Sunday, May 24, 2009

How To Imprint Leaves on Paper


How To Imprint Leaves on Paper

~Natural Art~

I assumed everyone knew about this, but recently I met some people who were surprised to see my daughter and I creating art using this method. So I really wanted to show it off to everyone, it's quite simple..

I love using this technique as a way to teach my daughter about both art and nature, its a great learning tool. Try to use lots of different colors for each leaf and choose a variety of foliage.

This can be done with leaves, flowers, petals, stems, feathers, twigs... Endless possibilities!

Just get outside, grab a basket, and start collecting.
Have fun!


Gather your supplies: Paper, foliage, and unwrapped crayons

Place the chosen foliage under a sheet of paper. Right side of the leaf facing up.
Make sure to smooth it out so that it imprints properly.

Use an unwrapped crayon, rub the side of the crayon back and forth forcefully over the paper. Now you can see the imprint of the leaf.

Look at all the different leaves you can use, each is unique and beautiful.

~I'd love to see what you've created using this method.~


  1. it's been a while did I did this with my kids! You've inspired me to give it another go

  2. I learned how to do that in elementary school (way before you were even born!)LOL. It's great fun!! The tutorial looks great - the pics are really nice and your explanation is very good. Should be easy to follow!!

  3. What a great idea , now I want to try it !

  4. Perfect tutorial - and a great project for the kids! Hope you & your daughter one had tons of fun - and inspire more Moms & kids to do it!

  5. I loved making these as a child. Thanks for reminding me of this :)

  6. this was realllllllllyyyyyyyy great it helped with the activities with the kids they will be more fun now

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