Autumn Window Display

We decided it was time to update our colorful window display, and given the popularity of this activity we just had to do it again!

This time the girls and I painted inexpensive coffee filters…

…waited for them to dry…

… gathered three filters at a time, and folded them up to cut out super-colorful leaves…

…and stuck them with double-sided tape to our new tree!!!

You might recognize it as the branch from our Easy Spring Mural. It makes a fantastic tree as well!

I absolutely love how bright and colorful it looks!!

Quick, easy, frugal, and festive!

Have fun!!

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  1. Oh that looks so pretty! I love Fall crafts.

  2. Oh, how beautiful.

  3. I love how the sun shines through them!

  4. Such a lovely idea! I never thought of using coffee filters, will have to grab some next time I go to the shops.

    I bet the kids love having a display that they made themselves up in the window!

    • They are very proud of it! Coffee filters are super-cheap too… I usually get packages of them at the local dollar store. Have fun!!

  5. We have to do this one. So beautiful!

  6. Beautiful! I love the way the light shines through too.

  7. LOVE IT!!

  8. SO pretty!!!

  9. We did something similar last year, but I never knew how to display them well. Love the tree!

  10. That looks awesome… I love the entire idea…

  11. Great idea!

  12. someday I will do one of those window displays, and my husband will roll his eyes.

    • LOL You crack me up! Would you believe Mark walked in the front door and didn’t even notice it????? He was completely oblivious!!

  13. Wow – this is cute! I think that my niece would love this! Thanks for the idea!

  14. It looks wonderful!

  15. Sorry for being dim, but is that poster paint or watercolour?

    • I have used both on coffee filters before, and they both work beautifully! We used watercolors this time — mainly out of sheer laziness, as the poster paints were alllllll the way upstairs. 😉 Have fun!!

  16. oh.. that is really pretty!

  17. So fun bringing the outside in She really enjoys painting

  18. Ooh – so pretty! I love the colors.

  19. Very pretty! I bet the neighbors agree 🙂

    • Thanks, Rebecca! While we were doing this, a few neighbors drove by and slowed down to get a better view of what we were up to…. so fun!!

  20. how wonderful! That will be a great project for us this weekend.
    May I ask what you used for the stem? It looks like some kind of paper, but one big piece, isnt’ it?

  21. Krista Tjossem says

    Long time lurker here! I’m also a director of a preschool and have passed along some of your ideas to my teachers. 🙂 The coffee filters also work if the kids color it with markers and then you spray each one with water- the colors run together making the same effect (and sometimes less of a mess- especially with 12 kids in the class!)
    I love your blog and your girls are so cute! 🙂

    • That is a perfect solution, especially for a large classroom!! Thanks so much for sharing, and I’m so happy to hear you’ve passed along some of our projects to the teachers — yay!!! 🙂

  22. That came out so cute. What a great fall decoration.

  23. Love it, love it, love it!

    I am a preschool teacher and you can bet we will be making those gorgeous leaves soon.

    Thanks for sharing!

  24. Totally in love with idea! Just became a new follower of your lovely blog 🙂 I featured this post and your blog on Crayon Couture!
    Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas!

  25. oo very pretty!!!

  26. Great project! I’m going to link to this on my linking party right now, and would love to see you there again sometime soon too! all the best!

  27. Very sweet! Simple and effective. Love it.

  28. I like this very much. “J’aime beaucoup” like we says in French.

  29. That is lovely, can’t wait to make one! Karen
    Sippy Cup Central Mom

  30. Beautiful!

    Love Val

  31. Cool project. My girls will love doing this.

  32. I just wanted to let you know that I have an award for you at my blog for all the sunshine you give people.

  33. Ooooh, my 4 year old and 2 year old are making this soon! I’m making the trip tomorrow to Target for the brown paper.

  34. Beautiful. Colorful. So cheerful and sun shiny. I love it! *Ü*

  35. Thank you! Our girls had a blast doing this. We have been adding leaves daily. Here is our version on Flickr:

  36. I love this!! I used your idea for the leaves in a school project my kids and I did- thanks!!


  37. Thanks so much for the great idea. We had a blast and it looks beautiful!

  38. Lovely craft. I didn’t have double sided tape on hand so we just did this on a piece of white paper.

  39. Beautiful, beautiful…. thank you.

  40. Did you use double sided tape for the tree as well? I would think the tape would show, but i don’t see it in your pics.


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