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Decoupaging with Autumn Leaves

Did you know you can decoupage with beautiful autumn leaves from your garden? This simple tutorial shows you how. This is the perfect fall craft!

We have a beautiful Virginia Creeper that grows up the side of the house, and at this time of year it's leaves turn the most stunning Crimson. Although lovely, as you can see from the photos, it really is the most rampant of plants, and every couple of years Hubby asserts his authority over it. This weekend was the fateful weekend when it all came off.

Did you know you can decoupage with beautiful autumn leaves from your garden? This simple tutorial shows you how. This is the perfect fall craft!

The kids and I collected some of the smaller leaves up (we like to be helpful!) and decided we would try and decoupage with them. On close inspection, the leaves don't lie flat, but have a bit of a curl to them, so before we started we stuck them in the telephone directory, under a pile of books for a few hours to try and flatten them out - much in the same way as we did in Using Pressed Leaves to Decorate Candles. This time however, we wanted our leaves to still be fresh, not dried, so we just left them overnight, which did the job nicely.

Did you know you can decoupage with beautiful autumn leaves from your garden? This simple tutorial shows you how. This is the perfect fall craft!

We decoupaged onto a Kraft notepad. Before we started, we painted a layer of slightly watered-down pva glue to the blank cover and let it dry. Traditional decoupage is the art of decorating with cut out pieces of paper. The finished artwork is then covered with many layers of varnish, giving a beautiful glossy effect. There are many different decoupage paper and glue products on the market, but for our crafting adventures we have always had great results with scraps of paper we already have around the house, and plain old pva glue.

Did you know you can decoupage with beautiful autumn leaves from your garden? This simple tutorial shows you how. This is the perfect fall craft!

Working a patch at a time, we applied a generous layer of the slightly thinned glue, applied our leaf, and immediately coated the top surface again with glue. We continued working like this until we had covered the whole cover of the notepad. We then put it to one side to dry. Once the glue was completely dry we painted over another layer of glue. Our finished notepad has had two extra coats of glue on it, and the surface feels nice and robust. The finish on the leaves almost has a leathery look about it, and we are hopeful that the glue will do its job in preserving their integrity and colour.

Did you know you can decoupage with beautiful autumn leaves from your garden? This simple tutorial shows you how. This is the perfect fall craft!

We love how our leaf decoupage turned out, if you would like some more leaf craft inspiration please check out our Using Pressed Leaves to Decorate Candles tutorial, and our Air Dried Clay Leaves.

Did you know you can decoupage with beautiful autumn leaves from your garden? This simple tutorial shows you how. This is the perfect fall craft!

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Learn how to decoupage with fall leaves, a fabulous nature craft to try with the family

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46 Comments

  • Reply kathy burke

    Did you varnish over the glue , love this idea.

    January 11, 2017 at 1:34 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Hi Kathy, no we didn’t we used covered it with a couple of layers of the PVA glue, but you certainly could – would love to hear how you get on if you try it πŸ™‚

      January 11, 2017 at 8:18 am
  • Reply Rose

    How have the leaves held up so far? I would like to make this and then some. I have to walk a little further to gather my leaves, lol.

    October 19, 2016 at 7:49 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They last really well Rose, we made these last year and the notebooks are still perfect – maybe slightly darker in colour, but no deterioration, and the leaves haven’t lifted at all!

      October 23, 2016 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Great idea! Your notepad turned out very pretty, I like how the leaves are different shades of reds, and greens. I love the crafty ideas using leaves, or anything of nature.
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    August 30, 2016 at 8:54 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We love the natural colours and textures too Linda, and it’s lovely to bring nature into the house πŸ™‚

      August 31, 2016 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Such a amazing colours Sarah, I love how it turned out

    August 30, 2016 at 4:51 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We love the colours too, it almost has a leather look with the glue on top πŸ™‚

      August 31, 2016 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Trista, Domesticated Momster

    It came out beautifully and what a great craft idea! We have so many leaves around here right now and I have been wanting to get pictures of my kids playing in them before they are gone. Thank you for sharing with #momsterslink. ⭐️Trista
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    October 22, 2015 at 3:46 am
    • Reply Sarah

      Thank you, we really enjoyed this project, and are so pleased with the results πŸ™‚

      October 22, 2015 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Coombe Mill

    Such a clever result, I really want to try this now and great to know that ordinary PVA glue will work. The leaves falling on the farm are so pretty at the moment it sounds like a perfect time to give it a go. Thank you for sharing a great idea on #CountryKids and #Trash2Treasure.
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    October 18, 2015 at 9:32 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      We try and use PVA for everything if we can, as we feel it makes the crafts much more accessible to everyone, rather than having to buy lots of products just for a simple make. I actually buy PVA from the builders merchants as it works out so much cheaper from them (and paint brushes!) Thanks for having us on #CountryKids and #Trash2Treasure

      October 18, 2015 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply Mudpie Fridays

    This is such a fab idea, I love to decopatch but would never have thought to use leaves! The cover is amazing and has come out really well, will be giving this a go #momsterslink x
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    October 18, 2015 at 8:52 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      We are really pleased with how this worked, think it gives a lovely effect. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment πŸ™‚

      October 18, 2015 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Katie (Growing Up KaterTot)

    I love decoupaging because it’s so versatile! This project turned out looking fantastic! Great tutorial- easy to follow with great photos. πŸ™‚ #momsterslink

    October 16, 2015 at 5:39 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for your kind comments. It is a really easy project to do, the kids had a lot of fun with it πŸ™‚

      October 17, 2015 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    LOVE THIS!! Natural art is so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

    October 16, 2015 at 11:04 am
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for visiting us πŸ™‚ We love crafting with nature. We have a dog, so are out every day in all weathers, and are constantly picking up bits and pieces that catch our eye.

