Fall Into Crafting

November brings Thanksgiving, and nearly every small child brings home a handprint turkey of some sort, whether made of paint, paper, or perhaps a colorful drawing. Tired of turkey? Try some different Fall crafts! It's as easy as collecting twigs, leaves, and seedpods and making a collage. Or, for a multitude of other little crafts, check out Nature's Art Box by Laura C. Martin. Here you can find easy instructions for twig animals, gourd rattles, cornhusk dolls, and woven baskets. And these are just a few of Martin's offerings. You will also find directions for making a shell necklace, painting stones, and pressing leaves and flowers for books, bags, and greeting cards. 

Perhaps you'd like to welcome the harvest season, but have had enough of pumpkins? The Complete Book of Gourd Craft by Ginger Summit and Jim Widess offers plenty of alternative options, showing you how to clean, carve and paint gourds into a variety of artwork, be it sculpture, vase, mask, or musical instrument. It starts with a history and culture segment, dips into definitions, then takes off from there. A multitude of beautiful pictures pulls you right in. So whichever Fall crafts you choose to try, whether gourd painting, leaf art, or flower fairies, you will find enough variety to keep you crafting for seasons to come!