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Leaf Prints

Posted by  ·  November 4, 2008  ·  Last Updated: November 4, 2008

We were inspired today by the beautiful colors of fall. Our leaves are amazing so we decided to preserve a bit of fall with some leaf prints.

We used acrylic paint in bottles, lots of wax paper and a brayer (our fingers worked just as well, but my 3 year old had fun with the “special roller”) You could also use a cup or bottle with smooth sides as your “roller.”

My daugher painted the back of the leaf.  My job was to check and make sure she painted to the edges and smooth out any globs of paint. You don’t want too much paint, just a nice even coat. The amount of paint varies also by what your are printing on—the fabric took a bit more paint than the paper.

Place leaf paint side down on what you want to print. We printed a canvas bag we had and a kitchen towel (not pictured). Cover leaf with a piece of wax paper. I held the wax paper down over the leaf (to keep the leaf from flying around -remember my craft partner is 3) while she used the brayer to smooth out the leaf. I told her to press hard. We had good luck using our fingers to press the leaf onto the surface also.

Remove your leaf and you have a beautiful print. After a few tries you will get the hang of how much paint to use.

If you are printing on fabric iron after the paint dries (with a press cloth) to set the paint. If my child could write I thought it would be cute for her to write “I am thankful for you” and I would embroider over her letters. It would make a cute gift for a teacher or someone special. Maybe it will have to be in my handwriting this year.

We also printed some gift tags for some November baking we plan to do.

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  1. Sunday, October 20th, 2013
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  2. Sophie
    Sunday, November 4th, 2012
    soo cool... i am uising this for my art GCSE thanx xx
  3. Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
    LOVE your leaf prints - awesome! Got to get me one of those rollers! I am featuring your creations today on my blog along with some other leaf-inspired creativity: http://sceneofthegrime.blogspot.com/2011/11/falling-for-leaves-collection-of.html
    Thanks for sharing!
  4. Friday, September 16th, 2011
    Beautiful! Really... this is just a beautiful way to play with leaves! It is going to the top of my list of must do fall projects. I have bunches of these canvas bags I use to carry knitting and hand weaving and other small projects around with me. What a cool way to make them pretty!

    Thank you for the idea and especially for the excellent tutorial
  5. Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
    Those are gorgeous! We are off to look for leaves!
  6. Saturday, October 24th, 2009
    How pretty! Thanks for the inspiration.
  7. Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    What an inexpensive but so cool idea! The possibilities are endless :)
  8. Tina
    Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
    I love the leaf prints, especially the really cute gift tags. But, I absolutely love that idea you threw out about having the child write something, and then embroidering over it. I'm going to embroider a drawing of my son's for a gift for Grandma, and having him write something on there will be the perfect added touch. Thx!
  9. Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
    This would be great on plain napkins! If you were going somewhere else for the holiday it could be a hostess gift.
  10. Friday, November 7th, 2008
    These a beautiful!
  11. Thursday, November 6th, 2008
    What a neat use for leaves! Very pretty work! Looks like great fun for the kiddos.
  12. Thursday, November 6th, 2008
    This is so pretty! Love it :)
  13. Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
    Those are great! I am going to have to try that technique.
    Your photos are great, too.
  14. Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
    very cool and your photos are fantastic!
  15. Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
    This is so amazing!!!
  16. Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
    what a fun idea, can you see me covering everything with leaves.....
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  18. Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
    beautiful. my boys would definitely love this project!
  19. Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
    Great idea! We made bags a couple of weeks ago with apple prints but I didn't think of leaves. I'm trying to find as many leaf projects as possible to try and get rid of some of ours.
  20. Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
    So cute! My 8 yr old son enjoys bringing me home leaves everyday lately and will love this project. I think the tags are adorable. Thanks!
  21. Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
    Your bag turned out beautifully. I recently did some leaf painting and it's such a fun and easy technique.

    Lots of great projects here and your site is a pleasure to browse. I'll be sure to pop in and visit you again to see what you're up to.
  22. Jenny
    Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
    Beautiful! I just love the bag and tags! Your partner did a great job! xo
  23. Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
    Love that! I am going to try the tags!
  24. Diana
    Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
    This project is FANTASTIC! I will have to try this with my DD. She will absolutely love it. Thanks for another great idea!
  25. Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
    My mom used to do this with us! I have great memories of it. I especially love the gift tags--I think the paper takes the paint a bit better than the fabric does.
  26. Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
    That turned out really cute! I will have to use that idea!!! : )