Today’s post is a bit different than normal. I haven’t done a crafty post in QUITE a while, but I’ve been having so much fun painting and decorating fall leaves that I wanted to share some ideas with you! These are great for fall table settings, happy mail, Thanksgiving decor, etc. Let’s get started!
I’m going to show you three ideas for fall leaf art first, and then some inspiration for how to use the art you just created. 🙂 Let’s start by using actual fall leaves!
For this project, go outside and collect some fall leaves. Hopefully you have some brightly colored ones around you, but if you don’t (like me), this is a great way to brighten them up. 🙂 Prepare the leaves by ironing them between two pieces of wax paper until they’re dry (but not too crispy!).
Next, have fun decorating them with a paint pen, gel pen, or Sharpies. Seal with Mod Podge if you like (before and/or after the doodles) to protect the leaf and make it sturdier.
Next, here’s a mini tutorial for how to paint fall leaves yourselves! You will need…
To start with, I’m painting a super simple leaf shape with yellow gouache paint. I like to look up fall leaves on Pinterest or Google to find more interesting shapes as well.
Once your leaves are painted, let them dry completely.
Now the fun part! Take a paint pen or something similar and add details to your leaves – colorful spots, stripes and leaf veins, etc. I found that gouache paint and Posca pens go super well together!
Cut out your art, leaving (heh) a narrow white border around the edges to make them look like stickers. 🙂 Ta-daa! So pretty.
Lastly, if you like the ideas I’m about to show you but don’t actually want to make the leaves yourselves, check out my newest printable set here, which kind of inspired this post. 😉 I love how vibrant and colorful they turned out!
I’m going to use the printables for the art ideas since I already have them available. 🙂 If you’re using them too, print on heavy paper or cardstock, and cut them out as I showed above. You could stop there and stick them up on your bulletin board! Or…
Pair a few leaves with some pretty ribbon and brown kraft paper for the perfect fall gift wrap.
I tied the leaves together with the ribbon, but you could also tape some on with washi tape or punch a hole in one end and use as a gift tag!
Speaking of punching holes, you can get out your hole puncher and string up some leaves as a pretty fall garland! Or simply use mini clothespins and some twine like I did here.
These also make cute place cards for fall celebrations. Depending on the color scheme of your table, you might want to make some slightly less realistic-looking leaves. 😉 You could also scatter the leaves down the center of the table as fall “confetti.”
These leaf cut-outs (also called die-cuts) are PERFECT for snail mail! Glue a couple onto an envelope…
Or use like a sticker to seal the envelope’s flap.
You can also include a few extra leaves (real or painted) in the envelope with your letter as a fun surprise for your pen pal to use too.
There are a few ideas to get you started! I hope they inspired you to go outside, get creative, and make something beautiful! If you want to remember this post, feel free to pin any images to Pinterest for future reference. I had so much fun making this post, and I definitely want to try more leaf art soon.
Which idea was your favorite? How would YOU use this art? Do you love fall leaves too?
Thanks so much for reading dears, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and a 35mm lens. Edited with picmonkey.com.