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20 Festive Fall Nature Crafts for Kids

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What better way to get in the spirit of fall than with a few DIY crafts, especially when they’re made from things you can find right outside your door?

Fall nature crafts for kids are not only a great way to spend some quality family time, but they also introduce children to nature. And what’s more fun than that!

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We’ve collected 20 unique and creative nature crafts for fall that are perfect for kids of all ages. From making pine cone owls or corn husk dolls to creating acorn decorations like squirrels or mice, these autumn crafts will help you welcome cooler weather and colorful leaves into your home.

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20 Festive Nature Crafts for Fall

1. Pine Cone Pumpkin

Turn pine cones into lovely pumpkins with this easy tutorial! It’s easy enough for kids of all ages to have fun. Plus, it doubles as a charming decor piece on your fall mantle!

DIY craft for kids of orange pumpkin made with pine cones

By Fireflies and Mud Pies

2. Squirrel Acorn Craft

If you’re trying to encourage independence in your little ones, this adorable acorn squirrel craft is all you need.

Because it’s just so easy to put together, kids can make this cutie on their own with little supervision.

cute DIY craft of squirrel made with acorns

By Mama Instincts

3. Painted Acorns

Take out your paintbrushes and invite your kids to learn how to make this eye-catching rainbow acorn craft! Not only is it a super fun activity for kids, but it also makes a cute centerpiece.

acorns craft for kids, painted in fun colors

By Crafts by Amanda

4. Nature Small World Play

With the help of twigs, some pretty flowers, and lots of imagination, your kids can create this small world play and have tons of fun!

Craft outdoor idea featuring a small world play in nature

By Fantastic Fun and Learning

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5. Nature Hedgehog

Besides being super cute, this endearing little hedgehog craft is excellent for encouraging natural exploration. Plus, kids can learn how to create art with natural elements they can find right in their backyard!

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DIY hedgehog craft for kids using outdoor elements

By Artsy Craftsy Kids

6. Nature Frames

Let your child capture the stunning fall season colors by making this lovely frame! This fun nature frame is perfect for displaying their favorite fall nature finds. All you need is a few basic supplies, like cardboard, leaves, glue, and whatever you can find outside.

Have fun making this one-of-a-kind frame that will surely bring out the best in those memories! Go get started!

Children's DIY art project using natural elements featuring rocks, leaves and twigs.

By The Crazy Outdoor Mama

7. Corn Husk Flower Pencil Topper

Add a fun touch to school supplies with this adorable corn husk flower pencil topper. A fantastic idea for the back-to-school season!

pencil topper craft for kids made with corn husk

By Sparkling Buds

8. Pine Cone Owls

Your kids will have a blast making these cute little pine cone owls made with acorns, pine cones, bark, and seeds! For the whole experience, you can go on a nature walk with the kids to gather all the natural elements needed and turn this craft into a fun STEM activity!

Related craft: Try Making This Paper Plate Owl

DIY craft owl made with pine cones

By Fireflies and Mud Pies

9. Fall Leaf Crowns

Follow the step-by-step instructions to make this enchanting crown using paper and real leaves! There are many options: an autumn leaf crown, a wristband, and three forest friends headbands, all equally enchanting!

DIY paper crowns for kids made with leaves
by Handmade Charlotte

By Handmade Charlotte

10. Leaf People

If you’re looking for a fun craft project that will let your child explore nature while nurturing their creative side, this craft checks all the boxes!

Your little ones can create leaf people using leaves and natural elements like twigs and acorns!

autumn-themed leaf people craft

By Fantastic Fun and Learning

11. Butterfly Fall Leaf Craft

Follow along with this craft’s instructions using the link below the image to make these enchanting butterflies made with real fall leaves!

If your child loves butterflies, check out our fun tie-dye butterflies and beaded butterfly crafts. Also, use this fun craft to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly!

butterfly craft template colored with real leaves

By Crafts on Sea

12. Nature Mask

Top off your next nature craft project with these fantastic nature masks! This craft is such a simple but super fun project to make! In addition, the mask printable is free and ready to print!

girl wearing a DIY mask made with leaves and flowers

By Rhythms of Play

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13. Corn Husk Dolls

Looking for the ideal DIY project to keep little ones entertained during those long, rainy days? Try these charming Corn husk dolls! All you need are corn husks, string, and markers!

These dolls are such a fun and original idea for kids of all ages.

DIY dolls made with corn husks

By Sparkling Buds

14. Fall Bean Mosaics

Spark your child’s creative side with this artsy craft project!

Making these leaf-shaped bean mosaics is such a fun and relaxing activity for your little ones! It teaches them to be creative and encourages fine motor development while they work.

