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Halloween Crafts - Ghostly Leaf Painting

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

Leaf painting: Easy, cheap and effective.

Halloween ghosts on painted leaves - craft project

Looking for a Halloween craft project to do with the kids? Look no further, ghostly leaf painting is a goodie. It requires minimal materials and will have the kids squealing with delight. Here's how to make ghostly painted leaves...

If you don't have any suitable trees of bushes yourself then why not go foraging for leaves for this project. You can read all my top tips for foraging for flowers and foliage for home styling here...

You will need

Some large leaves

White paint


Black pen

String or wire to hang the leaves with, once complete.

Step 1: Grab some leaves

sycamore leaves for leaf painting

One of the great things about leaf painting is that it's super versatile and can be made with pretty much any leaves. The larger they are the more impactful the display will be at the end, but don't panic if you only have smaller ones to choose from.

The leaves can be fresh or dried, the paint will adhere better if they are dry, but they might be more fragile. You'll need the stalks to hang the leaves from later, so don't cut them too short.

Step 2: Get painting

leaf painting

The secret to leaf painting is to give the leaves a good coating of white paint. It really can be any kind of white paint that you have available, so don't buy paint especially if you have some white emulsion or primer even. Allow the leaves to dry and apply a second coat if required.

Step 3: Draw faces

ghostly leaf painting

Get a black pen and draw some ghostly faces on the leaves. I kept it really simple, but as with most Halloween craft projects, you could be more adventurous if you are feeling artistic!

Step 4: Hang your ghosts

ghostly leaf painting

Attach some thread to the stalks of the leaves and hang them wherever you want to create your spooky display.

I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you try it!

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