Kilian Driskill checks out shapes for making leaf animals. (Ann Cameron Siegal/For The Washington Post)

Bring some autumn color into your home with these easy leaf crafts.

Leaf animals

What you will need:

Leaves (preserved work best; see below right) of different colors and shapes, small sticks, construction paper, glue, paper towels, a heavy book and your imagination.

What to do:

●Your imagination is the key tool: On a sheet of construction paper, arrange leaves to resemble a bird or other animals. Use sticks for legs or draw them on the sheet.

●Lightly glue your leaves down. Cover with paper towels, and place a heavy book on top of the towels for several hours.

Make your own colorful fall leaves

What you will need:

Newspaper, coffee filters, markers, spray bottle of water, scissors and paper towels.

What to do:

●Cover your work surface with newspaper, because this can get messy.

●Use markers to color a coffee filter. Scribbling is fine, because you don’t have to cover the whole surface.

●Spray your colored filter lightly with water, then tilt the filter so the water helps the colors run together.

●Place the filter on a paper towel to dry. (It takes only a few minutes.)

●Trace a leaf shape on the dry colored filter, and cut it out. Hang your leaf in a window so it catches the sun. You may want to make a whole batch!

Preserving fall leaves

There are several ways to keep the color of your leaves pretty for a long time. With a grown-up’s permission, check out this Web site: