who are middle school aged and up. However, if you plan to make this with younger kids, you can always cut out the shapes ahead of time and let them do the assembly part. (I think it’d be really fun to make this with friends for a girl’s night in too!)

What You’ll Need:

To make this gorgeous craft, you will need the supplies listed below, and you will also need to print out the provided PDF templates (attached below).



Free Printable Templates:

How to Make It:

Once you’ve gathered your supplies and printed out your templates, select 6 different pieces of cardstock. You want 5 of them to be bright colors, and 1 of them to be a light, neutral (background) color. Since this is a fall scene, I suggest choosing colors that remind you of the season.  This still leaves a lot of room for creativity. As you can see, we added pink and purple into the mix of traditional orange, red and yellow. You can get an idea about how the final result will look by laying all of the colors out next to each other.

After you’ve made your color selections, you want to make sure your pieces of paper are all the right size, and square-shaped, to work with the printable templates. The template is set for  for 17 cm x 17 cm (square), so  measure and cut all of the pieces of paper to this size. When you’re done, double check to make sure everything is even.

step 1

Next, arrange the 5, brightly colored papers in the color order that you think would look best for the end result. (Set aside the light,neutral color for later.)

Next, cut out your templates and then use them to trace each layer shape onto the corresponding paper. For example, you’ll trace the template for Layer 1 onto the top piece of paper (and so on).

When you have traced each template onto each corresponding layer of colored card stock, take your scissors and cut out the inside of each shape you traced. Your end result should look similar to the picture, below.

step 2

Arrange the layers back into the order you decided upon and make sure that everything matches up. Make any minor adjustments and tweaks, as needed. Make sure all of the edges are even and all of the layers match up. Don’t glue it together now. You’ll be assembling this later on, with layers of foam board in-between each layer.

(Note: It helps me to write the layer # on the back of each piece of paper. )

step 3

Next, make your card stock color selections for the autumn-themed images in this craft: there’s a tree, some clouds, some fall leaves, a pumpkin, and some mushrooms. After you’ve selected the colors for each item, use the Fall Art Item Template  to trace and cut out these fun autumn shapes for your 3D paper art.

step 4

You are almost ready to assemble everything. First, however, you will need to prepare 5, 17 x 17  “frames” from the craft foam board. One frame will go between each layer of paper, which is what gives this project its amazingly cool, 3D effect.

Once you’ve measured these 5 frames, use your X-ACTO knife to cut them out. Now you are ready to put it all together.

step 5

Grab layer 1 of your cardstock and glue one of the foam board frames to the back of it.

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Next, you will take layer 2 of your cardstock and glue it to the back of the foam frame. You should already be able to see how securing a foam frame between each layer of cardstock creates the desired 3D effect.

Next, attach another foam board to the back of layer 2 of cardstock. Then attach layer 3 of cardstock to the back of the foam frame. Continue this process until all of your layers are complete. Lastly, glue your neutral (white, gray, cream) piece of 17 x 17 piece of paper to the back of your 3D art, sealing the project.

When you are done, you should have something that looks like this:

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Cool, right?

After the glue has had a chance to dry, you can attach the fun, decorative items. Have fun and be creative with your positioning! My main tip for crafting your fall-inspired scene is to make sure that you vary which layer you glue each item to. Doing this really makes your 3D art come to life!

For example, I put my pumpkins and mushrooms in between layers 1 and 2.

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Then I placed my autumn leaves so that’d cross over onto the front of layer 1. They almost look like they are coming out of the picture!

step 10

I tucked the trees and clouds into the back layers. This final touch really gave this project an extra pop of 3D magic.

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This 3D paper art project has a beautiful, super-satisfying end result! If you’ve got children working on this 3D paper craft with you, it will definitely utilize some of their critical and creative thinking, as well as their direction-following skills!  While the main structure of this craft is standardized by the printable templates, it’s fun to see how much variety can be produced by choosing different colors and positioning the items of the fall scene in different places!

Did you make this project at home? We’d love to see how it turned out!

