How to create art with fall leaves
Turn your favorite autumn foliage into contemporary art for your wall. Get our simple step-by-step
Bring nature's magic indoors with this simple project: Just gather a few of your favorite 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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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.
(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.)
- Fall leaves
- Heavy book
- Color photocopier
- 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
- Craft knife
- White glue
- Small unfinished-wood craft frames (to use as hangers)