Wondering what to do with all of the Autumn leaves you’ve collected? Here are some of our favorite creative Fall craft ideas for kids!
Updated August 2023
Are you as inspired by Autumn leaves as we are?
Our favorite thing to do with our kids this time of year is to go on leaf walks. As we walk, we gather up each beautiful red, yellow, orange, brown, and multicolored leaf we come across, marveling over patterns and colors.
We typically come home with a stack of colorful leaves in our hands (and usually a pocket full of acorns and other treasures to boot).
But what to do with that pile of leaves? You don’t want them to get dried and crumbly or see their colors fade.
Here are some of our favorite Fall craft ideas, perfect for all of those leaves. Use them for crafts, art inspiration, and fall decoration.
11 Creative Fall Craft Ideas
Create an Autumnal watercolor resist painting. Simply make leaf rubbings with crayons or oil pastels, then paint over with watercolor paints.
2. Paint Acorns and Pinecones
Acorns and pinecones gathered on your nature walks are even more fun when painted a bright or metallic color and sprinkled with glitter!
3. Decorate Your Wall with Leaves
4. Try Observational Drawing with Fall Leaves
Spend some time observing the leaves you’ve gathered, and then draw what you see. We love drawing with a Sharpie marker, and then adding watercolors.
5. Make a Nature Diorama
Paint your nature items to give them a pop of color, and then assemble them in a box or box lid for a fun and creative nature diorama!
6. Make Leaf Art with Chalk Pastels
Make beautiful autumn leaf art for the wall with chalk pastels. Let nature be your inspiration; try this autumn leaf art activity with the kids or yourself.
Collect a variety of leaves on a nature walk, paint the backs of them and print them onto plain paper. You can use Autumnal colors, or bright ones like these!
8. Make an Autumn Stained-Glass Window
Turn your front door or window into a beautiful autumn leaves stained-glass with contact paper and leaves! This is a fun craft that brings seasonal color indoors.
9. Make Zentangle Leaves
Make Zentangle leaves using metallic Sharpie markers on colorful fall leaves. This beautiful Autumn art activity is perfect for kids and adults alike.
10. DIY Scratch Art Paper with Leaves
Did you know that you can make your own scratch art paper? It’s super simple and fun! And you can be inspired by Autumnal colors to make this beautiful scratch art!
11. Make Sparkly Glitter Leaves
Glitter leaves are a favorite autumn leaf crafts for kids. They are beautiful, easy to make and a great way to decorate for fall.
What are your favorite things to do with Fall leaves? Do you think you’ll try one of our fun and easy ideas?
More Fall Craft Ideas for Kids
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- 12 Simple Fall Garland Ideas for Kids
- 10 Autumn Crafts with Leaves for Kids
- 15 Fall Children’s Books for Your Family
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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