Leaf Art for Kids

Posted by on October 21, 2014 in Art Project, Crafts, Thanksgiving | 27 comments

 Celebrate fall with these two colorful ideas of Leaf Art for Kids. I would consider these middle elementary projects as they need to trace and cut well. This art not only looks great on a wall as a fall decoration, but also looks beautiful used as placemats. Each project uses construction paper which you probably have on hand! Other art tools used are scissors, crayons or markers and glue. 

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The first project is  a negative/positive leaf art. You need a square of construction paper (I used an 8 inch square. ) and a triangle of a different color. (Cut an 8 inch square diagonally) It looks best to do a light color and a dark color for contrast.  Make the squares small or large. Any size will work according to your leaf template size.

Make a leaf template (1/2 of leaf)  

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On the triangle, trace the leaf template. 

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Cut the 1/2 leaf out. Save the piece that you just cut.

Glue the right-angled piece to the square by lining up the corners.

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Glue the cut-out leaf by lining it up to the other half.

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Once the two pieces are glued, you can start the designs. Using a marker, make intricate designs on each piece. Make intricate designs by sectioning off parts of the leaf or background.  Now, make a different design in each area as simple or complicated as you like.

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Do four and arrange like a quilt pattern.

 

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 Another idea is to make 4 inch ones and use as place-cards for your Thanksgiving dinner. Label with the name of each guest.

 

The second Leaf Art for Kids project is a bit shorter. 

Fold a sheet of construction paper in half and cut out a half leaf. Unfold to a full leaf. 

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Fold leaf back in half.

Cut slots in the leaf every inch stopping before you come to the edge of the leaf.

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Using one inch strips of construction paper, weave strips through the leaf. Trim at the edges of the leaf. 

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Fall is so beautiful with the different colors and textures of the leaves. These Leaf Art Projects capture some of the color and texture of the season. I hope you have fun making these with your elementary kids. 

 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

 

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27 Comments

  1. Love the leaf project for kids, as you know I love anything nature, so thanks for sharing this on Dream Create and Inspire.
    Maria

    • Hmmm….Simple Nature Decor, yes, I get it that you love nature! Thanks for the nice comment!

  2. Leaves always make great craft projects. Thanks for joining us on Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday!
    Shellie
    http://www.thefabjourney.com

  3. lovely ideas, I want to try these!
    Marie @In Our Happy Place

    • Each one will turn out unique!

  4. What a great craft for kids to do this fall. Thanks for sharing your link at THriving THursdays link party.

    • Yes, and you can repeat with other shapes of the season.

  5. I love the woven leaf craft! So clever — and would be easy to make with the kids.

    • Yes, you can make any shape for weaving!

  6. Love these ideas! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • You’re welcome! Have fun!

  7. These look like a lot of fun!! and simple to use 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up at Inspired By Me Mondays, and hope you join us again this week!
    Rachael @ http://www.parentingandhomeschoolinginfaith.com

  8. What a fun idea! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  9. Great ideas. I was looking for a craft idea for the kids when I saw this at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party

  10. This is such a cute idea! 🙂

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  11. Another great idea for the fall 🙂

    Thank you for sharing on Marigolds’ Loft Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party.
    Your post will be featured on the tutorial round-up tomorrow, 30 October 2014.
    I look forward to seeing you again at next month’s party.
    x
    Natalie

  12. Fun project. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party. We hope to see you at tonight’s party.
    Debi

  13. I love these ideas! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party! I am always glad to see you!

  14. What a great idea 🙂

    Thanks for linking up #CreativeMondays

  15. What a great activity for the kiddos! Thank you for linking up to Show Me Saturday!

  16. The best part of being a kid is all of the really cool things you get to do. I always looked forward to art class when I was growing up. Love it! Thanks for linking up for Scraptastic Saturdays. This post will be shared via FB/Twitter/Pinterest. Have a wonderful day. Hope to see you Saturday.

    • Thanks for sharing!

  17. What a lovely idea, so simple but effective. Definitely a great autumn craft. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo 🙂 x

  18. Such a cute idea, will have to try this with my nephews!

  19. G’day! Looks great! Thanks for sharing at our #SayGdayParty!
    Please remember to stop back if you haven’t already and say G’day to the hosts and someone else at the party!
    Cheers! Joanne @ What’s On The List Pinned!

  20. Fun projects. 🙂 I remember doing the one with the weaving… I had forgotten about that one… it would be good to revive that here in my own home. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

  21. Love this idea. Simple and fun and the results are cool. I’ll try this with the kids.

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