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10 ridiculously easy fall projects

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by Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

Okay, so somewhere between April and today, summer set up shop and then rapidly packed up and moved elsewhere, and here we are, October 1. I honestly can’t believe it. I know, we say that kind of stuff every year, but truly, it’s hard for me to imagine. I know I was here for those months… but I still can’t fathom that it’s already late 2013, and we’re thick in the early days of fall. What happened?

Last week, I asked you guys what you were currently working on to simplify your lives. And you did not disappoint—loved the heart behind so many of your goals. I love rallying for you, encouraging you to keep on keeping on… (In fact, I just may ask you each month what you’re focused on, so that we can keep encouraging each other to stay focused on the simple.)

But you also gave lots of great post ideas, and we’ll do our best to explore those topics over the next few months. So in keeping with the whole art-and-scienceness of this blog’s mission, I thought we’d start a simple idea shared by Sarah G:

“I would love an occasional link roundup to *very simple* crafts/activities to do with kids as the winter months close in. I know pinterest abounds, but wading through them is not my forte!”

I loved the simplicity behind this. We can talk about the challenge to swim upstream as we live a bit unconventionally, and we can wade through the inns and outs of money management or dealing with well-meaning gift givers till the cows come home. But at the end of the day, sometimes we just want to make leaves out of felt.

So here’s a simple roundup of REALLY simple fall crafts and activities that are also easy on the eyes. Like, ridiculously easy. Because most of us have small people who like to make stuff, but well, sometimes grownups like that stuff, too.

Fall felt leaves from MADE
Fall felt leaves :: MADE

Fall acorn mason jars on Fancy House Road
Acorn mason jars :: Fancy House Road

Felt leaf garland from A Beautiful Mess
Fall leaves garland :: A beautiful mess

Fall button branch from Meet the Dubiens
Fall button branch :: Meet the Dubiens

Pine cone garland from Twig & Thistle
Pine cone garland :: Twig & Thistle

Fall leaf banner from Simple as That
Fall leaf banner :: Simple as That (by Rebecca, one of our regular contributors!)

Spooky stone spiders from Simple as That
Spooky stone spiders :: Rebecca from Simple as That (again)

Acorn wreath from Little Things Bring Smiles
Acorn wreath :: Little Things Bring Smiles

Spooky paper cutouts on Country Living
Spooky paper cutouts :: Country Living

Printable Halloween bat mobile
Printable Halloween bat mobile :: Today’s Mama

I’ve linked to ten ideas here—but don’t feel overwhelmed. Do just a few. Or, do none and simply admire these bloggers’ creativity. No pressure—you’re awesome either way. I may (or may not) do about two; we’ll see. Just like in everyday life, keep the holidays and seasons simple, too. Your sanity will thank you.

Your turn—have a favorite fall project you’d like to tackle this year? Does your family have an annual tradition this time of year? Feel free to share in the comments. (You’re welcome to share a link, too, but don’t go nuts.)

10 ridiculously easy fall projects

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  1. Autumn is my favourite season and this year it’s my first with my little girl! We’ve already started an annual tradition of hunting for conkers and acorns to add to our nature corner. I’m looking forward to the years when we can start some craft projects. I can’t wait to give the button branch a go and the garland of leaves. Will definitely save this for later, thanks!

  2. I like this… October, my month of Supernatural overflow!

  3. For a comic enthusiast, bat mobile means something complete different :)

  4. Great ideas! And you just reminded me that I picked up tiny pine cones last year to use on a wreath or garland this year. I’m off to work on that.

  5. Thanks Tsh! These are all fantastic. I especially love the felt fall leaves. My mom’s cousin just gave me her old sewing machine and I’ve been looking for a super simple project to try with it. I was thinking of making bean bags, but this looks like even more fun!

    On a personal note, it was a big boost to see you use my comment today of all days. My husband is a government worker so we are unpaid (again) as of this morning and we also just found out a dear grandparent has been moved to hospice care this week. I love how God uses the “little things” to encourage us. Thanks for giving me a big smile this morning!

  6. Love these! And being mostly averse to kids’ crafts, I appreciated the “easy on the eyes” bit :).

  7. When we decorate for fall we put up a turkey (designed by you to your liking) and the kids get to add feathers (paper cut outs) onto it for good deeds, remembering to be thankful, ‘caught being good moments’, etc. on each feather the children write something they are thankful for…..our turkey has gotten mighty big and beautiful :) plus the kids can retread during times they are not so greatful lol. If u can’t stand the look of a turkey with only one or two feathers while it is growing, u could choose to put all feathers in at once and just write on the feathers as u go :)……this works great around Christmas as kids can earn straw pieces to make Jesus a soft bed before he comes to the nativity set Christmas Eve too just an fyi

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      Sarah Westphal says:

      Wow, that’s an awesome craft idea! I am not a crafty person, but those sound great on so many levels.

  8. Amen to simple crafts! I love those felt leaves!

  9. I love the button leaves. It would actually be something the kids would enjoy doing.

  10. Oh goody! Our yard is a sea of pinecones and my kids keep BEGGING to gather every acorn in their path. I’m always leary of bringing more “treasures” into our house that I’ll just have to clean up later. Thanks for this simple reminder to say YES to their gathering…. and then have a project and a purpose – mason jar acorns and pine cone wreaths are just the ticket.

  11. Such great ideas! Any chance you have a Spring version from 6 months ago for those of us on the other side of the globe. I’ll hang onto this one for 6 months time :)

  12. Thanks for sharing our bats! Loved your project picks! :D

  13. Love these ideas! Beautiful, doable, and inexpensive too!

  14. These are adorable – and most nearly free! LOVE IT! I believe some of my teacher friends will want to try these out too. :)

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