Fall Leaf Painting Craft

Nothing says autumn like a colorful craft

There are many art projects to enjoy using fall leaves, but when leaves dry up…so does your craft. This project preserves the colors of fall well after the leaves have been raked. In this example the paint and print method has been used to make coasters but you can use the same technique to decorate a lampshade, place mats, note cards or any smooth surface. Just be sure to use the proper paint for the job if you are painting fabric, plastic, metal, wood etc.

crafts for autumn leavesYou’ll Need:

  • Fresh leaves
  • Acrylic craft paint in autumn colors
  • Paintbrush or sponge
  • Craft foam
  • Ribbon
  • Hole punch
  • Paint tray or paper plate
  • Paper towels


  1. Cut 4”x4” squares from craft foam.
  2. Punch weaving holes along the sides (optional).
  3. Select your paint colors and pour small puddles of paint on your paint tray (paper plate)
  4. Paint the back of a leaf. Allowing the colors to mix a little will enhance the effect.
  5. Place the painted leaf on a foam square paint side down. Rub gently and evenly using the paper towel, without moving the leaf.
  6. Carefully lift the leaf.
    Painting a fall leaf with acrylic paint.    
  7. Let the paint the dry. You can use a blow-dryer to expedite the drying process.
  8. Weave the ribbon through the holes and tie a ribbon.
  9. Repeat to make more coasters.

Enjoy this technique on more surfaces now!

About The Author

Kit Bennett
Kit Bennett is a celebration and play expert who believes that sprinkles, pom-poms, pipe cleaners and wiggle eyes make the world a brighter place. She’s the founder of AmazingMoms.com and KidsParties 1-2-3 where she makes planning a party for kids as easy as 1,2,3! Her inspiration comes from her four children, two granddaughters and several nieces and nephews whom she loves BIG, BIG, BIG!

13 Responses to Fall Leaf Painting Craft

  1. Beans says:

    I love this idea. i think i will try it with my kids

  2. madi says:

    well i just love your wbesite so much…………………………..and i love

  3. BaileysMom says:

    This looks like FUN! I definitely see painting in our future.

  4. Morgan says:

    Looks like a great craft to try with my daughter! I also love designing rooms and playing webkinz games with her too!

  5. Lore says:

    All of these aritlces have saved me a lot of headaches.

  6. Lauren says:

    I definately see this craft in our future, what a great addition to our fridge for Fall!

  7. sophi400 says:

    Cool idea :-)

  8. Su says:

    printing leaves is so much fun… ask mom to go out with you to a park… look at the trees shapes of the leaves… leaves must be in good shape… use any paper and paint the leave any color…. up side down on paper , press…. dry…… you have some art…. Hay that was great!…

  9. stali says:

    Could make a turkey with this to :)

  10. Caitybaby1 says:

    I did this with my little sister and she loved it! Of course I made one myself c: