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 2022
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.
In case you’re wondering what to do with all of the Autumn leaves you’ve collected, here’s the Artful Parent’s list of Fall craft ideas. Use them for crafts, art inspiration, and fall decoration.
11 Creative Fall Craft Ideas
1. Create a leaf mandala
Read our helpful tips on how to decorate and preserve Autumn leaves, plus learn about a fun way to decorate a blank wall at home!
2. Make clay leaf prints and pendants
We love making leaf prints in air dry clay. The process is so satisfying and the results capture the natural beauty of leaves.
3. Print with leaves on cloth napkins
These napkins make a lovely gift for someone special and can also be used to add a beautiful touch to any table setting.
Create an Autumn leaves painting that combines leaf rubbings with watercolor paints for a vibrant watercolor resist project for kids.
5. Hang a leaf wreath on your door or window
This Autumn leaf wreath looks gorgeous in the window with light shining through the fall leaves. Beautiful and super simple to make!
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.
7. Create an Autumn leaf bunting
This no sew autumn leaf bunting with leaves and wax paper is easy to make and a great addition to fall decorations.
8. Make Autumn suncatchers with or without a frame
We LOVE nature suncatchers and you don’t have to wait for spring flowers to make one! Gather autumn leaves, chrysanthemums, and zinnias and make a beautiful suncatcher to hang in your window.
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. Make your own 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
- How to Preserve Fall Leaves and Create Mandala Leaf Art
- 10 Fall Sensory Play Activities for Kids (+ Taste Safe Too!)
- 30 Creative September Activities for Kids (A Month of Fun Ideas!)
- How to Make Zentangle Leaves with Sharpies
- How to Make Painted Fall Paper Leaves for Kids
- How to Make Simple Glitter Leaves
Autumn Arts & Crafts Ideas & Supplies
Download our FREE printable idea list of 30 autumn activities for kids & families! Or check out the blog post with the links. So many fun ideas for fall!
And be sure to check out our FALL family fun list in our Amazon store! It includes supplies for fall arts & crafts, autumn toys, Halloween ideas, and picture books about autumn.
And if you want even MORE Fall craft ideas, check out our Fall Arts and Crafts Workshop at the Kids Art Spot, our kids art club. You’ll get 10 videos of fun Fall art activities PLUS 10 seasonal drawing prompts!
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