Make a Fall Leaf Bunting

September 25th, 2013 posted by Jen Goode

Get creative with the kids and make a pretty fall leaf banner. You can color the leaves however you like and then string them up and add pretty fall colored decor around your home. This is a great family craft because everyone can make their own little piece of leaf art and then you can put them all together to make the fall bunting.

Make a Fall Leaf Bunting by Jen Goode

For this project, we painted brown paper with orange and yellow watercolor paints. You could print or draw the leaves directly on to colored paper or color your leaves with crayons, markers or whatever other material you’d like. For today, I’ll show you how we used the painted paper to create a fun fall leaf effect. I also added beads to my bunting, you can skip this step if you don’t have beads.

[Download a printable version]

Materials you need:

  • Leaf printable by Jen Goode
  • Paper
  • Watercolor paint
  • Small bowl of water
  • Paintbrush
  • Brads
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Yard, twine or other thick string
  • Beads

How to make painted fall leaves bunting:

  1. Using a light brown cardstock or construction paper and water color paint, paint orange and yellow, covering the entire page. Set aside to dry.
  2. Once the paper is dry, print the leaf printable design onto your painted paper. Cut out each leaf and set aside.
  3. Print the patterned background circles from the printable on to whatever color paper you’d like. I used orange, yellow and a light brown paper, printing 3 copies of this design. Cut out the circles.
  4. Layer the leaf cutouts on top of the circle cutouts to create a single pennant. Punch a hole through the top of the pennant stack. Put a brad through the hole and fold the tongs into place on the backside of the pennant.
  5. Cut a piece of yarn as long as you need to create your bunting. Attach the individual leaf pennants, alternating pennants with beads. To attach the pennants, you can either wrap the yarn around the back of the brad, or tape the yarn to the back of the pennant. (Taping is a bit easier, especially for little hands.)

Optional ideas: If you don’t have brads, use glue to glue the pieces together. Just add glue only to the top of each layer so you still get the layered look for each pennant. If you don’t have brown paper, make it! Use crayons or marker to create whatever color you want. Don’t have a printer… just add your own personal touch and draw your own leaves.

Use watercolor to paint paper before printing leaves

Use watercolor to paint paper before printing leaves


Cut out leaves and circles and layer to make pennants

Cut out leaves and circles and layer to make pennants


Attach everything with simple brads

Attach everything with simple brads


String the leaf pennants and beads on yarn

String the leaf pennants and beads on yarn

I think it would be a ton of fun to add fall colors buttons and a little glitter to make your bunting really sparkle and shine. Your kids can hang this fall decor on the mantle, stair railing or anywhere you want to add a little extra creativity. You can use this printable to make all kinds of fall projects with your family, I’d love to hear what else you create!

To keep the fun spirit of fall going, take your kids out for a nature hike to collect leaves, acorns and other fun items. You can even set up a backyard discovery zone for more fall fun!


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