Decorative Fall Leaves Tutorial + Printable

Decorative Fall Leaves are a beautiful way to bring the outdoors into your home. Use this tutorial and Fall Leaf Printable to make some of your own.

Decorative fall leaves

It is here!

I can’t believe how every year it seems to come more quickly.

It kind of seems to “Fall” into our lives, abruptly….. Yep, I had to put in a bad pun. It makes life a little more fun. (Ok. You can stop groaning now.)

Fall is here and all of the beautiful colors as the leaves change and get ready to disappear for another winter.

One of the fun things about decorating for each season is the challenge of implementing outdoor beauty into your home. It is hard to think of Fall decor without adding the colors and beauty of Fall leaves.

I was able to find some fun maple leaves this year at the Dollar store, but it is almost impossible to find other varieties. Now, I enjoy a good maple leaf, but I wanted to add the textures and shapes of the other trees I love.

Don’t worry. If you have run into the same problem, I have created a simple solution: a free printable with 6 different varieties of leaves. (Yes, I included the maple in case you wanted to make your own.) Now you can make your own decorative fall leaves!

Supplies for decorative fall leaves
Supplies for decorative fall leaves

What you will need:

  • Fabric &/or wire edged decorative ribbon
  • Scissors
  • My free leaf printable available in my free resource library. (You can get the password by signing up at the bottom of the page)
  • opt. Glue and glitter

Steps for Making Decorative Fall Leaves

Step 1: Print and cut out my free fall leaf printable

Cutting out paper leaves
Fall leaf printable

As I said earlier, I wanted a little more variety in my leaf options, so I made my own template for decorative Fall leaves. One of the benefits to being a newsletter subscriber is access to all of my free printables. You can jump over here to print off a leaf printable. (Not an e-mail subscriber yet, but want to be? Scroll down to the bottom of the page to sign up.)

This leaf template also works for a fun color sheet for any of the children in your life. I included the names of each kind of leaf and the colors they turn in Fall in case you use it as an educational tool.

Step 2: Cut out the leaves from your fabric.

Now that you have your paper leaves cut out, you need to magically turn them into fabric. Presto alacazam!

Just kidding. You actually need to grab your scissors and cut them out of the fabric you chose. To make this easier on yourself, you can use fabric pins to hold the fabric to the paper pattern.

Cutting out decorative fall leaves using a paper template
Cutting out fabric leaves using a paper template

For the leaves with jagged edges, I found it easier to cut out the general leaf shape and then come back in with my scissors to cut out the indents.

Cutting notches in fabric for jagged leaf edges
Cutting notches in fabric for jagged leaf edges

Note: If you are feeling brave, you can layer your fabric so that you cut out more than one leaf at a time. That way it doesn’t take you FOREVER to cut out all of your fabric leaves.

Step 3: Optional glue and glitter application

I used wire edged 2.5″ ribbon because I liked the sparkle. Because it is relatively see through, I cut out two layers and glued them together. If you choose to go that route and need to glue two layers of fabric together, here’s what I suggest.

On my paper leaf template, I have a light vein pattern. Since I can see through my leaves, I followed this pattern with my glue so that the vein pattern would be apparent on my leaves as the glue dried.

Gluing leaf
Gluing “veins” on leaf to add more depth and color to my leaf

Another fun option is to sprinkle glitter on the glue. Because the glitter glue is then sandwiched between two pieces of fabric, the glitter stays on, but you can still see the fun glow that the glitter adds. (I know my husband will appreciate that. I think he has a vendetta against glitter, but it may just be that the stuff sticks to EVERYTHING! Less glitter all over the house is a plus all around.)

Sprinkling glitter on glue on decorative fall leaf
Adding glitter to leaves before I put the second layer on

What Now?

Now you have all of these pretty Fall leaves. What in the world should you do with them?!!

3 Fun Ways to Use You Decorative Fall Leaves

1. Use them in your general Fall Decor

Fall leaves are great for putting in a bowl, scattering on a shelf, or sticking to candles, windows, or vases to transform a normal item into a beautiful Fall decoration.

Fabric Fall leaves stuck on window
Fall leaves stuck to window for fall decor

I used the leaves I cut out on the window that decorates our mantel. I put a zot dot on the back and stuck them on. (Remember to always test whatever adhesive you use to make sure you can still remove it without damaging your decoration.) It is best to look for adhesive that is removable.

2. Make Fabric Flowers out of Them

Did you know that you can make fabric flowers out of your leaves?

Fabric flowers made out of Fall leaves
Fabric flowers made out of Fall leaves

Well, now you do.

Here’s a tutorial on how to make fabric flowers out of fall leaves.

3. Use Your Decorative Fall Leaves to Make a Wreath

You know how I said you can make fabric flowers out of Fall leaves? Well, why not use those leaf flowers to make a Simple Fall wreath? Tutorial coming soon.

Simple Fall wreath with Flowers made from Decorative Fall Leaves
Simple Fall wreath with Flowers made from Decorative Fall Leaves

Decorate with Fall Leaves

Now that you have some beautiful Fall leaves and a few ideas for decorating, go make something beautiful. Don’t worry, I will wait right here. I am excited to continue to help inspire you to create and find ways to express yourself!

Happy Fall!

How about you? What other ways have you used Fall leaves in your decorating?

Smiling woman with brown hair

Thank you for reading! I am so glad that you stopped by! If you enjoyed reading this, I would love for you to share it on Pinterest and Facebook!

Creatively Yours, Erin

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