Presented by Jen Woodhouse of the House of Wood.
When fall is in the air, there’s no better way to celebrate than with the people you love. These DIY fall crafts are simple, fun and very budget friendly. This guide will show you how to make salt dough leaf ornaments, pine cone turkeys and a felt pumpkin patch.
Make Leaf Ornaments
To make leaf ornaments, you’ll need some tree leaves and a batch of salt dough.
Salt dough is a versatile craft staple that has been around for decades. You can use salt dough to make ornaments, gift tags, coasters and more. It only takes a few minutes to make a batch, You’ll need three ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
Before you start making leaf ornaments, get your tools ready.
You’ll need a mixing bowl, measuring cups, a biscuit cutter or drinking glass, rolling pin and plastic straws. A silicon mat makes a good surface for rolling out the dough.
Here’s how to make salt dough:
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit or to your oven’s lowest setting.
- In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of salt and a 1/2 cup of warm water.
- Mix with your hands until it forms a dough bowl. Add a little more water if needed.
- Turn the dough out on a nonstick surface sprinkled with flour. Using a rolling pin dusted with flour, roll dough out to 1/2-inch thick.
- Dust the tree leaves with flour. Lay each leaf on the dough with the vein side down.
- Use the rolling pin to press the leaf into the dough. Carefully remove the leaves.
- Dip a biscuit cutter or drinking glass in flour. Use it to cut out a circular shape around each leaf. Then use a table knife to trim the excess dough around the leaf. A biscuit cutter or glass may not be big enough for the larger leaves, so use the knife to cut away the dough. For circular ornaments, don’t trim any excess dough.
- After your leaves have been cut, use the plastic straw to make a hole for at the top of each ornament..
- Bake leaf ornaments in oven for an hour.
- Allow leaf ornaments to cool thoroughly. Thread twine or a thin ribbon through the hole in each ornament. Tie a knot in the twine or ribbon to make a loop for hanging the ornament.
Tip: You can use a marker to write names or dates on the back of the ornaments.
Perky Turkey Pine Cones
Here’s a craft idea your little ones will gobble up. You can find the pine cones you need outside or at a craft store. You’ll also need acrylic craft paint, a paint brush, a cup of water, pom poms, googly eyes, red felt, orange felt and craft glue.
- Cover the table with craft paper. Fill a disposable paint tray with acrylic paint in different fall colors.
- Using an art brush, paint the pine cone scales. Use one color at a time. Wash out your paint brush between colors. Once the paint is dry, add the turkey’s head.
- To make the turkey’s head, glue googly eyes on a pom pom. Cut a beak from the orange felt and a turkey waddle from the red felt. Glue the beak and waddle to the pom pom head. Glue the head to the pine cone.
Tip: Use a pine cone turkey as a nameplace holder at your next fall get-together.
Felt Pumpkin Patch Art
Carving pumpkins is an autumn tradition. Make this classic fall activity even more fun and less messy with an artful twist on a pumpkin patch. You’ll need felt in white, brown, orange, red, green, black and other fall colors. Make sure you have scissors, cardboard or scrap plyboard and spray adhesive.
- Spray the cardboard with the spray adhesive. Do this in a well-ventilated area or outside.
- Lay the white felt on the board. Press and smooth it out with your hands. Cut the excess fabric off with scissors.
- Cut pumpkin shapes from the orange felt. Press onto the white felt board.
- Cut out noses, eyes, teeth, mouths and eyebrows from the other colors.
- Give the pumpkins scary looks, fun faces or goofy expressions. See the video above for more ideas.
Bringing people together is one of the best things about fall. Once you’ve tried one of these fall DIY crafts with kids, you’ll want to do all three. When you’re ready to get the supplies for DIY projects that celebrate autumn, The Home Depot delivers online orders when and where you need them.