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Autumn Necklace: An Easy, DIY, Preschool Craft for Fall

Autumn is such a lovely time of year to get out in nature and enjoy the beautiful colors all around. If you’re heading on a nature walk anytime soon, be sure to pick up a few fallen leaves to make this beautiful Autumn Necklace. It’s the perfect easy DIY Preschool craft for Fall and it is so budget-friendly too!

Although this Autumn craft is aimed at Preschoolers, my 7 year old son enjoyed doing it just as much as my Preschool daughter.

In fact, they enjoyed it so much that we are planning to make a necklace like this for each season!

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This activity was easy and fun, and using our Tuff Tray kept the mess to a minimum. If you’re interested in getting a Tuff Tray, you can find out more about them below.

Now, without further ado, let’s get on with this craft!

What you need to make your Autumn Necklace

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These are the items needed to make your Autumn Necklace.

To make your Autumn Necklace, you only need a few items.

I found all of these things lying around my home already, so hopefully it’s the same for you!

You Need:

  • Dry Pasta Shells (that can be threaded)
  • Paint and paintbrushes
  • Glitter
  • Wool or String
  • Fall Leaves
  • A hole punch or pen (to make a hole in the leaf)

Living in an area that is rather short on trees, I used artificial fall leaves, like these from Amazon, instead of real ones. They worked well for this craft.

However, the hole punch did not work with the artificial leaves. Instead, I used a pen with blue tac behind the leaf to puncture a hole so it could be threaded. As you can see, this worked fine.

Making your Autumn Necklace

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Stringing it up is an easy way to paint your pasta shells all the way around, without them sticking to anything.

The first task when making this Autumn Necklace is to paint your pasta.

I found the easiest way to do this, to avoid smudging the paint with my fingers, was to string up the pasta on some wool (string would work just as well). I tied one end to a cupboard door and then strung on my pasta, before tying the other end to the opposite cupboard door.

Sliding my Tuff Tray underneath where the pasta was hanging, caught any paint drops and excess glitter. This was an effective way to cover all the pasta in paint.

Then I sprinkled the glitter over the top and left it hanging up to dry.

Once dry, the past shells just needed a little wiggle to get them free of the wool.

Assembling your Fall Necklace

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All ready for assembly now!

Lastly, assembly of the Autumn Necklace.

I discovered that while a hole punch works well for real fall leaves, it did not work for the artificial leaves I was using.

Instead, I put my leaf on top of a wad of blue tac and then used a pen to punch a hole in it so it could be threaded.

Then I simply threaded the leaf onto the middle of the wool and threaded the pasta shells on either side of it.

I then tied it off at the top.

The Autumn Necklace: An Easy Preschool Craft for Fall

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This Fall Necklace makes a great Preschool Craft for Autumn.

The finished product looks remarkably classy for a Preschooler craft, I feel.

It was fun and interesting to make, and yet easy and budget-friendly too. And that is my kind of Preschooler Craft!

I hope you enjoy creating this easy Preschool Craft for Fall as much as I did.

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