Fall Crafts with Leaves
Bring the beauty of colorful fall foliage indoors with these simple crafts. All of our projects use leaves to create seasonal home accents that can be used from early fall through Thanksgiving. Plus, get our best ideas for displaying your fall craft projects.
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Painted Leaf Dishes
These small dishes bring the beauty of colorful fall leaves into your kitchen. We use them to hold salt or spices.
To make, roll out air-dry clay on a patterned fabric like linen. Cut out leaf-shapes with cookie cutters. Let leaves dry completely with the pattern side up. Paint dry leaves with a mixture of 2 parts liquid fabric dye to one part water.
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Don't feel like raking that pile of leaves in the yard? Turn them into a pretty fall craft instead! Use florists wire, tape, or pins to attach bundles of bright leaves to a wreath form. Mix the leaf colors in each bundle, or separate them out to create an ombré look.
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Pressed Leaves Between Panes
Preserve the vibrant hues of fall foliage between two pieces of glass. First press leaves between the pages of a book. When completely dry, place a pressed leaf between two pieces of glass. (Have the pieces cut to the desired size by a local glass cutter or home improvement store.) Wrap colored linen book cloth tape around the edges of the glass to secure.
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Magnolia Leaf Tabletop Garland
Instead of a fall centerpiece, try making a stunning tabletop garland. Magnolia leaves, seasonal greenery, and clementines are wired together to create a draped garland that's sure to wow. Add fragrance and texture with cinnamon sticks.
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Bright, shiny leaves are the perfect accent piece for your fall decor. They're also a great alternative to a fall color palette if traditional reds and oranges don't fit your color scheme. Use copper leaf (or any color metallic leafing material) to dress up plain leaves. Grab a few leaves from the yard and start copper leaf-ing!
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Glittery Fall Leaf Swag
Add a little glam to your fall front door with this glittery hanging display. To make, coat leaves with crafts glue and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry completely. Once dry, hot glue a ribbon to the end of each piece. Gather them together and hang them in a sparkly bunch.
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Fall Welcome Mat
A scattering of stenciled leaves creates the border for this handmade fall welcome mat. Spend an afternoon painting a plain doormat, and you'll have a seasonal welcome that will last through Thanksgiving.
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Freshly fallen leaves are beautiful all on their own. Showcase their natural beauty with simple patterns made from paint pens. We love how these work as place cards, or use them as part of a fall table centerpiece. This easy craft is perfect for making with kids.
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Switch up the color scheme when decorating with live fall leaves. Opt out of bright reds and oranges by attaching several sprigs of pretty, fresh greenery to a wreath form. Eucalyptus is a perfect leafy green for this project—and it smells amazing, too! Add accent berries or a colored ribbon to tie the wreath in with your existing decor.
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Leaves Span the Holidays
These pumpkins will last from Halloween through Thanksgiving. Gather leaves from your yard and decoupage them onto pumpkins. Place the decorated pumpkins around your house to enjoy throughout the fall season.
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Stencil or attach leaves onto heavyweight paper and fold into cute boxes. They make perfect gift boxes or accent pieces on a shelf.
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Fall decorating doesn't have to be time-consuming or expensive. An accent as simple as a colorful branch is perfect for pairing with more neutral fall accents. Pick out the prettiest branches and sprigs from the yard and add them to a mantel or a fall display to bring some color to your decor.
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Stylish Storage for Fall
Even simple storage can be stylish for fall. Using decoupage medium, adhere pressed leaves to the surface of storage boxes and then stack inside a bookcase for a fun falling-leaf effect.
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Blooming Fall Wreath
Bring your favorite fall hues inside with this stunning DIY wreath. Autumn foliage and seasonal faux flowers are the stars of this easy wreath upgrade. We'll show you how to transform a $5 twig wreath into a beautiful piece of front door decor.
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Easy Fall Display
Place fall-tone candles in clear votive holders and set them atop silk or real leaves in coordinating hues to add color to any table.
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Framed for Fall
A simple pressed fern branch makes a seasonal art statement. Place a dry (but not brittle) fern branch between layers of newspaper, then top with several heavy books to press. Glue photocopies of pages from old books or newspapers to the backing of a picture frame. Decoupage the pressed branch to the page background and place in the picture frame, then hang your work of art.
