4 Great Fall Crafts- using upcycling!


Fall is always a fun time to do some crafting with your children.  Instead of chasing out to the store for art supplies, try these four great crafts that use items you already have at home!

1.Paper Butterflies, tutorial at diygreen and more butterfly craft inspiration at Handmade Charlotte

Upcycled household item: magazines


Reuse magazine pages to create this beautiful hanging mobile. A great project for little ones and older kids. My 7 year old and 5 year old daughters loved this project and it looks adorable hung in their room!

2.TP Roll Mermaid and Hula Dolls, tutorial at MollyMoo and more TP roll inspiration at hello, Wonderful

Upcycled household item: toilet paper rolls


The girls had so much fun making these on Sat. afternoon that they decided to make a few more on Sun. They even cut a roll in half and made a baby hula girl doll! This fun craft offers endless possibilities for creativity beyond hula girls- what is your child’s favorite character?

3.Boo Box

Upcycled household item: cereal boxes


This is craft that I remember making as a child and wanted to make one with my daughters. With Halloween coming up, we decided to make boo boxes! I couldn’t find a tutorial for this one, but it is fairly straight forward. All you need is an old cereal box, tissues and a rubber band. Art supplies necessary are glue, tape, and pens.

First, use the cardboard from the cereal box to create a small box with a lid. Decorate the box with spooky pictures and write the word ‘Boo!’ on the inside of the lid. Fill one piece of tissue with a small ball of tissue and secure with a rubber band to create a ghost. Attach ghost inside of lid with glue or tape. Tada! A boo box! This simple project was a huge hit with my kids.


4.Needle Felted Pumpkin, tutorial at The Magic Onions and info on how to felt wool at Mother Earth News

Upcycled household item: old wool sweaters


Transform an old wool sweater into felt and make adorable felt pumpkins! This project was not actually made by my girls, but gifted to my youngest daughter from her eighth grade buddy. This is a super sweet craft that would be a fun one to try with older kids or a mom’s craft night.

What type of upcycled crafts have you tried with your family?


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