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Etched Glass Lantern Tutorial

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If you’re looking for something fun and eye-catching to do with your children, take a look at our etched glass lantern tutorial! Now that the days are getting shorter, I enjoy having some extra lights on during the long evenings. I often put up a “fall tree” in October or November (to be redecorated later as a Christmas tree) because the sparkling lights on the tree help make the evenings seem cozy and happy instead of long and dreary. But these beautiful lanterns are another great way to add some sparkle to your evenings, and they’re pretty quick and easy to make.

This can also be an educational activity! Look at the bottom of this article to find suggestions for ways to add an educational element to your glass etching. 

We made our etched glass lanterns while we were on an RV trip at Jellystone Park in North Java, New York. Trish and I (Wendy) made lanterns along with Trish’s boys, my daughter, and Christy (from Go RVing). We truly did enjoy making the lanterns and spending some time being creative and having fun together!

Step 1:

First, make sure you have all of the materials you’ll need to create your lanterns. You’ll need:

You may also want to have scissors, paper, and pencils on hand just in case you want/need them. Some people may want to draw out their own original designs before beginning. And if you use the painters tape to make a design, you may need to use scissors to create clean lines.

Some of the Supplies We Used:

Glass Jars:

We used square glass jars with metal lids similar to the ones in the picture below. Of course, you could use hexagonal jars, round jars, or any other size or shape as long as the containers are made of glass.

glass jars for etching

Etching Stencils:

There are all kinds of great etching stencils available! We had a selection of stencils with words, designs, and natural themes (like insects, trees, flowers, etc.), but you can use whatever you and your children want depending on their ages and interests. There so many cool stencils available online with nautical themes, flowers, letters and numbers, landscapes, and more! (And if you want to do this project for the holidays or for a DIY gift, you can even find holiday-themed stencils.)


You can use paintbrushes you already have on hand, or you can buy some inexpensive ones to use just for this project. (We found that our paintbrushes were pretty gunky and stiff after using them for this project, so we threw them away afterwards.) The sizes of the paintbrushes will depend on your stencils. If you choose stencils with small, intricate designs (best for adults and teens), you’ll want smaller paintbrushes so you can get the details you need. If you choose stencils with larger designs, you’ll want to use larger ones.

Painters Tape:

You don’t have to have painters tape unless you want to be able to create your own designs to etch. Or if you have younger children, you may want to put painters tape around their stencils to help keep them from getting the etching cream where they don’t want it.

Etching Cream:

There are several kinds of etching cream available. Be sure to follow the instructions for the specific kind of cream you have. Some have to be left on for a longer amount of time in order to complete the etching process and produce a pretty finished product.

Battery-Operated Fairy Lights:

After completing our glass etchings, we put battery-operated fairy lights in each of our lanterns. The lights made our lanterns glow beautifully! It’s not absolutely necessary to put lights in your etched glass container, but it’s a great idea and makes for a beautiful lantern!

Sticky Putty:

If you decide to put the fairy lights in your lantern, you’ll need some kind of sticky putty to use to stick the string of lights to the inside of the lid. You can skip this if you want to (or you can use tape or glue, etc.), but if you don’t stick the lights to the lid in some way, keep in mind that all of your lights will end up on the bottom of the lantern instead of being suspended to fill the inside of it.

Other Supplies:

You can use whatever disposable gloves you have on hand, or you can buy some inexpensive ones. You could do this project without using gloves, but we found that the gloves helped a lot since we didn’t have to worry so much about getting the etching cream on our hands. Other than that, you’ll only need paper towels–which you probably already have–and water.

Step 2:

After you’ve gathered your supplies, you’ll want to make sure the outside of your glass container is clean so the etching will work well.

Step 3:

Once your glass is clean and dry, choose the stencil you want and apply it to the area you want to etch. (This is the point when, if you have younger children, you may want to put painters tape around the outside edges of the stencil to protect the areas you don’t want to etch.)

