3 Autumn Leaf Crafts To Do With Kids

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

By Amy Romback, Publisher and Editor of Macaroni Kid East Lansing-Okemos-Haslett October 8, 2020

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! 

1. Autumn Tree


  • Fall leaves
  • A large piece of paper
  • Brown marker or crayon
  • Glue


  1. Collect leaves from outside.
  2. Use a brown marker or crayon to draw a large tree with branches on your piece of paper (it doesn't need to be fancy).
  3. Allow your child to glue the leaves to the tree.

2. Leaf Painting


  • 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 leaf from paper to reveal the silhouette.
  5. Repeat the process until your paper is full of leaf silhouettes.

3. Leaf Rubbings

This is my family's favorite fall craft with leaves!


  • Leaves
  • Large piece of white paper
  • Assorted colored crayons (with the wrapper pealed off)
  • Watercolor paint
  • Cup of water
  • Paint brush


  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.

Amy Romback is the publisher of Macaroni Kid East Lansing-Okemos-Haslett, Mich.

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