3 Autumn Leaf Crafts To Do With Kids

These easy crafts encourage kids to get outside and get creative!

By Amy Romback October 11, 2022

The beauty of fall just takes my breath away! One of my favorite things to do in fall with my kids is to go for a walk and collect leaves to bring home for crafts.

Here are three easy crafts with fall leaves for kids of all ages:

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1. Autumn Artwork

Kids can be as creative as they want with creating artwork with leaves! From adding leaves to trees in their artwork or creating things like animals (like the leaf chicken above) the sky is the limit on their imagination.


  • Fall leaves
  • A large piece of paper
  • Crayons, markers, paint or another medium of their choice
  • Glue


  1. Collect leaves from outside.
  2. Have your child create a tree or a scene on paper.
  3. Let your child glue leaves to their tree, or give them an opportunity to use their imagination to create an animal, monster, or whatever else their imagination can dream up!

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2. Leaf Silhouette Painting

Make a silhouette of your leaves! Children can use regular paint and a brush or sponge to dab around the leaves. Watercolors also work!


  • Fall leaves
  • White paper (cardstock works best)
  • Washable paint (preferably green, red, orange, and yellow)
  • Paintbrush


  1. Collect leaves from outside.
  2. Place one leaf at a time on your paper.
  3. Paint around each leaf with your brush.
  4. Carefully remove the leaf from the paper to reveal the silhouette.
  5. Repeat the process until your paper is full of leaf silhouettes.

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3. Leaf Rubbings

This craft — my kids' favorite — is both art and science, as kids get an up-close look at what makes up a leaf. Leaves with raised veins or texture work best. 


  • Fall leaves
  • Large piece of white paper (parchment or tracing paper work best)
  • Assorted colored crayons (with the wrapper peeled off)
  • Watercolor paint
  • Cup of water
  • Paintbrush


  1. Collect leaves from outside.
  2. Place leaves under your paper.
  3. Using the crayons, slowly rub over the top of the paper to reveal the outline and details of the leaf. We like to use a different color for each leaf!
  4. Cover the whole paper with leaf rubbings.
  5. When you're done fill all the leftover white areas with your watercolor paint.