The fall is one of the best times of the year to make nature crafts. There are always amazing natural treasures like acorns, fall leaves, pinecones, and walnuts, that children (and adults) can use to make into fall nature crafts. This amazing collection of autumn nature crafts is for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and kids of all ages… Even the young at heart!
This top ten fall nature crafts round-up has been updated every year, and now includes much more than 10 autumn nature craft ideas that you can make with kids!
Autumn is a great time of year to enjoy nature crafts with children both at home or in the classroom. This round-up of fall nature crafts lists ideas by the type of natural material used to make the autumn nature crafts, and, a few cute fall animal crafts that can be made with natural materials.
Related: The Best Fall Art Projects for Kids
Adorable Autumn Nature Crafts
Use natural materials to make any of these fun fall crafts for kids. We have divided this collection of fall craft ideas into the type of natural fall material used to make the nature craft, and then list a few cute autumn animal crafts made with natural materials that are commonly made in the fall.
Some crafts fit into more than one category below. An example would be Turkey’s made out of leaves or owls made out of pinecones. Click on the creator of the autumn nature craft for the directions to each fall nature craft project.
Related: Fall Nature Table
Fall Nature Crafts Listed by Type of Natural Materials Used
We have placed this round-up of fall crafts for kids into categories based on the type of natural material that was primarily used to make the nature craft.
These lovely fall nature crafts are also listed in alphabetical order to make it easy to find the type of fall nature craft that you would like to create. Happy fall crafting!
Acorns and acorn caps are a lovely natural material for fall crafts and can often be found on the ground near oak trees by the thousands in the autumn. Nature crafts made with acorns and acorn caps always turn out great.
Before using acorns to make crafts, make sure that you clean them and bake them at 200 degrees Farenheight for about 2 hours. Try any of these fun ways to craft with acorns.
- DIY Acorn Peg Dolls | Rhythms of Play
- Rustic Acorn Marble Ornaments | Rhythms of Play
- Felted Pom Pom Acorns | Adventure in a Box
- Acorn Frame | Crafts by Amanda
- Stick and Acorn Men | The Magic Onions
- Acorn Wreath for Kids | Craftulate
- Fall Wreath with Acorns | Tried & True
- Acorn Garland | The Magic Onions
- How to Paint Acorns for Fall | Mod Podge Rocks
- Acorn Wall Hanging | Table and Hearth
- Floating acorn candles | The Gunny Sack
- Acorn Squirrel | Little Stuff
- Squirrel Acorn Craft | Toys in the Dryer
- Acorn Marble Necklaces | Rhythms of Play (Photo below)
Apple Crafts Made with Nature
Apple crafts are fun to make for back to school and autumn harvest. Most of these autumn nature crafts use real apples, while the last two require natural materials to make crafts that look like apples.
Related: Apple Button Tree Craft for Kids
For more apple arts and apple craft ideas, have a look at this round-up of fall art projects for kids.
- Fine Motor Apple Hedgehogs | Rhythms of Play
- Dehydrated Apple Art | Brainy Beginnings
- Leaf Nut and Apple Wind Catcher Mobile | Fun Family Crafts
- How to Craft a Clove Apple Pomander | Crafting a Green World
- Pinecone Apples | Fireflies & Mudpies
- Oak Apple Nature Craft (Photo Below)
Helicopter Seed Crafts
These helicopter seed crafts are amazing. Helicopter seeds spin and swirl to the ground when they are dropped and are commonly found on sycamore, ash, and maple trees. The helicopter seed nature craft ideas found below are gorgeous and simple ways to use natural materials to create fall crafts.
- Helicopter Seed Craft – Wall Hanging | Zing Zing Tree
- Autumn Woodland Treasures Sculpture | Filth Wizardry (Photo below)
Leaf Crafts: Nature Crafts to Make with Fall Leaves
Fall Leaf crafts abound in the fall and make wonderful autumn nature crafts. There are so many amazing things you can make with autumn leaves. Check out the amazing collection of fall nature crafts using autumn leaves below!
- Collect, Press, and Preserve Fall Leaves
- Watercolor and Fall Leaf Art
- Fall Leaf Masks, Leaf Tiaras, and leaf Crowns
- Heart Leaf Lanterns | Rhythms of Play
- Leaf Fairies | Mother Natured
- Fall Leaf Crown | Rain or Shine Mama
- Superhero and Animal Fall leaf masks | BabyCCino
- Real Fall Leaf Garland | Swoodson Says
- Fabulous Fall Leaf Craft Collage | Happy Hooligans
- Easy Autumn Tree Craft | Crafts on Sea
- Fall Leaf Finger Puppets | Crafts by Amanda
- Embossed Fall Leaves Crafts | Mother Natured
- Leaf Prints | from Edventures with Kids
- Painted Leaf Monsters | Messy Little Monster
- Nature Portraits | Adventure in a Box
- Fall Leaf Fish in the Sea Nature Craft
- Invitation to Create Fall Leaves Art
- Fall Leaf Lacing Beginning Sewing Project for Kids (Photo Below)
Crafts made with pinecones are fun to make as the temperatures begin to drop along with the pinecones. They make a wonderful fall nature craft material for the autumn and winter months.
