Painted Fall Leaves Tutorial

Painted Fall Leaves Craft by Elise Engh Studios

Almost all of the leaves have fallen off our trees here.  It's sad, but at the same time, kinda fun! Change isn't all bad, after all.  We've been raking and jumping in the fallen leaves, and I've also come up with a fun, crafty use for them!  This was a simple craft project that my son and I could do together.  So it was a win with the leaves this year!

Colorful Painted Fall Leaves Craft by Elise Engh Studios

Painted Fall Leaves Tutorial:

Dried and Pressed Leaves- it takes about two weeks for pressed leaves to dry, so plan ahead!
Acrylic Craft Paints
Paint Brushes
Modge Podge
Wax or Parchment Paper (optional)

dried leaves

Step 1:  Paint designs on one side of your dried leaves.  You do some color-blocking, stripes, chevrons, or whatever you can dream up. 

 Be careful, the dry ones are super brittle.  Let paint dry.  You can paint both sides of your leaves if you want, but I just painted one side for mine.

Colorful Painted Fall Leaves Craft by Elise Engh Studios

Step 2:  When paint is fully dry, apply a thick coating of modge podge to one side of your leaves.  Let dry.  You may choose to lay them out to dry on wax or parchment paper so they won't stick to anything. 

painted fall leaves

Step 3:  After the first modge podge side is dry, apply modge podge to the other sides of the leaves and let dry again.  All done!

painted fall leaves

You can string them together to make a pretty fall garland to hang on the wall or scatter them on the hearth.  So fun!

Colorful Painted Fall Leaves Craft by Elise Engh Studios
Fall Leaf Home Decor


  1. You have a marvelous imagination;
    I love how your brain works.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  2. That is really cute! I think I'll be doing this with my little girls, they will love it!

  3. This is such a great idea. It is simple and so artistic looking. My kids will love this! Thank you!

  4. This is so CUTE!! I never thought to paint leaves but why not? Great inspiration here. Thanks, Linda


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