Bring nature's magic indoors with this simple project: Just gather a few of your favorite fall leaves or flowers, flatten them under a book, then copy them with a color photocopier.
Glue prints to canvas-covered boards (about $2 in art supply stores). Glue a small inexpensive wood frame to the back to act as hanger; it also sets off your print from the wall.
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Steps 1 & 2
Step 1: Flatten each leaf slightly under a heavy book. Copy with a color photocopier (cover leaf with white paper to minimize shadows). Enlarge image to desired size.
Step 2: Select a canvas board smaller than the leaf copy. Dampen board surface by brushing with water and blotting off excess with a cloth or paper towel. While board is still damp, brush on a light, even coat of Mod Podge. Be sure to cover corners.
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While glue is still wet, slowly and gently apply print, working from one side of the board to the other. Use a clean cloth or paper towel to rub down the print as you go. When the print covers the entire board, continue to press and rub to smooth the surface.
(Tip: If you want to try again with another print, wash off the glue and paper from the board before the glue sets, and start with another color copy.)
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Allow to dry thoroughly (ideally overnight under a heavy book) before using a craft knife to trim excess paper flush with the face of the board.
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Using white glue, affix the small frame to the center of the back to serve as a hanger.
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Sheet of white paper
Canvas-covered art boards (often used for paintings); 8 by 10 in. or smaller usually works well
Soft, flat paintbrush
Cloths or paper towels
Mod Podge or other decoupage glue (available at most art-supply stores); choose a matte formula
Small unfinished-wood craft frames (to use as hangers)