Leaf Craft Idea

Fall is all about decorating and preparing for the holidays. The leaves, the colors, the tastes; they all lend to gatherings, and sharing food and drinks with friends and family. As much as I like to decorate, I won’t lie, I tend to do more fall DIY projects because…well, it’s cold! Don’t get me wrong, I’m out enjoying the leaves and smells of the season every chance I can get, but this project is a fun and festive craft that you can make on those chilly days you’d rather enjoy from indoors.

There’s nothing more beautiful than the fallen leaves. Why not preserve some of that beauty?  So, have some fun and create something that all your holiday guests will be envious of!

This DIY project was adapted from:


What You Will Need:

  • Leaves, go outside and gather your favorites!
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Inexpensive Matte Black (or your choice of color) Spray Paint
  • Grade Zero Soft Steel Wool
  • Surface to Mount on…Wood, Cardboard, Stretched Canvas etc…

How to Assemble:

  1. Spray adhesive to your mounting surface and the front of the leaves
  2. Gently press the leaves to the surface, vein side up
  3. Spray another coat of adhesive to the surface, over the leaves
  4. Place Aluminum Foil on top of the leaves, with the shiny side up
  5. With fingers rub over the leaves to reveal the leaf textures and textures of the mounting surface
  6. Spray an even coat of the spray paint on top of the foil…let dry
  7. With soft steel wool,  VERY GENTLY rub the surface of the foil…until you get the desired amount of silver shinning through
  8. If you accidentally rip the foil, spray a little more paint or color in with a marker

***Here are some more fun Fall Leaf Crafts!

We hope you enjoy this craft as much as we do. If you decide to create either of this craft or any of the craft projects that we shared with you, please feel free to share your finished product!

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by Lindsay

I'm Lindsay, the owner of OliveTree Handmade. I love designing and creating re-purposed and vintage inspired jewelry and accessories using vintage pieces and old/unwanted/broken items. Giving new life to something that otherwise wouldn't be used or thrown away.

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31 Responses to “Leaf Craft Idea”

  1. Karen Lynch — November 15, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I love this project so pretty and unique.


    • Lindsay — November 15, 2013 at 11:13 pm


      Thanks so much! Have a wonderful day!


  2. Gina — November 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I love this- reminds me of rubbing crafts back in school. I had completely forgotten about those – this is so much better. Beautiful!!


    • Lindsay — November 15, 2013 at 11:14 pm


      With crayons? So fun! Have a great day :)


  3. Kim Henrichs — November 15, 2013 at 11:14 am

    That is really beautiful!!


    • Lindsay — November 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm


      Thank you so much! Have a fantastic day!


  4. Hari Chandana — November 18, 2013 at 2:11 am

    Very Beautiful!!


  5. Christina — October 1, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    This is amazing and I cannot wait to try!! You’ve given me some inspiration! I know you stated spray paint (yes, I’m gonna be one of those people), but do you think a person could get close to the same result with acrylics? I have TONS! I thank you very much in advance for your help! Oh!! Did I mention your pieces are awesome? (•}{•)


    • Lindsay — October 1, 2014 at 10:24 pm


      Thanks so much! I think that you could use a very light layer of acrylic paint. More than one coat might be difficult to rub off without tearing the foil. Maybe do a test spot first! Stop back and let us know how it turns out!


  6. DJ — October 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    This is so cool, it looks like brushed steel. Nice job! Very classy…I can’t wait to try it.


    • Lindsay — October 1, 2014 at 10:25 pm


      Thank you so much! Let us know how the craft turns out for you. Have a great day!


  7. Margie — October 11, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I just saw this craft project for the first time and can’t wait to try it with the kids! Thanks.


    • Jamie — October 11, 2014 at 11:21 am

      I hope you get a chance to try it. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. carmen — October 17, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    acrily works fine theres a project almost the same but using crinkle cardboard its almost like a vintage look i have done it on a picture frame and this tecnic is awesome


    • Jamie — October 17, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks for stopping by.


    • Brenda — October 18, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      I would love to see the crinkled cardboard project that sounds awesome as well!!! Thanks!! Brenda

    • Jamie — October 20, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by.


  9. jan — October 18, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Loved this. Will try at home with my kids, if successful will make it at school too. Thanks for the idea.


    • Jamie — October 18, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Thanks so much for visiting!


  10. Teri — October 21, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Do you dry the leaves first or use them fresh?


    • Lindsay — October 22, 2014 at 8:44 am


      I used fresh leaves, I found they were easier to glue down that leaves that were dried. Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!


  11. cecilia — December 11, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Es un proyecto muy bonito,yo hice uno con la silueta de la hoja de un papayo y lo pinte con acrílicos tonos de otoño y termine dándole brillo con laminilla dorada y plateada ,me gustaría enviarle foto pero no se como se hace,gracias por compartir este novedoso proyecto.


    • Jamie — December 12, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the project. You can send a photo to jamie@mybakingaddiction.com. Have a great day!

  12. Vickie — September 27, 2015 at 7:53 am

    So doing this with my group!!! Love it! Instead of wood, could you use styrofoam squares???


  13. Marjanka — October 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Great project! I will be making one or more this weekend, but: won’t the leaves get moldy?


  14. Heather — November 14, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    My 4th grade class did this (with india ink) in 1970! Great to see this technique revived!


  15. Deirdre — March 3, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Oh!!!   I just wanted to let you know, I did make one of these and it is FABULOUS!!  No lie!  I have it on my wall and I know a lot of people are doing this with just the kids.  Me?  I did it for myself for my wall!!  It looks wonderful and reminds me of a great fall walk, picking up the beautiful leaves as we walked along! Thank you for this GREAT idea! :)


    • Jamie — March 5, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      Yay! So glad you had fun with the craft, Deirdre! Thanks for leaving your feedback!

  16. Trudy Staalman — March 7, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Wow, I know my husband will be excited about this one. He has gotten into picking up leaves as he goes for his walks. The variety and the differences are staggering. This is a lovely way to keep them!


    • Jamie — March 7, 2016 at 10:07 am

      Hi, Trudy! I hope your husband enjoys this. I’d love to see what he comes up with!

  17. Mary Ann — April 6, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Hi Trudy! I loved your technique with the foil and leaves. I teach several art classes on different techniques. I showed the foil leaf project that I made to my students and they all want me to teach them how to do it. All my students are seniors that live in retirement homes and also the local senior center. I think this will be a perfect project for them. I put my leaves onto matte board, they are a 5×7 size. I then found some neat antique looking silver frames at the 99 cent store. Yes they are plastic but they look like metal. They are silver antiqued in black like the foil art. The frame makes it a work of art to hang on the wall.


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