7 Crafts Using Leaves
What better way to get into the autumnal spirit than by incorporating nature into your projects? Using fallen leaves is a great way to get kids involved in art and science, and to appreciate the beauty of this season.
Take a leaf and put it beneath a sheet of printer paper. Rub a crayon over the top to transfer the detail onto the paper. This is a perfect way to check out the structure of the leaf for a science project, but leaf rubbings can also be used as art for cards, place settings, or other DIY projects.
Not a fan of using real leaves? Use fake ones from the craft store and Mod Podge them onto the inside of a mason jar. Place an electric tea light inside and bask in the autumnal glow. You could also use fairy lights for a more whimsical look.
Preserving Fallen Leaves
If you do like using natural leaves in all of your crafts, try preserving the freshly fallen ones before they become too dry to work with. Let the leaves soak in 2 parts water to 1 part glycerin for 2 to 4 days, then air dry.
Start with a circle of paper to be the center of your flower. For young ones, have them draw a face on it! On the back, arrange and paste your natural or fake leaves to form “petals” around the outside. Paste a straw in the center to be the stem, and affix another circle of paper on the back like a sandwich to cover all of your work. Stick the strap into foam or another anchor in a small flower pot, and watch your autumn garden grow!
Different leaves can create interesting patterns and shapes when used as stamps! Use non-toxic paint and dip one side of the leaf in it, then stamp away! It might help to do one initial stamp on a scrap piece of paper to avoid excess paint and to capture the leaf detail on your project.
Clay Stepping Stones
If you really love the natural detail of leaves, try pressing them into clay or concrete to create gorgeous stepping stones for your yard or garden. This can be a seasonal decoration, or you can leave it all year!
This project doesn’t use real leaves, but it can be just as fun as the others, and is great for kids! Have your little one dip their hand in non-toxic paint that is red, orange, yellow, or a mixture of the three and press it onto paper. Wait for it to dry, then use brown paint and a small brush to create a stem at the base of the palm print and veins throughout the hand/leaf!