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Tree Crafts for Kids

Leaf Skeleton

Leaf skeletons are fun to make for collections or for decorations.
Leaf skeletons are fun to make for collections or for decorations.
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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:

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What You'll Need:

  • Tree leaves
  • Newspaper
  • 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.

For more fun nature activities, check out:

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