Then use your paintbrush to apply the etching cream to the inside “open” areas of the stencil. Make sure the glass is completely covered with a thick layer of cream unless the instructions on your bottle say otherwise. Our etching cream called for us to apply a thick layer of cream, wait five minutes, use the paintbrush to rub the cream in again, and wait five more minutes. Your etching cream may have different instructions, so be sure to read and follow them carefully.

Step 4:

After the etching cream has been on the glass for the recommended amount of time, carefully remove the stencils and wipe off the cream with paper towels. Then use wet paper towels to wash off the remaining traces of etching cream–or just wash it off in the sink with soap and water.

Step 5:

Once the etching is complete, attach the string of fairy lights to the underside of the lid with sticky putty. (There may be a little pull tab that has to be removed from the string of lights in order for the lights to work.) Turn on the lights, put on the lid, and enjoy your beautiful lantern!


Use these beautiful lanterns to add whimsy and cheer to your home from October all the way to the New Year (and beyond, if you like!) Are you planning to make these at home? If so, let us know how they turn out!

  • Have your children look up information about glass etching. How does it work? Why does it work? How does it actually change the glass? What is glass etching used for? (For example, it can be used to make glass translucent even if it isn’t decorative.)
  • There are also various techniques that can be used to etch glass. Do some research to find out what these techniques are and how they work. How are the methods different? How are they the same? Do a Venn diagram to show the similarities and differences. (If you’re not familiar with Venn diagrams, make learning about them part of your educational experience too!
  • Look up some famous etched glass artists. Find out how and why each one got interested in etched glass. Look up some information about the pieces they’ve etched.
  • Have your children take the information they’ve found on one of these topics and use it to write a short report. (Younger children will need help with this, but older children may be able to  work independently.)
  • Have your children practice “public speaking” by having each child present his or her piece to an audience (you, grandparents, friends, neighbors, or siblings). Make it fun by having each child pretend to be a famous artist who has made an etched glass piece  to present to someone famous or important.
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Easy Decorative Pumpkin Paper Bag Craft

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It’s October, which means we can officially get excited about fall! I love the cooler weather, the beautiful leaves, and the traditions of autumn! This season is also perfect for outdoor adventures and indoor crafts. If you’re looking for an easy, fun indoor craft that takes some inspiration from nature, this paper bag pumpkin craft is a perfect fit.

After you take a look at this craft, if you want even more pumpkin fun, scroll to the bottom of this article. There you’ll find information about an All About Pumpkins unit study and a recipe for Creamy Pumpkin Soup!

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I love that this craft is fairly simple yet comes out looking really nice. All ages should be able to participate in making these paper bag pumpkins, and you may even have everything you need at home to make them! The finished product makes a simple but elegant autumn decoration to grace your entryway or dining room table.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

How to Make It:

If you are like me, you have a drawer in your kitchen dedicated to plastic grocery bags. We all end up with more of them than we know what to do with, and it’s wasteful to just throw them away. This paper bag pumpkin craft gives you a chance recycle some plastic grocery bags and put them to good use!

To start making your decorative paper bag pumpkin, open a brown paper bag and stuff it about halfway full with clean, plastic shopping bags. Twist the top of the paper bag tightly to close and form the stem of the pumpkin. Kids of all ages, even toddlers, will enjoy helping with this step! 

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Next, grab your washable paint and paint the pumpkin orange. You can paint the stem green if you like, but we thought the brown color of the paper bag actually worked really well for the stem! Alternatively, if you want to make “designer pumpkins,” you can certainly paint your pumpkins pale green or white. This craft is also simple enough that you can make several at one time, so it could be fun to make a variety of pumpkin colors (especially if you plan to use them to decorate a tabletop or front porch).

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Grab some scissors (or have your kids grab the kid-friendly scissors) and cut out some very simple leaf shapes to attach to the stem of your pumpkin. You only really need 1-2 leaves per pumpkin. Attach each leaf with a bit of glue.

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Last, wrap a green pipe cleaner around a pen to create a curly “vine.” This is a great motor skill activity for young children!

