Pressed Leaf Art: A Creative Nature Craft for All Ages

Are you looking for a unique way to bring the beauty of nature into your home? Look no further than pressed leaf art! This simple yet captivating craft involves using leaves collected from nature and creatively arranging them on colorfully painted scrap cardboard. It’s not only a great way to encourage creativity and patterning for kids, but it also fosters a deeper appreciation for the natural world.

Pressed leaf art for kids, a simple nature art activity with a bright and colorful result

One of the best things about pressed leaf art is its versatility. While it’s perfect for capturing the vibrant hues of autumn, you can also create stunning artwork with green leaves and flowers collected in spring or summer. The possibilities are endless!

How to Create Pressed Leaf Art

Pressing Leaves

To get started, gather different-shaped and colorful leaves from your surroundings. Lay them on a piece of paper without touching each other, and then place a second sheet of paper on top. Sandwich the leaves between two pieces of scrap cardboard, like a cut-down cardboard box, and stack some heavy books on top. Leave them for 1-2 weeks in an out-of-the-way place until they become flat and dry.

Materials you will need to make pressed leaf art

Creating the Artwork

Once you have your pressed leaves ready, it’s time to unleash your creativity! Paint the scraps of cardboard in various bright colors and let them dry. Then, arrange the leaves on the cardboard to work out your desired design before gluing them down. Use craft glue to secure the leaves into place. Finally, give your artwork a glossy coating and protect the leaves from crumbling away by applying a layer of mod podge over the entire board.

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Paint the scrap cardboard and allow it to dry

Arrange your dried leaves into a design before gluing them into place

Arranged your dried leaves into a design before gluing them into place

Glue the leaves into place with mod podge, then paint more mod podge over the top

Wait for the mod podge to dry

For an even more striking effect, create multiple versions of pressed leaf art with different color backdrops. These can be easily displayed together on your wall, bringing a touch of the season’s beauty into your home.

Easy nature craft idea for kids - pressed leaves on scrap cardboard which has been painted in bright colors

Stick your artwork to the wall using blu-tack for a seasonal decoration that can be easily rearranged or removed without damaging your walls. This craft also presents an enjoyable opportunity for collaboration. Gather your family or a group of children, and let each person create their own masterpiece. Arrange them together on the wall for a stunning display of shared creativity.

Discover More Nature Crafts and Inspiration

If you’re eager to explore other nature-inspired crafts, we have you covered. Check out our paper leaf mosaics and leaf doodle art using printable leaf templates for an autumnal touch. For a DIY nature craft construction set, collect items from nature and add googly eyes and blu-tack. And if you’re looking for more artistic inspiration, we have 21 amazing ways to make art with nature. Finally, don’t miss out on our nature art bugs, a delightful spring or summer twist on pressed leaf art.

Pressed leaf wall art idea for kids. Create leaf artworks using leaves collected and pressed and arranged onto scrap pieces of cardboard which have been painted in bright colours

Give your home a touch of natural beauty and ignite your creative spirit with pressed leaf art. This craft is not only enjoyable and educational but also a wonderful way to celebrate the wonders of the natural world. So gather your leaves, grab your paintbrush, and let your imagination soar! For more exciting craft ideas and inspiration, visit Ames Farm Center.