DIY Leaf Animals

DIY Leaf Animals

All it takes is a lit­tle embroi­dery floss or a marker to turn fresh fall leaves into a fun project for you and the lit­tle ones!

It’s time to head out­side and hunt for inter­est­ing leaves! Here are two great ideas for using fresh leaves as a can­vas for embroi­dery or press them and draw fun ani­mal friends!

DIY Stitched Leaves

I always have two or three projects to do on my kitchen table. Instead of fin­ish­ing my felt fin­ger pup­pets, I turned to embroi­der­ing leaves. I approach it like sketch­ing: with a free and easy hand.

DIY Leaf Animal

Draw­ing on Leaves
Leaves are great for draw­ing ani­mals with ears, like foxes, cats, and owls. I rec­om­mend using leaves from tulip and maple trees or from a com­mon grapevine.

What You Need

  • Leaves, pressed in a book for a cou­ple of days
  • Mark­ers, black and white
DIY Leaf Animal

Take a look at the shape and color of your leaf—I’m sure there is an ani­mal in there! You can even frame the fin­ished project. I framed my lit­tle owl in a painted cheese plate.

DIY Stitched Leaves

Stitch­ing On The Leaves
Have you ever tried to embroi­der a fresh leaf? It’s easy and fun! Find some fresh, tough leaves and get your nee­dle and floss ready!

DIY Stitched Leaves

What You Need

  • Fresh leaves work bet­ter than dry ones: I used leaves from a grapevine and wal­nut tree
  • Blunt nee­dle
  • Scis­sors
  • Embroi­dery floss
DIY Stitched Leaves

Take your leaf, thread your nee­dle, and start sewing!

DIY Stitched Leaf

You might want to press the fin­ished leaf in a book.

DIY Leaf Projects

Eagle Owl Sewing Card
For lit­tle hands I made a sewing card for the eagle owl on a tulip tree leaf.

What You Need

  • Print­able eagle owl sewing card tem­plate (down­load here)
  • A4 printer paper 90-120g
  • Blunt nee­dle
  • Scis­sors
  • Embroi­dery floss

Step 1
Down­load the print­able sewing card tem­plate and print it.

Step 2
Take the blunt nee­dle and care­fully punch holes at the ends of the white lines.

Step 3
Cut out the tem­plate cards along the dot­ted line.

Step 4
Thread your nee­dle and start sewing!

DIY Stitched Leaves

That’s all there is to it! Now you’re set with a cou­ple of fun fall activ­i­ties that will keep you and the lit­tle ones busy on a crisp, rainy afternoon!

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  • Melissa Kojima

    Wow! I love them. Such a fun idea for fall. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  • http://www.femeggers.nl/ Fem

    Wow, love them! Love the idea!

  • http://j9sopinion.tumblr.com/ Jea­nine H

    There always seems to be an abun­dance of leaves but never enough crafts to go wit them! There’s no short­age now thanks to Hand­made Charo­lette and the imag­i­na­tion of Natalie Kramer!!! THANK YOU!!!