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Kid-Friendly DIY: Painted Leaf Art

Image Source: Nichole Redinger
Image Source: Nichole Redinger

I could never live anywhere that didn’t have a proper fall season. The crisp air, apple picking, and those leaves! Nothing fills me with joy more than trees in all their fall glory — all those reds, yellows, oranges, and rich caramel colors glowing in the sunlight.

My son loves fall, too. Our favorite thing to do is hunt for and keep our favorite leaves that have fallen. We amass a giant plastic freezer bag of jaw-dropping leaves and then … do nothing with them. They get all musty and I end up tossing them. This year, I was determined to keep a few of them.

Image Source: Nichole Redinger
Image Source: Nichole Redinger

So we made a Painted Leaf Front Door Plaque. It’s a quick project that can easily be done with your kids. If they are old enough to use a paint brush, they can definitely help. If they aren’t, they can at least help pick the leaves!

Supplies:

  • Assorted leaves
  • Parchment paper
  • Large, heavy book
  • Black chalkboard paint
  • Paint brushes
  • 1 unpainted wooden plaque (like this one)
  • Assorted metallic acrylic paints
  • Double-sided tape

Directions:

  1. You’ll need to press the leaves for a few days before using them. Sandwich the leaves between two pieces of the parchment paper and then tuck them into the middle of a large book. Let them dry like this for 2-3 days before using.

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    Image Source: Nichole Redinger
  2. Use the chalkboard paint to paint the front and sides of the wooden plaque. I chose chalkboard paint for the matte finish, but any acrylic paint with work.

    Image Source: Nichole Redinger
    Image Source: Nichole Redinger
  3. This is the step that your kids will love. My son kept exclaiming, “It’s gold! We’re rich!” Use the metallic paints to decorate the pressed leaves. We used mostly dots, stripes, and large blocks of color.

    Image Source: Nichole Redinger
    Image Source: Nichole Redinger
  4. Once the leaves have dried, arrange them on the painted plaque and use the double-sided tape to secure them. Display proudly on your front door!
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