Children's Crafts

Fall Keepsake

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Why have ordinary fall decorations when you can have special ones? This fun craft uses ingredients that I guarantee you have in your home. It is a great activity for elementary school teachers as well! So simple, and any parent would just adore having their child bring this home!

I would like to share a little back story before we get into the real fun… I nanny a little 3-year-old boy named Isaac. He is my nephew and godson. I was in the delivery room when he was born, and he stole my heart from the moment he entered this world. So now, my sister works nearby and I watch this little goober Monday – Friday. If you’ve ever met a 3 year old, you would know that they have a lot of energy and a lot more sass. So, using my crafting abilities, I keep him occupied (mostly so he doesn’t tear my apartment to shreds lol). I saw this fun activity on Pinterest and now I’m going to share with you step by step how you can do this at home with your own little ones! ON TO THE CRAFTING!

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Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • orange and brown acrylic paint
  • twine
  • hot glue
  • a picture of your choice

Start by mixing the flour, salt, and water together until it is solid enough to form a shape out of. Isaac really enjoyed this part of the craft until he decided it was a good idea to gave it a taste. The look on his face was priceless; possibly even more priceless than the gift he will be bringing home to his mommy!

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Then you will want to shape your dough into whatever you like, but since it is fall, we chose a pumpkin! I suggest using wax paper to lay it on inside your pan. I made the mistake of not taking that precaution, and my pumpkin got stuck to the pan. It almost cracked when I had to pry it off. At this point you have a soft doughy white pumpkin in a pan. Now your little one gets to press their hand print right into the center! You want to make a pretty good indention, but don’t press hard enough that the pumpkin becomes too thin. GBXK4664

Once the hand print is placed, use a cookie cutter or any circular shape you have handy (like a cup for instance) to make a circle cutout in the center of the palm. Then use the handle of your paintbrush to make two small holes that you will thread the twine through. Pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees F and you will want to bake your creation for around 3 hours. When you take it out of the oven allow it to cool. If the underside is still damp, feel free to flip the damp side up and allow it to dry overnight. IMG_4707

Use a paintbrush you have handy to paint the base of your pumpkin orange and your stem brown. Allow your paint to dry and then you can add your twine. Thread it through your pre-made holes. Make a handle for hanging, as well as a cute little bow in the front. Then cut down your photo so that the edges don’t appear out from behind your pumpkin. No need to try to cut it perfectly to size. Add hot glue to the edges of where you cut your picture and simply place the pumpkin on top to adhere the photo to the back. Now you have a beautiful creation to decorate your home with this fall season. It also makes a wonderful keepsake for years to come! Feel free to add a year, name, or any other little reminders of the fun you had crafting!

A Fall DIY craft made by hand and with heart to decorate and keep in this beautiful season! How did yours turn out? What did you add to make yours even more special? leave a comment below and let me know.

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