Autumn Leaf Face Art With Free Printable Templates

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By In The Playroom

Let’s make some beautiful faces using Autumn leaves. This delightful kids’ activity invites your little ones to tap into their inexhaustible wells of creativity while forming a delightful connection with nature’s most colorful season.

With free printable templates provided, children will be enchanted as they breathe life into blank faces with the vibrant hues and textures of autumn leaves.

Let’s explore this easy autumn leaves face art activity for kids.

free printable templates for making autumn leaves portraits

The Autumn Faces activity is suitable for all ages, from toddlers to preschoolers and older kids. It is particularly perfect for kids in the age group of 3 to 8.

It offers a beautiful canvas for children to experiment with facial features and expressions, sparking their imagination and artistic flair.

As they playfully attach autumn leaves to craft the hair and clothing, kids embark on a joyful exploration of colors, shapes, and patterns, learning to appreciate the enchanting diversity of the natural world around them.

autumn leaf face art with free printable templates

You can use the printable blank face templates provided, or draw your own faces onto paper as preferred.

Either way is a great way to talk about face features, emotions and colors.

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As well as adding details to the faces, children can add hair styles and different colors of hair, made using the leaves and nature items.

You can also add a crown, using little sticks or twigs, berries or flowers, and choose different colors of leaves to create clothing underneath the face, like a dress made of autumn leaves – just like an autumn fairy.

Why not make a whole collection and pick an autumn inspired name for each character.

How to Do the Activity and Materials Needed

Follow below for the simple step by step of how to do this activity with kids.

This simple autumn nature craft is ideal to do at home with kids of all ages but also works well for the classroom, whether preschool class or kindergarten.

The kids can go on a trip outside to gather supplies, and then complete this art project as a follow on activity.

Nature Faces
Yield: 1

Nature Faces

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

The Autumn Faces Craft is a delightful and educational project designed to engage children with the magical fall season through art and creativity.

Children utilize blank face templates, on which they draw distinct facial features, creating a unique personality for each face. The canvas is then embellished with autumn leaves to fashion hair and clothing, creating whimsical characters that mirror the vibrancy and charm of autumn.

This craft activity promotes not only artistic expression but also an appreciation for the subtle beauty embedded in nature’s elements, providing kids with a holistic, enriching experience.


  • Free Printable Blank Face Templates
  • Collection of Autumn Leaves (in various shapes, sizes, and colors)
  • Glue
  • Markers or Crayons
  • A pair of safety scissors


  • Printer for the templates if using


  1. Download and Print: Start by downloading and printing our free blank face templates. You’ll find a variety of face shapes waiting to be adorned by imaginative little hands.
  2. Leaf Collection: Have a delightful time outdoors collecting autumn leaves. This is a great opportunity for kids to observe different types of leaves, noticing their unique shapes and vibrant colors.
  3. Draw the Face: Using markers or crayons, allow the kids to draw facial features on the templates. Eyes, noses, mouths – everything goes! Encourage them to create different expressions to bring out the personality of their Autumn Faces.
  4. Leaf Application: With glue at the ready, it’s time to add autumn leaves as hair and clothes. Kids can cut the leaves into different shapes to design hairstyles, dresses, shirts, or hats, sticking them onto the templates to complete their artwork.
  5. Showcase: Once the Autumn Faces are dry, display them around the house or in the children's rooms to celebrate their artistic achievements!


Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Print Templates: Download and print the blank face templates.
Collect Leaves: Spend some time outdoors with the children to collect various autumn leaves that will be used for the craft. Look for a mix of sizes, colors, and shapes to provide variety.
Gather Materials: Assemble all necessary materials, including markers or crayons, glue, and safety scissors.
Active Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Drawing Phase: Kids begin to draw and color in the facial features on their templates.
Decoration Phase: Children use the collected autumn leaves, cutting and gluing them onto the templates to create hair and clothing for their autumn faces.
Extra Time: 15-30 minutes (drying time)

After the kids have successfully attached the leaves to their templates, the crafts need to be set aside for the glue to dry completely. The exact drying time can vary based on the type of glue used and the amount applied.
Total Time: Approximately 1.5 to 2 hours

This time estimate provides enough flexibility for kids to work at their own pace, with breaks as needed, ensuring that the crafting experience is enjoyable and not rushed. The result is a set of beautiful Autumn Faces that capture the essence of the season and the creativity of each child.

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Autumn Faces not only provides a fertile ground for nurturing creativity but also fosters a sense of wonder and appreciation for nature in young hearts.

It’s an engaging, hands-on experience where the thrill of art and the beauty of autumn intertwine, leaving behind cherished memories and beautiful crafts that echo the whispers of the enchanting fall season.

So, download the templates, gather your autumn leaves, and let the magic unfold!

using autumn leaves to make face pictures, with free printable template

Download the Face Templates PDF

Ready to dive into this captivating activity? Click below to download the Free Printable Blank Face Templates!

With various face shapes and skin colors and tones available, each child can choose their favorite canvas to begin crafting their Autumn Faces.

blank face templates for crafts free printable

Terms of use: The face templates are free for personal use and classroom use.

Are you ready to go on a journey of creativity and discovery with the Autumn Faces craft, where each leaf turned into a piece of art is a celebration of the season’s splendor.

This accessible, engaging activity not only provides hours of imaginative play but also gently educates children about the colors, textures, and patterns found in nature. Download the templates, collect the golden leaves, and let your children’s imaginations soar amidst the beauty of fall. It’s the perfect canvas for them to create, learn, and most importantly, enjoy every moment of the magical autumn season.

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Engage little hands and minds further with delightful projects that celebrate every season’s unique charm and character.

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Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
Her easy-to-follow craft ideas and practical parenting advice have transformed In The Playroom into a cherished resource for parents.

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