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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 Find & Get Maple Leaves

To get Maple Leaves Maple Leaf in Animal Crossing: New Horizons naturally, you’ll need to be playing during November 16th to 25th in the Northern Hemisphere or May 16th to 25th in the Southern 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 large orange 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!

Note that during this period, there will also be smaller and duller leaves in the air on your island to celebrate the season, but these can’t be caught with your net and used as materials. You’ve got to look for larger and brighter orange  Maple Leaf!

When you do finally spot a Maple Leaf falling in the air, simply equip your Net tool and try catching the orange 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.

After you’ve caught some Maple Leaves, make sure to shoot down balloons in the sky across your island for a chance of finding DIY Crafting Recipes that can use them. There are 9 different Maple Leaf items to craft in total and we cover all of them later in this guide.

Maple Leaf Sell Price at Nook’s Cranny

Maple Leaves can be sold to Timmy & Tommy at Nook’s Cranny for 200 Bells each at any time. We highly recommend against selling though given their exclusivity — if you have extras, it’s probably best to try trading with a friend.

How to Get Maple Leaves Outside Of Season

If you’d like to craft items that require Maple Leaves and your island isn’t currently in season for them to appear, you can travel to another player’s island that is and catch them there. Alternatively, you may adjust the date and time on your Nintendo Switch to November 16th to 25th in the Northern Hemisphere or May 16th to 25th in the Southern Hemisphere.

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

List of All Maple Leaf Furniture & Item DIY Crafting Recipes

There are 9 different 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 photos of each item, the crafting materials you need to make them, how to unlock the recipes, and any possible customizations.

How to Craft Autumn Wall

Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Autumn Wall by shooting down balloons in the sky during Maple Leaf season.

Craft the Autumn Wall using the following materials and items:

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

How to Craft Colored-Leaves Flooring

Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Colored-Leaves Flooring by shooting down balloons in the sky during Maple Leaf season.

Craft the Colored-Leaves Flooring using the following materials and items:

  • 10 Maple Leaf Maple Leaf
  • 15 Clump of Weeds Clump of Weeds

How to Craft Leaf Stool

Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Leaf Stool by shooting down balloons in the sky during Maple Leaf season. It can customized into Brown, Red, Yellow, and Green colors.

Craft the Leaf Stool using the following materials and items:

  • 3 Maple Leaf Maple Leaf
  • 3 Wood Wood

How to Craft Maple-Leaf Pochette

Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Maple-Leaf Pochette by shooting down balloons in the sky during Maple Leaf season.

Craft the Maple-Leaf Pochette using the following materials and items:

  • 6 Maple Leaf Maple Leaf

How to Craft Maple-Leaf Pond Stone

Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Maple-Leaf Pond Stone by shooting down balloons in the sky during Maple Leaf season.

Craft the Maple-Leaf Pond Stone using the following materials and items:

  • 10 Stone Stone
  • 3 Maple Leaf Maple Leaf

How to Craft Maple-Leaf Umbrella

Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Maple-Leaf Umbrella by shooting down balloons in the sky during Maple Leaf season.

Craft the Maple-Leaf Umbrella using the following materials and items:

  • 7 Maple Leaf Maple Leaf

How to Craft Red-Leaf Pile

Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Red-Leaf Pile from Isabelle during morning announcements or by shooting down balloons in the sky during Maple Leaf season.

Craft the Red-Leaf Pile using the following materials and items:

  • 3 Maple Leaf Maple Leaf
  • 4 Clump of Weeds Clump of Weeds

How to Craft Tree’s Bounty Arch

Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Tree’s Bounty Arch by shooting down balloons in the sky during Acorns & Pine Cones season. It can customized into Brown and White colors.

Craft the Tree’s Bounty Arch using the following materials and items:

How to Craft Tree’s Bounty Big Tree

Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Tree’s Bounty Big Tree by shooting down balloons in the sky during Acorns & Pine Cones season. It can customized into Brown and White colors.

Craft the Tree’s Bounty Big Tree using the following materials and items:

Maple Leaf Items & Recipes Complete Checklist

Want to make sure you’ve gotten absolutely all of the Maple Leaf recipes and items Animal Crossing: New Horizons before the season ends? Check out the checklist table below for a summary of every item using Maple Leaves and how to get it.

Use the interactive checkboxes next to each item to keep track of what items you’ve gotten throughout the month and what you’re still missing! Data will be saved to your browser’s storage and retained if you come back to this page.

Item / RecipeHow To Get
Autumn Wall
Balloons During Maple Leaf Season
Colored-Leaves Flooring
Balloons During Maple Leaf Season
Leaf Stool
Balloons During Maple Leaf Season
Maple-Leaf Pochette
Balloons During Maple Leaf Season
Maple-Leaf Pond Stone
Balloons During Maple Leaf Season
Maple-Leaf Umbrella
Balloons During Maple Leaf Season
Red-Leaf Pile
Isabelle / Tom Nook During Maple Leaf Season
Tree's Bounty Arch
Balloons During Acorns & Pine Cones Season
Tree's Bounty Big Tree
Balloons During Acorns & Pine Cones Season

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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