Creating a collection of leaf skeletons is a fun craft for kids of all ages. A leaf's skeleton has nothing to do with bones, of course; it's simply the leaf's framework -- the veins and ridges that run through the leaf.
Leaf skeletons also look great when glued to brown paper and used as a cover for a nature book or tree manual. Try the following method to get to the leaf skeleton:
What You'll Need:
- Tree leaves
- Old shoe brush
- Brown paper
- Craft glue
Step 1: Collect fresh tree leaves.
Step 2: Place an entire newspaper on a table and put the leaf on top of it.
Step 3: Pound with an old shoe brush. Don't pound so hard that you tear the leaf -- just enough to wear away the soft green material between the leaf veins.
Step 4: Allow the skeleton to dry. Then mount it in a scrapbook or use it for a book-cover decoration.
While you're collecting leaves, you might look for fallen limbs too. It's a great way to start a wood collection. Keep reading to learn more.