Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s a much-needed break from the Texas heat and a good time to kick off holiday crafts. Really, nothing says fun like little ones who are habitually careless with permanent paint and glue. That’s living on the edge, mommy style!

Here are four fun fall crafts for you and your family to try today.

1. Candy Corn MenCandy Corn Men

My daughter loves candy corn. When she’s older, she will probably wonder why she ever wasted the calories on it. In the meantime, I’ll use this craft to encourage her out-of-control sweet tooth.

Materials and Tools

  • White cardstock or poster board
  • Orange and yellow cardstock
  • Googly eyes
  • Cotton balls
  • Pompom, small paper triangle, or actual candy corn for a nose (optional)
  • Candy corn template
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Marker

Directions

  1. Trace or draw the candy corn shape as a whole on the white cardstock/poster board and cut.
  2. Cut out the middle and bottom stripes from the template.
  3. Trace the middle stripe on the orange cardstock and cut.
  4. Trace the bottom stripe on the yellow cardstock and cut.
  5. Paste stripes to the white candy-corn cutout.
  6. Cut two strips each of yellow and orange cardstock for the legs and arms. (We cut across the bottom for 8” x 1” strips.)
  7. Crinkle up the arms and legs accordion style and attach to the back with tape. (This makes repositioning the appendages easier. To contrast the candy corn stripes, we used yellow for the arms and orange for the legs.)
  8. Glue on cotton balls for the hands and feet.
  9. Embellish the face as desired. (I put my guy’s face on the orange stripe. My kids put theirs on the white. We used pompoms for the noses, but candy corns are even better.)

Feel free to make candy corn women, too. We’re equal-opportunity crafters in this house. I just can’t bring myself to spend more time on a candy corn woman’s appearance than my own. Yet, I did just that with the candy corn guy. Feel free to vary the project however you like. My candy corn owl is a hoot. Meaningful Mama introduced me to these cute men, so check out her site for more fall crafts.

2. Easy Fall Leavesfall craft leaves

My son told my daughter, “I’m not coloring, Sissy! I’m markering.” This is definitely one of those fall crafts for those who prefer “markering.”

Materials and Tools

  • Coffee filters
  • Washable markers
  • Leaf template (i.e., cookie cutter, actual leaf, or online printable)
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Any nonporous surface (e.g., cookie sheet, plastic tray, plastic wrap, and plate)

Directions

  1. “Marker,” color, or scribble on the coffee filter.
  2. Place the filter on your nonporous surface.
  3. Spray with water until completely (but not overly) wet and allow to dry. (My kids want to douse it!)
  4. Draw or trace the leaves onto the filters.
  5. Cut and display.

These leaves look awesome anywhere light can shine through them. This craft also makes those who think they’re too grown-up for crayons feel empowered.

3. Toilet Paper Roll Batsfall craft bats

Unlike some fall crafts, these bats didn’t end up in the landfill. My son and I are so batty for these bats that we keep adding to the colony.

Materials and Tools

  • Toilet paper roll (A paper towel or wrapping paper roll can be used as well.)
  • Black paint or black construction paper
  • White paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Wing template (optional)

Directions

  1. Paint the outside of the toilet paper roll black and allow to dry. (A blow dryer can speed up the process. Wrapping the tube with construction paper and gluing it down is less messy. My kiddos prefer mess.)
  2. Draw and cut out wings. (Templates can be found online if you’d rather trace.)
  3. From the white paper, cut out two small triangles for the bat’s fangs.
  4. Once dry, flatten the tube longways.
  5. To make the ears, fold in the top on both sides and crease. Repeat on the other end for the feet. (In other words, close the holes.)
  6. Glue on the wings, fangs, and eyes.

With a hole punch and string, the bat can hang from a light fixture. Make a group of them to hang across a mantel. Fill them with treats to give to friends. However, for the love of all that’s sanitary, use a paper towel or wrapping paper roll instead.

4. Milk Jug Ghostsmilk jug ghost

Fall crafts really don’t get any easier than this. To keep the kids busy for a while, be sure to have several jugs on hand.

Materials and Tools

  • Black Sharpie
  • Washable marker
  • Milk jug or water jug, clean and dry (We removed the stickers, too, but not necessary.)
  • Scissors
  • Battery-operated tealight, string of clear lights, or glowstick
  • Masking tape

Directions

  1. Draw the outline of the ghost’s face with a washable marker first. (This way, you can wipe it off if you mess up.)
  2. Fill in your outline with a Sharpie.
  3. Cut a hole in the back for the kiddos.
  4. Adhere tape around the sharp edges to prevent possible boo-boos.
  5. Add a safe lighting element inside the jug.

Voila, instant ghost! Make a row of them for your porch or walkway to display on Halloween night. They look spooktacular.

Hopefully, these fun fall crafts get you as excited about fall as we are. I like watching my kids do things that are outside the box. One year, my son made Frankenstein’s monster with one eye and a spiky hairdo. To avoid stifling his creativity, I do my own craft. This keeps me from having him do things “my way” or “the right way” (whatever that is). I’m glad I found a way to get the control freak in me to mind her own business. Happy crafting, y’all!

As you get started on your fall crafts, we also have a fun, family-friendly event this fall. On Saturday, October 27, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., our Legacy Campus will host a Trunk or Treat. Join us for free candy, hot dogs, and fun music! Costumes are welcome.