How to make a beautiful fall leaf garland from pressed autumn leaves & metallic marker doodles. You can write what you are thankful for as a Thanksgiving variation.
Updated August 2021
We love to make garlands, and there are so many fun fall ones to make! This lovely fall leaf garland is one of our favorites. It is easy and fun to make. And it is the perfect way to use all of those pressed and preserved leaves that you’ve been collecting (if you’re anything like us, that is).
You can also use this garland activity to help your family focus on gratitude and the things they are thankful for this Thanksgiving season.
How to Make an Easy Fall Leaf Garland for Kids
- Autumn Leaves that have been pressed and/or preserved
- Metallic Sharpies
- Black satin ribbon (or ribbon of any color)
- Glue gun
- Poster board (to protect your work surface)
- Decorate your leaves
Start by taking your pressed leaves and decorate them with the Sharpies. You can trace the veins, decorate with doodles or mandalas, and also write what you are thankful for on them.
- Attach leaves to the ribbon
Next, use the glue gun to attach the stems of the leaves to the ribbon.
- Hang up your garland
Finally, hang your garland up somewhere special in your home!
Isn’t this garland beautiful? We just love how well the metallic Sharpies show up on the Autumn leaves!
They look nice in the window, too, with the light shining through.
And this is such a lovely thankfulness tradition. We recommend doing it every year!
Autumn Arts & Crafts Ideas & Supplies
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