Leafy craft ideas for kids

01 December 2015

What do you get when you cross a handful of fallen leaves with some crafty fingers? In this case some super fun decorations. We’ve been hosting our editor Linda’s young family in the Ideas lab to test out different craft activities that are fun for parents and kids to do together. Come see the results and try for yourself.

Leafy crowns

Letting kids be creative, celebrating the season and using things from nature are three big ticks in our book, but I think we like this idea most because it’s just fun. Just collect a handful of leaves (it’s best with some different sizes and colours) use a strip of paper to make a crown and then start building some height with leaves and tape in place. 

  • A girl making a crown out of autumn leaves A girl making a crown out of autumn leaves A girl making a crown out of autumn leaves A girl making a crown out of autumn leaves A girl making a crown out of autumn leaves A girl making a crown out of autumn leaves A girl making a crown out of autumn leaves A girl making a crown out of autumn leaves A girl making a crown out of autumn leaves A girl making a crown out of autumn leaves A girl making a crown out of autumn leaves A girl making a crown out of autumn leaves
  • A woman and a boy wearing crowns made out of autumn leaves A woman and a boy wearing crowns made out of autumn leaves A woman and a boy wearing crowns made out of autumn leaves A woman and a boy wearing crowns made out of autumn leaves A woman and a boy wearing crowns made out of autumn leaves A woman and a boy wearing crowns made out of autumn leaves A woman and a boy wearing crowns made out of autumn leaves A woman and a boy wearing crowns made out of autumn leaves A woman and a boy wearing crowns made out of autumn leaves A woman and a boy wearing crowns made out of autumn leaves A woman and a boy wearing crowns made out of autumn leaves A woman and a boy wearing crowns made out of autumn leaves
  • A girl wearing a crown out of autumn leaves A girl wearing a crown out of autumn leaves A girl wearing a crown out of autumn leaves A girl wearing a crown out of autumn leaves A girl wearing a crown out of autumn leaves A girl wearing a crown out of autumn leaves A girl wearing a crown out of autumn leaves A girl wearing a crown out of autumn leaves A girl wearing a crown out of autumn leaves A girl wearing a crown out of autumn leaves A girl wearing a crown out of autumn leaves A girl wearing a crown out of autumn leaves

Natural masks

Once the kids had mastered the leafy crowns, they moved on to masks. To make them, a big leaf or a couple of smaller leaves work fine, just cut holes to look out of, add some paint if you like and use the stem to hold it up.

  • A girl making a mask out of leaves A girl making a mask out of leaves A girl making a mask out of leaves A girl making a mask out of leaves A girl making a mask out of leaves A girl making a mask out of leaves A girl making a mask out of leaves A girl making a mask out of leaves A girl making a mask out of leaves A girl making a mask out of leaves A girl making a mask out of leaves A girl making a mask out of leaves
  • A woman holding up a mask made from a leaf A woman holding up a mask made from a leaf A woman holding up a mask made from a leaf A woman holding up a mask made from a leaf A woman holding up a mask made from a leaf A woman holding up a mask made from a leaf A woman holding up a mask made from a leaf A woman holding up a mask made from a leaf A woman holding up a mask made from a leaf A woman holding up a mask made from a leaf A woman holding up a mask made from a leaf A woman holding up a mask made from a leaf
  • A boy wearing a crown and holding a mask made out of autumn leaves A boy wearing a crown and holding a mask made out of autumn leaves A boy wearing a crown and holding a mask made out of autumn leaves A boy wearing a crown and holding a mask made out of autumn leaves A boy wearing a crown and holding a mask made out of autumn leaves A boy wearing a crown and holding a mask made out of autumn leaves A boy wearing a crown and holding a mask made out of autumn leaves A boy wearing a crown and holding a mask made out of autumn leaves A boy wearing a crown and holding a mask made out of autumn leaves A boy wearing a crown and holding a mask made out of autumn leaves A boy wearing a crown and holding a mask made out of autumn leaves A boy wearing a crown and holding a mask made out of autumn leaves

“ I loved hiding behind all the leaves. It really became a mask.” 

Anton

...Or up on the wall

Our last craft was making wall decorations out of our autumn leaves. For this one, we hung a big piece of paper on the wall then let the kids stick on leaves in different patterns. With some of the kids drawings as well we think it turned out to be fun winter wall decoration.

Like these ideas? Check out two of our other craft ideas using lights and veges we did with Linda and the kids.

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A family standing in front of a wall with mask and crowns made out of leaves. A family standing in front of a wall with mask and crowns made out of leaves. A family standing in front of a wall with mask and crowns made out of leaves. A family standing in front of a wall with mask and crowns made out of leaves. A family standing in front of a wall with mask and crowns made out of leaves. A family standing in front of a wall with mask and crowns made out of leaves. A family standing in front of a wall with mask and crowns made out of leaves. A family standing in front of a wall with mask and crowns made out of leaves. A family standing in front of a wall with mask and crowns made out of leaves. A family standing in front of a wall with mask and crowns made out of leaves. A family standing in front of a wall with mask and crowns made out of leaves. A family standing in front of a wall with mask and crowns made out of leaves.

MADE BY

Photographer: Daniel Wester
Interior designer: Therese Ericsson
Digital designer: Cecilia Englund
Copy writer: James Rynd
Editor: Linda Harkell