Colorful DIY Fall Wreath Craft for Kids

I’ve been looking for an easy fall project to attempt with my toddler after seeing so many inspiring ideas on Pinterest.  However, knowing the short-attention span of a toddler and my need for a colorful wreath, I decided to put our own unique spin on the craft by painting the leaves we found and mixing them up with the bright foliage that was readily available.

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Colorful Fall Wreath - Let the kid's help decorate for Fall with this easy leaf and paint craft! A fun toddler craft idea!This post may contain affiliate links.

Here’s what we used:

  • Washable paint (Buy here)
  • Paint brushes (this one is easy for toddlers to use!)
  • Cardboard
  • Acorns
  • Leaves
  • Glue
  • Scissor

Here’s what we did:

We gathered up various leaves and acorns from around the yard which we could use to adorn our fall wreath.  This was such a great way to keep my toddler busy, especially if you call it a “treasure hunt” ;).

painting leaves for Fall

Since most of the leaves in our yard were withered and dark, we decided to focus on green leaves and simply paint them red, yellow or green to create a colorful variety.

It started to get a little messy at one point, so I was happy for those (very few) bright-colored leaves we did find. (In retrospect I would have stocked up on a few of these for no-fuss painting!)

toddler painting leaves

After my toddler had enough painting fun, I laid out the leaves to dry and cut a circle from a cardboard box. (Note: A paper plate works just as well and is easier to cut — but I didn’t have one handy and liked that the cardboard would hold the acorns better.) It’s easiest to cut the cardboard with a knife and then simply use a scissor to trim the edges.

fall wreath glue

We glued all the leaves to the cardboard, starting with the biggest leaf to cover the base and layering various other shapes and colors around it. We finished the look with a few acorns and mums.

diy fall wreath for kids


Such a simple yet fun Fall craft for little ones to work on as they explore the array of colors and textures present in the new season!Colorful Fall Wreath - Let the kid's help decorate for Fall with this easy leaf and paint craft! We LOVE how festive ours feels!

Be sure to visit our Fall Pinterest board for more fun craft and activity ideas!

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  1. Very cute! I’m looking forward to playing with the leaves with my daughter as we get further into fall….she already seems very interested in the ones that are currently on the ground! I will have to try this out with her next year when she’s a little older 🙂
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  2. I’m not crafty but this looks fun!

  3. Love this nature wreath!
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  4. This is adorable…as a former preschool, kindergarten and grade one teacher, I love it!
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  5. This looks like such a fan craft for my boys to do this weekend! Pinning!
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  6. What a great project for kids and an excellent job! Thanks so much for sharing with the Thursday Blog hop. Hope you will join us at Have a great weekend!
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  7. Wow. that’s amazing. you get the kids to make something that’s really quite beautiful. Looks great! I want one.
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  8. I love this wreath, especially because those sweet little hands made it 🙂 He’s a great little artist!
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  9. G’day and how cute! Viewed via #SITS
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  10. Love this! Featuring on my KBN roundup of Favorite Fall Activities and Crafts for kids at: Thanks for sharing!
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