Need fall leaf craft ideas? This easy wax leaves craft (with free fall printable) is great autumn leaves craft ideas for preschoolers and up! If you’re looking for a creative DIY leaf project or wondering what can we make out of leaves, this is it! Fun for autumn leaf crafts for adults and kids alike!
Creative Fall Leaf Craft Ideas
There are so many fun crafts and activities to make with leaves and things to do with leaves!
What can I make with autumn leaves?
Fall craft ideas with leaves:
- Fall Leaf dancers / leaf people craft (see directions)
- Waxed leaves
- Leaf rubbings
- Pressed leaves wreath
- Fall leaf lantern
- Leaf art
- Fall leaf people (like our dancers made of leaves!)
- Fall leaf painting
- Nature garland or autumn bunting
- Nature and leaf mandala
- Leaf stencil towel
- Leaves mobile
But, our favorite fall leaves project ideas is (of course) these Leaf Dancers!
What can I make from leaves?
Easy Wax Leaves Craft Dancers!
I wish I could say that this was one of those craft ideas using fall leaves that was my idea, but I first saw silhouette dancers when I shared a post on Facebook with dancer images who had their costumes made out of huge, beautiful floral arrangements. They had these huge dancers hanging on the wall with all these flowers spilling out as their costumes. I thought it would be cool to try them out as a fall leaf crafts for kids on paper size printables (and frame leaf crafts!) and adapted the idea for that.
Fun fall leaf craft projects were born!
DON’T MISS THE FREE AUTUMN LEAVES PRINTABLE DANCERS BELOW!
How do you dry fall leaves for crafts?
You can press dry fall leaves under heavy books for crafts or decorations to dry the leaves flat. However, if you want to know how to preserve fall leaves longterm for fall crafts and decorations, it’s better to wax dip the leaves.
(Also a good leaf craft ideas for preschoolers and up with adults dipping the leaves!)
Fall Leaf Craft Ideas: Autumn Leaf Dancers
Fall Projects for Kids with Leaves
To be honest, this fall leaves craft project is one of my ALL TIME favorite fall leaf craft ideas! (This really is like making art with leaves!)
It’s great as a fall leaves craft for preschool and up! My daughter was 12 years old when we did this project and she and I equally enjoyed this. So, it works for older kids, too!
It was fun because we got to do a little nature hike and collect the leaves (Yay! Outdoor time!) and then come back in for our craft project of things made from leaves we collected!
- Free dancer silhouette printables
- Waxed fall leaves
- Hot glue gun
- Print the free silhouette dancers printable. (Link in post.)
- Using wax leaves, place them on the silhouette to form dancer costumes. Play around until you get the leaves in the place you want.
- Using the hot glue gun, lift one leaf at a time and place a small dot of glue on the paper. Press leaf down and hold for a few seconds. Continue with each leaf until you complete your leaf dancer costume.
TIP: We left the bottom of the leaves up (unglued) and only glued them at one point on the dancers' costumes. This gave the leaves art a 3D effect and seemed to give the costumes some movement.
Children’s Book About Fall Leaves To Pair With This Fall Craft Project
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert is a great kids’ book pairing with this craft.
The books is about Leaf Man going where the wind blows. The illustrations are of actual leaves and will be fun to see if any of the leaves you find for your project match up with any of the Leaf Man.
FREE Fall Leaves Printable Dancers
Before you get started on the kids’ craft, be sure to print your free leaf craft pictures of dancers.
Also, if you’re going to use dipped wax leaves, you’ll want to make those first.
You’ll get FIVE dancer silhouette and the directions on how to make the leaf dancers!