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Create a unique piece of art from a plain vase. Using acrylic paint markers in two shades of brown, draw bare tree branches. For leaves, cut out pieces of pressed leaves and adhere to the vase using glue.
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Turn an ordinary white tablecloth into a fall sensation. Center the tablecloth on your table. Just below the top edge of the table, hot-glue or pin grosgrain ribbon onto the tablecloth. From fall-color cardstock and decorative paper, trace various leaves; cut out. Glue them in clusters to the ribbon. Glue just the centers of the leaves so the edges curl up naturally.
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A long leaf garland is the perfect decorating hack for all those small fall pieces you love but aren't sure where to put. A base of pretty greenery is the perfect way to tie together pumpkins, candles, florals, and other fall accents.
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Fresh Fall Art
Create a modern piece of wall art by wrapping fall-theme paper around everyday mailing tubes. Attach the tubes together and hang from a single hanger, or try staggering individual tubes on the wall with adhesive dots for a unique look.
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Accentuate a beautiful frame with some fall foliage. First, string ribbon across an empty frame through S-hooks, then hang pressed leaves on the ribbon. This easy DIY project makes a great accent piece.
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Metallic Magnolia Leaf Wreath
Stunning shades of gold, copper, and silver shine in this handmade wreath. You won't believe how easy it is to make. It comes together in just three steps: paint, attach, and hang. That's it! Why buy when you can DIY for less.
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Add an air of fall to a nook in any room with leaf decals. Arrange pressed leaves in a falling pattern and attach to the wall with tape. Or try photocopying leaves and tracing them onto cardstock for a different look.
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Leaf Initial Greeting
Swap your traditional round wreath for a leafy monogram. Paint a papier-mache letter and let dry. Hot-glue dried or silk leaves to the front. Shape a piece of wire into a hanging loop and hot-glue it to the back of the letter.
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Gorgeous Fall Garland
This parade of fall leaves proves that garlands aren't just for the Christmas season. The holiday classic can be adapted for any celebration, and this one is just right for autumn, Halloween, or Thanksgiving. Gather an assortment of colorful fall leaves (we used oak leaves) and use a needle to thread them onto a string; secure with knots at the ends. Tack you garland onto the edge of a table, across a stair rail, or around a door frame.
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For fun labels, trace the outline of a leaf onto cardstock and cut out. Host a wine-tasting party and use these festive labels to help guests identify their favorite.
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As ornaments or tags, these transformed leaves are sure to delight. Use spray adhesive to adhere pressed, varnished leaves to cardstock. Trim around the edges, leaving a 1/4-inch space. Punch a hole at the top and tie pretty ribbon through.
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Tree Leaves Centerpiece
Turn a short tree branch into a striking autumnal centerpiece. Weight a pot with stones and fill with dry florists foam to secure the branch, then wrap the pot in a drawstring jute bag and flank with arrangements in fall-inspired colors.
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Personalized Leaf Wreath
How cool is this?! This festive leaf wreath idea from Alisa Burke's Blog is super fun to make, and you can add a personal touch with any color paint you like. This also makes a great centerpiece; just place a few tall candles inside the ring and you're ready to throw an autumn-themed party!
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Acorn-Frame Leaf Artwork
Create this naturally beautiful art piece and you'll be set for the fall season—from Halloween to Thanksgiving. It starts with an inexpensive crafts store picture frame and some favorite fall finds. Adhere acorn caps to the frame using hot glue. Cover the backing of the frame with a piece of burlap. Glue a vibrant fall leaf and a petite twig to the burlap in the center of the frame.
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A maple leaf takes flight when it turns into artwork. Trim out a butterfly head from the top point of a maple leaf. Press the leaf in a book until dry; spray the leaf with varnish to preserve its color. Mount it in a floating frame as a sentiment of the season. Designer: Jeannie Stout, evLien Designs
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Framed Fall Welcome
Surround a warm greeting in a basic picture frame. Using a computer, print "Welcome" onto a sheet of paper to fit your frame. (You also can handwrite the word or spell it out with letter stickers.) Gently adhere leaves to the paper using double-stick tape. Place the finished greeting in a frame and prop it on an entry table or hang it on the front door to greet guests.
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Showcase the meaning of the season with this pretty (and sentimental!) fall craft. Use a framed cork board to display cut paper leaves. Write what you're thankful for on each leaf and use as part of your Thanksgiving decor.
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