Simple Autumn Crafts with Nicola Friend

Looking for some crafting inspo this season? You've come to the right place! Nicola Friend shares three of her favourite autumn crafts that are simple enough for little ones to get stuck into.

Woodland Craft Crowns

Little ones will love foraging for fallen leaves, then turning them into beautiful crowns to become
kings and queens of the forest.

You will need:

  • Leaves
  • Brown paper or card
  • Glue
  • Stapler or selotape
  • Scissors

 

How to:

  1. Cut the brown paper or card into a long strip 5cm wide and long enough to fit around your child’s head, leaving some overlap to secure later. We used a double-thickness to make ours a little stronger.
  2. Lay the strip onto a flat surface and invite your little one to stick on the leaves that they collected. It’s easier to apply the leaves to the brown paper and then stick the leaves down as they can be delicate.
  3. Once your tot’s masterpiece is complete, secure into a band with staples or sellotape and you have a beautiful woodland crown!

Junk-O-Lanterns

Transform your old plastic bottles into perfect pumpkins for your little ones to display in the
window this halloween.

You will need:

  • Plastic bottle (it must be transparent or translucent, we used a 4pt milk bottle)
  • Orange tissue paper
  • PVA glue
  • Paintbrush or glue-spreader
  • Stapler or sellotape
  • Scissors
  • Black card
  • Battery operated fairy lights

How to:

  1. Cut the bottle in half below the handle (you’ll need to help your child with this step), depending
    on the type of bottle you may need to add some sellotape so that the cut-edge isn’t sharp.
  2. Help your little one to cut 2cm squares of orange tissue paper, we used approximately two A4
    sheets per pumpkin.
  3. Ask your tot to coat the plastic bottle in PVA glue and apply the orange tissue paper squares
    until the bottle is covered.
  4. Add a final thin layer of glue over the top of the tissue paper, this seals it and adds shine.
  5. Cut the pumpkin’s eyes and mouth from black card and cut another strip 25cm long to use as
    the handle.
  6. Glue then face on and sellotape or staple the handle to the lantern.
  7. Once your little one’s pumpkin has dried, they can fill with the battery operated fairy lights to
    make their junk-o-lantern glow!

DIY Silent Fireworks

These DIY dynamite-free party poppers have all of the fun with none of the fear so little ones can
enjoy firework night minus the big bangs!

You will need:

  • A medium sized balloon
  • Cardboard tube (we used a loo roll centre)
  • Wrapping paper (12 x 14cm)
  • Sellotape
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch (to make confetti)

How to:

  1. Tie a knot in the neck of your balloon and cut 1cm from the top.
  2. Stretch the cut end of the balloon over the end of the cardboard tube. Use sellotape to secure it
    in place.
  3. Use a piece of paper to cover the tube, we used wrapping paper but you could use an old
    magazine, a piece of foil, your child could even have fun decorating it!
  4. Make some confetti using paper or tissue. A hole punch is a great way for little ones to get
    involved as they can cut paper safely this way (while supervised of course). We used colourful
    pages of an old magazine.
  5. Add handful of paper confetti to the tube and it’s time to pop! Ask your little one to pull the
    balloon to create an ‘explosion’!

Tip: If hoovering up tiny pieces of paper fills you with dread, you can create natural confetti using
fallen leaves, just be sure to never put any solid objects that could hurt when fired from the party
popper!

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