Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) Guides

Maple Leaf DIY Crafting Recipes & How To Get Them

Maple Leaves are a special autumn seasonal crafting material in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH)! Learn how to get Maple Leaves and all of the beautiful fall leaf items you can craft with them in this guide.

How to Get Maple Leaves

To get Maple Leaves in Animal Crossing: New Horizons naturally, you’ll need to be playing during May 16th to 26th in the Southern Hemisphere or November 16th to 26th in the Northern Hemisphere. Mushrooms can be found during the same period of time as well.

Similarly to how Cherry Blossom Petals work during the Spring, you can get Maple Leaves by searching for a brown leaf falling from the sky on your island during this limited period in the Autumn. It’s random when and where these leaves will fall on your island, so always be on the look out for one to appear!

When you do finally spot a Maple Leaf falling in the air, simply equip your Flimsy Net or Net tool and try catching the brown leaf in the same way that you catch bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! They can be a little trickier to catch than bugs though with how they fall in the air, so it could take some practice to master.

From our experience so far, finding Maple Leaves in the air appears to be neither super common or super rare. You’ll find them from time to time with no issues, but you also won’t be drowning in them everywhere either.

Since the period of time that Maple Leaves can appear is very limited at only about a week and half out of the entire year, we highly suggest catching them every time you spot one. We’ve also observed that they seem to be less common at night sometimes, so it might be worth focusing your hunting during the daytime.

How to Get Maple Leaves Outside The Season

While Maple Leaves only appear naturally in the air during mid May in Southern Hemisphere and mid November in Northern Hemisphere, you can visit other players islands that have falling Maple Leaves if your own island is not in season.

For example, if you’re playing in the Northern Hemisphere when it is late Spring in May, you may be able to get Maple Leaves from a friend playing in the Southern Hemisphere. What’s most exciting is that the brown leaves will actually appear and fall in the air even when playing online, so you can catch them yourself at another island!

The Maple Leaf crafting material can also be kept in your house storage or other places just like any other item, so you may be able to trade with players online outside of the season who have stockpiled the resource.

Finally, it’s always possible to time travel to a date where the crafting material is in season if you have explored all other options. You’ll want to change your Nintendo Switch to the following dates to find Maple Leaves on your island:

  • November 16th to 26th in the Northern Hemisphere
  • May 16th to 26th in the Southern Hemisphere

List of All Maple Leaf Furniture & Item DIY Crafting Recipes

There’s a bunch of lovely autumn themed items you can exclusively craft with Maple Leaf seasonal materials in Animal Crossing: New Horizons including furniture, wallpaper, flooring, accessories, and more.

The complete list below includes all of the Maple Leaf items and their DIY Crafting recipes we have found so far with screenshots of each item,and the crafting materials you need to make them.

How to Craft Autumn Wall

The following crafting materials below are required to craft the Autumn Wall:

  • 10 Maple Leaf
  • 5 Wood
  • 5 Clump of Weeds

How to Craft Colored-Leaves Flooring

The following crafting materials below are required to craft the Colored-Leaves Flooring:

  • 10 Maple Leaf
  • 15 Clump of Weeds

How to Craft Leaf Stool

The following crafting materials below are required to craft the Leaf Stool:

  • 3 Maple Leaf
  • 3 Wood

How to Craft Maple-Leaf Pochette

The following crafting materials below are required to craft the Maple-Leaf Pochette:

  • 6 Maple Leaf

How to Craft Maple-Leaf Pond Stone

The following crafting materials below are required to craft the Maple-Leaf Pond Stone:

  • 10 Stone
  • 3 Maple Leaf

How to Craft Maple-Leaf Umbrella

The following crafting materials below are required to craft the Maple-Leaf Umbrella:

  • 7 Maple Leaf

How to Craft Red-Leaf Pile

The following crafting materials below are required to craft the Red-Leaf Pile:

  • 3 Maple Leaf
  • 4 Clump of Weeds

How to Craft Tree’s Bounty Arch

The following crafting materials below are required to craft the Tree’s Bounty Arch:

  • 4 Pine Cone
  • 5 Acorn
  • 5 Maple Leaf
  • 15 Tree Branch

How to Craft Tree’s Bounty Big Tree

The following crafting materials below are required to craft the Tree’s Bounty Big Tree:

  • 5 Pine Cone
  • 4 Acorn
  • 4 Maple Leaf
  • 8 Tree Branch
  • 4 Clay

Total Materials Needed To Craft All Maple Leaf Items

Looking to craft the entire Maple Leaf set? In the handy table below, you can find a complete summary of how many Maple Leaves and other crafting materials are needed to craft every single item listed above.

Material#
Maple Leaf51
Pine Cone9
Acorn9
Wood8
Clump of Weeds24
Stone10
Clay4
Tree Branch23

How to Get & Learn Maple Leaf DIY Recipes

There are two ways you can find and get new Maple Leaf DIY Crafting Recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but unfortunately it’s mostly dependent on luck taking time and patience.

Morning Isabelle Announcement

Near the beginning of the Maple Leaf season, you should hear from Isabelle in the morning announcements about the new seasonal crafting material and recipes. If you haven’t already learned the Red-Leaf Pile DIY Crafting recipe, she’ll send it to your NookPhone during the announcements.

There’s been a lot of confusion in the community about when or how this morning announcement from Isabelle occurs, but from our knowledge so far, it can only happen when you have no other notable announcements.

In other words, the game seems to use the Maple Leaf recipe announcement as a filler item of sorts when there’s nothing else for Isabelle to talk about! So whenever you have no villagers moving in, buildings opening, or other notable events for her to discuss, you should get the announcement.

Flying Balloon Presents

During Maple Leaf season, all Balloon Presents flying in the sky over your island have a chance of dropping a Maple Leaf DIY Crafting recipe! Unfortunately, there’s no concrete way to control exactly what you’ll get, so just keep shooting them down until you get lucky.

Duplicate Maple Leaf DIY Crafting items are easily possible too and should be expected, so we recommend trying to make trades with friends to complete the collection faster. You may be able to sell any duplicates for a hefty amount online too, especially to players in the opposite Hemisphere as you.

We do have some tips for how you can most effectively hunt and farm balloon presents though! First of all, watch for the balloon traveling direction — they will always fly across your island in a single direction during the morning and afternoon. Then later in the day around 6PM, the direction of wind will reverse!

Whichever end of your island the balloons are travelling from, we recommend hanging out on that beach side to regularly walk up and down the shore looking for them as they first reach the island. Pass the time by collecting some Manila Clams or trying your hand at fishing too!

Secondly, flying balloon presents always have a chance of spawning on an every 5 minute cycle beginning at 4 minutes past the hour. That means you can expect possible balloon spawns at 1:04, 1:09, 1:14, 1:19, and so on. Keep in mind these are possible appearances though — they won’t always show up every time and a spawn time could pass by multiple times before actually happening.


Thanks to Mogyay for contributing photos to this guide. If you have any suggestions or spot any errors, please help us out in the comments below so we can address them!

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