4 DIY Autumn Home Decor Craft Ideas Using Leaves

by Mary

Fall Colors, Fun For Kids

left-arts-crafts-by-house-n-baby.jpg Autumn decor brings warmth into our homes, as well as color and texture.

Fortunately, decorating for autumn doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.

By using your imagination and a few inexpensive craft supplies, you can create beautiful autumn crafts that will add some charm to your home decor.

Here are 4 fun craft ideas using autumn leaves…


gold-leaf-icon-down-lt.jpgAutumn Leaf Suncatcher

What you need:

  • Artificial or real autumn leaves
  • Clear contact adhesive paper
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon for hanging – reds, oranges, greens and yellows work well.

How to do it:

  • red-leaf-suncatcher-by-withrow.jpg Cut two pieces of contact adhesive paper to the desired size and shape.
  • Place one sheet of the contact paper, face up, on the table.
  • Arrange autumn leaves in a pattern on the contact paper, being certain that they are entirely on the paper. It is fine if the leaves overlap. Be certain to leave some space so the sun can shine through.
  • Lay the second sheet of contact adhesive paper face down onto the first sheet, aligning the edges as close as possible. The leaves are now sealed between the 2 sheets of contact paper.
  • Press the contact adhesive paper together firmly. A rolling pin works great for this.
  • Smooth out all air bubbles.
  • Trim edges as necessary.
  • Using the hole punch, make a hole in the top center of the suncatcher.
  • Thread ribbon through the hole, tie it, and make a loop for hanging.
  • Place the suncatcher in a window and enjoy.

TIP: You can also make a bookmark using this same method. Cut contact adhesive paper in the shape and size desired, and use smaller leaves.

Here’s another simple Autumn Leaf Suncatcher.

Autumn Wreath

What you need:

  • Wire wreath base
  • Autumn leaves of various colors and kinds
  • Hot glue gun
  • Autumn colored ribbon – variegated orange and yellow looks great.

How to do it:

  • autumn-wreaths-made-with-leaves-by-LollyKnit.jpg Wash autumn leaves and allow to dry thoroughly.
  • Press between waxed paper.
  • Using a hot glue gun, attach leaves to wreath base.
  • Continue in this manner until the wreath base is completely covered.
  • Make bow with autumn-colored ribbon and attach it to your wreath.

TIP: Add acorns, pinecones and other items from nature to give the wreath more texture and color.

Here’s another Fall Wreath you can make.


Window Leaf Display

What you need:

  • An old window in a wooden frame that is divided into several small panes of glass. These can be found at yard sales or at home demolition sites.
  • Autumn leaves
  • Spray sealer
  • Spray adhesive
  • Crackle spray (optional)

How to do it:

  • red-leaves-in-window-panes-by-doozzle.jpg Collect autumn leaves.
  • Press leaves in books.
  • Spray leaves with sealer and allow to dry.
  • Spray back of leaves with adhesive and attach to the window panes in a decorative pattern.
  • Coat with crackle spray for a frosted look. (optional)
  • Add acorns, pinecones, berries or other items from nature to the frame for a beautiful dimensional display.
  • Hang over mantle or on any wall and enjoy.

Fall Window and Door Decorations here.

Leaf and Scarecrow Wreath

What you need:

  • Paper twist or raffia
  • Small scarecrow (can be found in dollar and craft stores)
  • Grapevine wreath for base
  • Hot glue gun
  • Autumn leaves

How to do it:

  • centerpiece-or-wreath-idea-by-casey-at-the-bat.jpgWind paper twist around the grapevine wreath, but do not completely cover it. You want grapevines to show through.
  • Use hot glue to attach leaves to the wreath in a pattern of your choice.
  • Create a bow using paper twist or raffia. Allow ends to hang down.
  • Secure small scarecrow to the wreath with hot glue.
  • Hang on door or on the porch post to greet visitors.

>Here are some Fall Wreaths with Mums you can make.




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