7 Ways To Turn Your Fall Leaf Collection Into Art

DIY Leaf art by Sabine Timm

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, 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

This is such a simple yet brilliant idea: get out your favorite paper punches and make your own confetti! I’d love to punch a batch with my daughter and use them to create collages together. Via Grow Creative.

Leaf Animals

DIY Leaf Crafts for Kids

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! Via kokokoKIDS.

DIY Painted Leaf Creatures

DIY Painted Leaf Art

And here’s another version of anthropomorphized leaves. I just love the googly-eyed expressions on these little creatures. Via Katja Enseling.

Wax-Dipped Hanging Leaves

DIY Wax-Dipped Hanging Leaves (via martha stewart)

Martha does it again! This is such a perfect way to display the countless leaves your kids find and have to keep “forever.” Simply press them and display! Via Martha Stewart.

DIY Painted Leaves

DIY Painted Leaves

Here’s a fun alternative when you’re sick of painting on paper. Paint leaves! The shapes provide countless ideas to spark your imagination. Via My Owl Barn.

Fall Leaf Prints

DIY Fall Leaf Prints

Leaf prints are a classic art activity. I love the bright colors combined with the familiar shapes of fall leaves. This craft is so great for kids. Via Naturally Educational.

Pictured at the top of this post: Leaf art by Sabine Timm, via The Journals of Giddy Giddy

  • 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! :)

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  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hazel Terry!

    We are super huge fans! I hope you have a great day!

    Rachel

  • Joy @ Joyfully Green

    Hello Mari,
    These are absolutely beautiful ideas for leaves! I included this post in my round-up of “joyful reads for the weekend”, the autumn crafts edition. The link is here, if you’d like to take a look:

    http://www.joyfullygreen.com/2014/10/joyful-reads-for-the-weekend-vol-35-awesome-autumn-craft-ideas.html.

    Looking forward to learning more creative ideas from you!

    Warmly,
    Joy
    P.S. My daughter’s name is Charlotte–another reason for me to love your site! :)