Fall is my favorite season of the year. Creative crafts using fall leaves… well, that has got to be one of my favorite ways to spend a cozy afternoon! Ever since I was a young girl, holding my mom’s hand as we walked through the gold and red colored maple leaves, I have loved the fall. I’ll be first to admit that I’m not very good with crafts, but I LOVE how these different bloggers make the projects so simple. Craft bloggers blow my mind, and make projects doable! As the weather becomes cooler, and you find yourself craving hot cider and all things cozy, wander through these 15 creative crafts using fall leaves. You can do them with your kids or maybe as an Artist Date by yourself.
Dreaming of Falling Leaves 1 of 16
This is the photo that got me thinking about putting this blog post together. I was on a walk by myself when a single leaf landed on my umbrella. Yes, my umbrella. (You never know when inspiration will find you!) Check out the next photo so you can see what I was seeing. The dreamy blur of color, lines, rain drops... my visual senses were so inspired! You could get this same effect with sticking wet leaves to your windows, but the solid color of the umbrella did add a dreamy feel to it.
Seeing Through My Eyes 2 of 16
You wouldn't think, or at least I didn't at first, that a single leaf on an umbrella would make such a beautiful photo. At first, this is what I saw. But I love taking those few seconds to take another look — a look through my photographer's eye. How does it change the photo potential of what can looks so familiar at first glance?
By getting in close with my camera (I mean really close to the leaf), it created a blurry effect. Sometimes getting in close to your subject makes it hard for the lens to grab a focus, depending on what type of lens you are shooting with. But because I didn't mind the blurred, off focused look, it worked perfect. More blur, the more dreamy the overall photo felt.
Leaf Lanterns 3 of 16
Just BEAUTIFUL! From Berkshire Ramblings, Fall Foliage Fun
Leaf People 4 of 16
I LOVE the magic that can happen with an activity like this! From Kids Activities Blog
Leaf Paperweights 5 of 16
Wouldn't you love a collection of these! From Craft Ideas
Leaf Masks 6 of 16
This beautiful mask looks like it's taken from a Shakespeare play!From 5 Orange Potatoes
Faux Stained Glass Leaves 7 of 16
Gorgeous and a project that every child can do! From Spoonful
Leaf Photo Walk 8 of 16
Grab your camera and twenty minutes to yourself for a leaf photo walk. Breathe in the chilly air. See if you can even time your walk to happen in the early morning or right before sunset, so that you have more golden tones in the color of the sunlight. I love how my CONFIDENCE teacher, Laura Swift, captured this photo by shooting into the sun and leaves. You could even try this with your smartphone by tapping on the leaves so they become brighter versus a silhouette.
Leaf Animals 9 of 16
The creativity people have blows my mind! This is from Present&Correct. For a simpler exercise to make leaf people (maybe for the preschooler), keep going through the slideshow!
Leaf Crown 10 of 16
Absolutely magical! from Elsie Marley
Leaf Creatures for Preschoolers 11 of 16
I love how The Mother Huddle shows preschool parents a simpler alternative for making Leaf Creatures.
Bowl Leaf Lattern 12 of 16
Similar to Leaf Lanterns, and yet I loved seeing the bowl shape from a different point of view. from Someday Crafts
Waxed Hanging Leaves 13 of 16
Collecting, drying and hanging leaves from our windows and mantel is an annual tradition. I was so excited to find this from Fun Family Crafts.
Hand Leaves 14 of 16
Do you live in a warmer climate where leaves don't change color as much? If so, I love Paper Crafts for Children's version of enjoying the fall leaves (even if you don't have them in your yard to collect.)
Turkey Leaves 15 of 16
Is it to early to think about Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday!)? If not, check out this darling craft by Lucky Boy.
Ornament Leaf 16 of 16
If it's okay to talk about Thanksgiving, can we talk Christmas ornaments for just one second? Isn't this beautiful?! From The Robin's Nest
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