Have the leaves started changing color in your neighborhood yet? It feels like any day now I’ll look out the window and the green will be gone—it always seems to sneak up on us. But I’ve found if I have something planned for those beautiful leaves, then I’m more aware of the time passing.
Even simply picking the best leaves and pressing them in a book is fun; I’m always stumbling upon them a year later and reminiscing. But I have to admit, these DIY’s—all using real leaves—showcase some surprising alternatives!
DIY Leaf Confetti
via Grow Creative
Such a simple idea: get out your favorite paper punches and make your own confetti. Or, I’d love to punch a bunch with my daughter and then use them to create collages together.
Here’s another simple but innovative twist on leaf art: These images remind me of finding animals in the clouds. Everything resembles something else if you look hard enough.
DIY Painted Leaf Art
via Katja Enseling
And here’s another version of anthropomorphized leaves. I just love the googly-eyed expressions on these little creatures.
Wax-Dipped Hanging Leaves
via Martha Stewart
Martha does it again. This is such a perfect way to display the zillion leaves your kids find and have to keep “forever.” Just press them and display!
DIY Painted Leaves
via My Owl Barn
Painting leaves sounds like a really fun alternative when you’re sick of paper. The shapes provide all kinds of imaginative ideas.
Fall Leaf Prints
via Naturally Educational
Making leaf prints is a classic art activity. I love seeing the bright colors combined with the familiar fall leaf shapes. This one is so great for kids.
Pictured at the top of this post: Leaf art by Sabine Timm, via The Journals of Giddy Giddy