DIY Fall Leaves Canvas


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DIY Fall Leaves Canvas Art | Easy DIY | Kids Autumn Art Project | Diy Fall Crafts | Fall Leaf Crafts | DIY Decorating Projects with Leaves | Real Leaves on CanvasWe had a one-day cold front pass through last week, (and by cold, I mean 85 degrees instead of 95), which I took as a clear sign from above that it was time to dig out the bins of fall decorations.  I also took it as a sign that it was time to rock the skinny jeans & knee-high leather boots, even if it was only for one day, and even if I was so hot I thought I might be going through early menopause.  Hey, us Florida girls have gotta take what we can get.  But I digress.

In my eagerness to embrace all things fall, I decided we should do some sort of fall-themed art project.  Fortunately for everyone, the blogosphere and Pinterest are currently overflowing with beautiful fall-themed projects at them moment.  Unfortunately for me, we are still abiding by our one month spending freeze, which meant no running to the craft store for Rub & Buff or Martha Stewart glass paint.

Not one to let a lack of funding stop my obsessive need to create a season that doesn’t exist in here in the semi-tropics, I dug out an unfinished canvas that was collecting dust in the closet and came up with something on my own.  I had started it about 6 months ago after spotting another cute family tree handprint project but could never seem to pull my family together at the right moment to finish it off.

This canvas art starts with outlining your drawing of trees and leaves

Since the trunk was already complete, I started our project by letting the girls cover their hands in washable brown paint to create the “branches.”  Maggie did just fine; Annie had a few issues getting her hands in the right spot, which really irritated her perfectionistic big sister.  Luckily the misplaced handprints wiped off with a wet washcloth, so all was again right with the world.

The kids love getting involved with these canvas art projects - it's a fun family craft day

While they were painting I punched oak leaves out of fall-colored scrapbook paper using this punch (which I already had.)  Once the branches had dried, (this only took a few minutes), the girls then used Mod Podge to glue the leaves on.  Annie was bored after about 3 leaves but Maggie was a trooper and didn’t stop until every last leaf was perfectly positioned.

This this fall canvas art, you can use real leaves collected from the fall trees or leaves cut out of decorative crafting paper

Once all the leaves were in place we covered the entire canvas with a layer of Mod-Podge, then let it dry.

After placing all the leaves, cover the canvas in mod podge to seal in the paint and leaves

I thought it turned out pretty good–better than most of our art projects at least! 🙂  With a few fall-y accessories, it actually made for a cute little console display in the living room (which during the fall and winter, I pretend is a mantel for my imaginary fireplace.  *sigh* A girl can dream, can’t she?)

This gorgeous fall canvas art will look perfect with your fall decor, and it's a fun kids project too

We were feeling so festive that we put up a few other decorations too:

Fall leaves garland gives a fun autumn touch to your room

Simple wooden letters add a bit of spook to your fall decor

 DIY Fall Leaves Canvas Art | Easy DIY | Kids Autumn Art Project | Diy Fall Crafts | Fall Leaf Crafts | DIY Decorating Projects with Leaves | Real Leaves on Canvas


  1. Lisa
    September 18 at 09:53AM

    I live in Jupiter (on the other side of Florida) and I still love wearing boots, even when it is hot. I grew up in Vermont so I really do miss the fall season too. Cute project! Thanks for sharing!

    • Ruth
      September 19 at 05:49AM

      Well I’m glad to know I’m not the only one! 🙂

  2. Heather
    September 18 at 10:03AM

    I live just outside of Orlando and I really miss the fall weather too (I grew up in Michigan.) I usually decorate for Halloween but not really for fall. Burning a pumpkin candle usually helps get me in mood for fall.

    • Ruth
      September 19 at 05:50AM

      Fall is pretty much the only time of year I bother with candles–I love the pumpkin ones too! Where in Michigan did you grow up? I went to school in Grand Rapids!

  3. Kristen Hollander
    September 18 at 12:26PM

    Ruth – I knew you would be one of the first to bring out the skinny jeans and boots. Always leading the way with fashion. Me, your fashion backward sister in law, is still in shorts and tank tops. In fact, every morning I put on my running shorts with the thought “if I put them on maybe I’ll go for a jog”. Some days it works, others it doesn’t. But here in (usually) grey, rainy Seattle, I’m enjoying every last drop of sunshine we are getting. But I do have my eye on a pair of waterproof knee high boots at REI…

    • Ruth
      September 19 at 05:53AM

      Oh Kris, LOL…..I don’t feel very fashionable these days! I’ve been running in the morning to prepare for my mud run this weekend (what was I thinking?!!!) and a lot of days the (sweaty) Lucy pants and running shoes stick around for the rest of the day. So far Chuck and the girls haven’t said anything, but I’m pretty sure it is just a matter of time…..

      Love you guys & we’re praying for you every day! xoxo

  4. Denise
    September 18 at 09:13PM

    I love how you involve your kids in all your art projects. It turned out so cute! I really love that little leaf garland on your console. Did you make that too?

    • Ruth
      September 19 at 05:55AM

      Thanks Denise! Yes, Princess and I made that the other day when we felt our display was still a little too plain. We just sewed a few silk leaves onto a piece of scrap ribbon–doesn’t get much easier than that! 🙂

  5. Lisa
    September 22 at 01:35PM

    I too am a FL girl and I do miss the fall season we had where I grew up ( but don’t miss the winters at all!) I put up fall decor 2 weekends ago. Just found this website and love it! Will be trying some of these projects for sure. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

    • Ruth
      September 25 at 07:47AM

      Thanks Lisa!

  6. Anonymous
    August 12 at 11:49AM

    Poor girl….being called Trouble all her life. What a curse

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