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Leafy Hedgehog Craft

Fall is a season that brings a lot of natural beauty with it, and what better way to celebrate it than by creating a fun and easy craft that bring the outdoors in. Today's craft is is inspired by the hedgehog characters in our children's book , You Are a Gardener. Gardener Kelsey's brand new video shows us how to make these easy and adorable Leafy Hedgehog with very minimal materials.

Scroll down to watch the step-by-step video and scroll all the way down to download your Gardening Tool Badge for this craft!


hedgehogs in childrens book

Fun Gardener Fact: In today’s culture hedgehogs are seen as positive animals that symbolize happiness, motherhood, and calmness. They are loved by people because of their relaxed and non-aggressive behavior. Overall, hedgehogs are simply calm and relaxed creatures that symbolize everything that is positive in the world. We felt hedgehogs would be the perfect choice for this particular page of the book. Our illustrator @kdel76 did such an amazing job at capturing an open and intimate moment.

Here are some additional ideas and tips to help you make the most of your fall hedgehog craft:

  • Gather a variety of leaves in different colors and sizes. This will give your hedgehogs a more realistic and interesting look.

  • Use a clear drying glue to attach the leaves to your hedgehog shape or double sided tape.

  • Experiment with different arrangements of leaves to create different textures and patterns on your hedgehogs. (You can also add acorns or other natural materials to give them even more character.)

  • If you're hanging your hedgehogs on a window, use clear string or fishing line to give the illusion that they're floating in mid-air.

  • You can also make a larger version of the hedgehog and use it as a centerpiece for your fall-themed table setting or Thanksgiving.

  • If you're feeling adventurous, try making other animal shapes using leaves and natural materials. Some ideas include birds, butterflies, and squirrels.

hedgehogs made with fall leaves craft

Remember, the key to a successful fall Leafy Hedgehog Craft is to have fun and let your creativity run wild. Happy crafting gardeners!

hedgehog craft on fridge


hedgehog fall craft with leaves for kids

Hey gardeners, did you make our Leafy Hedgehog Craft? If so, congratulations, you just earned yourself the 'Leafy Hedgehog Craft 'Gardening Tool Badge'!

--> Click the badge to download a pdf sticker for your Gardening Tool Badge Collector Sheet!


You Are a Gardener® goes beyond the pages of a children's book, it is an entire movement dedicated to empowering children at home and in school with a vocabulary, mindset and tools to manage stress and big emotions. Join our community and embrace the power of turning challenges into opportunities for growth through connecting children, families and educators with a shared emotional language. Through our inspiring #PullYourWeeds® initiative, we encourage children and adults alike to identify emotional obstacles and transform them into seeds of resilience, strength, and personal development.


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