The leaves are starting to turn, the nights are drawing closer and the air is getting cooler … The fall equinox (September 22) means the new season has officially arrived, and if you’re looking for ways to keep the kids entertained now the summer is over, you’re in luck.
There are many fantastic DIY projects that celebrate the Halloween and hibernation season, and they’re easy to do using natural materials and a few essential art supplies …
1. Sheet place cards
A nice addition to the fall dining table, the large leaves in red and gold hues can be used as place cards by drawing names with a permanent black or white marker. Half the fun of this project is walking around and competing to see who can find the biggest and prettiest leaves.
2. Paper mache pumpkin
With just a balloon, string, newspaper, glue, and paint, you can create wonderfully realistic papier-mâché pumpkins – just make sure you don’t leave them in the rain! Follow this handy video for a how-to guide.
3. Leaf ghosts
Another nifty way to use fallen leaves, create spooky ghost decorations by painting the leaves with white paint, letting them dry, then adding faces with a black marker.
4. Wire mummies
Wrap human-shaped cardboard cutouts with white wool, add googly eyes and you have a yarn mummy. Thread a bunch to create Halloween streamers.
5. Wreath of leaves
Decorate your door with this fall alternative to a festive wreath. You can use colorful kraft paper or paint your own sheets of paper – follow this step-by-step guide from Happiness is Homemade.
6. Hedgehog in a cardboard plate
With a neat cut (under adult supervision, of course), you can turn a cardboard plate into a spiky hedgehog, ready to paint or color with crayons.
7. Painted tassels
The possibilities are endless with this simple yet fun idea. Pick up the fallen acorns, bake them at around 100 ° C for about two hours (to kill the bugs and dry them out), let them cool, then grab your paints and brushes. You can use bright neon or rainbow colors, metallic gold or silver, or turn your tassels into Halloween pumpkins or ghosts with cartoon faces.
8. Lollipop spiders
Turn delicious lollipops into eight-legged arachnids with just a few black pipe cleaners and pairs of googly eyes.
9. Mummy lanterns
Keep empty glass jars of various sizes, wrap them in white bandages (use craft glue to secure the ends), and glue googly eyes to create a family of mummy lanterns that look even more spooky when you put flameless LED tea lights inside.