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Once you’ve created your vine, you will simply twist it around the stem of your pumpkin. The wire inside the pipe cleaner will hold it in place.

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There you have it: a simple and classic pumpkin craft that you can easily make at home with your kids this fall. We hope that you enjoy creating this craft with your children this season. Even more, we hope you enjoy creating special memories that come from simple things like enjoying some craft time together! If you make this craft, be sure to share it with us—here or in our Facebook community!

Want more pumpkin fun?

On Only Passionate Curiosity, we’re sharing a FREE (for a short time–just put in a zero where it asks for the amount you want to pay) All About Pumpkins Life Cycle Unit Study! You’ll find 16 pages of science-related pumpkin printables along with links to even more pumpkin-related learning. We’re sharing ideas for pumpkin-related math, language arts, sensory play, and art to go along with it!

And on our other sister site, you’ll find a yummy recipe for Creamy Pumpkin Soup! It’s delicious, healthy, and easy to make. And it just might encourage your children to be willing to try something new!

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Fall Sensory Bins for Preschoolers

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Do you have preschoolers? Then you probably already know how keeping them interested and focused is key to having a few minutes to homeschool the older kiddos and sensory bins are all the rage right now. I’ve created some fall sensory bins for preschoolers to give you some ideas that you can easily re-create!

Sensory bins are a great way for kids to learn about the world around them through exploring the way things feel, smell and look. In my opinion, every household needs to try making and using a fall-themed sensory tub at some point. Several of the materials in these bins are probably already in your home, making it all the easier to put them together.  Keep reading to get some ideas for fall sensory bins for preschoolers, toddlers, and older children, too!

Fall Sensory Bins for preschoolers

Preschoolers are such little sponges, aren’t they?! They want to learn and explore the world. They are hungry for making sense of things, and they enjoy their experiences of discovery and investigation. Sensory bins are a perfect outlet for that. Many families create different sensory bins for their preschool-aged children on a regular basis.

In making sensory bins for preschoolers, why not take inspiration from the seasons? Toddlers and preschoolers love to learn about different holidays and celebrations through sensory play. We have made some fall sensory bins every year because it is our favorite season, and it has always been so much fun!

In making a fall sensory bin for preschoolers, consider hiding some small pumpkins or gourds in a large container filled with dry rice, lentils and beans.  You can even use several different types and colors of rice and beans so that little ones can sort by color and shape! Below, you can see a simple sensory bin with white rice that we made with preschoolers in mind (there are several additional links to fall sensory bin ideas at the bottom of this post!)

Fall Sensory Bins for Preschoolers

Adjusting for Toddlers

If you want to create an autumn sensory bin for toddlers, you’ll obviously want to make sure that you avoid any choking hazards (so no dried rice, beans, etc).

For a toddler-safe fall sensory bin, here are some items you may want to use instead:

  • Cut-up flowers (mums or daisies)
  • Giants marshmallows (they have different fall colors)
  • Pieces of crinkled paper in fall colors
  • Cheerios
  • Cane sugar

Fall Sensory Bins for Preschoolers

Sensory bins for preschoolers can be as simple or as complex  as you want them to be. I do suggest having a designated place for the sensory bin that’s easy to sweep (and keeping a trash can nearby.)  If the sensory bin involves paint or other wet materials, I suggest considering doing it outside.

The sensory bin can go on a small table or on the floor (on a tablecloth), and the children can sit or stand during play. Once everything’s set up, the fun can begin!

Personally, I like to invite my children not come over and take a look. I let them explore while I sit back and observe. While they investigate, I pay attention to their conversations to see how much they know. I listen to their vocabulary to find out if they know the names of all the objects in the sensory bin. What do they pay attention to most?  What is completely ignored?

Then I step in. I introduce new vocabulary and review the words they already know. I give equal attention to all materials and talk about them and let the children join in the conversation. We have fun digging in, burying objects, playing with different props, and then continuing with the fun.

Fall Sensory Bins for Preschool

Do you make sensory bins for your children? What are your favorite materials to use when making fall sensory bins? Please share your ideas in the comments!