Like acorns, it is best to clean and bake pinecones found in nature before crafting with them. Clean pinecones and bake them at 200 degrees Farenheight for about 2 hours.
Next, try a few of the fun pinecone craft ideas below!
- Autumn Pinecone Fairies | The Magic Onions
- Pinecone Spiders Halloween Craft for Kids | Fireflies & Mudpies
- Cute Pinecone Fall Tree | The Pinterested Parent
- Pinecone Owls | Crafts by Amanda
- Cute Pinecone Pets | Blue Bear Wood
- Pinecone Bats | Fireflies and Mudpies
- Easy Pinecone Turkeys | Easy Peasy and Fun
- Pinecone Wreath Craft | A Piece of Rainbow
- How to Make a Pinecone Garland | The Magic Onions
- Colorful Pinecone Fairies | Red Ted Art
- Pinecone Roses | Creative Green Living
- Rosebud Pinecone Card | Rhythms of Play
- Rhinestone Pinecone Nature Craft
Pumpkin Carving and No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas
Because Halloween occurs in the fall, most everyone makes a few pumpkin crafts and does some pumpkin carving or no-carve pumpkin decorating. We have found some fun original fall nature craft ideas using pumpkins, including pumpkin carving and decorating ideas, and a simple pumpkin carving hack to make pumpkin carving easy!
- Best Ever Pumpkin Carving Tip | Happy Hooligans
- Over 700 Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils | Spaceships and Laserbeams
- Faux No Carve Jack O’ Lantern | Non-Toy Gifts
- Melted Crayon Pumpkin Craft | Color Made Happy
- Googly Eyed Pupkin | She Wears Many Hats
- Spider Web Pumpkin | Woman’s Day
- Squeeze Paint Pumpkin Art | Hello, Wonderful!
- Photo Pumpkin | Sugar and Charm
- Chalkboard Pumpkins | Sunny Day Family
- Little House in a Pumpkin | Adventure in a Box (Photo Below)
Little House in a Pumpkin by Adventure in a Box
Walnut Shell Crafts
Use walnut shells for crafts! Try any of these cute ideas to make walnut crafts with your children at home or in the classroom.
- Racing Walnut Mice | Red Ted Art
- Walnut Shell Turtles | No Time for Flashcards
- Easy Walnut Shell Animals | BabyCCino
Another fun idea is to use a walnut shell to create a manger for baby Jesus. Check out our walnut shell manger ornament to learn how. (Photo below)
Or, find another way to make a walnut shell manger in this easy nativity scene tutorial.
Fall Wreaths made from Natural Materials
There are so many amazing ways to craft a fall wreath with natural materials such as leaves, acorns, pinecones, etc. You can find an acorn wreath listed in acorn crafts, and a pinecone wreath listed in pinecone crafts, and a few more easy fall wreath ideas below.
- Fall Wreath with Acorns | Tried & True
- Easy Fall Wreath with Autumn Leaves | What We Do All Day
- Fall Wreath for Kids | Mommy’s Bundle
- Make an Autumn Wreath | The Magic Onions (Photo Below)
Fall Wreath by The Magic Onions
Related: Shell Daisy Nature Craft
Awesome Autumn Animals: Cute Fall Animal Crafts Made with Natural Materials
This collection of fall animal crafts is filled with cute autumn animal crafts that can be made with natural materials and a few other creative craft supplies.
Fall Owl Craft Ideas
Autumn owl crafts are cute nature crafts for kids. Below are a few cute fall owls you can make with natural materials.
- Bark Owl Craft | Fireflies & Mudpies
- Pinecone Owls | Fireflies & Mudpies
- Owl Pinecone Craft | Meaningful Mama
- Walnut Owls | Red Ted Art
- Stone and Shell Owl Craft (Photo below)
Autumn Turkey Fall Nature Crafts
Because Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US and Canada in the Fall, it is fun to make turkey nature crafts! Try some of the turkey fall nature crafts below and add some nature crafts to your DIY Thanksgiving home decor!
- Pinecone Turkeys | A Pumpkin and a Princess
- Turkey Leaf Nature Crafts | Rhythms of Play
- Pumpkin Turkeys | The Chaos and the Clutter
- Turkey Leaf Lanterns (photo below)
The Best Fall Nature Crafts for Kids and Teens
We hoped you enjoyed this awesome collection of fall nature crafts for kids of all ages.
The autumn all is one of the best times of year to make nature crafts. There are so many amazing natural treasures waiting to be found and made into something beautiful. Get outside to collect some natural materials for fall nature crafts today!
For even more fall fun don’t forget to check out our fall bucket list for the best autumn ever!
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More Fall Art and Craft Ideas for Kids and Teens
- Autumn Tree Collage for Kids
- How to Sew a Button Apple Tree
- Button Apple Tree Craft
- Fall Leaf Watercolor Art
- The Best Fall Art Projects for Kids and Teens
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- Fall Bucket List of Fun Fall Activities for Kids
- How to Make a Fall Nature Table
- Sensory Card Nature Scavenger Hunt
- 11 Ways to Celebrate the Fall Autumnal Equinox
- Nature-Inspired Sensory Bottles
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