I nearly didn’t share this activity because I thought that maybe it might be too simple? But then I remembered that when you have kids there’s often no such thing as too easy, we love those easy to prepare fun activities and this fall tree craft with real leaves fits the bill.
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This craft uses our free tree template meaning that it’s a super cheap craft for you to do with your kids, after all you shouldn’t need to buy any leaves either!
My kids have always been happy to look for pretty fall leaves when we’ve been out for a walk (although I’m sure I remember a walk back from preschool that took about three times as long because of this) and of course if you have a garden then you might be able to grab some leaves from out there too.
I’d recommend going leaf collecting when it’s dry outside, wet leaves are going to be harder to craft with and of course they might make your tree template wet too.
How do you glue down real leaves
There are two main ways to glue down real leaves and both have their pros and cons.
For this craft I’ve used school glue / PVA glue* because that was what I had at home at the time. It’s good because it’s something that most of us have already (keeping this craft super cheap) and if your child changes their mind once they’ve placed a leaf down they can move it to where they’d like it to be.
It does take quite a while to dry though and you often need quite a lot of glue to stick down the leaves.
The benefit of this is that it sticks things down straight away and they won’t move, handy if anyone might knock your craft and push something out of place (which is the kind of thing we’ve definitely had happen here before).
However it does stick things down straight away so you need to be certain where you are going to stick things before you actually place them down.
Free Tree Template
We’ve used our free tree template for lots of different craft ideas suitable for the different seasons. Grab a few copies and see what you can make!
Fall Tree Craft
- Glue or double sided tape
- Tree printable
- Print your tree template and collect some fall leaves.
- Cover the branches with glue or double sided tape.
- Glue your leaves onto the branches.
- Once your tree is full of leaves it's done. If you have used glue for this craft you will need to leave it to dry now.
More Fall Crafts for Kids
If you enjoyed this craft why not grab the paints and try out some of our fall tree painting ideas for kids.
Or why not grab another of our free printables to try out this process art activity with pinecone painting.
Finally our fall leaf suncatchers are always popular with readers and they were certainly popular with my kids too.