More Awesome Fall Sensory Bins Ideas

Fall Sensory Preschool Activities

All-in-One Fall Sensory Bin

Fall Sensory Bin with Practical Life and Math Activites

Fall Cornmeal Sensory Box for Toddlers

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Beautiful Fall Lantern Tutorial

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This free DIY tutorial teaches you how to make beautiful fall lanterns with just a few supplies! This makes for a fun fall activity to do with kids!
This free DIY tutorial teaches you how to make beautiful fall lanterns with just a few supplies! This makes for a fun fall activity to do with kids!
This free DIY tutorial teaches you how to make beautiful fall lanterns with just a few supplies! This makes for a fun fall activity to do with kids!
This free DIY tutorial teaches you how to make beautiful fall lanterns with just a few supplies! This makes for a fun fall activity to do with kids!
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This free DIY tutorial teaches you how to make beautiful fall lanterns with just a few supplies! This makes for a fun fall activity to do with kids!
directions for making a fall lantern

I love crafts, but I love them even more when the end result is beautiful and functional! Recently, my daughter Mary Grace and I set out to create some beautiful fall lanterns, and we were so happy with the results. So happy, in fact, that we wanted to share the full tutorial with you so that you can re-create them at home! We have several crafts on this site that are perfect for young children. However, if you are looking for an autumn craft for older children (mid-elementary and up), then this would be a perfect choice! Younger children can also participate with supervision–it just takes a bit of patience. The end result of this craft is beautiful and will add some autumn festivity to your home!

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What You’ll Need:

How to Make It:

Wash the outside of your glass vase or jar (or whatever glass receptacle you choose for this project!) that you want to use for your fall lanterns.  Feel free to recycle any kind of large glass jar you have at home. For instance, a pickle jar would be perfect for your lantern.  After you’ve cleaned your glass container, you’ll also want to wipe it down with rubbing alcohol to prepare the surface. If you are recycling a container that still has some lingering traces of a label, the rubbing alcohol will also remove it and leave it looking like new!

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While the glass container dries, cut your artificial leaves apart (if you bought them in a bunch) and then carefully remove the plastic “veins” from the leaves so you’re left with only the fabric/silk leaves. We thought this would be difficult, but it was surprisingly easy! All you have to do is pull them, and they come right off.

directions for making a fall lantern

Once your leaves are prepped and your glass container is completely dry, brush on a thin layer of Mod Podge with your foam brush or paintbrush. (We used foam brushes because they were cheap and covered just the right amount of surface.)

You want to apply the Mod Podge wherever you intend to place your prepped autumn leaves.  We worked in sections: brushing on a layer of Mod Podge in one section, waiting for it to dry until it’s sticky to the touch but not wet, and applying a leaf in that section before moving on to the next. Doing it this way may take a little longer, but it will prevent you from ending up with a sticky situation on your hands (literally).

directions for making a fall lantern

As mentioned, it’s important to wait until the Mod Podge is beginning to dry and feels a little bit sticky to the touch before applying your leaf. When you add your leaf to each section, carefully press on and smooth out the leaf you want to use. This takes patience! If you try to add the leaf while the Mod Podge is too wet, it won’t stick!

directions for making a fall lantern

Working in sections, continue brushing on a layer of Mod Podge, allowing it to dry a little, and adding the next leaf.

Note: Do you want your leaves to overlap? This creates a very pretty effect, but you’ll have to be careful and patient!  Take your time with each step. At first, we tried to work too quickly and ended up having to start over. 

To create the effect of overlapping leaves:

  • Give the leaf that will be on the bottom a few minutes to dry in place.
  • Brush your Mod Podge over the bottom leaf.
  • Then give it a few more minutes to dry before placing the overlapping leaf on top.

directions for making a fall lantern

It’s also  important to use leaves that are the right size for your jar or vase. If you use leaves that are too large, it will be hard to fit them to your glass and make them flat. It’s also a good idea to find leaves that aren’t too “curly” or wavy. In other words: the flatter the leaves are, the easier it will be to get them to stick well to the glass.

Our leaves were pretty flat and well-sized for our lanterns, so they worked well. We did end up with a few small parts here and there that didn’t stick flat to the glass, but we think those little places add personality and make our lanterns look even prettier! Once we finished adding all of our leaves to our lanterns, we waited for about 20 minutes to let them dry. Last, we brushed one more nice, thick layer of Mod Podge over the leaf decorations on our fall lanterns and waited for the whole thing to try to dry.

directions for making a fall lantern

Once that was done, our lanterns were ready to enjoy!

directions for making a fall lantern

When your lanterns are completely dry, you can add your votive candles (or electric candles) and enjoy them as festive autumn decorations. These would be beautiful on a mantelpiece, in an entryway, or to add ambiance to a fall party (or even on your Thanksgiving table)!

directions for making a fall lantern

Do you plan on making these fall lanterns with your kids? We’d love to see how yours turned out!

If you love incorporating crafts into your homeschool, be sure to check out some of our other fun autumn crafts on Hip Homeschool Moms:

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Fun Fall Leaf Creatures Tutorial

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This fun fall leaf creatures tutorial is great way for kids of all ages to to activate their imaginations! It's easy to make with supplies you probably already have in your house (or in your yard!).
This fun fall leaf creatures tutorial is great way for kids of all ages to to activate their imaginations! It's easy to make with supplies you probably already have in your house (or in your yard!).
This fun fall leaf creatures tutorial is great way for kids of all ages to to activate their imaginations! It's easy to make with supplies you probably already have in your house (or in your yard!).
This fun fall leaf creatures tutorial is great way for kids of all ages to to activate their imaginations! It's easy to make with supplies you probably already have in your house (or in your yard!).
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The beautiful colors of autumn leaves are one of my favorite things about this season! This time of year also offers all kinds of creative inspiration for fun fall crafts.  Recently,  my daughter and I decided to create some fun little creatures out of the fall leaves in our area.  The result? An easy-to-do fall craft that resulted in some adorable fall leaf creatures!

This fall craft is appropriate for all ages and is a great way to activate your imagination. Keep reading to learn how to make your own!

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What You’ll Need

How to Make Them

First, go outside and explore! Go outside and gather as many newly fallen fall leaves as you can. You want a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors! Once you’re satisfied that you’ve collected plenty for your creatures, you will flatten and dry your leaves by pressing them. (This makes them way easier to work with.)

To press our leaves, we did the following:

We put a beach towel on our counter and laid the leaves out on top of it, making sure that they didn’t overlap at all.  Next, we covered this with another towel and placed some heavy books on top. We let this sit overnight, and our leaves were perfectly pressed the next morning!

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Tip: Don’t wait longer than overnight (or the next day) to complete your project, as your leaves may be too dried out to work with. They also begin to lose their pretty fall colors as they dry out.

With our leaves pressed, we were ready to begin.  Before we used any glue, we brainstormed about what kinds of animals/creatures we wanted to make. We took into consideration the kinds, colors, and shapes of the leaves we had to work with.

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Once we decided what kind of creatures we wanted to make, we laid out our leaves on our papers just to get an idea of where they would need to go and how they would look. Physically playing around with the leaf shapes also gives you the chance to brainstorm some more and think about other creatures you might like to make. It’s fun to see how the simple process of moving different shapes around on the page can get your imagination going as you start to think about what other kinds of animals you can create!

leaf creatures tutorial

Once we were satisfied with our plans, we arranged our leaves the way we wanted them and then glued them into place. If needed, we used scissors to trim them.

Not sure what to do with the stems of the leaves? You don’t have to throw them away! We used the stems of some of our leaves to make whiskers for the lion or antennae for the butterfly (as seen below). Just be creative!

leaf creatures tutorial

While you can try to create the entire face for your leaf creature out of leaves, you can also use your Sharpie to help define the face. As you can see, we used the Sharpie to help create the lion’s face, whereas the owl’s face is made entirely out of leaves.

leaf creatures tutorial

leaf creatures tutorial

Once you’ve glued down all the pieces, simply allow your creatures to dry for at least 30 minutes.  Then they are ready to enjoy!

