Fall: my favorite time of year. The smells, the colors, the air, the flavors, the cozy clothes, the activities. So much to savor September through November. Though it's mid-November and most of Fall's wonderfulness has left for the year, I'm still enjoying pumpkin recipes (which I will get around to posting) and Addy & I are still crafting. I think we finished up today after using up the pile of leaves we had collected weeks ago. Here's a look at the fall crafts we did this year:
Popsicle Stick Scarecrows
|Addy's is the one on the left. Just kidding (-;|
This was the first cutting and gluing project we've done, and I was fairly impressed with Addy's beginner skills. The very first glue line she did was a perfect, evenly squeezed line straight down a popsicle stick, but she did eventually get a little glue-happy when applying the scarecrow's hair:
|Good thing glue dries clear!|
She does well with scissors, using them carefully and properly, but she's a long way from being able to cut along a line; she's just snipping little pieces right now.
|I'll be sad when November is over because this banner makes me smile|
This is a Pinterest idea I'd like to do every year going forward. I ran construction paper through my printer and cut out the shapes. I hung jute twine leftover from my wedding crafts along the mantle using tiny 3M Command hooks, and found the mini clothespins at Pat Catan's. Each day I write something I'm thankful for on a cutout and hang it up. Each day, I also ask Addy what she's thankful for, but I've had limited success. She's not really into this "game" yet, but I look forward to her answers next year. So far, she has named everyone in our family, dancing, birds, and Netflix.
|She even included the cats, which is surprising since she tortures them.|
Paper Strip Trees
I had to trim the edges off the construction paper to fit it through the printer for the above project, so I came up with a simple craft using the strip scraps:
|Not very impressive, but helped break up some boredom|
Addy laid out her strips and glued them on. I cut the shape. Quick and simple for a little more gluing practice.
Painting with Fall Leaves
As I said before, a few weeks back, we went on a walk and collected pretty leaves. We didn't do anything with them right away, though I had plenty of ideas in my head. Addy asked if she could paint today, so I thought she might enjoy painting the leaves and making imprints. They turned out to be a little too brittle to do much with, but here are our creations:
|Addy kind of just painted and piled them|
|Addy helped me hold some of these in place while I did the brush strokes|
|Awesome giant leaf we found at Aunt Steph's house. Tried to make|
and imprint of it, but it didn't show up too well.
And that wraps it up for our fall crafts this year. We had some fun!