To get started, you’ll need some leaves of various shapes and sizes, dried beans of different colors (preferably with a variety of textures for more interesting designs), glue, and cardstock or heavy construction paper cut into leaf-shaped pieces.

easy and fun mosaic fall-themed craft using beans in orange, brown, yellow and orange

By Handmade Charlotte

15. Magic Wands

These one-of-a-kind wands made with elements from nature are a magical idea to boost your child’s outdoor playtime! Each wand is hand-crafted with natural elements like sticks, stones, shells, pinecones, and more. They are the perfect tool to unleash your child’s inner wizard!

DIY wands made with natural elements for fall season

By My Bored Toddler

16. Pine Cone Apple

Make your next craft project extra sweet following this pine cone apple craft. Follow the instructions in this post and allow your kids’ crafty side to shine through.

Related craft: 20 Fun Apple Crafts for Kids

fall-themed project featuring a pinecone apple craft

By Non-Toy Gifts

17. Acorn Mice

If you’re on the hunt for a cute fall craft project that’s equal parts creative and outdoor-approved, this adorable little mice craft made with acorns will not disappoint! This fun nature craft will have you and your little ones enjoying the great outdoors in style.

Here’s what you’ll need: Acorns, craft eyes, glue, paint, and yarn. First things first—gather some acorns! If you don’t already have them lying around your property, this is a great opportunity to go out on an adventure and explore nature at its finest

acorn mice craft for kids made with acorn for fall season

By Kids’ Craft Room

18. Fall Mobile

You won’t be able to resist this magical fall-themed mobile!

Follow the easy step-by-step instructions and help your kids make their own. You’ll only need embroidery thread and some natural twigs, pine cones, and leaves!

fall-themed mobile DIY craft for kids using pinecones, twigs and acorns

By Red Ted Art

19. Helicopter Seed Wall Decoration

Let your child’s imagination fly high with this adorable helicopter wall decoration craft made with seeds! It’s the perfect decor piece for any little one who loves aircraft.

helicopter wall decor for kids made with seeds from nature

By Blue Bear Wood

20. Acorn Frame

Add an autumn vibe to your decor by making this acorn frame with the little ones! Making frames with the kids is always a good and fun crafting activity kids of all ages enjoy.

DIY frame made with acorn, framing picture of child and dog.

By Crafts by Amanda

21. Fox Leaf Craft

Isn’t this fox leaf craft adorable? All you need are leaves, googly eyes, and some paint!

This leaf craft is perfect for little hands, but you can definitely help out your kids if they need it. When you are done, let your child choose how and where they want to display their masterpiece! Whether it’s in their room, on your fridge, or on a window sill, they’ll be so proud of their creation.

This is a great way for kids to use nature to get creative and learn about colors and textures, too!

fox leaf painting

By Easy Peasy Fun

22. Nature Scavenger Hunt

One of the best things to do on a nice fall day is go on a scavenger hunt! Use this fun scavenger hunt to collect supplies for some of these other craft projects. From leaves to acorns, this scavenger hunt will bring the fun of the outdoors inside for a crafty time!

So grab a brown paper bag, print off this scavenger hunt, and explore!

Once you have all your supplies gathered, it’s time for crafting! Try making any of the above fun nature crafts for kids!

scavenger hunt for fall

By The Typical Mom

23. Rock Painting

Paint and rocks, could it get any more simpler?

Rock painting is a fun and creative way for kids to express themselves. You can create fun fall designs on rocks using paint, markers, and other decorative materials. With a few simple supplies, you can make your own fall rock art!

rock art

By Sustain my Craft Habit

24. Fall Tissue Paper Suncatchers

Every child loves acorns, so why not give this neat acorn suncatcher a try!? You will need some tissue paper, printer paper, glue, and scissors. Cut out the shape of an acorn from the paper. Then, cut up small pieces of tissue paper for your child. Let them arrange the pieces on top of the paper acorn. Glue them down and let it dry.

Hang it up in a window for your own crafty suncatcher! It’s an easy and fun activity that kids of all ages will love. Enjoy!

fall nature leaf craft

By Darcy and Brian

25. Art with Acorns

Have you ever tried making art with acorns? It’s a great way to create fun and unique artwork. Acorns come in all sizes and shapes, so you can get creative with your designs! The possibilities are endless – from paintings to collages and more.

Plus, it’s an easy activity for kids of all ages. Gather some acorns on your next nature walk, or buy them in bulk online and get crafting! You can paint them, glue them together, or use them as part of a larger project.

art with acorns

By Art-by-Day

Fall Nature Crafts for Kids- Summary

Fall nature crafts for little kids are a great way to engage their imaginations and explore the great outdoors. Simple activities like creating leaf rubbings or an acorn wreath can be easily adapted to suit different age groups.

These activities encourage creativity, get kids outside, and help them learn about nature in a hands-on way.

Looking for more ideas? Check out our Fall Crafts section to find lots of fun tutorials and fall craft ideas!

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