Top 5+ Leaf Crafts

Making leaf crafts, decor, and artwork out of fall foliage is possibly my favorite fall activity. At any rate, it ranks right up there with stepping on crunchy leaves, making applesauce, and carving pumpkins.

There are so many fabulous things to do with leaves!

Fall leaf crafts are a great way to enjoy nature and bring some fun to your fall decor. Here are five (an then some!) of my favorite fall leaf crafts!

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For these crafts, I started with pressed leaves. If you don’t already have a press, check out my post on how to make your own leaf press to prepare your beautiful leaf collection for display in these crafts.

1. Contact Paper Art

This method is easy and a good activity to do with kids.

There are two variations on this craft. First, you could use a background of paper (any will do—I prefer cardstock) and then place contact paper over an arrangement of leaves.

Alternately, you can place all the leaves between two sheets of contact paper, creating a beautiful “stained glass” look.

a. Cardstock and Contact Paper

Here are some examples of greeting cards I made with cardstock and contact paper. Although you can get very elaborate with this, I chose to do a simple arrangement. Nothing fancy—just pretty leaves.

Here are the materials needed for this craft:

  • pressed leaves
  • cardstock (or whatever paper you prefer)
  • contact paper

Fall leaf crafts are a great way to enjoy nature and bring some fun to your fall decor. Here are five (an then some!) of my favorite fall leaf crafts!

For greeting cards, decide on the size (usually dictated by the size of the envelope 😉 ) for your paper. Cut that out, then arrange some leaves on the front. Next, cut a piece of contact paper to fit over that.

I usually like to extend the contact paper over the fold a bit; it tends to stay on better that way. You can even go all the way to the other edge and put flowers on the back, as well.

Fall leaf crafts are a great way to enjoy nature and bring some fun to your fall decor. Here are five (an then some!) of my favorite fall leaf crafts!

My Grandma would make cards and framed artwork like this all the time. She would get creative and make scenes with grass, flowers, and little hand-drawn birds and bees all around them. She would let me sit by her and make my own flower picture on a sheet of paper, and then come add in the birds for me. 🙂

b. “Stained Glass” Leaves

For the simplest way to do this, just take (or give your child!) a handful of pressed leaves and throw them on the sticky side of a large piece of contact paper, then put another piece (sticky side down) on top of it all. Voila! You can tape it to your window for a privacy screen or just a pretty decoration.

To make this, you’ll need:

  • pressed leaves
  • contact paper
  • scotch tape

From my experience, this is how I would recommend doing it:

  1. Decide on the size of your project and cut out two pieces of contact paper in those dimensions.
  2. Peel the paper off the sticky side of ONE of those sheets of contact paper.
  3. Place it on a flat surface with the smooth (not sticky) side DOWN and the sticky side UP.
  4. Use Scotch tape to secure the sides or corners so the contact paper remains in place and the edges don’t curl up while you’re working.
  5. Arrange leaves on the sticky side of the contact paper. (Thin leaves without large stems work best, but that’s not essential. Also remember to leave a little bit of blank space for the contact paper to hold together better.)
  6. Once you’re satisfied with your leaves, remove the paper backing from the other sheet of contact paper and place it (sticky side DOWN) on top of the leaves. It works best to start at one edge and push it down from there.
  7. Carefully remove the tape from the edges and smooth out any air bubbles as you push the sheets of contact paper together over the leaves.
  8. Done! Now you can stop there and just tape it up on a window somewhere, OR read on for another option.

Fall leaf crafts are a great way to enjoy nature and bring some fun to your fall decor. Here are five (an then some!) of my favorite fall leaf crafts!

Another option for this “stained glass” leaf art is to put it in a frame.

This has a more finished look. It’s a bit easier (and cheaper!) than glass, yet it’s still quite striking.

Fall leaf crafts are a great way to enjoy nature and bring some fun to your fall decor. Here are five (an then some!) of my favorite fall leaf crafts!

Here are the materials you’ll need:

  • one (or more) empty frames
  • ribbon (rope or twine will do, as well)
  • thumbtacks
  • contact paper
  • pressed leaves

Follow the instructions above, but then continue with an empty frame and either tape the contact paper, or use staples or thumbtacks (my preferred method) to secure it.

