Now, I don’t know about you guys but I tend to drift into Target or JOANN’s and spend a ton of money on art supplies, crafts, and anything else that I might find necessary at the time. Even though we can afford to do that from time to time, I can’t make a habit of it. So, to make up for the money that’s being spent at these locations, I’ve gotta find cheap alternatives for crafts and projects to do with the kids.
Kenny is getting older and is starting to really show an interest in painting and coloring. I try my best to make sure our crafts are entertaining for both kids and that usually calls for a trip to the store. Well with the new baby here, I try not to go to the store as often as I used to. It’s just chaotic at this point. I tried making a quick trip to Walmart the other day and it turned out to be quite the adventure. Jonathan had decided it was a great time to start cluster feeding. There I was in Walmart- feeding my baby in the shoe aisle for like an hour. Back to my point- we decided we would do a craft this week using supplies we already had available at home. Fortunately, it turned out to be so much easier than I had originally thought.
We began by gathering some of our basics: crayons, paint, scissors, etc. The one thing we were missing was the inspiration. This is where we started getting creative. We went outside and began to pick up the leaves in our backyard. We don’t have many big trees around so we did our best with what we had. We ended up with 4 Fall Leaf Crafts and 2 very messy kids!
This was super fun and really simple to do. I also loved the results it gave us so we may just have to frame some of these and hang them around the house for our fall decor. All you need for this simple craft is paper, crayons, and leaves. Place a piece of paper on a flat surface and place leaf on top. Make sure the veins are face up. Next, place another piece of paper on top and begin to scribble away. The parts where the veins are poking through will be darker than the rest.
Leaf Printing was by far the number one craft for the kids. It allowed them to get messy but they still focused on getting the prints done. For this craft all you’ll need is paper, paint, paint brushes, and leaves. I would suggest getting smaller leaves for the little ones. Just grab some leaves, put some paint on, and place down on the paper. And if you’re a cool parent, let them go crazy with the paint after the craft is complete.
Thankfully, people come in all shapes and sizes and so do leaves. This is a really cool way to get creative and it allows each child to show off their originality. You’ll need paper, scissors, glue, leaves, and a marker to draw in its face. Begin by cutting the leaves into the shapes you desire to use and then gluing them onto the paper. Allow some time to dry because leaves are not meant to be glued down to paper. Therefore, they will require a little extra help and time to stay down.
Leaf painting is probably my favorite to do. If you have some really cool leaves and different colors to paint with, it can turn out pretty awesome. Leaf painting requires paint, leaves, tape, paint brushes, and paper. You will have to tape down the leaf in order to avoid getting paint under the leaf. Roll the tape and stick it to the bottom of the leaves so that the tape doesn’t show. Allow your child to paint over the leaves and onto the paper and once they are finished, remove the leaves.
Finally, make sure to try out these awesome crafts and let us know how they turned out.