Enjoy fall with your kids with these fun craft ideas!

Autumn is here! Colorful leaves adorn the trees and some are now dropping their fruit, which is great for crafting! We are of course talking about chestnuts and acorns. Even small children find them interesting. Pine cones also find their place in a number of craft ideas for kids this fall. Here we show you how to make owls from natural materials.

Tawny owls make with children

This is what you need for these sweet chestnut owls:

horse chestnuts
Acorn (with lid)
Plastic eyes for crafts (round)
Kitchen scissors and craft scissors
All-purpose glue or hot glue gun
Any cardboard (thick, black or brown paper)

It is very easy to make chestnut owls with children

How to make Chestnut Owls:

  • You must choose chestnuts and acorns and work the acorn shell. For each chestnut owl you need 1 chestnut, at least 1 acorn (fruit body) and 3 acorn caps. The chestnut forms the body of the owl, it is best to choose a particularly beautiful and round shape for it.
  • Use kitchen scissors and carefully cut the acorn body into two equal halves. For further processing, it is better to use finer craft or paper scissors.
  • If you now have 2 half acorn shells, use scissors to cut a strip of the same size lengthwise, so you have 2 wings for the chestnut owl. If possible, use scissors to cut a triangular beak from the remains of the acorn shell.

Use kitchen scissors and carefully cut the acorn body into two equal halves

  • Now choose 2 particularly nice, round acorn hats for the owl’s eye sockets. Make sure your plastic eyes fit in, so use big eyes. You can then glue the plastic eyes into the eye sockets with universal glue or a hot glue gun and let them dry. (It’s super fast with the hot glue gun).
  • Cut a third acorn hat in half with scissors and cut 2 sharp points in each to make little owl feet. This is the most difficult step because the acorn caps break easily. Here the children may need help from an adult.
  • Now glue the chestnut owls together. A tip for gluing the wings: it is better to glue them to the top, where the gloss has its more pointed end.
  • In our version of the chestnut owls, they cannot stand on their own two feet. We have tied them with a satin ribbon for hanging. You can also cut out a small piece of black or brown cardboard as a stand and glue the chestnut owls on so they stand upright.

How they make owls out of pine cones

How to make owls from cones and what you need for the craft

What you need:

fir cone
Various felt (red, blue, light orange and brown)
Brown or orange pipe cleaners
2 pop eyes
glue gun

Make Owls from Natural Materials - Enjoy fall with your kids with these fun craft ideas


  • To make these cute owls, first cut out the shapes you’ll need for the owl: 1 eyebrow shape, 2 circles (slightly larger than the pop eyes), 2 wings, and 1 small beak.
  • Then cut small slits in the eye circles all the way around. This is completely optional. It’s perfectly fine if you want to skip this step.
  • Glue the pop eyes to the blue felt clothing circles using a glue gun. Then glue the blue felt cloth circles onto the brown eyebrow shape.

To make these cute owls, you first need to cut out the shapes

  • Put a small dab of hot glue on the bottom edge of the brown eyebrow, right in the middle, then attach the beak shape.
  • Use the glue gun to attach the owl’s face to the pinecone. You don’t need much glue to attach them. Figure out where you want the eyes on the pine cone, then put a few small dabs of glue on the tips of the pine cone pieces that stick out.

Finally, make the owl's legs from a pipe cleaner

  • Next, attach the owl wings to the side of the pine cone.
  • Finally, make the owl’s legs from a pipe cleaner. Fold the pipe cleaner in half. Then fold the ends back down to form an “M” shape. Bend one end of the “M” in and out approx. 2-5 cm, make 3 zigzag lines (these will be the claws). Fold each zigzag line to form a claw. Repeat these steps for the other end so you have two owl claws. Pinch the end of each “claw” and bend it down.
  • Attach the feet to the bottom of the pinecone using a glue gun. Turn it right side up and you’re done! Making owls from natural materials is so easy and fun!

Use stone as a crafting material

Make stone owls - This is very easy for a fall decoration

You will need this for the stone craft:

Mini white shells or big pop eyes
Smooth stones for crafts
All-round craft glue or glue gun with glue sticks
leaf tips – e.g. B. from Japanese maple leaves to design owls’ beaks.
Mod Podge (optional)

Make sure all rocks, shells and other natural materials are clean

How to make the cute owl:

  • Step 1 – Clean stones and shells. Make sure the stones, shells and other natural materials are clean before using them in this owl craft.
  • Step 2 – Glue on the eyes. Use mini seashells or large glasses to make eyes for the owl. First, apply glue to the back of each shell or popper eye. Then glue the eyes onto the stone to look like big owl eyes sticking out. If using seashells, stick small pop eyes inside.
  • Step 3 – Glue the beak to the stone craft. You can glue the tip of a small Japanese maple leaf to the stone under the eyes to make a beak for your owl. You can use the end of another plant leaf, another type of shell, a seed to make a beak.
  • Step 4 – Apply Mod Podge to the owl (optional). Use a foam brush to apply Mod Podge to seal and protect the owl. This step is optional.

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