Stylish prints from fall leaves

Turn your favorite autumn foliage into contemporary art for your wall. Get our simple step-by-step

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  • 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)


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.

Step 3: 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.)

Step 4: 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.

Step 5: Using white glue, affix the small frame to the center of the back to serve as a hanger.


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