With motifs of trees and apples, back to school season is perfect for fun fall classroom decorating projects. We’ve rounded up five great ideas that will help you and your students ring in pumpkin season.
5 Fall Classroom Decorating Ideas to Create a Cozy Space
The fall season brings everyone indoors more often than summer, so why not make your classroom space feel festive and cozy for the transitional season? Check out these 5 fun ways to bring the fall season into your learning space, and shop the online store to find thousands of products to make these crafts come to life.
1. Paper Pumpkin Lanterns
Simple paper lanterns in shades of orange can easily become a patch of pretty pumpkins. All you need is some craft tissue paper and chenille pipe cleaners. Twist brown tissue paper into a stem shape and glue it to the top of the lantern, leaving room for a string if you’re hanging the pumpkins. Crumple green tissue paper, then cut into leaf shapes to glue around the stem. Finally, twist a brown or green pipe cleaner around a pencil to make a spiral for the “tendrils” of the pumpkin plant. You can hang your pumpkins from the ceiling or pile them up to create a patch.
2. Fall Football Jersey Decor
Tap into football season with an easy door or bulletin board project. Using a t-shirt die cut if you have one, or a simple template if you don’t, cut jersey shapes from construction paper. Write kids’ names across the top and their class numbers in the center. For added fun, use green paper to make a football field background or this convenient bulletin board paper designed like a sports field.
3. Stained Glass Apple Classroom Window Craft
These stained glass-inspired apple window decorations only require construction paper, tissue paper, and contact paper. Precut the apple frame, stem, and leaf from construction paper. Assemble these pieces on the sticky side of a sheet of contact paper. Let students arrange small tissue paper squares inside the apple frame. Top the finished product with another sheet of contact paper, sticky side down, and then cut off the excess contact paper. Tape these lovely creations to the window for a lit-up look that’s truly festive!
4. Handprint Paper Bag Birds
The beauty of this project is that it can easily be adapted to create either owls or turkeys for Halloween or Thanksgiving. You’ll need brown paper bags, construction paper, and craft feathers. Or cut out handprints to use as feathers! To make the owls, cut out pieces for eyes, beaks, and feet. For a turkey, use smaller eyes and glue tail feathers on the back. Attach your birds to a bulletin board or door, or let them perch on shelves throughout the classroom.
Un Albero Casetta
Perfect for pre-K and kindergarten classrooms. Cut a door flap and tree hole in one side of a tall box, such as a refrigerator box. Cover the outside with brown kraft paper. Add construction paper branches and autumn-colored leaves to the top. Add a comfy pillow and a plush squirrel buddy to make a perfect little retreat as a reward for good behavior.
More Fall Classroom Decorating Ideas
If you’re looking for inspiration to bring your classroom into the new season with style, start by checking out more fall classroom decorating ideas in our Classroom Decorations collection.
Are you looking to bring a specific holiday or theme to your classroom? Check out the Celebrations & Seasons specialty shops on the School Specialty website. You’ll find all craft items and decorations collected for each holiday or theme in one convenient place. Browse and get inspired!