Thursday, September 10, 2009

Newspaper Leaves




















Autumn is in the air in our home... I pulled out the fall decorations and have started to sprinkle them throughout the house...I love the time of year that we are coming into. One of my favorite and most simple decorations are these newspaper rubbed leaves. I save them from year to year and they make me smile each time I bring them back out of the box. We made a few yesterday from leaves that we collected on our walk home from school.

Here is what you will need to do the same...

Leaves freshly fallen from a tree, not dry or brittle, in various sizes.
Newspaper
Crayons in Autumnal colors
Scissors
Twine or ribbon, if you would like to string the leaves
Tape or adhesive if you would like to display the leaves in a window.
( They are beautiful with light shining through them.)

Here is what you will need to do to create some leaves of your own...

Place leaf on a flat, dry surface. Cover the entire leaf with a piece of newspaper. Use crayons to gently rub over the entire leaf until the shape of the leaf emerges through the newspaper. Use coordinating crayons to highlight and define the shape of the leaf. Cut out and hang for display. Sit back and enjoy!

35 comments:

tanya said...

looks so pretty. You are giving me so many great ideas! :)

Aura said...

That's adorable! I love fall decorations, and this is so cute. I might have to try it this year. Have a great weekend!

jess said...

these are so gorgeous!

Happy Together said...

I'm so going to do these!

Tracy Suzanne said...

I just love it when someone makes something fabulous out of ordinary items. This is terrific - so simple & yet I would have never thought of it. You did a great job. I'll be following & watching for new ideas...Tracy

Heather - CROQZine.com - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Great idea! This would be cool with phonebook pages too (I hate those things!).

Heather - CROQZine.com - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Oh, and I will link to this from Dollar Store Crafts on 9/27... thanks to Happy Together for the link!

Marisa said...

Super cute! I love this idea!

Jessica said...

My Budget and I love this idea!!! Thanks!

Sarah said...

I love this idea!!

Michelle said...

Beautiful...thanks so much for sharing such a neat idea!

~Michelle :)
(Treasure the Moment)

Barb said...

great idea

so is the paper stiffened with anything? Or is it just the newspaper?

thanks
barbara jean

Life With Little Ones said...

Hello! i am thrilled that you all love these little leaves as much as I do! Barbara Jean- These leaves were made with plain old newspaper, no stiffening involved! I am so excited thinking of these beauties in all of your homes! Enjoy!

Vone said...

love it - very beautiful and fun

Halahblue said...

I live in the desert after 25 years of living in upstate NY and am really missing the fall colors. I'm going to attempt to make some leaves from newspaper without the real-leaf template. Thanks for the inspiration!

ROLLERWRITER said...

Thank you so much for this project! No little ones at home but I can't wait to make these. I did a link to your project from my blog www.rollerwriter.blogspot.com. I appreciate the colorful project.

rebecca said...

Oh my owrd theses are too too beautiful! I am in love!! I am a huge fall fan and love seeing what others are coming up with!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Becca
www.bluecricketdesign.blogspot.com

ScottChrisCoriCassiCali said...

Those are gorgeous.

The Magic Onions said...

So Pretty! I'd love it if your could share this on Friday's Nature Table to share. Pop over to my blog and post it today.
Blessings and magic.

Patti said...

Corey- These little leaves are rustling around ;) Love it!!! Just wanted to share that I just used this as a craft for our Brownie troop
craft, at our most recent meeting, the girls loved them. I'll be makin' some more today with the kids. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Kelly said...

What a fun idea!

Tess said...

I do leaf rubbings with my cub scouts but never thought to make garland with them.

furrypig said...

what a simple but affective idea and a great craft activity to do with the kids thanks for sharing this

Mathilda said...

Wonderful idea and so simple! (that is, if you can come of with of course ;))

Sheri said...

These are right up my alley!! Simple, effective, and global-friendly too! I've featured this on childmade.com if you'd like to grab a button. I'll be watching for more lovelies too!

jenjen said...

Those are so cool. I love them!

What a cute blog you have. It is just awesome!

Thanks for linking this up. I love it!

XOXO
Jen

Janean said...

I would adore reprinting your upcycle leaf photo with a link to your blog! They're better than anything I've seen!!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

How clever! This is something I'll be doing with my little grandson.. He LOVES art so I know he'll enjoy this project.

Warm blessings,
Spencer

PEACHES said...

Lovely. The print adds such texture. What a great, simple, festive idea!!

MeenyMoe said...

These are quite beautiful. I couldn't believe when I read the instructions how easy they were to make! I will definately have to try this! Very fallish (if that's a word!) - Karen

Denise @ niecynotes said...

Such a great idea! Who knew you can "make" your own leaves? :D

I have to link this cool project on my blog! Thanks for the lovely tutorial!

Shannon@FoxHollowCottage said...

Found you on Pinterest. Love the photo, the post and might even attempt them ;) Or just look at you pretty pictures and pretend I did?

Mama said...

I highlighted these cute newspaper leaves on my little blog at http://wadelmat.blogspot.com/ Thanks for sharing!

Fotf said...

Lovely idea and definately one i'll be trying, be brilliant for our thanksgiving tree too :)

Hoosier Mentality said...

This is really great. Thanks for taking the time to document and share with us. Can't wait to check out some of your other ideas!