As Autumn Winds Down

Depending on where you live, if you don’t have a lot of wind in autumn, you may still have some leaves on your trees. In Northern California where I am, there are still trees laden with golden leaves. However, if your leaves are all gone but you’re still in a fall mood, why not make some fall leaves and decorate with them? I designed this fun fall-themed photo holder as a way to bring all the color of fall inside where it is warm and cozy.

This is an easy fall craft project to make. I used unfinished wooden photo holders and AMACO Cloud Clay for the leaves. Cloud Clay is an air-dry clay so it’s easy to use for kids and adults and it can take quite a bit of detail as you can see in my Gingko leaves. If you don’t have a leaf mold in your stash, you can cut leaf shapes from Cloud Clay using regular scissors once it has dried a bit or you can use a cookie cutter. Cloud Clay colors can be mixed so you can get the colors of your choice – it’s a great medium to use for a range of fun crafts.

Here’s how to make this Fall photo stand :


  • DecoArt Finish It Jumbo Paper Clip Photo Holders
  • AMACO Cloud Clay: Orange, White


  • Acrylic roller (optional)
  • Leaf mold or leaf shape cookie cutter (optional)
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paint: terra cotta, white
  • Glaze medium
  • White craft glue

basic supplies

scissors, paper towel, paintbrush


Step 1

Paint the photo holders with a coat of gesso and set aside till dry.

Step 2

Paint the photo holders with two coats of terra cotta paint and set aside to dry.

Step 3

Make the leaves by mixing some Orange and White clay to get the color you want. I went for a golden color which matches the colors of the Gingko leaves. Knead the clay until it is soft and pliable. Pinch off enough Cloud Clay to fill your mold and then press the Cloud Clay into the mold to fill it. Release the Cloud Clay from the mold and set it aside to dry. You will need one leaf for each side of each photo holder.If you’re not using a mold, roll the clay to make a 3/8″ sheet and cut your leaf shapes from it using a cookie cutter. Alternately, wait until the clay is dry to the touch and cut leaf shapes from it using sharp scissors.

Step 4

Mix the white paint into some glaze medium and paint the photo holder with the white glaze. Immediately wipe the paint off with a paper towel.

Step 5

When the glaze layer is dry and your Gingko leaves are dry, adhere to the photo holders using Elmer’s white glue.

Step 6

Print some favorite fall photos and place in the photo holders. Sit back with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy your personalized photo holder, perhaps contemplating other fun crafts to make this holiday season.

Check back over the next few days as we share more fun crafts for you to make and enjoy.

by Helen Bradley (

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