Every year, something wonderful happens that really makes the DIY lover in us happy; we get bitten by the creativity bug and inexplicably find lots of crafting inspiration and motivation that we try our best to take complete advantage of while we have it! There’s just something about quiet, chilly nights and a change of seasons that makes us want to hunker down and make things most nights. It’s always been true, however, that our absolute favourite crafts have always been the ones that use unconventional materials and things that you wouldn’t necessarily find sitting ready in someone’s craft room. If you’re going to get creative with your tools, however, why not make it seasonal so that you can create unique things that you wouldn’t make the rest of the year? That line of logic is how we became so enthusiastic about crafting with fall leaves.
Just in case you’re as intrigued about the idea of using actual, real life leaves in DIY as we were, here are 15 awesome tutorials that will help you make very cool seasonal décor pieces or even just craft with your kids for fun on a cold day!
1. Hanging paper plate leaf mobile
Have your kids already collected a whole bag of leaves outside that they loved the colours and shapes of and now you’re just looking for a quick, simple craft that they can do on their own while you cook for a family holiday dinner? In that case, we’d suggest reaching for that old stack of paper plates you’ve had lying around since last year and handing the kids some regular white glue and scissors! Check out how Child and Me cut the middle from a paper plate and stuck the leaves all around the edges to make a pretty little autumn “wreath” that your kids can proudly hang up under your actual door wreath.
2. Water colour leaves
Okay, we know we said we were going to talk about crafts that you make using leaves, whereas this tutorial shows you how to use other materials to make leaves, but this autumn idea was just so pretty that we couldn’t resist including it! Hipster Tea Party guides you through the process of cutting leaf shapes out of a porous material like coffee filters and then dying it all types or pretty fall colours using water colour paint. We love the way they attached their water colour leaves to string and hung them up in a mobile for some pretty fall décor!
3. Leaf puppy dog
If your yard has nice, big trees that shed awesomely large leaves all over the lawn then, when it comes to fall crafting, you’re actually in luck! Take one of those leaves, the kind with the three separate spiky sections, and flip it upside down. The let your kids add eyes and a nose to suddenly transform it into a cute little fall puppy dog! Free but Fun shows you how they made these ones.
4. Funny face leaves
Do you love the idea of transforming colourful fall leaves into little characters but the leaves around your home don’t quite fall in the right shape to make the puppy dog design we just showed you above? Well, that doesn’t mean you can’t give them cute faces! Check out how Fun Family Crafts gathered leaves of all different colours and sizes and made them cheerful by giving them eyes and smiles, plus funny noses made from sticks and acorns.