Fall crafts using tissue paper have been a favorite of children and teachers for years. They are easy and beautiful because they can be made into so many designs with bright beautiful colors.
Some fun ideas for fall crafts using tissue paper include pumpkins, bats, tree centerpieces, scarecrows, Indian corn, and turkeys.
It’s easier than ever to make fall tissue paper crafts because tissue paper can be purchased pre-cut in 1″ -1 ½ ” inch squares and larger. One to one and a half inch squares are best for most of these projects.
Supplies for Fall Thanksgiving tissue paper crafts for kids
–A variety of fall colors of tissue paper cut into approximately one inch squares. Choose colors like brown, orange, dark green, red, black, and yellow. The more fall colors you have the better your fall Thanksgiving craft will look. Some craft call for very specific colors.
–Cardboard or construction paper from which to cut the form for your craft. Remember, you will be choosing from crafts such as pumpkins, fall trees, scarecrows, Indian corn, bats, and turkeys. You need paper large enough to cut out a background that will hold your tissue paper craft design. I like to use cardboard because it makes finishing the project easier and gives us a sturdy project that will last throughout the fall and Thanksgiving holiday season.
-Adhesive.If you are using a cardboard form, spray adhesive is great. It is inexpensive and grabs the tissue paper pieces. Glue or paste also works for young children.
How to make a Fall Thanksgiving tissue paper craft
1. Choose a project (turkey, Indian corn, fall tree, scarecrow, pumpkin, bat, or even a bushel of fall apples).
2. Make a template for your fall Thanksgiving craft using very basic shapes. If your kids are older or you are more skilled you can make a more advanced Thanksgiving and fall designs for your child to decorate.
Make a pumpkin.
For example, a pumpkin can simply be round with a rectangle for a stem. The tissue paper will turn it into a pumpkin or jack-o-lantern.
Make Indian corn.
Indian corn can be made by cutting a large oval, similar to a leaf shape. Small circular cuts around the edges will make it look more like corn, but these are not necessary.
Make a fall tree.
It may seem difficult to create a fall tree, but all you have to do is cut the trunk out of a rectangular shape and cut a large bushy top. Tissue paper will define the leaves and limbs, if you add them, of your tree craft.
Make a scarecrow.
A scarecrow is easy to start with a circle for the face with a triangle for the hat. A rectangular piece of cardboard or construction paper a little larger than the triangle hat will make a fine hat brim. You can trim the edges to shape it however you like it.
Make a bat.
Think you can’t create a bat? Have someone place their hands wrist to wrist, palms down on your template. Trace their hands. You can make bat wings from fingers spread apart or held together. Draw and cut a large circle where the hands, now bat wings, meet in the center of the paper.
Make a bushel of apples.
Start with the shape of a cylinder to make a bushel of apples. Cut a crescent shape into the top of the bushel. Small circles make apples. Be sure to add tiny rectangular stems to some of the apples and a leaf or two, made from a crescent shape, for a leaf or two.
3. Once the template is ready you may need to outline areas for tissue paper using tempera paint, markers, or crayons.Older kids will not need the colored areas marked.
4. Place a small amount of adhesive on the background and add one square of tissue paper at a time, folding the paper up from the very middle of the bottom.
Once you get the hang of making the tissue paper Thanksgiving and fall crafts you can experiment with creative new designs.
Turn a plain pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern by adding black triangles for a nose and mouth and using black pieces of tissue paper to glue on a mouth.
Make several scarecrows using different colors for cheeks, eyes, nose, and mouth. You can even experiment by adding straw colored tissue paper for hair around the scarecrow’s hat.
Cover your bat in black paper, but give him glowing red eyes. Make your bat extra spooky by using black and dark purple tissue paper alternated on the wings.
When you make a bushel of apples, don’t forget to make lines on the brown crate by using black tissue paper. Apples can be all different colors, too. Try making red, gold, and green apples. Apple stems can be brown or green. Apple leaves should be green.
Indian corn is fun to make. The husk can be green or golden. The corn can be different colors including yellow, white, brown, and orange. To make your fall Thanksgiving Indian corn craft look realistic wad the tissue paper into small balls to resemble corn, instead of gluing them on in a folded square, like the other pieces.
Your turkey can be brown, but you can add black lines for wings and an orange or yellow beak. Don’t forget to use tissue paper to give your turkey craft a gobbler. Use all the fall colors for feathers.
A fall tree craft for Thanksgiving is also easy. Once you have covered the trunk with brown tissue paper, use different fall colors for the leaves. You can even add branches by using more brown tissue paper.
Making a fall Thanksgiving tissue craft is fun, inexpensive, and easy.
The computer generated pictures above will give you an idea of how your fall Thanksgiving tissue craft may turn out. Only the colors will be more brilliant and the creation will be your own.
There are so many fall Thanksgiving crafts you can make using tissue paper and basic shapes. Once you get started let your imagination lead the way. You are sure to come up with an original, creative fall Thanksgiving craft your kids will enjoy making together.