I remember as a kid some of the best things about fall were the leaves, especially raking a big pile up and then jumping in it. Leaves are nature’s gift to children everywhere, and it turns out you can make some cool projects with leaves.
Whether you are looking to spruce up your home, or planning a fun activity for kids, leaves are great way to have some fun.
Fall Center Piece
Here is an easy activity, and one that I think makes a great addition to your home!
Cut a few branches from an oak tree, maple tree or whatever colorful trees or bushes you have available (just not poison oak) or gather them from the ground. Also, pick up a few pinecones off the ground and whatever else you find that you think would be useful.
Next, use some old mason jars or vases and arrange your tree branches in them. (Put water in the jars/vases if you want the arrangement to last longer, just like with flowers).
- Use different styles of jars or vases to get a layered or tiered look. You can also add a few pinecones or acorns to adorn your arrangement. Your fall bouquet will look great, and with nature’s help, you can do it all on a budget.
Oh my Glitter
If you like pretty, shiny things like I do, then you will love this Falling Leaves Garland from House of Jade Interiors. It is simple, and you don’t have to make the whole garland. You can only make a few pieces and hang them where you like, or spread a little joy and give one of these darlings to a friend. Glitter equals joy.
We recommend using glue to make the glitter stick to the leaves, but we used hairspray since we didn't have glue...mostly we forgot it and hairspray makes a great alternative!
Photo by Suzonne Stirling of Urban Comfort
These little gems are easy to make and inexpensive. Gather some leaves from whatever tree litters your yard. You can work on this project with your children.
- Some white air-dry clay
- Aluminum foil
- Wax paper
- A rolling pin
First, put down wax paper, and then roll out your air-dry clay to ¼ inch thick. Place the leaf on top of the clay with the leaf vein facing up. Next, roll the rolling pin over the leaf, pushing it further into the clay.
Lift the clay off the wax paper with the leaf still in place. Trim off the excess clay with scissors and put the rest of the clay back in the bag so it does not dry out.
Make an oval ring with aluminum foil and gently arrange the clay inside, making sure the bottom clay is resting on the flat surface beneath. Use the aluminum foil to support the shape of the leaf. Let the clay dry overnight, and then turn it over so the other side can dry.
After the leaf is completely dry, peel off the leaf and your leaf bowl is ready to use!
For more clay leaf details, check out Urban Comfort!
Painted Fall Leaves Wreaths
If you are wondering what to do with all those fallen leaves in yard, then look no further. I have found the project for you. How about a painted leaves wreath?
- Some paint
- An old wreath
- Maybe some glitter
- Gather some leaves from the backyard. Next, finds some colors of paint you like and paint the leaves.
- Sprinkle some glitter of your choosing on the wet leaves and let them dry.
- After your leaves are dry, use the spray glue or hairspray to get your leaves to stick to the wreath.
- Next, arrange the leaves on the wreath in a decorative manner. Optional: You might want to put a bow on the wreath to give it a little extra panache.
- Hang wreath!
This wreath can be whatever you want it to be, but remember that the leaves will dry out and eventually crumble. This wreath will only last for the fall season. You can’t store it for next fall, so have fun and go crazy.
This is an activity the whole family will love. Check out the leaf wreath activity from Artzy Fartzy for more details.
As you watch the autumn leaves dance their way into winter, I hope you enjoy these activities and the magical season. Happy fall y’all!
Topics Do It Yourself Projects