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Let’s Get Crafty

Let’s Get Crafty

Do you love fall as much as I do? Not only is it a chance to get a small break from the humidity, but it makes way for a plethora of crafts! Don’t consider yourself crafty? That’s ok! There is sure to be a downloadable craft (or activity sheet) online that will pique the interest of you or your child. The finished product doesn’t have to be Pinterest-worthy to be enjoyable. 

Perhaps you’ve already carved or painted pumpkins in October. Now what? Pick out some fallen leaves and do leaf rubbings with paper and crayons. Once done, reuse your leaves and add to a tree drawing or use as quills on a hedgehog cutout. You can make a fall wreath with real items from outside or pick up some fake leaves, berries, and vines. Topping off your wreath with a festive bow doesn’t have to be daunting. There are several methods shown on YouTube or you can buy a premade bow. 

One of my favorite budget-friendly crafts involves paintable items found at dollar stores. You can pick up plain wooden items or ceramics. Sometimes a little bit of paint is included. I recommend buying a sealant spray for the finished product, though this is optional. Matte and glossy are both available. These finished items can be strung up as décor or gifted to the grandparents and others. You may want your little artist to initial the back or bottom. 

Another easy budget-friendly craft involves reusing glass jars (such as a pickle jar or spaghetti sauce jar). There are several methods for removing the product label. I recommend soaking them in very hot, soapy water in the sink. Fill them up with candy such as candy corn or Reese’s Pieces to make a colorful centerpiece or gift with chocolates for Christmas. Add some ribbon and a message. If you’re really invested, you can get a mason jar lid and insert a decorative cardstock topper or even cross stitch one. You can find these mini cross stitch kits online. 

Want to serve up some cute fall cookies? For this design, get a leaf-shaped cookie cutter. Separate the cookie dough into a couple of piles. Add a little bit of food coloring to each section (yellow, orange, red). I highly suggest gloves! Make leaves from each color or grab a little bit of every color and push down flat on your work surface. Apply the cookie cutter making sure you get a little of each color if you want multi-colored leaves. You have done all your decorating without having to frost. Don’t want to fuss with any decorations? Use gingerbread cookie dough with a turkey, squirrel, or acorn cookie cutter since the brown dough will match the item. Alternatively, use a classic gingerbread man cookie cutter. Fun tidbit — you can even use the gingerbread cookie cutter upside down and decorate to make the legs look like antlers on a deer. Super cute! 

Hopefully this list has given you some inspiration. If you need me, I’ll be stuffing decorative Buffalo check cloth pumpkins! 

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