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fairy wings and crown made from autumn leaves

The BEST autumn craft for kids – turn fallen leaves into a beautiful forest fairy costume with our simple DIY instructions for fairy wings and a crown.

Autumn is the perfect time to get outdoors with the kids. Walking in the woods, collecting gorgeous gold and red leaves, twigs and fallen pine cones.

Turning those natural treasures into a fun forest fairy dress-up outfit is a great activity and one kids just love.

You can call our autumn craft a forest fairy, autumn angels or nature warriors, whatever you like, just let the kids have fun with it.

It’s a super fun autumn craft for kids that’s great for encouraging imaginative play or expressive dance and best of all it costs next to nothing to make.

If you’re making our forest fairy to wear as a fairy costume or DIY Halloween costume then we think it works really well worn with a pair of black leggings and a black t-shirt style top.

What you need to make forest fairy wings and leaf crownfall leaf craft

pile of craft items ready to make autumn leaf forest fairy costumes - leaves, scissors, cardboard, glue and ribbon
  • two large pieces of card – big enough to turn into angel wing shapes to fit your child – Amazon boxes are usually great for this craft, if your kids like crafting it’s always a good idea to keep a few boxes just in the shed or garage ready to use.
  • glue – paste on glue is usually easier for this craft rather than glue sticks.
  • lots of leaves and autumn nature finds – leaves, sticks, sycamore seeds, pine cones, whatever you can find.
  • band of cardboard – big enough to fit around your child’s head – use thinner card for this than the wings – cereal box thickness is ideal.
  • sticky tape
  • pen or pencil
  • piece of ribbon – big enough to fit around your child’s head.
  • 1.5 m of ribbon or string – to hold angel wings onto your child’s arms

How to make forest fairy wings and leaf crown

  • Draw your fairy wings onto the cardboard using a pencil or pen and then cut the angel wing shapes
drawing and cutting out fairy wings from cardboard
  • Make four holes and then tie the wings together in the middle using string or ribbon threaded in a criss cross pattern.
tying cardboard fairy wings together with string
  • Spread the wings with glue and cover them with the autumn leaves.
fairy wings made from cardboard decorated with fallen leaves
  • Measure the card around your child’s head and cut the card to size. Then spread with glue and add twigs, leaves and other nature finds to decorate the crown.
autumn leaf crown made from cardboard, leaves and twigs
  • Then glue a piece of ribbon over the top of the leaves and twigs to hold everything in place.
autumn leaf crown made from cardboard, leaves, twigs and ribbon
  • Fix the crown into a circle, just using some sticky tape.
  • Let everything dry properly.
  • Tie strings into arm loops on the back of the wings – these will hold the wings onto your child’s back.
tying cardboard fairy wings together with string

Your fall leaf craft is complete! Put on your wings and crown and go out and be a forest fairy!

Beautiful forest fairy costume made from fallen leaves with wings and a crown being worn by a girl sat in the woodland

More autumn crafts for kids

  • Hedgehog Leaf Craft – use fallen autumn leaves to create these super cure hedgehogs. A lovely autumn craft for preschoolers.
  • Pine Cone Mouse – if you found some pine cones on your autumn walk you can use them to create a whole family of little pine cone mice.
  • Fat Balls for Birds – get the kids busy in the kitchen with this simple nature craft – looking after wildlife in the garden is super important and making fat balls is a lovely way for kids to help give nature a home.
Yield: 1 fairy costume

How to make a forest fairy costume

How to make a forest fairy costume

Just the BEST autumn leaf craft for kids

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost £2

Materials

  • 2 large pieces of cardboard
  • glue 
  • autumn leaves, pinecones, twigs etc
  • Thin band of cardboard 
  • piece of ribbon big enough to go around child's head 
  • 1.5m of ribbon or string to hold wings onto child's back 

Tools

  • Pen or pencil 
  • Sticky tape 
  • Scissors 

Instructions

  1. Draw our fairy wings onto the cardboard using a pencil or pen and then cut the fairy wing shapes
  2. Make four holes and then tie the wings together in the middle using string or ribbon threaded in a criss cross pattern.
  3. Spread the wings with glue and cover them with the autumn leaves.
  4. Measure the card around your child’s head and cut the card to size. Then spread with glue and add twigs, leaves and other nature finds to decorate the crown.
  5. Then glue a piece of ribbon over the top of the leaves and twigs to hold everything in place.
  6. Fix the crown into a circle, just using some sticky tape.
  7. Let everything dry properly.
  8. Tie strings into arm loops on the back of the wings – these will hold the wings onto your child’s back.
  9. Put on your wing and crown and go out and be a forest fairy

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Beautiful forest fairy costume made from fallen leaves with wings and a crown being worn by a girl sat in the woodland. Text overlay "kids autumn craft  - forest fairy"

If you make it don’t forget to tag us your creations on Twitter @daisiesandpieUK or Instagram @daisiesandpie and let us know how it went!

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