Back-to-School Crafts


Leaf Stencils
Make some beautiful Leaf Stencils.
Make some beautiful Leaf Stencils.
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Leaves make lovely artwork -- and unique greeting cards and stationery for classmates and teachers. Make your own Leaf Stencils with this fun back-to-school craft.

Adult Help Needed

What You'll Need:

  • Tempera paints
  • Water
  • Spray bottles
  • Leaves
  • Newspaper
  • White paper
  • Crayons (optional)

Step 1: Make easy and safe spray paint by adding water to tempera paint to thin it. Then put the different colors of paint in different spray bottles.

Step 2: Collect a variety of leaves with interesting shapes.

Step 3: Cover your work surface with newspaper. The newspaper should be bigger than the paper you will be using so it will catch the "over spray" when you paint.

Step 4: Put a few of the leaves you collected on a piece of paper.

Step 5: Spray paint the leaves. Be sure to spray around the leaves, too.

Step 6: Let the paint dry, then take away the leaves. The image is called a stencil.

Note: You can also rub crayons along the edges of the leaves instead of using spray paint to create your stencil.

Make your leaf stencils into greeting cards or make stationery by painting with light-colored paints. Overlap several leaves for an intricate design.

Another fun activity with leaves is to compost them, which you can make even more fun by creating the Compost Sculptures on the next page.

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