7 Ways To Turn Your Fall Leaf Collection Into Art

DIY Leaf art by Sabine Timm

Look­ing for some­thing to do with all those beau­ti­ful leaves your kids col­lect? Check out these 7 orig­i­nal ideas for turn­ing them into fun art projects.

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

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.

DIY Leaf Crafts for Kids

Leaf Crafts
via kokokoKIDS

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

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.

DIY Wax-Dipped Hanging Leaves // via martha stewart

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

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.

DIY Fall Leaf Prints

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

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  • The Crip­pled Crafter

    Love these ideas! There’s some­thing great about using natures ingre­di­ents in your crafts isn’t there?
    For an idea to do with your older kids, I used leaves to make a keep­sake box for a chal­lenge recently — have a look on my blog at http://crippledcrafter.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/autumn-days/
    Donna x

  • Deb­o­rah Beau

    The DIY owl leaves are by one of my best inter­net friends Hazel Terry from the art room plant (owl barn link). Her blog is a trea­sure trove!

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    this is such a cute post! great projects i can do with my nieces and nephews until my own lit­tle guy is old enough! :)

  • hazel­terry

    Thank you for fea­tur­ing my owl leaves :-D

  • Denise

    What a fan­tas­tic idea! :)