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Fall colors are by far my favorite colors of the year. Reds, oranges, and golds are so beautiful! So perhaps that is why I was so drawn to this fall leaf mosaic art project that looks like beautiful tile artwork.
But we make this project easy by swapping paper scraps for hard tile and a glue stick for grout.
The project requires a bit of patience, so if you are working with little ones I’d suggest cutting your background paper to a smaller and more manageable size.
Note: For more art projects your kids will enjoy, see my Arts and Crafts for Kids page.
How to make this fall leaf mosaic art project
To create your own fall leaf mosaic art, you will need to gather the following materials:
- Black paper or cardstock
- An additional 3-5 colors of paper
- Glue stick
- Optional: Leaf outlines
You will start by creating the focal pieces of your fall leaf mosaic art, which will be 1-3 large leaves.
I printed out some leaf outlines in different shapes, then traced those shapes onto some brightly colored paper.
After cutting out the outline, I was left with a nice leaf shape.
You may wish to place your colored paper on top of the leaf outline and put both to a window. This will make it easy to trace the leaf outline onto your colored paper.
Once you have your large leaf shapes cut out, glue them onto your black paper or cardstock.
Next, take the 3-5 colors of paper you’ve selected to use in your artwork and cut them into tiny bits. We cut the papers into triangles, trapezoids, rectangles, and other abstract shapes.
Next, use glue to stick the small bits of cut up paper around your large leaves, leaving space between the paper bits to give it a mosaic look.
Feel free to trim your small paper bits as needed to fit them into any tight spaces in your leaf mosaic.
The final product looks gorgeous, don’t you think?
And think of all the fine motor practice kids get as they cut the paper into small bits and then place the paper pieces gently onto their artwork. This is a wonderful and authentic fine motor practice activity.
And here are some other fall leaf mosaic art projects done by my daughter and our neighbor.
More arts and crafts resources
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- Fall leaves silhouette art
- Watercolor and black glue fall leaves
- Leaf collages
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- Crystallized snowflakes
- Seed medallions
- Trace the shapes art project
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