(Don’t worry if your leaves don’t lay completely flat on the page! It gives the whole thing a rustic quality.)

leaf creatures tutorial

This craft is great to do with kids of all ages, and it’s so much fun to see what everyone comes up with! You can even gift your fall creatures to a friend or relative. Just be sure to do so within a few days of making them so that the colors stay vibrant.

Are you planning to make your own fall leaf creatures? If so, we’d love to see them! Drop them in a comment below or tag us in your social media post #hiphomeschoolmoms. 

Looking for some more great ideas for fall? Here are three more activities related to fall leaves!

math activity for preschoolers

This article shares six fun ways to use fall leaves to teach your little ones simple math concepts!

science experiment with fall leaves

Looking for a cool science experiment? This one uses some green leaves and some fall leaves to illustrate how and why leaves change color in the fall and why they become green again in the spring. If you’re looking for a Bible lesson, this experiment can also be used as an object lesson to explain to children how God works through us in all phases of our lives.

leaf magnet activity for fall

If you’d like to enjoy some beautiful fall colors INSIDE your house, this Fall Yarn Leaf Magnets craft may be just what you need!

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Whimsical Autumn Tree Paper Bag Craft

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This whimsical autumn tree craft is easy enough for all ages! Use paper bags to create this fun and festive fall craft.
This whimsical autumn tree craft is easy enough for all ages! Use paper bags to create this fun and festive fall craft.
This whimsical autumn tree craft is easy enough for all ages! Use paper bags to create this fun and festive fall craft.
This whimsical autumn tree craft is easy enough for all ages! Use paper bags to create this fun and festive fall craft.
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Fall is the perfect time to get inspired by nature and do some crafting with your kids! Personally, I love a craft that I can do without having to go buy a bunch of supplies.  I think most homeschool moms can also appreciate crafts that they can do easily with several kids or with a wide variety of ages. If that sounds like you, then you will love this easy whimsical autumn tree paper bag craft!

Actually, you only need 5 things to make this fun fall craft, and children of most ages can participate.  When your paper bag autumn trees are finished, they will also make wonderful decorations for the season!

Fall Tree Paper Bag Craft Sample 2 4 1What You’ll Need:

How to Make It:

You may have all of the things you need for this craft already at home! Paper bags are an especially useful everyday item that are awesome for crafting, too.  (And I’ve never known a child who didn’t enjoy making puppets out of paper bags.)

To get started on this whimsical autumn tree craft, you’re first going to take the (unopened) paper bag and cut several 3-5 inch slits at the top end of the bag, as shown.

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Next, open up the bag and expand the base/bottom of it (so the bag can stand upright).  Then grab the middle of the bag and give it a twist. This will create the effect of a tree trunk.

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Apply a bit of glue to the bottom of the paper bag and secure it to the green piece of construction paper.

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Carefully pull apart the strips you cut at the top and and twist each one to form a limb.  This is a great motor-skill-building activity for younger children. Older kids (and adults) can enjoy being creative with the thickness and directions of the limbs.

You can easily create some variety in the limbs by twisting more than one piece together, or by pulling them apart again towards the ends. 

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You should now have a whimsical tree with lots of twisted branches! All that’s left is to add the pom poms (but those pom poms are what really bring the party!)  To apply them, all you have to do  is use a small amount of glue and hold each one against one of the limbs for a few moments.

As you can see, festive orange, red and yellow pom poms really give these trees some autumn magic! Just be sure to allow the glue to dry completely before displaying (or playing) with them. It’s fun to see how everyone’s trees turn out differently!

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Did you make this autumn fall craft at home? We love to know when you try out these crafts, so be sure to drop us a comment! If you get excited about arts and crafts this time of year, we also have several other wonderful (and free) craft ideas on this site.

You might enjoy the following apple or apple tree themed crafts! 

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