Leaf decorations

July 7, 2017

Combine leaves & cookie cutters for a fun and effective art project.

star shapes cut out of autumn leaves
Author: Muddy Faces

Age Range: all ages

Duration: 1-2 hours

Location: anywhere

Time Of Day: any time

Season: autumn

Tags: cookie cutter, decoration, glitter, hammer, leaf, leaves, tools

Category: art & creating


Head out for an autumn walk through your park, woods or other outdoor space and collect lots of fallen leaves – all different shapes, sizes and colours. Use the opportunity to discuss whether or not you should pick leaves off live trees and plants, or only use the fallen ones.

Step 1

Decorate some of the leaves using glue and glitter, or paints.

leaf sprinkled with glitter

Step 2

Cut some of the leaves with the cookie cutters.


In winter leaves tend to be a bit tougher because they have dried out. To get nice clean cuts through these leaves tap gently on the cutter with a hammer.

a leaf cut with a cookie cutter

Step 3

Glue the leaves and cut-out leaf-shapes together in layers of different shapes and sizes.

Paint over with glue to help preserve shapes and colours.

cut leaves stuck together and decorated with glitter

Step 4

Use a hole punch to carefully punch a hole in your leaves, then lightly thread a thin ribbon through to create a lovely decoration.