Colorful Leaves Fall Banner

Colorful Leaves Fall Banner by Then It Dawned On Me

Fall is always a special time of the year with gorgeous colors, cozy pumpkin spice smells and the fall pumpkins and hay bales on porches. Today we’re making a fall banner that is the perfect way to add a touch of autumn to your home.

This DIY banner features beautiful orange, red, and yellow leaves with a rustic string. It makes a great decoration for your fall home décor that can be hung on your mantle, across a set of windows, or even on your porch to welcome guests. It’s also a nice reminder of all the fall fun that surrounds Thanksgiving!

Colorful Leaves Fall Banner by Then It Dawned On Me

How to Make a Fall Leaves Banner

To make this fall banner, we’re using Dollar Tree craft supplies. It’ll be inexpensive to make, but will look like you picked it up at a local home store. The project takes about 15 minutes and uses just a few supplies.


  • 4 extra-large leaves in assorted colors – the ones I used are approximately 9” by 6”.
  • Ribbons – assorted fall colors, styles, and textures. I love using a burlap twine, or jute for the main string that holds the leaves together.
  • Fine tip permanent marker
  • Scissors – you’ll want a nice pair of crafting scissors and a small pair that is good for cutting detailed areas
  • Craft knife
  • Self-healing mat – you can also use a piece of cardboard for this. It just needs to be thick enough to use the craft knife on and protect your surfaces.
  • Fall pattern DOWNLOAD IT HERE


Step One: Download pattern for the fall letters, then print the word on cardstock. The pattern can be scaled on your computer in the print controls to fit any size fall leaves. Next, cut out each letter with scissors. 

Step Two: Using a fine tip permanent marker, carefully trace each letter onto a leaf. When you get to tracing the “A”, the center of the lower case “a” will not need to be cut out, so you don’t have to trace it. If you do, it’ll be cut when the outline of the letter is removed, so no worries.

Step Three: To cut out each letter use the craft knife to carefully trim the outlines. It helps to hold the leaf still and flat with your other hand and cut it in small sections. Once you’ve removed the bulk of the letter, finish up with a pair of small detail scissors.  Use the very tip of the scissors to cut out the curves and take your time for a clean cut.

Step Four: Cut one 36” length of ribbon or string. Lay out the leaves, then starting in the center tie the string around each leaf stem with a double knot.

Step Five: Tie a few assorted ribbon pieces of varying colors and lengths to the stem of each leaf. You can tie these in a bow for a finished look, or leave them hanging for a worn & tattered look.

Colorful Leaves Fall Banner by Then It Dawned On Me

Variations & Ideas For a Fall Leaves Banner

There are so many ways to get creative with this fall leaves craft project. You can also cut different words to make a longer banner or use different ribbons for a different look.

Here are a few ideas to try:

  1. Spell out your child’s teacher’s name for a special fall gift.
  2. Use the letters “Boo to You” for a Disney twist that’s a subtle nod to the most magical place on Earth!
  3. Cut the letters “welcome” and use the banner on your front porch.
  4. Use green leaves and make a Spring version.
Colorful Leaves Fall Banner by Then It Dawned On Me

No matter how you choose to personalize your fall banner, it’ll look great over the fireplace, on the banister or over a door to celebrate fall.  With a dozen leaves per package you can make several of this quick and easy DIY fall craft. It’s the perfect gift for a teacher, neighbor or friend!

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