A Simple Fall Craft

leaf craft

We’ve been doing a simple little craft at our house for years. So simple that it never even occurred to me to write a post about it here, it was just part of our fall tradition.

golden leaves

Take the kids outside and collect a bunch of fall leaves. Green ones will work too.


fall leaf

Grab your trusty paint pens. (Metallic Sharpies don’t cut it for me)

metalic paint pens

My favorite metallic paint pen is made by craftsmart–you can pick them up at Michael’s craft store or through Amazon. I use these to write names on plastic cups at parties, make gift tags, autograph my book (on the pink page!) dress up boring wrapping paper and more. My favorite colors are silver, gold, black and white.


I put a drop cloth on the table and let the kids and adults have fun decorating the leaves.  Here are my sister’s children from last year–it so nice to have something to pass the time when you have kids visiting your house, it doesn’t have to be fancy or involve 20 bottles of glitter, just a few simple supplies and the kids are occupied for a good hour.

simple fall craft

leaf craft

Once the leaves are dry we tape them up around the house with washi tape (if you don’t mind them falling down in a few hours) or artist’s tape if you want them to stay up until you take them down. Artists tape doesn’t damage most canvases or walls or paper–it’s made to be removed, but not until you are ready, so I keep a few colors around.

leaf craft

I love how a few leaves and pumpkins make this little corner all fall-ish.


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  1. I like it! I love paint pens and blackboards too,

  2. So cute!
    I love the use of nature in this (plus is makes it a cheap little project ;) ).
    I’ll definitely have to look into doing something like this to hang on my new apartment door (that I move into on the 31st, eep!) to add a little fall cheer! It is my favorite season after all :) .

  3. Cute! I love how imperfect it is so everyone can just relax and have fun.

  4. So how much fun is having a fall-colored kitty to throw in your cozy house decor?
    Totally gonna do this, but gonna string the leaves as a banner for the mantle!

  5. what a lovely, simple idea.. i really like using nature to decorate..my grand daughters would love this.. thank you


  6. Love it. Even the cat looks like a fall kitty!

  7. I’m so glad you shared this. I’m all about easy fall decorating. It’s those simple little touches that usually bring me the most joy. :)

  8. Sarah Burdett says

    What is is the size of your “Count It All Joy” canvas?

  9. Love the simplicity and beauty of this project. Can’t wait to see if my boys want to help. The leaves at the elementary school are GIANT when they fall. We have been in the 90s still, so we wait patiently for the browning of leaves.

  10. Hi, love all the fun fall ideas! Off subject here… does your designer white paint color hold up in darker parts of your home? I have very little natural light in my house. But I love white. All websites say that white becomes dingy in darker spaces. What is your take on it? Thx!!!

  11. I love the 25:40 signs. So cute!

  12. Love Between You and Me signs!

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  15. Cute simple idea! Thanks for the tip about using artist tape. I’m going to share on my social media sites for other moms to see :)

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