I grew up in northern Wisconsin, and while I don’t really miss the months of snow and ice, I do miss the leaves. In the summer they’re everywhere – you can barely tell there are buildings for all the beautiful trees!
And in the fall…oh my word. There’s just something about the cool, crisp air, the beautiful red and gold leaves falling all around you…it’s heaven. Or darn near.
As a child, I remember doing all kinds of nature projects and crafts with my mom and my friends. It was fun to celebrate the beauty of the leaves and get creative with what we found in nature!
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Where I live now, we still get some leaves turning each year, but it’s just not the same. To bring back a little taste of the autumn I remember from childhood, I put together a list of my favorite autumn leaf DIY projects.
I’ve also listed the supplies you’ll need for several so you can easily find the ones your kids would love!
These would be great projects to add to your nature studies or craft time. They can also be a fun way to start new traditions with your family!
DIY Nature Projects with Leaves
The Mason Jar Fall Leaf Luminaries by Create Craft Love are a fun way to liven up your decor without spending a bunch! You can make them just about any time of year and use colors that match your home. Fun, easy, and inexpensive – that sounds like a winner to me!
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I love this watercolor leaf printing project from Kitchen Table Classroom. It’s such an amazing way to learn about leaf structure and make some beautiful watercolor botanical prints! (By the way…the owner of Kitchen Table Classroom, Jodi, has a ton of amazing art projects on her site. Check them out!)
Decorate glass jars for fall (or any other season) with this fun and easy project from Organized 31! I love how unique these jars look on the shelf – and imagine the fun your kids could have with this project. These jars could also make great organizers for their rooms!
How fun are these Clay Gift Tags from Mod Podge Rocks Blog? I think I’ll be getting some polymer clay to play with myself – this is just too adorable! This would be an amazing project for elementary through high school kids, and your creations can be used for gift tags, jewelry, gifts, and more!
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If you’re in the mood for falling leaves but Autumn isn’t quite here yet, you’ll love the Falling Leaves Frame Craft from Mod Podge Rocks Blog! This project looks like so much fun, and it would be great to either keep for yourself or give away as gifts. Have fun!
Have your kids gotten into the rock painting craze? If so, here’s a fun new way for them to mix their nature studies with their art projects! Projects with Kids shows you how to make Easy Leaf Printing on Rocks. It looks like so much fun!
Oh my word. These Fall Leaf Finger Puppets from Crafts by Amanda are just too cute! (By the way…I’m pretty sure you could make them with spring and summer leaves as well!) Just think of all the fun your kids could have with these!
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Oh my goodness…I love this idea! Dukes and Duchesses shows how to turn large leaves (like Magnolia leaves) into some gorgeous place cards! These could be used for anything from name tags for nature projects to place cards for a family get-together. How fun!
Would you or your kids like to learn an easy new way to preserve leaves? Mod Podge Rocks Blog will show you all you need to know!
Do your kids enjoy making suncatchers? This Autumn Leaf Sun Catcher by Mum in the Madhouse would be a fun addition to any nature study – or a great craft to make together! (Hint – it’s not just for autumn. You can make this suncatcher with leaves found any time of the year!)
This Glittered Leaf Garland by Pretty My Party would make such a fun summer or fall party decoration! It’s easy and inexpensive to put together, easy to store, but looks like you spent hours. Love it!
Fall Leaf Lanterns by Happiness is Homemade
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Vellum Fall Leaves Vase by The Inspiration Vault
Watercolor Leaf and Branch Mobile by Happiness is Homemade
Leaf Cut Out Coasters by Moms and Crafters
Scrapbook Paper Leaf Art by DIY Candy
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I hope you have fun with these projects! They’re an easy, creative, and inexpensive way to learn about nature and have fun with projects – and to make memories with your kids!