Fall craft time instantly comes to mind when I think of the kids being off of school and too much time on their hands. An added plus?  Finding your craft tools right in your own backyard!

I run a little camp over Thanksgiving break at my dance studio, and we had 20 kids each day this year.  Wowza!  I was looking for easy crafts for them to do that not only took up some time, but also gave them the opportunity to be more involved in the process. This easy fall craft did not disappoint!

Supplies needed for this easy fall craft:

  • Washable craft paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • White paper or cardstock
  • A Paper Plate
  • Outdoor leaves

You start by having your little ones go outside and get some leaves with “cool shapes,” tiny in size, or super large.  Whatever makes them interesting to the little crafters!  My campers loved going out and finding the biggest leaf or the “weirdest” one.  This made for excellent conversations among the kiddos as well!

Next, spread out a disposable surface to work on.  We used regular white paper, but newspaper, butcher paper, and old wrapping paper all work really well too.  Squirt a drop of paint into a paper plate and have your kids paint the backside of the leaf.  This is the side where all the veins in the leaf are raised rather than inset into the leaf.  Then, they press the leaf down on their white paper, making sure to get all the edges pressed down.   When they’ve pushed down all the edges, slowly peel up the leaf, revealing the “print” you’ve created below.

fall craft leaf printing

fall craft leaf printing


You can overlap leaves to create a beautiful layered look, or do one large leaf per paper to let the bigger leaves stand out.  Anything goes with this project! 

Have you tried leaf printing before?  Let me know in the comments below.  Make sure to tag me in any of your posts when you do this craft.  I’d love to see what your kiddos put together!  Until Next Time Ya’ll!

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