How to Make Crafts with Autumn Leaves

Making Coloring Pages for Autumn Leaves

Autumn is here, and there is always a need for some afternoon activities with kids. In one of our outdoor adventures, we collected some colorful autumn leaves.  Crafts with autumn leaves are the way to go! So, I decided that this activity would use some coloring pages and leaves to stay in the fall theme.

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Coloring Pages with Autumn Leaves

This activity works better with younger kids, but you can make use of this concept with older kids as well.  Either way, it’s an ideal way to keep kids busy! (and slightly messy)

What You Need:

  1. Colorful leaves – several leaves of any color will do.  They can even be green leaves from the green trees, in case you don’t have colorful leaves in your area.
  2.  A sheet of paper with a picture to color on it – you can use one straight out of a coloring book, find one on google, or you can make one with your Cricut as I do here.
  3. Glue

Let’s Begin!

Collect your supplies

You’ll need to collect your leaves from outside.  Preferably dry ones, or let them dry inside before you use them.

autumn leaves

Color in your picture

As it’s autumn right now, I figured we’d use a picture that is fall-related, so I picked a turkey and a tree. 

Have your kids color these pages in as a first step.

autumn leaves coloring sheets

Glue leaves on

Glue the leaves on all over the picture to add life to the final product.  I use standard kids glue for this, nothing fancy.

I let my kids enjoy the mess and go nuts with placing the leaves.

And That’s It! You’re Done!

autumn leaves
autumn leaves

What did I learn?

As with most kids’ crafts, I have high expectations, and I forget that kids are kids…  I learned several things from this activity:

  • collecting the leaves was the most enjoyable part, for everyone involved.
  • this activity can’t be done late in the evening, as attention spans are very limited
  • a lot of glue will be wasted… it’s best to have glue rationed out
  • I had high hopes with coloring 2 picture each and gluing 2 each… that probably would have taken a week to accomplish

However, I did get to spend some fun time with the kids and listen to them analyze why each and every piece needed to go exactly in the spot they were gluing it…  But it was fun!

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This Post Has 30 Comments

  1. Kelly W.

    This craft is adorable and is a fun autumn activity I can do easily with my students. Thank you for the idea!

    1. Katherine

      My kids had a blast making them. The are still reminiscing about it and looking forwards to more in the future!

  2. Yolanda

    Super cute – I need to try this with my niece. She’ll love it! I find the collecting leaves part the post fun 🙂

    1. Katherine

      Fall is such a great time of year and there are so many great things to collect outside for crafting!

    1. Katherine

      I hope you have a chance to try it out!

  3. Laura

    There’s never a shortage of leaves in my area this time of year. So, I know I could find the materials needed to complete this craft. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Katherine

      We have lots of leaves here in the fall also. And even after the first few snow falls they can still be found and used.

  4. Shelly Latinovich

    Great craft idea! Love the coloring and then embellishing with leaves!

    1. Katherine

      Thanks! The colouring portion of this activity was my kids idea!

  5. Tiffany McCullough

    What a great idea! I’m alway looking for new art projects for my so and I to do. Thanks for this!

    1. Katherine

      Hopefully you had a chance to try it! But we will always be doing more and posting more!

  6. hari

    this is seriously a fun activity.
    anything involving kids is super amazing and creates a positive energy all around the house.
    thanks for sharing this wonderful post!

    1. Katherine

      It was lots of fun to do! Thanks for reading!

  7. Bjha

    My kids love arts and they have been collecting fall leaves, I can share the article with my kids and get them engaged with amazing crafts work.

    1. Katherine

      Hopefully you were able to convince them of participating! I know kids are good collectors and good crafters too!

  8. Andrea

    So cute! This is a fun, easy craft that kids will love.

    1. Katherine

      My kids loved it! And they are always collecting more leaves to do it again.

  9. Lottie M Hancock

    Oh that looks like so much fun! I have 5 granddaughters that have trouble keeping their hands busy enough. Maybe this will do it! lol

    1. Katherine

      The nice part about this is you can get the kids physically tired from walking and looking for leaves, and them mentally tired from the activity. It’s win win!

  10. Lilian

    Awesome I need to try this tomorrow with my nephew. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Katherine

      Hopefully you have a chance to try it! We have made several more.

  11. Britt K

    This is a really cute idea! I am going to have to send this to my sister-in-law for her to try with my nieces. They LOVE arts and crafts, and this would be a great way to not only keep them entertained but to give them an excuse to spend some time outdoors (not that they need an excuse – they are big outdoors lovers too lol)

    1. Katherine

      Hopefully your nieces had a chance to try it out! There are so many things to collect outside and make crafts with, and kids are good collectors of all things.

  12. Moriah

    So cute! I LOVE the idea of using what you can find outdoors for crafts and DIY’s!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Katherine

      Kids love looking for things to collect outside,,. Rocks, sticks, leaves, you name it. Might as well try to make a craft with them when possible.

  13. Chelsea

    Cute Idea! I really love combining this craft with a nature walk! So creative and a fun way to go over the seasons also!

  14. Leah Buehler

    We live in the woods so I am adding this to the fall to-do-list! So fun and easy for entertaining little ones!

  15. Headphonesthoughts

    I love this. This reminder me of an activity my mother used to do with me when I was younger. I love this the idea of the leaves of the coloring page. So cute

  16. Ivana

    These are such cool ideas!

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