Pumpkins, Pinecones, & Leaves: 7 Amazing Fall Crafts for Kids

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Autumn is an exciting time for many reasons, and not just for pumpkin-themed treats. Soon, cold winds will replace the striking heat, and the leaves will turn red, yellow, and orange from green. We can also begin counting down for holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving.

If you’re looking for autumn-themed projects for your kids, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we have created a list of simple yet fun fall crafts ideas for kids.

Pumpkin Spice Playdough

Add a touch of autumn to your little one’s sensory exercises with this pumpkin spice playdough craft. All you need are these simple ingredients: 

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Cream of tartar
  • Pumpkin spice mix
  • Food coloring 


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. 
  2. Then, place the mixture on the stove over medium heat. 
  3. When you have a big ball and it’s no longer sticky, remove it from heat. 
  4. Let it cool for a couple of minutes.
  5. Once cooled down, divide the dough into your desired number of pieces.
  6. Add a few drops of red, orange, or yellow food coloring to your dough. If you don’t have food coloring, you can use natural food dyes like carrots, beetroots, or turmeric. 
  7. Knead the playdough until it’s firm and enjoy!

Fall Leaf Prints

When you think of autumn, you automatically think of falling leaves that paint the surroundings in warm shades of brown, orange, red, and yellow. If you have a pile of leaves outside your house, why not use them for a fun autumn craft?

For this project, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Fall leaves of different sizes and shapes
  • Acrylic paints in fall colors, 
  • White paper
  • Foam paintbrushes


  1. Gather your materials on a table. 
  2. Add a few scoops of paint on a paper plate. 
  3. Then, take a foam brush and start adding colors to your leaf. You can add as many colors as you like.
  4. When you’re done, flip the leaf and press it on a piece of paper. Make sure that the entire surface sticks on the paper. 
  5. Slowly lift the leaf away and let the paint dry for a few minutes. 
  6. Display your child’s creative work by placing it on a frame or sticking it to your fridge.

Paper Plate Pumpkins

Don’t have pumpkins at home? Not a problem when you can make your own! Embrace the spirit of Halloween in autumn with this easy paper plate pumpkins craft. For this project, you will need these materials:

  • Orange paper plates
  • Construction paper (black and green)
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  1. Set the plates on the counter or table. 
  2. Ask your child to cut out the pumpkin’s facial expression using black construction paper. 
  3. Then, cut out the pumpkin’s stem using green construction paper. Make sure to look after them while doing this to prevent any accidents. 
  4. When you’ve finished making the cutouts, stick them to the plate using glue, and voila, your paper plate pumpkins are good to go!

Leaf Hedgehog Craft

Transform your pile of leaves into cute and colorful hedgehog pieces with this leaf hedgehog craft. You can turn this into an exciting adventure by letting your kids collect leaves from outside. For this activity, you’ll be needing:

  • Leaves
  • Brown paper
  • Black marker
  • Glue


  1. Make a hedgehog cut-out from your brown paper. 
  2. Begin gluing different colored leaves on your paper. Let the pointy parts stick out to imitate how a hedgehog looks. 
  3. Draw your hedgehog’s face using a marker and you’re finished!

Wooden Spoon Scarecrows

Unleash your child’s creativity with this wooden spoon scarecrow craft. The best thing about this is you can customize them as you like. When they’re done, your kid can use them as props for storytelling and plays. For this craft, you will need:

  • Plain wooden spoons
  • Small googly eyes
  • Acrylic paint
  • Black fine point marker
  • Felt paper
  • Twine
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Hot glue.


  1. Paint the wooden spoon with acrylic paint. 
  2. Next, create your scarecrow’s hat. 
  3. For the hat’s top, cut a small piece of burlap ribbon and fold it. 
  4. For the hat’s brim, cut a long piece of ribbon and fold it lengthwise.
  5. Glue these pieces together to finish off your hat.
  6. Attach your completed hat to your wooden spoon.
  7. After this, begin making your scarecrow’s face. 
  8. Glue your googly eyes and felt triangle nose. 
  9. Then, draw its mouth using a black marker. 
  10. Place two dots of paint on the face using the back of your paintbrush to make your scarecrow’s cheeks. 
  11. Add small strips of felt paper for the hair. 
  12. Attach a piece of burlap ribbon and twine on the handle of the spoon to complete your wooden spoon scarecrow.

Autumn Leaf Suncatchers

Looking for an easy, fun, and creative fall craft that you can display after? You can try making these beautiful autumn leaf suncatchers! For this piece, you will need the following materials:

  • Clear contact paper
  • Colored cardstock
  • Colored cellophane
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Needle and thread


  1. Start cutting out leaf shapes from your colored cardstock. 
  2. Then, slowly place your leaf cutouts on top of the contact paper. Be careful in doing this because contact paper can be quite sticky! 
  3. Let your kids add strips of colored cellophane inside the shape.
  4. When you’re done with adding cellophane, seal your suncatcher using another piece of contact paper on top. 
  5. For the finishing touches, trim out the edges of your leaf suncatcher.
  6. Punch a hole on top of your leaf using a needle and thread.
  7. Make a knot to create a hanging string. 
  8. Hang your newly finished fall leaf suncatcher near your window!

Weaving Paper Apple

This paper apple weaving craft will keep your little one’s hands busy as they weave paper strips into an apple mold. This activity encourages repetitive hand movements, which is great for exercising your kid’s fine motor skills.

For this craft, you will need the following materials:

  • Construction paper
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick


  1. Draw the shape of an apple on your green or red cardstock and cut it out.
  2. Then, draw the apple’s leaf on green construction paper and the stem on a brown one.
  3. Cut out these shapes from your paper.
  4. Make the core of the apple on a separate paper.
  5. Fold your apple in the center.
  6. Then, snip a few slits on the paper. Make sure to leave enough space near the edge of the paper, so your apple doesn’t fall apart.
  7. Make strips from your cardstock, construction paper, or scrapbooking paper.
  8. Weave the paper cutouts into the slits on the apple.
  9. To keep your paper strips in place, glue its edges down using a glue stick.
  10. Trim out the edges of the apple.
  11. Add the core of the apple to the center.
  12. Attach the leaf and stem at the top of the apple.
  13. Enjoy playing!

Keep Your Kids Busy With Fall Crafts For Toddlers

Autumn offers plenty of opportunities to hone your child’s creativity and overall development. With fun and engaging fall-themed crafts, your little one can enjoy and better appreciate the changing seasons.

If you’re looking for more crafts ideas, you can visit the Rayito de Sol blog.

August 31, 2021