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Easy Autumn Tree Craft

You know how sometimes great ideas pop into your head? Well ten minutes before I was due to pick up my son from playgroup I had this idea for this easy autumn tree craft and I knew we had to make it. Thankfully it was stupidly quick to prepare and it made the journey back from playgroup much more fun so I thought that I would share it! I’ve also shared some of our favourite autumn crafts for kids at the end of this post so make sure you check those out too.

Autumn Tree CraftAutumn Tree Craft Materials:

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Contact Paper / Sticky Back Plastic

Washi tape or selotape


Brown paper (I painted some in a rush before I went out!)

Bucket or bag for collecting leaves

How to make your autumn tree:

I grabbed my son’s bucket before leaving the house and told him that we needed to collect lots of pretty leaves on the way home so that we could make a tree. He was a bit hesitant at first (him: mummy are these leaves dirty? Me: errr….no??) but was soon racing from tree to tree to find some more. This obviously has a big bonus side effect of actually moving forward on the way home from playgroup.

Once we were at home I stuck the sticky back plastic to a window with the sticky side facing into the room. The corners are held in place with washi tape. I then cut out a tree trunk shape and stuck this onto the sticky back plastic.

contact paper craft ideasI then invited The Toddler to come and use his bucketful of leaves to make an autumn tree, great fun! His sister wanted to join in too, but frankly her main interest at 11 months was in eating the leaves so we tried to steer her clear a bit! The sticky back plastic will hold leaves as long as you push them on firmly, sycamore seeds were a bit more tricky so I don’t think I’d try acorns or conkers.

autumn leaf craftObviously you could do this on a wall rather than a window but my son thought it was hilarious to run outside and view it through the window. Toddlers are funny little people! If you wanted to save it you could then stick it onto a large bit of paper or wallpaper so you could hang it up somewhere.

autumn leaf and tree craft

More Autumn Craft for Kids:

We’ve got four autumn tree painting ideas for you as well as a free printable tree template to try them out with.

autumn tree painting ideas

My kids adored making these pretty autumn leaf suncatchersautumn leaf suncatchers 300

These balloon printed apples are a really fun and unusual painting techniqueballoon printed apple craft for preschool 300



  1. 9th September 2014 / 5:49 am

    I love how easy this is to do and it looks nice too! We love doing contact paper crafts, but we’ll probably have to use fake autumn leaves 🙂

  2. 9th September 2014 / 9:20 am

    A lovely idea and so effective too. #TuesdayTutorials

  3. 9th September 2014 / 11:14 am

    Great idea! I love using the real fall leaves.

  4. 9th September 2014 / 11:21 pm

    This is so pretty! Love it!

  5. 22nd September 2014 / 1:30 am

    This is a cute way to decorate for fall!
    And toddlers are funny little people. I remember my son thought “Excuse me” was the funniest thing ever when he was small.

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