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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!

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  1. Teri says:

    Do you dry the leaves first or use them fresh?

    1. Lindsay says:


      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!


  2. jan says:

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

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for visiting!


  3. carmen says:

    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

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks for stopping by.


    2. Brenda says:

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

    3. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by.


  4. Margie says:

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

    1. Jamie says:

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

  5. DJ says:

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

    1. Lindsay says:


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


  6. Christina says:

    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? (•}{•)

    1. Lindsay says:


      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!


  7. Hari Chandana says:

    Very Beautiful!!

  8. Kim Henrichs says:

    That is really beautiful!!

    1. Lindsay says:


      Thank you so much! Have a fantastic day!


  9. Gina says:

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

    1. Lindsay says:


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


  10. Karen Lynch says:

    I love this project so pretty and unique.

    1. Lindsay says:


      Thanks so much! Have a wonderful day!