There are so many things to love about fall – breaking out your comfiest sweaters and trendiest boots, fun Halloween costumes, apple picking and pumpkin patches, new seasons of favorite tv shows, fall flavors and baking without worrying about how hot the kitchen will get – the list goes on and on. And turning on that fireplace, yes!
But the season’s color palette will always be one of the top reasons I get excited about autumn. Of course, nature is the best source of those rich, warm tones that I love oh so much. Raking up a yard full of fallen leaves can seem like a pretty daunting chore. So why not turn it into a family scavenger hunt for the perfect shapes and colors for fall leaf crafts?
Every year growing up, we would gather up the biggest and brightest maple leaves we could find. My sister and I would arrange them on pieces of wax paper, use a pencil sharpener to spread colorful crayon shavings over everything, and layer a second piece of wax paper on top. Then with Mom’s supervision, we would use an iron to melt the crayon wax to create gorgeous placemats and sun catchers. I loved this project so much as a kid, I was inspired to use the same technique on a big design final assignment in college.
Just a quick search on Pinterest let me find more than a few more stunning DIY fall leaf crafts. The variety of skill levels are sure to include something for every family to try together!
Links for these awesome DIY fall leaf crafts:
- Fall Leaf Prints from Meaningful Mama
- DIY Falling Leaves Garland from House of Jade Interiors
- Leaf Art from Just a Girl Blog
- DIY Autumn Leaf Bowls from Hello!Lucky
- Fall Leaf Magnet Clips from Mrs. Greene
- Rosetta’s Frosty Leaf Ghosts from Disney Family
- Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder from Spark & Chemistry
- Leaf Rubbing and Paint Mural from Filth Wizardry
- Fall Leaf Painting from Minne Mama
- Mod Podge pumpkin from Good Housekeeping