24 Gorgeous fall leaf crafts & easy DIY decor ideas such as colorful wreath, garland, kids art prints, Thanksgiving table centerpiece, etc!
Each fall I feel the joy and excitement watching the first autumn leaves turning into bright shades of yellow, orange, and red. It’s a time of year when I just want to make all the fall leaf crafts and decor ideas I can think of!
If you are looking for creative ideas to celebrate the beauty of fall, you will love these easy crafts and gorgeous decorations made from fall leaves. Most of these DIY projects are easy enough for kids and family to enjoy together.
All you need are some very simple materials and tools which most of us already have. Let’s collect some fall leaves and start creating!
Fall leaf printing with watercolor or craft paint
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Although there are ways to preserve colorful fall leaves (more on that in just a bit), if you want the bright colors to last for a very long time, you can make leaf prints from real autumn leaves!
Here’s a step by step tutorial plus video on how to Fall leaf printing with watercolor or craft paint . Wouldn’t it be nice to use your DIY fall leaf prints as wall art or greeting cards? 🙂
Fall leaf printed pillows
Fall tree watercolor painting
Even if you have never painted before, you can make this fall tree watercolor art easily! Spoiler alert: the tooth brush is a super great helper. 🙂
Black and white DIY leaf print art
Transform Dollar Store picture frames into stylish wall decor with some handmade leaf printing art. Tutorial at Heart Filled Spaces.
Pressed fall leaves in picture frames
Get a few double glass frames to display your colorful pressed fall leaves in, and admire the colored light shining through them! This is such an easy way to make magical suncatchers! Tutorial at Town & Country Living.
Fall and Thanksgiving table decorations with colorful leaves
Gather a few sprigs of colorful fall foliage, a crate, and a few small containers. You can create a gorgeous fall and Thanksgiving table centerpiece in 10 minutes!
Make Fall leaf candle holder with pressed leaves
There are some different ways to make fall candle holders with real of faux leaves.
One easy method is to use twine or ribbon to tie the leaves onto glass jars or candle holders. Add a few acorns as lovely fall accents. Tutorial at Stone Gable.
Fall leaf mason jar decorations
Mason jars are great for fall leaf crafts! Similar to the candle holders, the decoupaged fall leaf mason jars using Mod Podge and artificial leaves are so easy to make. Add some candles or LED string lights to light them up. Tutorial at Spark & Chemistry.
How to decorate candles with fall leaves
You can use wax paper and a hair drier to transfer colorful fall leaves onto candles. Tutorial by See The Happy.
Fall leaf place cards
How to preserve fall leaves using wax, glycerin, or Mod Podge
Some fall leaf crafts are great made with preserved leaves. The three most popular ways to preserve fall leaves are wax, glycerin, or Mod Podge methods. Here’s a tutorial on how to dip fall leaves in melted wax.
I also like how in this tutorial, the wax dipped leaves are hung in a cardboard box to dry.
To preserve leaves in glycerine, you will need one part glycerin and 2 parts water. Submerge the leaves in this solution for 3 days.
This method works better on some fall leaf colors and not as good on others. Do a small test before you preserve lots of leaves. Tutorial at Buggy and Buddy.
The easiest method to preserve fall leaves is with Mod Podge, or any clear craft glue. Just brush on both side of each leaf and let dry.
Making art with pressed fall leaves
A great way to use your preserved or pressed fall leaves is to make some art! Kids and grownups would have so much fun creating these animal art made from leaves. You can also make leaf people, leaf houses, etc!
Paint some branches and glue pressed leaves on to the canvas to make this fall painting. Tutorial at Recreated Designs.
DIY Fall leaf wreaths
Fall leaf wreaths and garlands are such festive autumn and Thanksgiving decorations!
How to make you own vine wreath form easily and for free!
You can even glue leaves to a cut paper plate to make a fall wreath, this is such a great fall craft idea for kids!
DIY Fall garland with real or faux leaves
You can use hot glue to attach leaves to ribbon or twine, or just stitch them along a string. Tutorial by Sincerely Sara D.
Attach colorful leaves to string lights to make a lighted fall garland! Tutorial by Wallflower Kitchen.
Glue fall leaves to book pages, you will have a beautiful farmhouse style garland perfect for autumn and Thanksgiving! Tutorial at Simple as That.
How to make a fall leaf bowl
Air dry clay bowls made with leaves are great fall crafts and decor to make with kids! Tutorial at Craft Invaders.
What are you going to make with fall leaves this year? Happy creating! 🙂