Kids love to make one of a kind pieces of art and fall is the perfect time to make crafts using nature’s beautiful array of autumn leaves that have fallen to the ground. Leaf rubbings are easy to craft and make great cards, refrigerator art, wall decoration or scrapbook embellishments.
What is a Leaf Rubbing?
A leaf rubbing is a form of paper art that is produced by sandwiching collected leaves between paper and rubbing the top piece with a crayon in order to create a printed replica of the leaf.
Collecting Leaves for Leaf Rubbing
Gathering the leaves is one of the best parts of this project. Parks, neighborhoods or anywhere that there are leaves on the ground are great spots for collecting.
Tip: Leaf collecting is a great time to get the whole family involved in an outing. Kids can bring their Tonka trucks or sand buckets for collecting leaves. Supermarket bags work equally as well.
Choosing the Best Leaves
The best leaves for this project are leaves that have plenty of detail. Thick, clearly defined veins and pronounced branching work best for this project.
Tip: Bend the leaf before adding it to your collection to make sure it does not crumble. Leaves that are still supple will result in better leaf rubbings.
Rubbing the Leaves
Very few supplies are necessary for this simple art project. All you need is:
Step 1: Place your leaves onto a piece of paper in a pleasing pattern. When you are satisfied with the arrangement, lightly glue the leaves down.
Step 2: Place another piece of paper on the top sandwiching the leaves between the two pieces of paper.
Step 3: Using the side of the crayon, rub all over the top piece of paper.
That’s all there is to making this easy fall craft project. Use different colored crayons for a rainbow effect or use black paper on the top with silver or gold crayons for a more formal look.
How to Use Leaf Rubbings
Leaf rubbings make wonderful homemade cards for friends and family. They also can be displayed as seasonal art on the refrigerator or in picture frames. Try using them in scrapbooks as well to add a special touch to your family holiday photos.
Leaf rubbing is a perfect fall family activity that is suitable for children of all ages. Collecting the leaves is a fun way to get the family together and children love to explore nature as they gather pretty leaves for the project. They will also love the final result – a unique, handcrafted, piece of fall art that can be shared with friends and family.