Saturday, September 22, 2012

Autumn Decorating: For the Kids

Craftiments: Autumn Decorating for the Kids

With two young children, I have tons of decorating ideas that will stay on the back-burner for several more years.  Up until recently, I could not keep anything fragile within five feet of the floor.  My older daughter was never a problem, but Miss Imp (as her name implies) is very inquisitive and loves to take things apart.  An example......this past spring I planted a lovely display of succulents in teacups.  One day I walked into the living room and found all the succulent "leaves" plucked and replanted in the Christmas Cactus pot!  She was very proud of her little "garden" and even though I was annoyed, I could never punish her for being curious.

Planning my fall decor, I wanted to include items in the accessible areas of the living room that were both inexpensive and safe for the girls to play with.  Plastic scarecrows and foam pumpkins may fit the bill, but are definitely not my style.  Instead I decided to decorate with natural elements, which in addition to being free, also engage the girls' eagerness to learn!

Craftiments:  Autumn Decorating for the Kids

I purchased the large wood plate at the thrift store and the jute twine placemat was a 90% off clearance find at Kohl's!  Imp and I went for a walk outside and collected the acorns and other nuts, which I immediately baked in the oven to kill any insect eggs in them.  Both girls now understand that glass is fragile, so I am comfortable using the apothecary bottles to display our treasures.  Last year I would have opted for wood bowls.

Craftiments: Acorns in a jar
Craftiments:  Nuts in a jar

I pulled out my collection of pinecones and selected a few interesting specimens....

Craftiments:  Pinecones

.....and added a couple turkey feathers from my parents' farm.

Craftiments:  Turkey feather

This cute little guy was a surprise in our garden.  I have no idea, is it a gourd or a watermelon?  The seed must have been hiding in the compost I spread on the garden this past spring.

I found these magnifying glasses in the stationary aisle of the dollar store.  I'm impressed because the lenses are real glass, not cheap plastic.  I told the girls they could examine anything on the plate, but everything must stay on the coffee table.  It would be very unpleasant to step on one of those sweet gum balls with a bare foot!

Kids with magnifying glasses
Kids with magnifying glasses
Examining a sweet gum ball

For babies and toddlers who put everything in their mouths, fabric pumpkins are a great choice.  I made these pumpkins two years ago and the girls loved stacking them.

Craftiments:  Stackable fabric pumpkins

It looks like they still do!

Stacking fabric pumpkins

It's also fun to try to balance them on your head!

Kids balancing fabric pumpkins on their heads

I look forward to seeing what my children do with "their" autumn decor.  I am always surprised by the imaginative games they play!  How do you decorate with young children in the house?


  1. You have a Miss Imp, too? :) I call mine an Elephant's Child because of her 'Satiable Curiosity. Mine's only 16 months, though!

  2. Aw, that is such a great idea! Now they can be little scientists, what a cool way to turn decor into a learning experience! It looks pretty too!

    The Domestic Geek

  3. Your kids are adorable! How they look like they love exploring and learning.....


  4. What a great mom!!! Your decorating ideas are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing your talents at the Tuesday To Do Party!

  5. What a fantastic idea. My daughter just started crawling and my living room is looking very bare as much of my decor had to be removed. I think I may have to make some fabric pumpkins for this Fall. I adore your acorns and fall treasures for your girls.

  6. I'm hosting an It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party. I would love for you to share this, and any other Fall projects you have! Hope to see you there :)

  7. They are so cute! My kids love to help decorate for different seasons and holidays.

  8. This is just adorable! love them looking with the magnifying glass!! Sharing on our FB page today! ;)

  9. That is a fantastic idea! I love the little stuffed pumpkins! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party!

  10. You have some great ideas, including the stuffed pumpkins at the end!! Love it! Just posted on Craft Gossip!!

  11. Those pumpkins look so soft and fun. If you ever make a tutorial, I'd love to make some. Thanks for joining the party at One Creative Weekend! I hope to see you back today.