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Kid-Friendly Clay Leaves Craft for Fall

It seems like the minute summer is gone and fall arrives, we are waiting for that first leaf to fall so we can start creating fall inspired craft projects.

If you’re like me and you want to get a jump start on your autumn décor, this clay leaf project is a great opportunity to sit at the kitchen table with your children and capture the beauty of fall before the leaves start dropping.

This project can be created independently by anyone over the age of 4, the most required skill is the ability to hold a butter knife without injury. You can be as elaborate, or as simple as your ability allows with this craft.

While the children created their leaves, I had my own leaf project going, using various tools to make impressions in the clay, and then hand painted them to add more detail once they had been baked. What I loved most about this project is that everyone in the family can be included in this project, and once it is over you can display the leaves around your home – show them off in a bowl, on a wreath or use them as place cards for Thanksgiving…. the options are endless!

  • A Variety of fall colored oven safe molding clay
  • A soft plastic flat stake (I used a herb marker) or a butter knife
  • Toothpicks
  • Leaves
  • Oven tray/li>
  • Rolling Pin


Step 1: Roll out the molding clay using the rolling pin so that it is thin and pliable. The exact thickness depends on how you will use the leaves in the end.

Step 2: Once flat, press the leaves into the clay and then trace the shape into the clay using your flat tool.

Step 3: With the shape in place, use the flat tool to cut the clay into the leaf shape.

Step 4: Use the tooth picks to add fine lines or create holes in the clay.

Step 5: Place your finished leaves on to a flat baking sheet, and gently roll the edges up if you want a more rounded leaf look. Follow the directions on the packaging of your oven safe clay and cook them before using them in your leaf display.

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