The air is getting crisper, the days are getting shorter, and the trees are finally showing their beautiful fall colors. Piles of crunchy red and orange leaves are fun to jump into, but if you are looking for a mellower fall activity that you can do with the whole family, then we have some ideas for you! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite crafts that can be made with leaves from right outside your front door!
Leaf stamps are an easy, fun craft for aspiring artists and nature lovers alike! You will need
- 2 pieces of paper
- Masking tape
- Paint and a paintbrush
- Fun shaped fall leaves
You can pick any shape or size of leaf you want, the more unique the better! Start by taping down both pieces of paper to a table or flat surface. Lay your leaf face down (so the spines are facing up) and hold it in place while you and your little one paint the back of the leaf until it is evenly coated. Next, you will carefully pick up the leaf and lay it face up on the other piece of paper. Gently press it down with your fingers and then slowly peel it off the paper. Voila! You have beautiful leaf artwork! You can do one leaf per page, or layer a bunch of stamps on top of one another for a collage effect.
Put on a fall puppet show with these super cute DIY leaf puppets! This is a great craft for your kids to get creative. Put out craft supplies of your choice and let them decorate their leaves with little googly eyes, stickers, and washable markers. Glue Popsicle sticks to the back so they can easily hold on to their puppets while they perform.
One of the easiest crafts on our list, all you need is a roll of wax paper, an iron, and leaves of your choice! Start by arranging your leaves on the wax side, and then place a second piece of wax paper of the same size on top. Gently press down with an iron set to a medium-low heat. Allow them to cool, then connect the two edges of the wax paper with clear tape so you have a cylinder. Place tea lights (or electric tea lights) in the center and watch the lanterns glow!
Similar to leaf puppets, you and your family can decorate leaf magnets however you like! After you’ve beautified them, laminate the leaves so they don’t crumble or break. Using a glue gun, attach small magnet strips to the back and let dry for at least a half hour.
For the little princess or prince of your house! Grab a brown paper bag and cut off the bottom so you have a ring of paper. Wrap it around your child’s head so it fits, and then staple the back of the bag in place. You can either choose to paint it, or leave it as is while you decorate it by gluing or stapling leaves all over the crown. Simple as that!