If you ask us, one of the very best parts of fall is the leaves. Besides smelling great and making the whole world look lovely when they fall, they actually also make awesome crafting materials! Because you can only really get crafty with them once a year unless you stash them away and save them, we always find ourselves bookmarking awesome DIY leaf craft ideas around this time of year so we get our fill before they get buried under the snows of winter.
If you’re feeling just as enthusiastic as we are, if not more, about the idea of making beautiful things with fall leaves that you’ve never tried before, check out these 15 wonderful ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in this year’s search!
1. Fall leaf book page banner
In addition to being a crafting enthusiast and a fall lover, are you also a total book worm? Well, if you, like us, have a habit of hanging onto old and damaged books that can’t be read anymore, just in case, then we think you’ll really appreciate the way Simple As That shows you how to upcycle book pages and raft with dried leaves all at once in order to make this beautiful garland!
2. Fall leaf and acorn tree
If you’re going to bring the outdoors inside in a way that’s nice and decorative, would you also be interested in recreating the scene around your house a little? Well, that’s precisely what Made in A Day decided to do when they made a little standing side table tree! Their tutorial teaches you how to make it happen using dried leaves and an acorn on top.
3. DIY texture printed clay leaf bowls
Are you the kind of detail oriented person who just can’t get over how beautiful the texture of dried leaves is, but you’re looking for a way to celebrate and capture it that’s a little more decorative then just the leaf crayon rubbings you might have learned as a kid? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to give these beautiful DIY texture printed clay leaf bowls outlined step by simple step on Urban Comfort a try!
4. DIY leaf mask
In our house, the most popular crafts are usually the ones that our kids can get in on and continue to use in some way after the actual DIY process is finished. That’s why wearable projects that they can play dress-up in after are always such a hit! We’re sure you can imagine, then, just how pleased we were to discover this cute tutorial from Small Friendly for making a mask out of fall leaves!
5. DIY fall leaf hanging letter
Like us, are you the kind of crafting enthusiast who love making a new door wreath for your home just about every time the holiday or season changes? Well, if you also happen to be a lover of letter art and monograms, then we think you’ll feel just as pleased about this leaf letter door hanger design outlined step by step on The Thrifty Abode as we were.
6. DIY fallen leaf lantern light
Are you actually so in love with the idea of incorporating DIY fall leaf projects into your decor scheme that you’d be willing to make and display a piece that makes a bit more of a statement than some of what you’ve seen so far? In that case, we think you’ll get a real kick out of how Make + Haus made this slightly more challenging leaf lantern light that looks gorgeous hanging above a fall dining table.
7. Fall leaf sun catcher
Sun catchers are one of those classic crafts that you can actually make all different ways, but there’s just something about this particular tutorial from Buzzmills that’s extra beautiful! They show you, step by simple step, how to suspend fall leaves between two pieces of wax paper, and then how to mount that in an embroidery hoop, trimming around the edges in order to make a pressed hanger.
8. Easy DIY leaf placemats
If you’re going to put in the time and effort that it takes to make something entirely out of leaves, would you actually much rather create something you can actually use this season specifically? Well, if you’re hosting your family’s Thanksgiving dinner this year, then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how The Style Safari made these fantastic fall leaf placemats!
9. DIY autumn leaf fairy lights
If you ask us, every single season is an excuse for fairy lights. There’s just something about them that we absolutely adore! That’s why we were so excited when we came across this shockingly simple idea from Wallflower kitchen for making a fairy light garland dotted with fall leaves. The lights will glow through each leaf, casting its colour close by. We like that you could feasibly use these indoors or out, too!
10. DIY fall leaf coasters
Did we almost catch your attention with this whole idea of making a fall leaf placemat but you’re actually not hosting any big dinners soon, so you’re just not sure they’ll get used? In that case, we think you might get along a little better with something like these fall leaf drinking coasters outlined step by step on Journey Into Creativity instead!
11. Make autumn leaf lanterns
If you’ve ever done paper, fabric, or essentially any other kind of decoupage before then you’ve already got some practice with the techniques you’ll need for this next idea! We’re crazy about the way No Wooden Spoons created mason jar candle luminaries by doing a little bit of fall leaf decoupage across the glass surfaces of the jars. Their tutorial shows you how it’s done.
12. Pumpkin and leaf place cards
Just in case we really caught your attention with our mention of making leaf based things that would look super on your Thanksgiving table but you’re still just not quite convinced by the placemats we showed you before, he’s a great alternative! Check out how Brit + Co. did something a little simpler when they created these lovely dried leaf and guest name place cards.
13. Beautiful maple leaf roses
Are you the kind of crafter who always prefers doing something that’s a little bit more delicate, detail oriented, and requiring of patience? Well, particularly if you’ve ever been a fan of origami, then we think you just might be the perfect person to give these beautiful maple leaf roses a try! iCreative Ideas has all of the instructions you’ll need.
14. DIY leaf printed linens
If you’re going to start getting creative with leaves this fall, would you actually rather make yourself something a little bit longer lasting, that might be able to stash away at the end of the season and use again later? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Funtober made these gorgeous leaf printed linens that really are the perfect thing for a Thanksgiving table setting!
15. Beautiful wooden leaf art
If you’ve always been the kind of mixed media artist who likes to create decorative display pieces using things that other crafters might find a little bit “unconventional”, then we have a feeling this next concept from Just A Girl might be a little more up your alley! This beautiful wooden leaf art outlined step by step in their tutorial is the perfect example of what we mean.
Have you made other beautiful DIY things from real fall leaves before that you were very happy with indeed but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!