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.

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    Leafy Wreath

    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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    Copper Leaf

    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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    Leaf Frames and Art

    Mix and match leaves for a mantel full of fall crafts. An old cigar box showcases a multihued leaf display. On the wall, leafy greens seemingly grow out of a pair of birch photo frames.

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    Greenery Wreath

    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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    Cube Craft

    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 Branches

    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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    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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    Little Leaves

    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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    Fantastic Fall Color

    Craft a striking wreath that incorporates all the colors of fall. Layer brown leaves and pinecones with vibrant mums and yarrow in shades of red and yellow. Pick up fresh finds on a nature walk, or use artificial items from a crafts store.

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    Table Garland

    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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    Leaf Garland

    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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    Fall Focus

    For a quick seasonal update, grab a few glass jars or old florists vases. Attach dried leaves to pieces of cardstock and curl the papers inside the jars to display. Heavy jars make fantastic bookends.

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    Beautiful Maple Leaf Rose

    Leaves turned flowers? We'll take it! We can thank iCreative Ideas for this incredibly cool fall craft idea. Maple leaves are the best to use because their unique shape looks most rose-like once folded, but you can also attempt this with other leaves. Make a fall corsage, seasonal centerpiece, a gorgeous rustic bouquet to give to a loved one, or just a leaf rose for yourself! 

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    Hearth-Warming Leaves

    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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    Falling Leaves

    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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    Leaf Labels

    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.

    Click here to download a free pattern for fall leaves.

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    Pressed-Leaf Ornaments

    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. Designer: Jeannie Stout, evLien Designs

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    Leaf Display

    To dress up any bookshelf for fall, just add colorful leaves. Fill vases with dried leaves, or adhere a dried fern frond to a platter with spray adhesive to create a simple platter display.

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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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    Trimmed-Leaf Art

    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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