Fall Leaf Garland

  • Grades 1-3

Decorate your house or classroom for fall with a leaf garland made from oil pastel rubbings! Pair this craft with a science discussion about the structure and need for plants in our lives.


  • Natural Braiding Cord
  • Hole Punch
  • White printer paper
  • Scissors
  • Leaves (different sizes and shapes)


Step 1. Gather your supplies.

Fall leaf project


Leaf rubbing


Step 2.


Place a leaf under a white sheet of paper.

leaf rubbings


Step 3.


Pick an oil pastel and remove the wrapper. Hold the leaf in place with one hand and gently rub the side of the pastel over the leaf to create an impression of the leaf on the paper.

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Step 4.


Repeat steps 2 and 3 with different leaves and different colors of oil pastels.

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Step 5.


Cut out all of your leaf rubbings.

kids crafts for fall


Step 6.


Glue the cut out leaves to pieces of construction paper then cut them out, leaving a thin border of color around the leaves.

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Step 7.


Repeat to mat all the leaves on different colors of construction paper. We chose a fall color palette of reds, oranges, yellows, browns and greens.

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Step 8.


Punch a hole in the top of each leaf.

fall leaf garland


Step 9.


String a leaf onto a long piece of Braiding Cord. To keep the leaf in position, loop the end of the Braiding Cord back through the hole.

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Step 10.


Add another leaf to the Braiding Cord, looping the cord back through the hole. Since the cording is looped through the hole (instead of being tied). Now you can easily adjust the position of the leaf on the cord.

leaf rubbing craft for kids Step 11.


Finish adding all the leaves to the cord. Hang the garland around the house, or have students make the garland to decorate the classroom for fall.