Introduce your baby to art, create some seasonal decor, and make keepsakes to treasure all at the same time. These adorable DIY projects help celebrate all of the pumpkins, turkeys and falling leaves of autumn, and even the littlest of babies can be your creative assistant.
Spider Handprint Window Clings
Transform tiny, little hands into spiders for Halloween! These creepy-crawly window clings can be as sweet or scary as you like. You'll need non-toxic acrylic paint, a paintbrush, clear contact paper, googly eyes and a little patience to bring these creatures to life. For extra credit, use a little school glue to draw a spider web on your windows (yes, it peels or washes off). Hands on As We Grow has the step-by-step instructions.
Looking for a low-mess craft? Try these colorful suncatchers. Help your child draw on coffee filters with markers, using whichever colors you like. Then spray the coffee filters and let them watch in amazement as the colors blend together. After the pumpkin has dried, cut out shapes with construction paper and attach them. Laminate the pumpkin to keep it for next year. Head to Fireflies and Mudpies for how to make these gorgeous gourds.
Baby's First Jack-o'-Lantern
This clever spin on pumpkin carving uses your baby's handprints and footprints to make the face. Trace your baby's hands and feet to create stencils, then use those to carve the pumpkin. The result provides a seriously adorable and original photo opp. This idea comes from Today's the Best Day.
Handprint Turkey Placemat
Here's a craft you can treasure for years to come at the Thanksgiving table. Stamp three handprints with your child to create a turkey. Stencil in a message and the turkey's body and you're done. Get more details on how to make this keeper at Meaningful Mama.
Handprint Spider on a Plate
Fans of the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" will love this one. Use two of your baby's black-painted handprints to create a spider. Incorporate the song into crafting this cute project from Mama Papa Bubba, and you have a craft and a fun activity in one.
Handprint Pumpkin Keepsake
This idea from Make and Takes will leave you with a polished autumn decoration to remember how little baby's hand was that first Halloween. Choose a pretty orange textured paper or fabric to make the most impact.
Handprint + Footprint Turkey Card
Trace your baby's hands and feet to create this clever turkey card. Whether you send it to relatives you won't see this Thanksgiving or use it to make a DIY centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table, you can bet your family members will love it. Find the instructions at Toddler Approved.
Candy Corn Footprints
Paint your baby's little feet in stripes of yellow, orange and white to create a pair of sweet, smiley candy corn treats. Use black paper or canvas to make the prints really pop. Or, use only the white paint on baby's feet and make a spooky ghost. For more instructions on the ghost, head over to the blog Rust and Sunshine, who came up with both clever ideas.
Thankful Handprint Pumpkin
Get the whole family involved in this project. Each person creates a handprint on a white pumpkin using a different color of paint, starting with the biggest hand and ending with your littlest one. It's a quick way to decorate a pumpkin for baby's first Halloween and a sweet way to welcome guests to your first Thanksgiving as a family. Visit The Melrose Family for complete instructions.
Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet
It's all in the saying. Preserve your fall baby's tiny footprints forever in this festive Halloween art project. Just paint your tot's feet in orange and black stripes to "stamp" on a canvas, and then add the words "Trick or Treat Smell My Feet" for a super cute keepsake. Get the full how-to at See Vanessa Craft.
Handprint Turkey Artwork
Turn your baby's little handprint into a turkey to commemorate their first Thanksgiving. Be sure to add the year to your design, so you'll know how old your child was when their hands were so very tiny. Get all the details on how to make this at Toddler Approved.