Autumn Tree Door

My girls have been so excited about the leaves that continue to fall and cover our grass! It occurred to me that I could do a craft with them that would use real leaves and they’d probably love it. I started with Pinterest and I found a ton of beautiful projects involving leaves and resulting in gorgeous works of art that could be displayed proudly as part of our home decor. Then something else occurred to me. Those adorable projects were tricky, I would end up doing most of the work, and they’d be less fun for my kids. So, I put Pinterest away for another time, and I decided to get basic and do something that my kids could thoroughly enjoy.

So today I present to you our fabulous autumn tree door :)

We started by gathering leaves (you might be surprised how much fun this was for my 3 year old!)

Autumn Tree Door

Next, I got to work flattening the leaves. You do this with waxed paper, some other paper (I used paper lunch bags), and an iron & ironing board.

Autumn Tree Door

I did this for several leaves, and then I decided that I didn’t care if the leaves were perfectly flat- this was for fun! I wasn’t entering a front door decorating contest! (Sometimes it’s hard to let go of perfectionism ;))

Autumn Tree Door

Next it was time to create the tree. We didn’t have a roll of brown paper- we had orange. So, why not make this even more fun?! We got out the brown paint & a huge paint brush & got to work painting that big piece of paper!

Autumn Tree Door

When the paint was dry, I flipped the paper over and drew the outline of our Fall tree. Then I cut it out and put pieces of rolled masking tape all over the back of it.

Autumn Tree Door

This made it super easy to apply to the front door, and my 3 year old did an excellent job ;)

Autumn Tree Door

So, if you’re going for a more polished look, you could iron all of your leaves between wax, or you could even laminate them (which would make them re-usable). I ended up just choosing the flattest leaves from the bag and using those ;)

Autumn Tree Door

Next, I cut pieces of double sided tape (I had some foam stuff from the dollar store) and put them on the back of the leaves.

Autumn Tree Door

We saved these for when my 6 year old got home from school, and then we went to town decorating the tree. (Again, you might want to step away from the tree and your perfectionism, and let your kids have at the leaf placement ;)

Autumn Tree Door

They’re so proud of our creation!

Autumn Tree Door

How often do you let go of your perfectionism and let your kids go crazy with their own project?

Autumn Tree Door

You can find more fun Fall  and Hallowe’en  kids’ craft and activity ideas at my blog, Raising Memories.

Heather Lynne

For more ideas on how to keep little fingers busy this Fall, check out this fabulous post:

AUTUMN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Autumn Activities for kids

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  1. October 16th, 2012 at 7:46 am
    Lana at ilovemy5kids says:
    I love Fall! This is a memory they will cherish forever.
    • October 16th, 2012 at 12:51 pm
      Heather Lynne says:
      Me too! :)
      I've got the Fall candles going, and I love the feeling of Fall :)
      It also makes me excited for Christmas time :)
  2. October 16th, 2012 at 9:02 am
    Missy says:
    I love this! My first grader had to bring leaves to school as an assignment and our walk around our neighborhood collecting leaves is now one of my favorite fall memories! With this idea, we have an excuse to collect even if the school doesn't require it and giving creative control makes it even easier to actually do it. :) Thanks Heather!
    • October 16th, 2012 at 12:52 pm
      Heather Lynne says:
      It's funny which parts are the most fun for them :)
      They thoroughly enjoy gathering leaves! :)
  3. October 16th, 2012 at 11:24 am
    Nesleirbag says:
    Looks so striking on your white door. What a great idea to get your kids noticing the seasons.
  4. October 16th, 2012 at 8:44 pm
    sabrina says:
    I really love the tree idea.
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