There’s just a hint of autumn in the air here and the first few leaves are starting to change colour. So before the leaves really turn and we’re rushing around trying to find the best ideas I’ve been looking and hunting out some fabulous fall leaf crafts for kids to inspire you to get creative this season. There are so many crafts that you can make that look like leaves, coffee filters, watercolours, cookie dough! But this time I wanted to share some crafts using actual Autumn Leaves as if your kids are anything like mine they will be bringing back handfuls from every walk we talk this fall in the park. So check out these beautiful autumn and fall crafts using real leaves for kids to make.
Beautiful Autumn Crafts for Kids to Make Using Real Leaves
One of my favourite crafts and my most popular pin last fall was this gorgeous pressed leaf wreath from Thinly Spread – so simple to make and the colours coming through would be perfect in any room that caught the sun low in the sky on autumn mornings or afternoons.
I’ve been wanting to make some lanterns with the kids for a while and these gorgeous leaf lanterns from Red Ted Art are simple to make and I love how effective they look – we’ll be giving them a go very soon this year.
Getting the leaves to have a slight transparency to catch the light can be difficult but over on Artful Kids they have a solution with some great ideas for using it with pretty real leaf suncatchers and window art.
Use real leaves to create patterns on like we did using our pattern dice as a prewriting activity and pretty craft for autumn leaves for preschoolers.
One of my favourite autumn crafts to do especially if we are lucky enough to see a hedgehog before it goes into hibernation is to create a leaf collage of a hedgehog a tutorial is over on Science Sparks.
Make your leaves last all season long by preserving them – find out the step by step instructions for preserving your fall leaves from Red Ted Art.
Decorating the house and door is fun and with the handfuls of leaves and other nature finds this fall wreath from Domestique Goddesque is perfect for the littlest hands to help make.
A classic fall craft using real leaves is a leaf crown and this tutorial for making one is perfect for when you are out in the park – pop over to Twig and Toadstool to find out how to make it.
Using Real Leaves to create
Above the leaves were used in the craft, however, the leaves can be used to create with but aren’t involved in. Here are some of my favourites.
Plaster cast leaves – this is something that I’ve been waiting to do with my kids, we have some large-leaved trees in the garden and hopefully this year I will give it ago. A full tutorial on how to create them can be found over on The Artful Parent.
Even the youngest children can create lasting masterpieces using real leaves and over on The Imagination salt dough coloured leaves impressions are simple to create and would make a lovely addition to a natural table this fall.
Another on my list of things I want to make are leaf bowls – using clay you can find a full tutorial over on Red Ted Art on how to make these classic fall craft for kids and adults alike.
Resist are is one of our favourite types of art, and I’m looking forward to trying this variation of it from Kids Craft Room where real leaves are used to create a colourful stained glass effect window cling.
More Autumn Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers and Older Kids
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.