Monthly contributor post from Kristen at Celebrate Every Day with Me:
I love decorating and celebrating each season. Autumn happens to be one of my favorite times of year. As I was beginning to pull out my fall decor, I knew my daughter would have fun joining me for a little craft to celebrate the change of season and warm, fall colors. If you have a child who enjoys crafts, art or just the opportunity to put their creations on display, this activity is for you!
Oh and please ignore the Ewok in the above photo . . . we had a Star Wars party for my son. Little figures were everywhere!!
Kid-Inspired Fall Decor
- A Blank Canvas
- Spray Paint (I used red, orange and gold)
- Leaves and Branches
- A Vase or Container
Gather your supplies. I have quite a stash of art and craft supplies. To grab a small 8×10 canvas only took a walk up to our storage room. (You can get a bulk 10-pack of canvas here which is why I have extras from others crafts.)
Once you have your canvas, head outside to collect fun leaves and branches.
Have your child lay the branches or leaves on the canvas. Select ones that can lay as flat as possible.
Time to groove. Have your child help shake the spray paint cans (and maybe do a little Mom & Me dancing!).
Unless your child is ready to bear the responsibility of a semi-permanent mist of paint, you may want to take over for this next step.
Being intentional about spraying from above (not from the side), spray the different colors on the leaves and canvas.
Then, lift your branches off the canvas and admire your relief painting. Allow the paint to dry completely.
We then sprayed the extra leaves and branches to put in a jar next to our fall artwork.
TIP: Try spray painting both sides of the leaves while holding the branch. We sprayed one side and then waited until the next day to paint the other side. By the time I got to the leaves on day 2, they had curled. My daughter didn’t care in the least, but I think this could be prevented by painting both sides on the same day.
Display the new fall decor in your home for the whole family to see.
What kind of fall crafts do you like to do with your kids?
Kristen of Celebrate Every Day With Me is a fun-loving mom to two kids who keep her busy and laughing. Add her great husband and the Lord to the mix and her life is one fantastic (and sometimes crazy) adventure. She is a former youth leader, professional wedding and event planner and has a degree in Christian Thought/Christian Ministry. She loves long lists, diet soda and playing jokes on her husband.
Kristen is the author of Teach Me To Serve: 99 Ways Preschoolers Can Learn To Serve & Bless Others. On her blog, you’ll find fun ideas for children’s activities, creating memorable moments and party planning.