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Fall Centerpiece Craft for Kids

Everyone loves to bring a little bit of fall inside as soon as the weather starts turning cool. Perfect for celebrating the season, this multi-part project will keep crafty kids busy making salt dough ornaments, painting leaves, and decorating containers. Sure to be a hit with all ages!



For the salt dough

  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 cup of flour
  • For the tree
  • Branch from yard
  • Small container
  • Paper or fabric and ribbon to wrap container
  • Ribbon to hang ornaments

Step 1: To make the salt dough, mix the flour salt and water until combined. If your dough is still sticky, add more flour until the mixture no longer sticks to your hands.



Have your kids roll out the dough until its about 1/8 inch thick and then give them leaf-shaped cookie cutters to make lots of little leaves.



Step 2: An adult will want to place cut out leaves on a cookie sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper. Later on, you’re going to want to hang these little leaves off a tree, so you’ll need a hole to thread the ribbon through. The easiest way to do this is to take a straw and punch a hole in each ornament after it is on the cookie sheet.

Step 3: Bake the ornaments in the oven at 200 degrees for 2.5 hours until they are dried out and hard.

Step 4: The only thing better than play-dough is painting, which makes this craft a double winner. Let the kids loose with paints in fall colors to paint the leaves (on both sides!)



My kids thought it was great fun to mix up the colors. I love the way their bit of creativity made for pretty multi-toned leaves. Add a loop of ribbon and you’re ready to hang your ornaments.

Step 5: To make the tree in the centerpiece, wrap your container in fabric or paper and add some accent ribbon or ric rac - totally up to you. Place a piece of Styrofoam inside the container and press in a small branch. Cover the base of the Styrofoam with shredded paper.



The leaves will be all ready to hang at this point and you now your little crafters have a pretty centerpiece for fall they'll love showing off!

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