Arts & crafts: Tree painting

Crisp mornings, crunchy leaves, conkers, conkers everywhere! It must be Autumn. If your kids are like mine they have probably started collecting conkers and acorns? It’s all well and good having pockets full of treasures but I have asked some of my crafty friends what sort of arty things they get up to in this beautiful season.

To me Autumn evokes cosiness and colours. I associate Autumn with leaves, trees, apples, pumpkins, acorns and toad stools – all of these things can be used in crafts (okay maybe not real toad stools) and you’ll have fun going out to collect them. Take a basket and see what treasures you will discover.

Kate from Crafts on Sea has shared some great ideas for Autumn Tree Painting – she says: “Autumn is a great time to encourage creativity and the changing colours of the leaves make it perfect for inspiring some painting, especially as you can look at the way the colours mix together.” I love how the kids have used their finger prints for the leaves.


I completely adore this Autumnal Alphabet Wreath from HodgePodge Days. These are simply made from collected fallen leaves and cardboard, simple, but very effective!


With Halloween approaching, try this cute Pumpkin Cat made by Becky from Simple Parenting. Becky gave her daughter a cardboard pumpkin and suggested she put her wonderful imagination to work and make it into something special. What a great job she did!


I have to say, I am still a Play Doh fan and although my kids are older now we will still happily get the Play Doh out, I find it quite theraputic. I love this Halloween Sensory Tray from Me and B Make Tea. They have gone for Autumnal colours, and Halloween inspired shape cutters with plastic creepy crawlies.


As mentioned before. we have loads of conkers. The is a huge horse chestnut tree in the school playground and one on our route home, so I gain more every day. This is a great idea from Emma at The Joy of Five – Conker Snails. Emma said: “All I did was to get the kids to take small amounts of plasticine and roll into a long sausage shape, place the conker near to the end of the sausage leaving a little for the tail (not sure that is the correct term). Then finally create the tentacles by splitting and moulding into shape at the top.”

conker snails

And finally, Louise from Messy Little Monster has shared an apple themed art activity, perfect for pre-schoolers. Cutting shapes into apples and using paint to create prints is great messy fun. Louise has so many Autumn inspired crafts on her blog including leaf puppets and leaf hedgehogs. certainly worth stopping by.


I am planning on making an Autumn inspired leaf fairy soon. If anyone has any ideas please feel free to share them with us.


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About Sarah Stockley

Sarah is mum to three children and a plethora of animals (mostly cats) and lives in Surrey. You’ll often find her family exploring the great outdoors, foraging in the woods, camping and visiting festivals. Sarah also loves to upcycle things and will happily turn an old pallet into a rustic shabby chic sign. She studied Art and Design at college and when she’s not blogging at Kippers and Curtains she also likes to make bohemian style dreamcatchers. This mum is also never far from her camera – much to the annoyance of her children.

1 Comment

  1. 28 September 2018 / 11:24

    I’m not much of a crafter but these look like some fun ideas!