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Paint Leaf Prints
Make beautiful leaf prints on paper or fabric so you can remember autumn after it has passed.
  • Apron (to protect clothing)
  • Leaves
  • Newspaper (if working on a surface that needs to be protected)
  • Paint (washable if working with small children)
  • Paint brush or sponge brush
  • Paper
  • Paper towel (optional)
  • Small plastic cups, to hold and mix paint - such as a recycled muffin package
  • Rolling pin (optional)
  • Fabric (optional, if you want to make fabric prints)
Step 1
Gather leaves.

Any kind will work, but larger leaves are easier to work with. Maple leaves have a nice weight and flexibility to them.

Step 2
Paint one side of the leaf.
In some species, one side has more texture than the other. Paint the side with the most texture.
Step 3
Press the painted side down on paper or fabric.
Step 4
If pressing on to fabric, consider a rolling pin.
Protect your rolling pin by covering the leaves with paper towel or newspaper.
Step 5
After a short time, peel off the leaves.
Step 6
You can also paint around the leaves.
This makes something like a fuzzy outline, and it looks cool too.
Step 7
You can make a pretty runner for your fireplace mantle or table.
Just print the leaves in line on a thin piece of fabric.
Step 8
You can use the painted leaves for crafts when they dry.
Anyone need a blue maple leaf?
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