As we collected items for our recent Nature Pal Exchange, I was trying to think of a new way to experience them. Especially from the toddler perspective. Thus, the two of us spent an afternoon collecting leaves and acorns in our backyard to paint with.
This is a super simple art project to try with your kids (or by yourself!). Here’s how:
- Thick paper (we used watercolor paper)
- Painter’s tape
- Paints and brushes
Step 1 Roll small pieces of tape and stick to back of leaves. Adhere leaves to paper in desired location. We chose to scatter ours around.
Step 2 Paint over the leaves using as many colors as you’d like. For an autumn feel, you might use only reds & yellows.
I let my daughter choose the colors and the result was a bit of a rainbow as red, yellow, and blue were painted on and overlapped.
Step 3 Let painting fully dry. Then remove the leaves to reveal image.
Enjoy your completed artwork! Hang it on the fridge, frame it, send it to a grandparent – the options are limitless. After taking photos, we cut ours up to create the cover to a nature photo album to share with exchange pals. I’ve held onto a few scraps to trim into bookmarks. They are too pretty to toss.
Looking for more nature inspired crafts? Take a look at our Christmas nature ornaments.