Autumn Angel

By Noreen Doll.

Craft a rustic looking autumn angel with silk leaves in fall colors.

Create a beautiful Autumn Angel with silk or real leaves.

You can find silk leaves at the Dollar Store or the big box store, and I found the leaf bouquet with acorns at Walmart.

If you just want to make one angel, the bouquet alone would be all you need.

You could also use real leaves to make an autumn angel. Here’s how to preserve fall leaves.

preserve fall leaves

Preserve Fall Leaves

Sort the leaves and choose your colors. You need an oak leaf or other long leaf for the body and 2 maple leaf shapes or 2 other matching shapes for the wings.

Use your angel as a magnet, a pin, or a place card on your Thanksgiving table.

Crafty Journal - Autumn Angel


Fall Leaves in Assorted Shapes and Colors

1 Acorn, real or glittered

Ribbon or Twine


Hot Glue Gun

Sharpie Marker in the Body Color, optional


1. Use 1 oblong oak shaped leaf for the autumn angel body and 2 maple leaves or other matching leaves for the wings.

2. Lay the oak leaf, with the wide end up, on top of the 2 maple leaves as shown.

Move the leaves around until you like the way it looks.

Staple the 3 leaves together. I used 2 staples because one of the leaves wasn’t caught by the first staple.

3. Use a Sharpie in the body color to color the staples and make them less noticeable. (You could open the stapler and color the 3 or 4 staples ready to come out before you staple the leaves.)

Be careful not to let the Sharpie tip touch the leaf or you will end up with a dark spot like I did.

4. Use a bit of hot glue between the body and the wings right at the top where you will attach the acorn head. Cool.

5. Put some hot glue on the acorn where the back of the head will be, and attach it to the angel body.

6. To make the glitter bow, cut a piece of wire edged glitter ribbon about 4 1/2 or 5 inches long. Adjust the length for the size bow you want.

Fold about half an inch of each end of the ribbon to the back, and gather the bow in the center.

Tie a matching narrow ribbon around the center gathered part.

Fluff the bow. I squeezed it more together at the ends as it was too wide for the size of the autumn angel.

7. Center the bow in the neck area of the angel and hot glue it on.

Alternate Twine Bow.

Cut a piece of twine about 8 inches long and tie a small bow. Adjust the loops to the size you want and tighten them.

Hot glue the twine bow just under the head.

I liked the twine bow for the Autumn Angel because it was more rustic and natural, like the leaves.

Here’s a slightly different version.  The leaf shape for the wings is smaller.

These are the parts I used for this angel. And I used a button instead of an acorn for the head. I cut out the center point of the leaf and just left the two side ones.

My friend made this angel using leaves preserved with Mod Podge.

Autumn angel made with preserved leaves.

My friend also made these autumn angels using silk leaves.

©Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. This is so creative and cute! I love it. I will be looking for these supplies at Walmart. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. How adorably sweet!

  3. LOVE THIS!!!!!!

  4. That came out so pretty and I agree I like the twine better too. These would be great as a garland too. Thanks for sharing on the We Made That Linky!

  5. Love this! So adorable! :-)

  6. What a fun craft to make…I will have to do this with my grandkiddies! Love that you got the leaves from the dollar store! Cute cute! Thanks for linking up today.

  7. Ooooh I have just discovered your blog and there are so many awesome things on it. I love this post and I’m off to check out your paper clip angels too.

  8. That’s so sweet! Kids would love to make this! Would love you to share it with my readers at

  9. Kids would love to make this (with parent help on the hot glue). Please link this to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3.

    : 0 ) Theresa

  10. What a cute idea! Hopped over from I Gotta Create! Blessings ~ Judy

  11. Love this! Super cute. Perfect project for little ones. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share next week! Have a great week.

  12. Cool idea to make use of leaves. I love nature I love leaves and autumn is my fav season. Maples are wonderful. Love the changing color. Have a nice season of fabulous idea.
    Terrie from Hong Kong

  13. I love this idea, so simple yet so rustically beautiful. I’ve already stapled my leaves together and going now to search for an acorn to use – thanks so much for sharing. Mary

  14. That is so cute. Another great project for my crafting file! Thank you for joining TTF this week. Have a fun weekend!

  15. So adorable. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  16. Wow! This is so beautiful!

    I’m going to make a bunch. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Kelly @ Our Everyday Harvest

  17. Thank you for sharing your creative project at Potpourri Friday!

  18. What a great idea! These will be great for our special needs Sunday school class!

  19. Adorable! Simple and rustic! Would look great on a table as a name tag! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  20. So cute! What a great idea for the fall.

  21. very creative idea, love it!!!!

  22. Love this! Such a cute idea!

  23. Just a little note to share that I featured your post in my Our Favorite Things Link Party this week.

  24. My little quiet hometown lost a little innocent girl to a sensless murder at the hands of her “friends” last month. We have been raising money for the family. Our tom-boy played soccar and there will be a special ceremony in town this week-end where every sport in town will retire her number 14.
    I’m going to make a GAZILLION as Christmas tree ornaments that we can wear now and raise some money, too.
    Our Angel’s name is AUTUMN…

  25. I am so sorry for your town’s loss of a special young lady, and I am deeply touched that you have chosen my Autumn Angel to help her be remembered.


  26. These are so cute! You are very clever!

  27. Hi, I wanted to let you know I featured this on the EtsyKids Team blog along with 50 other Thanksgiving crafts, recipes and printables for kids.

  28. These are just precious! Love it!

  29. These are awesome! I already have all the supplies to make them. This is something that I can do with my niece. Pinning!!

  30. How cute are they? They would look adorable hanging in a window. I’ve pinned it to my Fall craft board. #MomsLibrary

  31. These are so cute. I love autumn and i’m finding myself becoming really excited for the changing leaves and the crisp season. These are too cute and would make great gifts for co-workers…just because! :)

  32. I love this idea!

  33. These are adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  34. What a fun fall craft! I just pinned this and will be featuring it this week at Meaningful Mama. Thanks so much for linking up at Mom’s Library. I hope you’ll be there this week too.

  35. How CUTE!!!!!

  36. cute and adorable!

  37. What a cute idea! Pinned. Hugs! Lou Lou Girls

  38. What an adorable little angel. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  39. So cute! I love how simple this is, but yet totally unique! Dollar store, here I come! :) Also, we’d love for you to link up to our party each week for Motivational Monday!

  40. These are adorable! Thanks for sharing at the party @DearCreatives

  41. These are so cute!! I love them!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  42. That is adorable!! I’ve never seen a pattern to use for Fall…beautiful!

  43. Very cute and crafty!!

  44. This is just too pretty for words – and we’ll soon have tons of real leaves here in Montreal – thanks so much for sharing!

  45. This is sweet as anything, Noreen!! Sharing on Facebook tonight. Have a great weekend. Linda

  46. VERY cute! Thanks for sharing on the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!


  47. We have some silk leaves leftover from another project we needed a use for. This is a great project. Thanks for linking up at #made4kids!

  48. Visiting from Dear Creatives link party. These are just adorable! I might have to make some of these with my daughters.

  49. These are adorable. What a great project to do with kids as well. Great little fall angels.
    Thanks for sharing at Turn It Up Tuesday,

  50. Great project! I love it! Thanks :)

  51. These are adorable. I love all the variations. Thank you for sharing on #HomeMattersParty. Perfect for this time of year.

  52. This is adorable. Thanks for the great how to and for sharing your projects on Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned and Tweeted.

  53. Such a unique idea. I’ve never thought of making an Autumn Angel. Cute! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  54. These angels are so cute! i love the ones with the glittery acorn. I have some craft leaves, ribbon, and twine in my craft room, so I could make some with my daughter. That sounds like a fun craft for us! Thanks for sharing!

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