As the weather starts to cool down, pretty soon the leaves will begin to change and will start falling off of the trees. When the leaves are those bright vibrant oranges, yellows, and reds, they are a perfect way to utilize nature and use them as craft supplies. Take a bucket, go on a nature walk, and have the kids collect leaves in different shapes and colors.
Here are a creative fall leaf craft ideas for you to try out.
Fall Leaf Suncatcher
Supplies: Contact Paper, leaves, scissors, leaf templates & tissue paper (optional).
Peel the paper contact paper, lay it carefully sticky side up, and let the kids stick the leaves on. Cover with another sheet of clear contact paper and trim the edges or Stick the leaves onto half of the contact paper and fold the empty half of the contact paper over the leaves and press to seal. Tape your sun catchers in a window that gets lots of sun.
These are great to hang on a large window for display! If you don’t have leaves or need something smaller, you can use contact paper, leaf templates, and cut-up pieces of tissue paper. You can leave it as one big sheet or you can cut it out into any shape that you want.
Supplies: Construction Paper, Scissors, Leaves, and Glue
Take your construction paper and cut slits on one side. Roll it up and glue the ends together to make a cylinder (can also use a paper towel or toilet paper roll instead). Glue the leaves on each slit until you fill the tree. Decorate the tree by adding eyes and a mouth.
Fall Handprint Trees
Supplies: white Construction paper, green, orange, brown, red, and yellow paint, Q-tips, Rubberbands.
This is a fall tree craft where you actually don’t have to use real leaves. Lay your child’s arm and hand on paper and trace to create the tree trunk and branches and then paint it brown. Take a small bunch of Q-tips and secure them together with a rubber band. Make several of these so you have one for each color and don’t mix the paint. Have the kids dip the Q-tips into the paint and dab the different colors around the “branches” to create the “leaf” look. Try overlapping the dots and watch their handprint transform into a beautiful autumn tree!
Fall Leaf Animals
Supplies: Cardboard or construction paper, crayons, leaves.
In this craft, I used cardboard because it is more durable but you can use construction paper as well. Draw, trace, or print out an animal of your choice. Lions, horses, owls, or turkeys are a great choice because you can use the leaves as their hair/feathers. Decorate or color your animals the way you choose and then simply glue the leaves to form the animals’ mane.
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”-Albert Camus