Here, I made a series of hanging frames so I could display my “stained glass” leaves in a window where the light shines through them.

Fall leaf crafts are a great way to enjoy nature and bring some fun to your fall decor. Here are five (an then some!) of my favorite fall leaf crafts!

To make this series of framed leaves:

  1. Secure the contact paper and leaves to each empty frame.
  2. Cut out four equal length of ribbon (the length you want to space them apart). Cut two longer lengths (how far down you want it to hang, plus a few inches).
  3. Use a thumbtack to attach each end of the ribbon to two corners of one frame, and then to two corners of another (see below). Put the longer lengths of ribbon on the top corners of the top frame.
  4. To hang the frames, either put the ribbon over a curtain rod and secure it (back on itself) with safety pins OR thumbtack the ends of the ribbon to the top of the window frame (nobody can see up there anyway, so what do a few holes matter?).

Fall leaf crafts are a great way to enjoy nature and bring some fun to your fall decor. Here are five (an then some!) of my favorite fall leaf crafts!

2. Votive Jar

This method is essentially decoupage on glass.

For this craft, you’ll need:

  • a clean glass jar
  • some small, thin, pressed leaves
  • glue (Elmer’s or ModPodge—any white glue will do)
  • a brush or sponge

I used a mixture of glue and a tiny bit of water (approximately 1 teaspoon water to 1/2 cup glue, but play around with it until you get a consistency that works for you).

Grab a glass jar and a few small leaves and start gluing!

Fall leaf crafts are a great way to enjoy nature and bring some fun to your fall decor. Here are five (an then some!) of my favorite fall leaf crafts!

It’s best to use thin leaves and to remove as much stem as possible. The leaves will resist bending and adhering to the glass, so as they keep popping up, you have to press them back down.

It works best to coat them and glue them in place, then check back once the glue is tacky to press them down. I usually do another coat of glue on top of them to hold them down.

The glue will give a matte or mottled finish to the glass that shows through around the leaves. The light looks so pretty both through the frosted glass and the beautiful colors of the leaves!

So, one word of caution: although you *could* use this for a tea light candle (I’ll be honest, I’ve done it), it makes me a little nervous because I don’t want to get the flame anywhere near the glue (which is flammable) and I also don’t want the heat to melt it. So, if you do choose to use this for a candle, just don’t leave it unattended.

3. Floating Leaves Frame

This is by far the most elegant of the leaf crafts I’ve listed here—very simple and minimal.

To make this, you’ll need:

  • several striking pressed leaves
  • two empty glass frames (you need one frame but two sheets of glass that are the same size and fit the frame)
  • glue

Fall leaf crafts are a great way to enjoy nature and bring some fun to your fall decor. Here are five (an then some!) of my favorite fall leaf crafts!

I had a set of framed maps that my sister found for me at a garage sale. I took the glass out of one and used it as the backing for the other frame.

Here are the steps I used:

  1. Decide how you want your leaves arranged.
  2. Lay them flat, face down (the side you want showing down) on the piece of glass that’s in the frame.
  3. Put a dab of glue or two on the back of each leaf (enough to make the leaf thicker so it doesn’t slide between the sheets of glass, but not so much that it will ooze everywhere. You can use your discretion here.)
  4. Put the other sheet of glass carefully on top.
  5. DON’T MOVE OR LIFT IT UNTIL IT DRIES (this is the hardest part, can you tell?)

I made the mistake of trying to hold up my frame before the leaves had dried and had leaves slipping and moving all over the place. Not cool.

Fall leaf crafts are a great way to enjoy nature and bring some fun to your fall decor. Here are five (an then some!) of my favorite fall leaf crafts!

If you wait for it to dry, though, it is fine. I’ve had my framed leaves up for weeks and nothing has budged.

Now you have a simple piece of fall artwork displaying nature’s beauty!

4. Falling Leaves Mobile

This is my favorite leaf craft. It’s not quite as elegant as the famed leaves, but it’s just so fun!! It’s a bit of boho decor for fall.Fall leaf crafts are a great way to enjoy nature and bring some fun to your fall decor. Here are five (an then some!) of my favorite fall leaf crafts!

