Amazing Art Made with Leaves


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Who says art supplies don’t grow on trees? If you know how to use them, leaves are perfect for creative projects. They can be used as stamps, folded like origami, arranged in beautiful designs all on their own. Leaf it to us to show you these ideas to create something to keep or share as a gift. It’s as easy as walking outside and collecting leaves.

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Maple leaves in particular offer a recognizable wide shape, but oak is also used widely to create leaf stamps. Incidentally, you’d need a lot of finger paint or ink if you chose from the largest leaves in the world, Raphia regalis, a species of Raffia Palm native to parts of Africa.

Leaf Art
A sampling of leaf art using leaves as stamps shows off dazzling colors.

Leaf Art
Instead of paper, use sturdy leaves along with origami patterns for your creations.

 Turn Over a New Leaf

The changing colors of fall leaves will provide a diverse palette. If you are adhering leaves to paper, a little Elmers glue will work, along with any tacky glue, glue stick or spray adhesive found at your local art store. Your hot glue glue gun will also help you adhere leaves to other canvas mediums such as stone, wood, brick, metal, ceramic, cement board and concrete.

When you’ve finished your leaf arrangement, consider an acrylic protective coating spray, often used with soft pastels and scrapbooking. Add a frame, and your leaf art could also make for a perfect handmade gift.

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For a few more ideas, including cute pictures of hedgehogs, birds and other animals, check out this site.

Photos: david drexler, San José Library, Cwright Movement, patrickhashley, fontplaydotcom

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