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How to Make a Fall Leaf Garland

by Jean Van't Hul
July 3, 2021
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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 June 2022

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.

Fall Leaf Garland for Kids



  1. 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.

    drawing doodles on a leaf

  2. Attach leaves to the ribbon

    Next, use the glue gun to attach the stems of the leaves to the ribbon.

  3. Hang up your garland

    Finally, hang your garland up somewhere special in your home!

    thanksgiving leaf garland

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.

fall leaf garland

And this is such a lovely thankfulness tradition. We recommend doing it every year!

Want even more Fall fun?

Check out our Autumn Creativity Pack!

This 34-page printable eBook is full of Autumn-themed art activities, drawing prompts, creative play ideas, and more!

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