Fall Craft for Kids: Stuffed Paper Apples

I’m always looking for a quick and easy craft for kids, and these stuffed paper apples are one of my favorites for fall! They combine many different types of techniques from sponge painting to lacing, and are easily adaptable to just about any age.

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Fall Craft for Kids: Stuffed Paper Apples~ Buggy and Buddy
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This paper bag craft is perfect for fall and provides all kind of fine motor practice! Children will use apple shapes cut from grocery bags and decorate them with sponge painting. They then get to stuff them and lace them shut forming a stuffed paper apple.

This lacing project would be a great addition to any fall unit or apple unit in the classroom and would make a festive decoration at home for fall!


Fall Craft for Kids: Stuffed Paper Apples~ Buggy and Buddy


Materials for Stuffed Paper Apples

  • Brown paper bag (or any paper you’d like to use)
  • Manila File Folders or sturdy paper to make a tracer
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paint (We used BioColor Paint because of its versatility, and I love that it has no odor.)
  • Sponges
  • Old newspaper or crinkle cut paper for stuffing
  • Stapler or hole punch with yarn
  • Brown and green construction paper
  • Glue (We used glue dots, but you could also use any liquid glue.)


materials for stuffed apples

How to Make Stuffed Paper Apples for Fall

1. Cut up an old paper shopping bag so it’s flat.


2. Make an apple tracer by drawing a large apple on an old manila file folder or other sturdy paper and cut it out. (Make sure it’s symmetrical. This will make it much easier when assembling the apple.)


3. Help your child trace two apples (for the front and back) on the brown paper bag. Cut out the apples.


4. Now it’s time to paint! Place your paint and sponges on the table. (Lucy decided on the colors red, green, and yellow). Put your cut-out apples onto some newspaper or other paper you don’t mind getting paint on.


5. Sponge paint the apples. We had fun trying out different color combinations! Lucy’s favorite apple was the one she painted all three colors.


sponge stamped apples


6. Set the apples aside to dry.


sponge painted apples


7. Once the apples are dry, it’s time to stuff them! First, you’ll want to take the front and back of your apple and secure them together, leaving a little hole to stuff. You can secure them by either stapling around the apple’s edge or punching holes and having your child lace around the apple’s sides.


8. Stuff your apple through the little hole you left. (We used leftover crinkle cut paper we had from gift wrapping, but you could also use torn up newspaper.)


stuffing paper apples


9. Once you’re done stuffing your apple, close the hole either by stapling it or finishing the lacing around the edge.


sew the edges of the apple with yarn


10. Cut out a brown stem and green leaf from your construction paper and glue them to your apple. You’re finished!


add a leaf and stem


I love how these apples were a team effort. We all did the painting, Lucy and I laced the apples, and Theo was the stuffer! We have our finished paper apples displayed near our nature table and fall books, but you could also attach some yarn to the top to hang them around your house to decorate for fall!


I'm always looking for a quick and easy craft for kids, and these stuffed paper apples are one of my favorites for fall! They combine many different types of creating from sponge painting to lacing, and are easily adaptable to just about any age.

 *This article was originally posted on September 20, 2013.

Some of Our Favorite Apple Themed Books for Kids

Apples by Gail Gibbons


Apple by Nikki McClure


The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall


Ten Apples Up On Top! by Theo LeSieg


Fall Craft for Kids: Stuffed Paper Apples~ Buggy and Buddy

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Fall Crafts for Kids: Stuffed Paper Apples- This simple autumn art project for children combines sponge painting and lacing- great fine motor practice and fun for preschoolers and kindergarten! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com


  1. Oh,how cute!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  2. Love these apples. I just love projects that combine techniques; I need to try lacing with my wee one.

    • Thanks so much, Jeanette! We had fun with this one. It was fun seeing my 2 year old even interested in lacing. He loved helping me pull the yarn through the holes.

  3. This is a wonderful craft! It is so fun and I love the way it looks when done. Even though my daughter is 10 years old, I know she’d love it.

  4. These came out so beautifully! I love the fine motor practice kids get from lacing the apples too 🙂 Great project

  5. These are adorable, Chelsey! They look so cute in that little basket. And I love how they’re a craft that kids of various ages can participate in making together.

  6. Adorable, I especially love the stitching! I’ll be featuring this on The Crafty Crow!

  7. I love these! What a great little sewing/fine motor skills activity!

  8. What a fantastic idea. Love how they use up so many skills and perfect as the apples start to fall from the trees.

  9. This is a really cute idea. Thanks for sharing! I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old. I think they would enjoy this craft. 🙂 Please come by for a visit if you have a chance. sunnysweetlife.blogspot.com

  10. What a fun fall themed hands on activity! Thank you for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop 🙂

  11. Gorgeous, fun craft! Thanks for sharing at After School!

  12. These are so cute! I included them in my fall round up, and I will also be featuring them this weekend on The Sunday Showcase. Thanks for linking up!

  13. Love this! We’re featuring your post on Share It Saturday this week over at Sugar Aunts! Thanks for linking up 🙂

  14. HOW cute! I’d forgotten how fun lacing is for kids…great for eye hand coordination. Thanks for sharing. wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com

  15. I chose this post as one of my favorites on the Hearts for Home Blog Hop. Please stop by and grab an “I was featured” button if you’d like! Thanks for linking up! http://learningtable.blogspot.com/2013/10/hearts-for-home-blog-hop-37.html

  16. These are so cute. Will definitely be trying them with my daughter. Pinning.

  17. Totally love them.

  18. I love that this activity incorporates lacing which is a great skill for little ones to master.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  19. These stuffed apples are so cute! They would look great hanging across your fireplace mantel! Since we are working on our apple theme right now I think we might give it a try!

  20. This is great! I love how it looks. So simple yet I am sure my kids will love it.
    Thank you for sharing:)


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