      October 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply Jen

    What a fantastic idea!I love these types of projects. I am excited that my son is now at the age to start some of these arts and crafts. Thanks for sharing. #momsterslink

    October 15, 2015 at 11:54 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      It’s so lovely when they get to the age where you can craft with them. It’s such a nice way to spend time with the kids and relax. It always amazes me how imaginative kids are – any project with their hands seems to spark it!

      October 16, 2015 at 8:35 am
  • Reply Michelle

    that is such a cool idea! I had seen people press leaves between pages before and put them into picture frames or on a poster board but to put it on the front of a book is fascinating. I love Autumn leaves and this gives me a cool activity to do with my 8 year old. Visiting from #momsterlink
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    October 15, 2015 at 10:34 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      My kids are almost 8 and 10, so all the projects on our blog are perfect for that age range. We are currently working on a few ideas to combine craft and technology which we hope to share with you all soon πŸ™‚

      October 16, 2015 at 8:43 am
  • Reply Tracey Abrahams

    That is a fantastic craft idea, perfect for the half term holidays. I am going to share this on fb. #momsterlink
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    October 15, 2015 at 8:58 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thank you so much Tracey for sharing. It is a lovely craft project for this time of year. Our kids start half term tomorrow so I am busy thinking up ideas to keep them entertained, rather than their preferred default screen setting πŸ™‚

      October 15, 2015 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Let kids be kids

    That is so beautiful! Love the colours. We love leaf crafts in autumn. #CountryKids

    October 12, 2015 at 12:27 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      It is great to be able to use some of the lovely leaves in crafts at this time of year. Thanks for popping by x

      October 13, 2015 at 8:18 am
  • Reply Jenni

    Oh this is beautiful! What a lovely idea… Would be great for a nature journal!
    #CountryKids

    October 11, 2015 at 1:37 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      That’s a lovely idea, we have a nature shelf, but not journals – we should start keeping them πŸ™‚ Thanks for popping by x

      October 11, 2015 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    Their colors just give life to any item they cling on too even the notebook! Lovely craft work =) #pocolo

    October 11, 2015 at 9:12 am
    • Reply Sarah

      Autumn is such a beautiful time of year isn’t it? Lovely to be able to preserve a tiny piece of it πŸ™‚

      October 11, 2015 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Kriss MacDonald

    Great nature activity with kids! I keep meaning to do some decoupage with my two as I watched and helped my mother as a child with all her decoupage projects.

    October 10, 2015 at 8:02 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      It’s such a beautiful craft. Lovely to have memories of your mother doing it when you were a child, much of my inspiration now comes from things I saw when I was little πŸ™‚

      October 11, 2015 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Verily Victoria Vocalises

    This is utterly beautiful – I love the effect. And the leaves on the outside of your house look stunning too. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

    October 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Sadly most of the leaves have now gone, but they soon recover. Am really pleased with the effect and will keep trying with other types – think a traditional green Ivy would look lovely too. Thanks for having us on PoCoLo x

      October 10, 2015 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Mama Herself

    What a good idea! Lovely way to actually keep a bit of autumn going (I love autumn). I would totally be trying to figure out what to cover with leaves, if it hadn’t already started snowing here.

    October 10, 2015 at 3:08 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Wow the snow word made me peep at your blog, and I see you are Russia. That must be a fascinating place to live. Will look forward to following your adventures πŸ™‚

      October 10, 2015 at 6:37 pm
  • Reply Sara | mumturnedmom

    Love this, we have so many beautiful leaves at the moment, this is a lovely idea. #countrykids

    October 9, 2015 at 11:27 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      It’s great to be able to preserve some of the beautiful colours, its such a lovely time of year πŸ™‚

      October 10, 2015 at 9:17 am
  • Reply Silly Mummy

    These look lovely – great idea! #PoCoLo

    October 9, 2015 at 11:18 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      We’re really pleased with how this project worked, and it was quick and easy to do x

      October 10, 2015 at 9:17 am
  • Reply Baby Isabella

    It looks stunning on the side of your house! Like a massive leaf rainbow! I bet its deadly to the brickwork though. Love what you’ve done here! πŸ™‚ Popping over from #PoCoLo x

    October 9, 2015 at 1:17 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      It does drive Hubby mad – but you are right it is beautiful, it even finds its way through the windows if left unchecked! Thanks for visiting us x

      October 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm
  • Reply Catherine

    These look gorgeous. We’ve just used our pressed leaves to make candle holders.

    #pocolo

    October 9, 2015 at 10:00 am
    • Reply Sarah

      Oh would love to see them! Ff you’ve blogged or pinned them you are welcome to pop the link here πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment x

      October 9, 2015 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Mummy here and there

    What a lovely idea and what gorgeous colour leaves X

    October 8, 2015 at 5:18 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      The colours are lovely, that’s what we were hoping to preserve – we’re really pleased with how this project worked out. Thanks for visiting us πŸ™‚

      October 8, 2015 at 5:45 pm

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