In it’s more basic form, you could honestly just grab some leaves and tie them on a branch to make this. I’m not claiming that this is extremely complicated or expensive. Quite the opposite, in fact.

However, I would recommend taking a few extra steps to ensure the best experience.

Here are the materials you’ll need:

  1. a branch
  2. pressed leaves (if they aren’t pressed and dried, they’ll curl up)
  3. white glue
  4. paint marker (optional)
  5. thread

To make this, I had my two and four-year-old help me by coating these leaves with glue. I just used Elmer’s (again, with a tiny bit of water to help it spread better).

My kids LOVED getting to paint these with glue. It was a mess, but as long as you’re expecting that, it’s fun. 🙂 They tend to get a bit excessive with glue…
Fall leaf crafts are a great way to enjoy nature and bring some fun to your fall decor. Here are five (an then some!) of my favorite fall leaf crafts!

I put up a drying rack nearby with a drop cloth under it and hung the leaves on it using clothes pins so that the extra glue could drip off. They turned out perfectly!

I also painted a coat of glue on my branch just to seal it up.

(Note: I haven’t tried this method, but you could also probably use spray sealant or adhesive of some kind to seal the leaves. All you’re trying to accomplish is to seal the moisture out of your dried, pressed leaves so that they don’t curl up.)

Now, if you want, you can stop here and skip to the step of tying your leaves to the branch. That makes a beautiful, very natural leaf display.

However, I wanted to try decorating our leaves a bit, so I grabbed a paint marker to draw on them.Fall leaf crafts are a great way to enjoy nature and bring some fun to your fall decor. Here are five (an then some!) of my favorite fall leaf crafts!

Here, you can get creative and do whatever you want! I had Peanut help me; she chose purple, her favorite color. Obviously, I had to watch her carefully with the paint, but she had a blast with this.Fall leaf crafts are a great way to enjoy nature and bring some fun to your fall decor. Here are five (an then some!) of my favorite fall leaf crafts!

Once we’d finished painting our leaves, we grabbed some thread and I tied them at varying lengths across the branch. It really is as simple as a knot on the stem and a knot around the branch.

I tied another length of thread across from both ends of the branch to hang it from the nail on the wall. Voila! A fun piece of boho wall art to spice up your fall decor! 🙂

5. Animal Leaves

Okay, here’s a fun and silly one for last. 🙂

This is using the contact paper method (craft #1) although you could do glue or decoupage, as well, if you wanted.

Fall leaf crafts are a great way to enjoy nature and bring some fun to your fall decor. Here are five (an then some!) of my favorite fall leaf crafts!

For this craft, you simply need lots of leaves in different sizes and shapes! You could just play around, designing different animals (even without saving any of them). This is fun to do with kids!

This particular turkey is one that that I made as a Thanksgiving table placemat for my daughter last year. It’s made like the “stained glass” contact paper craft at the beginning of this article.

 

So, now—get out and collect some leaves, enjoy nature, and make something beautiful with your found nature items. 😉 I hope you’ve enjoyed these fall leaf craft ideas and have as much fun with them as I’ve had!

For some more great ideas for enjoying the leaves this fall, check out this post on kid leaf craft ideas, painting leaves, and even making transparent leaves!


Fall leaf crafts are a great way to enjoy nature and bring some fun to your fall decor. Here are five (an then some!) of my favorite fall leaf crafts!

13 thoughts on “Top 5+ Leaf Crafts

    1. Thanks, Rebekah! I’m glad you liked it. I like to make things. but I’m not big on complicated or detailed crafts haha, so these are all pretty simple!

  1. Wow this is SO cool! I definitely want to try these ideas once the leaves start changing and falling around here. How neat it is to bring the outdoors inside. Pinning this for sure!

    1. Thanks, Dani! Yes, I love finding a way to extend my enjoyment of nature, and leaves are my favorite 🙂 I hope you have fun with these!

    1. Thanks, Crystal! I’ve seen pictures from the Leaf man book—I loved it! And I’ll definitely share on the link-up. (I’m never quite sure which link-ups are strictly faith-related and which allow crafts and recipes, etc.)

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