Autumn is in the air, and there’s no better time to start thinking about projects related to the season. Changing colors and falling leaves and holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving are great inspirations for Autumn art projects. Read on to learn some creative ways to use everyday household, recycled, and natural items, including beautifully colored leaves that will be abundant soon enough (if not already)!
Include Mother Nature
Pinterest is an excellent place to search for Autumn art projects and ideas using natural items. Mother Nature provides great resources like leaves, sticks, acorns, and pinecones! Encourage students to explore these items at home, the park, or the schoolyard once the colors start to change. Incorporate simple earth science discussions by asking, “Why do leaves change color and fall?” or “How does an acorn become an oak tree?” or “What exactly is a pinecone?”
Recycle Items Found at Home
Walk around your house—you may be surprised by what you can find! Encourage students to do the same. They can start collecting items now for enough supplies during project time. Useful everyday items include paper rolls, facial tissue boxes, baby food jars, milk cartons, plastic bottles or cups, cardboard, newspaper, paper bags, old CDs or DVDs, plastic eating utensils, old toothbrushes, and more!
Once you’ve gathered items, incorporate them into one of these craft activities or three awesome fall art projects to take them to a new level. In some cases, you can use the natural or recycled items you found to replace items in the project!
If you want more inspiration for your next art project, check out our Art Resource Center at School Specialty.
Do you have additional outdoor or household items to recommend for fall or holiday masterpieces? Please share them with us!