15 Easy and Eye-Catching Leaf Craft Ideas for Kids

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

September 13, 2020

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This blustery, cosy season will see us surrounded by an abundance of colour on the trees. As these leaves start to fall, they are the perfect source of inspiration for many fun projects, like these 15 seasonal and creative leaf craft ideas for kids.

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These leaf craft ideas for kids are ideal for rainy days, and require just a few craft essentials. The colour and shape of the leaves are the central focus to all of these craft ideas, so keep an eye out for the bright reds, ambers and golds that will bring your projects to life!

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Fun Leaf Craft Ideas

Leaf Painting

Leaf Craft Ideas - Painting Leaves

Image: Simple Fun For Kids

Leaf painting is as simple as it sounds, and perfect for even the youngest toddler. Simple Fun For Kids shows how easy it is for little ones. Unleash your creativity with various colours, patterns and designs!

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Hammered Leaf Prints

Leaf Craft Ideas - Leaf Hammering

Image: Build Make Create Bake

With just a hammer, leaves and paper you can create a really interesting piece of artwork. The hammering pounds the natural dye out of the leaves on to the paper.

You could make a colour collage of leaf prints or use the technique to make beautiful handmade cards to send to friends and family. Build Make Create Bake did a step-by-step of the process that makes us want to run out to gather leaves and make our own!

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Leaf Rubbing

Leaf craft ideas - leaf rubbing

Image: Mama Papa Bubba

One of the most familiar craft ideas is leaf rubbing. All you need are leaves, crayons and paper. Different leaves have different textures, all of which make interesting patterns and designs on their own or layered with others like in this version by Mama.Papa.Bubba.

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Leaf Characters

Leaf craft ideas

Image: My Owl Barn

We love these adorable painted leaf owls from My Owl Barn! Create your own little family of owls with various shaped leaves and a mix of both paint and markers.

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Leaf Prints

Leaf craft ideas - leaf printing

Image: Kleas

Leaf prints are a classic art activity that lends itself to plenty of artistic flair. The bright colours with varying leaf shapes makes a real impact, just like this one by Kleas.

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Leaf Paper Lanterns

Leaf crafts - leaf lanterns

Image: Red Ted Art

These are fun, and perfect for lighting up darker autumn evenings. All you need are leaves, greaseproof paper, cardboard for structure and glue or a stapler. Red Ted Art’s top tip is to use lots of smaller leaves, rather than larger ones.

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Leaf Silhouettes

Leaf crafts - leaf silhouette

Image: Artsy Momma

We’ve seen the effect that painting with leaves can make, now let’s look at painting around the leaves to create a silhouette. Artsy Momma shows us how with this stunning piece which uses fingerprint painting to create the background around the leaf outlines – gorgeous!

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Leaf Animals

Leaf crafts - leaf animals

Top left: Krokotak; Top right: iCreativeIdeas; Bottom left and right: Crafty Morning

The various colours, shapes and textures of leaves can create everything from butterfly’s wings to a lion’s mane, or layered to replicate feathers or fish scales. We love these animal leaf craft ideas!

Clockwise from top left: Krokotak’s hedgehog using dried leaves is a great rainy day activity; iCreativeIdeas uses a variety of different sized and coloured leaves to create this fantastic underwater scene; even young toddlers will love to make a friendly lion, like this one from Crafty Morning, who also created this while Thanksgiving Turkey as a great way to use autumnal coloured leaves.

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Leaf Bowl

Leaf bowl

Image: To Simply Inspire

What a fun idea! Check out what To Simply Inspire created with leaves, glue and a balloon – this would make amazing seasonal decor.

For another great alternative that’s colourful, fun and easy to make, check out how to make a button bowl.

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Leaf Canvas Prints

Leaf crafts

Image: HGTV

Use leaves and foliage of all different shapes and orientation to create your own wall art with this great technique from HGTV. Change colours, spray strength and patterns to make a whole series of canvas prints.

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Glass Leaf Lanterns

Leaf lanterns

Image: Spark & Chemistry

Spark & Chemistry provides a great step-by-step for these gorgeous glass jar lanterns which use the natural colours of the leaves, twine and candlelight to create a warming glow.

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Leafy Pumpkins

Leaf craft ideas

Image: The Sweet Escape

Looking for something completely unusual for your pumpkins this year? What about this decorated version from The Sweet Escape? We love the contrast of the white painted pumpkin and the autumnal leaves!

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Have your say! Which one of these leaf craft ideas is your favourite? Leave a comment below and let us know – we would love to hear from you!

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Published On: September 13th, 2020 / Categories: Things To Do / Last Updated: December 6th, 2022 / Tags: , , , , , /

About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily Manning
Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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