Simple Autumn Craft Ideas
by Deborah Taylor-Hough
Autumn Snacks and Crafts
Autumn Family Fun
I love the changing seasons at this time of year, especially when the fall colors start to show, there's a nip in the air, and it's time to break out the sweaters from their summer storage boxes. If you're looking for some craft ideas to share with your kids, try one of the following.
Make your own cards or gift-wrap by using nature's bounty of freshly fallen leaves. Use poster paint for printing on paper (for cards, gift-wrap, etc.), or use acrylic paint if you decide to decorate an item that needs a waterproof finish (glassware, clay pots, etc.). Brush a small amount of paint onto the underside of the leaf where the veins are more pronounced. Carefully place the leaf where you want the design printed and cover with a layer of paper towel. Gently roll a rolling pin over the top (or you can use the side of an empty bottle). Remove the paper towel and lift the leaf.
Baked Pumpkin Seeds
After all the pumpkin carving or pie making, don't throw out the seeds. Separate the seeds from the stringy pulp (don't rinse or remove every last bit of the pulp -- the pulp adds flavor). Place the seeds on a cookie sheet, stir in about 1/4 cup of melted butter or margarine, sprinkle with a small amount of salt and then bake in a 350 degree oven for ten minutes until lightly browned. Enjoy!
Soak wheat on the stalk (from craft stores or local farmers) in a tub of water for an hour or so. Holding three seed heads together, braid the stems of the wheat stalks. Curve the ends around to make an oval loop, a circle wreath, or even bend it a bit to make a heart shape. Tie with brightly colored ribbon. As the stalks dry, they'll hold their shape. Add to your autumn decorations.
Deborah Taylor-Hough is the author of the bestselling Frozen Assets: Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month and A Simple Choice: a practical guide for saving your time, money and sanity. She also edits the Simple Times email newsletter. To subscribe, visit Debi online at: thesimplemom.wordpress.com
Take the Next Step
- 50,000 brand name craft, sewing & scrapbooking supplies at 30-50% below retail. CreateForLess.com
- For more creative ideas, check out our craft project page
- What will you create? Visit our "Crafty Savings" board today!
We're still paying off last Christmas and worry how we'll afford the holidays this year without charging it again! Tell us: Yes, we could use help getting out of the debt trap we're in! or No, debt is not a problem for us but I'm always looking for ways to trim my family's expenses further!
More Money-Saving Tips for Families
- Best September bargains for thrifty shoppers
- 5 big bills you can cut fast
- 5 frugal ways to expand your living space
- 4 steps to a simpler (and more frugal) life
- Start now and have a stress free Christmas later
- Raising money for your school, church or non-profit group
- Inexpensive storybook costume ideas
- Organizing the disorganized mom
- This week's Readers' Tips