Having free ideas for autumn Christian crafts on hand is ideal for ministry leaders who work with children, head up a ladies retreat, or direct a youth group. Both kids and adults love a relaxing craft time. With the weather cooling and fall holidays coming up, there are plenty of seasonal crafts perfectly designed for the church community.
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Autumn Craft 1: We Give Thanks Magnet
Just by using orange and yellow construction paper as well as adhesive magnets you can affordably supply the resources for ministry members to make autumn magnets for the office or fridge at home. Cut out leaves of varying sizes and colours and glue them in descending size order. When two to four leaves have been layered and the glue has dried, stick a piece of adhesive magnet on the back. Write "We Give Thanks," "Thank You, God," or any other fall phrase you like. Embellish the magnet with ribbon, harvest coloured beading, or anything else you can dream up.
Autumn Craft 2: Thanksgiving Cross
With just a few supplies, this easy autumn craft is perfect for either a children's Sunday school class or a women's small group. Each member should receive a square of brown card stock as well as small squares of red, yellow and orange construction paper or adhesive foam. Show the group how to cut out a cross of the brown card stock and then write on each square something to be thankful for. The cross should hold six to eight thankful statements as well as a leading square that says, "I thank God for..." Hole punch and thread a ribbon through the top of the cross or glue a looped ribbon onto the back.
Autumn Craft 3: Autumn Colors Fingerprint Tree
Enjoy showing God's littlest artists how to create a fall fingerprint tree. Children as young as two years old can happily participate. Give each child a piece of white construction paper. With assistance, paint the children's hands brown and have them press their hands onto the centre base of their papers. The shape of the hand will form a tree trunk. Then, using their fingertips, have children dot green, red, yellow, orange and brown along the branches of their trees to give the look of full fall foliage. Teach the children a memory verse to go along with the autumn motif. If the children are old enough, have them write the verse on their papers.
Autumn Craft 4: Shine, Jesus, Shine
Taking its cue from the secular jack-o'-lantern, a Jesus-o'-lantern is the same concept, with some added detail and symbolism. With the inside of the pumpkin representing sin, the pumpkin innards are emptied to symbolise Christ removing our sin. Using a paper stencil of Jesus, trace or ink-rub the face of Christ onto the pumpkin. Carefully carve and illuminate.
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