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8 Creative DIY Project Ideas for Using Fall Leaves as Seasonal Wall Art

Being able to get out to see all the fall colors is a special time of year that never seems to last long enough. You can pick a few leaves off the ground and press them in books to try and preserve them, but what are you supposed to do with them after that? You’ll know the answer to that after you have a look through these crafty DIY ideas that will give you lots of inspiration for decorating your walls with some of those leaves you saved!

Decorative Doodling

Fall leaves already look beautiful on their own, but you can enhance their look and turn them into real works of art by using some light-colored markers from any craft store to doodle different designs on them. It’s also a great project to get kids involved with! Here are some creative ideas from Artful Parent and Inner Child Fun.

Designs doodled on leaves
Designs doodled on leaves
Turning a plain fall leaf into a work of art
Turning a plain fall leaf into a work of art

Transparent Simplicity

To really highlight the bright colors and natural textures of your pressed leaves, you can keep them pressed between two pieces of clear plastic or glass, and then frame them. Here are a couple of examples from BHG.

Framed leaves between glass
Framed leaves between glass
Leaves pressed between clear plastic
Leaves pressed between clear plastic

Across the Wall

If you have a sizeable section of a wall that could use a little love for the fall season, you can go all out by either attaching leaves directly to the wall (and even furniture) like this first idea featured on BHG, or by simply framing a bunch of them and hanging them on your wall in a large grid — like this second example from Babble.

Pressed leaves attached to wall and furniture
Pressed leaves attached to wall and furniture
Framed leaves make a statement on a living room wall
Framed leaves make a statement on a living room wall

Leaf Relief

You can get really crafty with this amazing leaf relief project for a metallic or fossilized look. Cassie Stephens and My Baking Addiction will show you how to do it!

Leaf relief craft to use as wall art
Leaf relief craft to use as wall art
This craft project creates a fossilized look of your leaves
This craft project creates a fossilized look of your leaves

Gold & Silver

Once we get a little closer to the holidays, this leaf project may be more appropriate than leaving your leaves naturally colored. Simply spray paint your leaves in gold or silver for a gorgeous yet simple holiday look. Dio Home Improvements pairs a gold leaf with a gold frame, while Minie Co. features a bunch of different silver leaves that look just stunning on their own.

Pressed leaves painted in gold
Pressed leaves painted in gold
Fall leaves painted in silver
Fall leaves painted in silver

Framed Elegance

If you already have lots of framed art in your home, you can swap out the photo for a simple pressed leaf and plain piece of brown paper. Check out this collection of photos from Wit and Whistle that shows you how to do just that!

Pressed leaves in simple but gorgeous fall-themed frames
Pressed leaves in simple but gorgeous fall-themed frames

Or for a slightly different look, you can combine a frame with a garland of leaves — like this colorfully creative example from BHG.

Small garland of leaves with a beautiful red frame
Small garland of leaves with a beautiful red frame

Grand Garlands & Beautiful Banners

The framed garland shown above is a cute idea, but if you want to go bigger, you can spray your leaves with an acrylic sealer and hang them from a string by their stems. Check out the photo collection below!

Beautiful fall leaf garland made from all sorts of different colored leaves
Beautiful fall leaf garland made from all sorts of different colored leaves

Alternatively, you could even cut out pieces of paper instead as a banner and attach leaves to them. This idea from Simple As That uses pages from books as the banner paper.

Garland made from paper and pressed leaves
Garland made from paper and pressed leaves

Mobile Colors

Finally, you have to check out this lovely little fall leaf mobile from Happiness Is Homemade. Although the leaves in the photo below are made from paper and watercolor, you could still very well do this with real pressed leaves!

Water color paper leaf & branch mobile
Water color paper leaf & branch mobile

What’s your favorite way to decorate your home with fall leaves? Leave a comment to let us know!

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