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Get Creative With These Fall Leaf Crafts!

Leaves, leaves, leaves…’tis the season! There’s so much more that can be done other than raking and bagging and sending those fallen fronds off to the yard waste center. Enough that I gathered a bunch of the best ideas and put them all into the gallery below to give you a little inspiration in the fall leaf crafts department. Dry them, hang them, Mod Podge them to a jar…nothing says “FALL” more than colorful leaves. Gather some up and get to crafting!


  • Leaf Print Banner 1 of 20

    Have your kids help you with the stamping and string up the finished product for the most perfect fall banner around.

    Details here from Marie LeBaron at Babble

  • Leafy Alphabet 2 of 20

    These leafy alphabet cards are lots of fun and even educational too, win/win.

    Details here from Martha Stewart 

  • Leaf Creatures 3 of 20

    Popsicle sticks and some google eyes make for a few fun leafy friends!

    Inspiration via The Mother Huddle

  • Gold Leaf Leaves 4 of 20

    Gold leafing leaves? Seems crazy, but don't they look cool?!

    Inspiration via Treehouse Kid and Craft

  • Foliage Friends 5 of 20

    Love this idea of creating some leafy friends using a little creativity and some simple crafting supplies. 

    Details here from Spoonful

  • Leaf Stamped Cards 6 of 20

    Use some of those gorgeous fall leaves to make some handmade cards and send them off to all your friends and family.

    Details here from BabyCenter

  • Paint Markers On Leaves 7 of 20

    Dry your leaves and then decorate using metallic paint markers to create this type of effect, so cool! 

    Via Parents

  • Glycerin Leaves 8 of 20

    Apparently, preserving your leaves in glycerin makes it so that the leaves retain their color and don't decay. Have you tried this? I'm curious!

    Details on how-to here from Tinkerlab

  • Pressed Leaves 9 of 20

    Simply placing leaves between the pages of a heavy phonebook is a great way to preserve and dry them for the future. 

    More details here from Garden Therapy

  • Leaf Rubbings 10 of 20

    Simple leaf rubbings are so much fun and super easy to do with the kids too.

    Inspiration via Multiples & More

  • Leafy Creatures 11 of 20

    Use your imagination to create some leafy creature friends like these, so cute!


    Inspiration via Tomorrow's Adventures

  • Leaf Windcatcher 12 of 20

    This was made using faux leaves, but I wonder if you could make the glycerin leaves I showed earlier and make a windcatcher like this? Either way, it would look fabulous on your front porch!

    Details here from Centsational Girl

  • Canvas Leaf Display 13 of 20

    Here's a neat DIY on how to make a cool fall art installation using a plain canvas, some foam and nature's finest. 

    Find it here from Nerd and Healthnut

  • Mod Podge 14 of 20

    Mod Podge for the win yet again, simply slather on a few coats to preserve your fall leaf collection and display accordingly. Hooray!

    Details here from Madigan Made

  • Leaf Bowl 15 of 20

    Using craft store leaves might be cheating a little, but this DIY leaf bowl was too cool not to share. 

    Instructions here from The Hello! Lucky Blog

  • Leaf Art 16 of 20

    How cool is this dried leaf art? So perfect for fall! 

    See how to make it here from Just A Girl

  • Painted Leaf Napkin Holders 17 of 20

    These would look amazing on your Thanksgiving table (are we already talking about Thanksgiving???), or even just for a sit-down Sunday dinner. 

    Details here from Honest To Nod

  • Leaf Votive 18 of 20

    Mod Podge some of your leaves to a jar or candle holder and voila, instant autumnal decor! This could be a super fun and easy project to do with kids too. 

    Inspiration via Houseful Of Joyful Noise

  • Paper Punched Leaves 19 of 20

    Those paper punches are good for a lot more than just paper! Create some cool leaf clippings and shapes using some of the fallen foliage around your neighborhood. 

    Inspiration via Grow Creative

  • Fall Leaf Lantern 20 of 20

    Made using real leaves, a jar, and a glue stick. So simple!

    Details here from Morning Creativity


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