My little one and I have been taking bike rides while her sister is at school, and have had a wonderful time collecting fallen leaves. If you’re looking for fall craft ideas (for kids or adults), today’s simple painted leaf tutorial is a keeper. When autumn hits, this is a fun way to acknowledge the seasonal shift.
Begin by collecting an assortment of leaves. Choose leaves that have already fallen, when possible. And then collect the rest of your supplies. I recommend acrylic paint because it has the best staying power.
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- Acrylic Paint. This set of 2 oz. bottles of paint , in 18 colors, is an excellent place to begin if you don’t already have paint.
- Small + thin paintbrushes. I love this inexpensive set.
- White glue
- Bowl of water to wash brushes
- Marker. I happen to love Sharpies. At the time of this post, grab this multi-pack of Sharpies and the pens are under $0.50 each!
- Rag to dry brush
- Cardstock paper (optional)
Steps: Painted Fall Leaf Critters
Before you start painting, take a look at the leaf and try to figure out what kind of critter you want it to be. Will it be a fish, octopus, or monster? Paint eyes on with acrylic paint.
Layer on some details…
And then, if you like, glue it to a sheet of paper and add more details with marker.
And there you have it: a fun and simple way to celebrate Fall.
p.s. There’s no wrong way to do this. You could even forget the “critter” idea altogether and simply paint abstract shapes all over your leaves.
More Fall Craft Ideas with Leaves
There are two blogs that you HAVE to check out…
The Artful Parent may be the first place I saw the idea to paint on leaves. Leaf drawing and doodling is lovely for little kids who aren’t yet drawing things that are realistic and Leaf Peepers is the predecessor to our Leaf Critters.
14 Ways to Paint Leaves ArtBarBlog pulls some of the best painted leaf posts together in one place. Be sure to check this out for lots of ways to turn those leaves into works of art.
Make it a Party!
Gather some friends together, ask them to bring a small collection of fresh leaves, set up all the materials ahead of time, and serve hot apple cider.