Squirrel Leaf collage

October 14, 2019 3 Comments
A leaf collage of a squirrel, where the tail is made up of leaves stuck on a printable template.

We love doing nature inspired crafts this time of year. If your child likes foraging for treasures or going on scavenger hunts, turning their finds into craft projects can be great fun.

For this Squirrel Leaf Collage, we have made a printable template, which means it’s super simple even for very young crafters.

This squirrel leaf collage was inspired by my daughter. We enter our local horticultural shows, and this year they had a class for a leaf collage. We have previously made some bonfire night collages with leaves, but both kids wanted to make collages of animals this time.

Oliver choose a hedgehog inspired from our nature inspired Autumn crafts. Isla on the other hand had the great idea to make a squirrel! For the horticultural show she free hand drew her squirrel, then painted it before sticking on the leaves. She was very pleased to come first in the class!

Painted picture of a squirrel, with leaves stuck on for it's tail.
Isla’s winning entry into our local horticultural show, and the basis for the prinatble template.

I used her drawing to make a printable template, making this craft super simple even for very young children. The template is available in ‘The Secret Garden’, my subscriber only area, where all the great printables are! (Scroll down for more details of how to access it).

Squirrel template
Squirrel template available in ‘The Secret Garden’

If you would like to see how we made our squirrel leaf collage, scroll down for my hints and tips and our video turorial, or pin it for later!

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The full tutorial is in the YouTube video below, but I have a few hints and tips for you if you want to give it a go.

What You Will Need To Make Your Squirrel Leaf Collage

  • Template (see below)
  • Paper or card to print template on
  • Brown paint
  • Black pen (optional)
  • Googley eye and small pom pom (optional)
  • PVA glue
  • Paint brushes
  • Leaves
Isla painting the squirrel template before attaching the leaves
Isla painting the squirrel template

Top Tips For Making Your Squirrel leaf collage

  • First get the template! You can print it onto white paper or card for painting. Or if you prefer, you could print it onto some brown coloured card or paper and cut it out. You could even add a small pom pom for a nose, and/or a googley eye to make it a little different.
  • Collect leaves of different sizes and colours to make the squirrel’s tail more interesting.
  • Fallen leaves tend to be quite brittle when dry. So best to collect them when they’re a little damp and dry them between a couple of sheets of kitcehn towl under a heavy book or two. It helps dry the leaves flat to make them easier to stick to the piece of paper.
  • Apply plenty of glue to the backs of the leaves in case they aren’t completley flat. With kids I find this easier to dispense some PVA glue into a small paint pot and let them apply it with a brush.
  • Give plenty of time for the paint to dry before moving on to the next stage, and again after the leaves are stuck on. Best to give it at least 24 hours in between those stages.

How You Make THem!

Watch my little video tutorial on how we made our squirrel leaf collage!

That’s it, very simple. If you would like the squirrel template and to gain access to my ‘Secret Garden’, which is my subscriber only area full of all the free prinatbles, scroll to the end of the post and fill in your details.

The finished squirrel leaf collage
Our finished squirrel leaf collage

Have you made leaf collages before? If you have I’d love to see what creations you’ve come up with!

Kerry x

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  • Karen, the next best thing to mummy January 4, 2020 at 9:59 am

    I wish I had thought of this when I was working as a registered child minder, the children would have loved it as we often looked for squirrels in the park #kidsandkreativity@_karendennis

  • Malin - SenLearningwPenguin January 16, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    What a sweet little squirrel, and a great activity! I really like using bits from nature for little crafts like this xx #kidsandkreativity

  • Bara May 12, 2020 at 10:44 am

    This is wonderful! I teach English-as-second-language to children. I have a lovely story about a squirrel who forgets where he hides his nuts. (Also about making treasure maps) This will be a great new, extra addition to the lesson. Thnak you! Highest regards, Bara

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    Hi I'm Kerry, Wife to James, Step Mum to one, Mum to two and more fur, feather and winged babies than I can count. I have a passion for crafts, encouraging creativity and inspiring imagination especially in children. So if you are looking for some inspiration, ideas and resources to inject a little creativity into your family life, then you've come to the right place. Read More


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