3 do-it-yourself spooky ways to paint leaves for autumn

Nicole Thomas, DN
Nicole Thomas, DN

Now that autumn is here, with it comes cool weather, pumpkin-flavored foods and colorful leaves. Rather than crunching leaves under your boots as you walk to class, consider picking up a few and taking them home with you. Then, try out these do-it-yourself ways to paint these leaves to get into the spirit of the upcoming fall holidays. 

Levitating Ghost Leaf

Nicole Thomas, DN

What you need:

  • A leaf with three points

  • White paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Black marker 

  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Smooth out the leaf so you have an even painting surface.

  2. On one side of the leaf, paint the entire side of the leaf with white paint. Tip: hold the stem of the leaf as you paint to keep your fingers clean. 

  3. Let dry completely.

  4. Repeat steps 2-3 until the leaf’s original color no longer shows through the white paint. 

  5. Position your leaf so the leaf’s stem is facing away from you. 

  6. One inch away from the leaf’s stem, use your black marker to draw your ghost’s face. Draw two dots for its eyes and one dot for its mouth. 

  7. Cut the stem off of the leaf if desired.

  8. Enjoy your flying ghost leaf. 

Jack-o’-lantern Leaf

Nicole Thomas, DN

What you need: 

  • A small round leaf

  • Orange, red and brown paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Black marker

  • Scissors

Directions: 

  1. Smooth out the leaf so you have an even painting surface. 

  2. On one side of your leaf, paint the entire side of the leaf in brown paint. Tip: hold the stem of the leaf as you paint to keep your fingers clean. 

  3. Let dry completely. 

  4. Repeat steps 2-3 until you reach your desired color for your jack-o’-lantern.

  5. Position your leaf so the leaf’s stem is facing toward you. 

  6. In the center of your leaf, draw your jack-o’-lantern’s face, including eyes, nose and mouth. 

  7. Cut the stem off of the leaf if desired.

  8. Enjoy your jack-o’-lantern leaf. 

Flying Bat Leaf

Nicole Thomas, DN

What you need:

  • Large leaf

  • Small leaf

  • Black paint

  • Paper plate

  • Black marker

  • Scissors

  • Glue or tape 

Directions: 

  1. Smooth out the leaf so you have an even painting surface.

  2. On one side of the leaf, paint the entire side of the leaf with black paint. Tip: hold the stem of the leaf as you paint to keep your fingers clean. 

  3. Let dry completely.

  4. Repeat steps 2-3 until the leaf’s original color no longer shows through the black paint. This will be your bat’s body. 

  5. Taking your small leaf, cut out a heart shape for the head of your bat. This will be your bat’s face. 

  6. Paint your heart-shaped leaf cutout with black paint. 

  7. Let dry completely. 

  8. Repeat steps 6-7 until the leaf’s original color no longer shows through the black paint. 

  9. With your paper plate, cut out two long oval shapes. These will be your bat’s eyes. 

  10. Using your black marker, color in the lower half of the ovals to create the eye’s pupils. 

  11. Take your black heart-shaped leaf cutout and position it so the heart’s point is facing toward you. 

  12. With glue or tape, attach the eye’s onto the bat’s face in the center of the heart-shaped leaf cutout. 

  13. Take your black large leaf and position it so the leaf’s stem is facing away from you.

  14. With your back heart-shaped leaf, glue or tape it just below the leaf’s stem to attach the bat’s face onto its body. 

  15. Cut the stem off of the leaf. 

  16. Enjoy your flying bat leaf. 

Contact Nicole Thomas with comments nrthomas3@bsu.edu or on Twitter @nicolerthomas22.  

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