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Autumn Craft Ideas

Falling Leaves
 
We received an idea from Danielle. Its a great activity for children to do this Autumn Equinox. On a nice warm Autumn day, let the children go outside and see if they can catch a falling leaf before it hits the ground. Make a game out of this activity. Example: Whoever catches the most, get a special treat. Like who picks whats for dinner. Or, who picks the next activity they do. There is so many ideas you can add to this activity.
 
Thanks Danielle.

Items needed:

          • fall leaves
          • wax paper
          • iron
          • towel
          • picture frame

Directions:

  1. Collect as many different colored and size fall leaves as possible!
  2. Cut two pieces of wax paper slightly larger than your picture frame.
  3. Lay one piece of the wax paper on the towel, and arrainge the leaves in a pleasing design.
  4. Lay the other  piece of wax paper over the leaves, and lay another press the two together using a hot iron and moving quickly but firmly
  5. Tape the "stained glass" to the picture frame and cut off the excess
  6. Hang in a window for best results.

For the Kids
Scarecrow Wall Decoration

It is a scarecrow maden out of two hats, raffia, felt and a pipe cleaner. It is
easy for kids 8 and up and seniors. Parental supervision is recommended.

This project is rated EASY to do.

What You Need
2 Straw hats - 16 and 12 inch Raffia
Felt
Pipe cleaner
Ribbon
Tacky craft glue or hot glue gun

How To Make It
Cut the 12" hat in half.
You will need a small package of colored raffia (if available).
Spread out and place on the crown of the 16" hat. This is representing the hair
on his/her head.
Glue raffia in place with thick designer tacky or hot glue, whichever is
available to you.
Now place glue on the cut edge of the 12" hat and place atop hair and against
brim of 16" hat.
Cut triangles out of felt for eyes and nose.
Place on crown forming face.
Use a black pipe cleaner for his mouth. Bend pipe cleaner /\/\/\/\/\ so it
looks like that.
Glue to crown.
Make a bow for neck area (under crown) and glue in place.
I put fall leaves on top of his hat to also give some color.

Note: It can be done actually with any size hat. Just adjust accordingly.

Copyright 1996 by Sue P.
All rights reserved.

Cozy Scarves
 
 

By Amanda Formaro

Looking for a fun sewing project for those with little experience? A scarf is the perfect project for kids, especially with cooler weather just around the corner. Even parents with minimal sewing experience can guide their kids in making these.

Age

8 and up

This project is rated EASY to do.

What You Need

  • yard fleece fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread to match fabric color
  • scissors


What You Do

  1. Cut two pieces of fleece equal in length and width. Length will determine how long your scarf will be.
  2. Lay the two equal pieces with the right sides (the side that has the pattern on it) facing in each other.
  3. Leaving approximately a ” seam, sew the full length of the scarf. Repeat on the other side. You will end up with a long tube of fabric with open ends.
  4. Using a pair of scissors, cut the fringe by cutting ” wide slits about 4” up from each end.
  5. Turn scarf inside out so that the sewn seams are now on the inside, finished edges are on the outside.
  6. Sew a running stitch along the top of the fringe to “close” the ends of the scarf.
  7. Trim any loose threads and you are done!

Helpful Hints

  • Half a yard of fleece will make one scarf approximately 4.5 feet long. If you want a longer scarf, simply get more fabric. Ask for assistance at your favorite fabric supply store.
  • Use good scissors. Cheap or old scissors that have dull blades will make this project much more difficult than it needs to be and can cause problems with cutting straight lines.
  • This is a fun and inexpensive project. Ask store staff where to find the fleece that is on sale. Our scarves cost $3 to $4 each to make.

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