Falling Leaves Finger Paint Craft


For obvious reasons, fall is probably my favorite season; the changing leaves, the crisp autumn air, the excuse to break out all my scarves and boots. All in all, it’s just a truly beautiful time of year. Something else notable about fall is that it’s back to school season. I don’t know about you, but I always loved going school supply shopping every single year with my mom. 

So, because I love fall and everything about it, I thought it would fun to do a little craft with Hadley that represents this time of year and all its glory. All I had to do was go outside and get inspired. 

Falling leaves finger paint craft

Falling Leaves Finger Paint Craft

This idea sorta just came to me. Hadley had been reminding me (every five minutes) that she wanted to paint, so I thought, why not do a little craft together? We went on a nice little stroll around the neighborhood to gather some leaves, grabbed some finger paint and went to town. 

I think it turned out super cute! 

Falling leaves finger paint craft

What you’ll need:

  • Brown finger paint (if you don’t have brown, all you have to do is mix red and green together) 
  • Assorted leaves
  • Paper- the thicker the better!
  • Glue stick
  • Paintbrush 

To start, make sure you lay down some newspaper or take some sort of precaution to avoid making a big mess. 

Paint the trunk of your tree in the middle of the paper, making sure the base is at least a couple inches from the bottom. Using the brush, coat one of your child’s hands with paint and guide it to the opposing side of the trunk (right hand goes to the left, left hand goes to the right) with the thumb pointed downward. 

Try to have their fingers spread out as far as possible to create branches. Have the hand prints slightly overlapping in the middle to create your tree shape. 

Falling leaves finger paint craft

There’s really not a specific way to do this. You can do as many hand prints as you want! Allow to dry and then start gluing on your leaves! I opted to use a glue stick because I liked the way it made the leaves kinda stick out.

 I also was pretty scarce on the tree itself, and had the majority of the leaves on the ground surrounding it. All I did for this was glue stick little sections of paper at a time, then stick the leaves on in random places. I think the end result turned out great! 

Falling leaves finger paint craft

This craft is super easy, cute, and fun to make. It’s great for kids of all ages and makes for a great teacher gift or just something to add a little autumn decor to your home. 

Falling leaves finger paint craft

Until the next project!

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