Leaf rubbing is always a popular activity for kids, and now you can turn a classic activity into a leaf art project! A great way for preschoolers and elementary kids to make colorful art from nature. Find out how to make leaf rubbings with our easy instructions. All you need is aluminum foil, colorful markers, and a handful of real leaves to get started!
HOW TO DO LEAF RUBBINGS
Texture rubbings are made by carefully pressing paper onto a textured surface so that the paper forms to the pattern of the item underneath. They are considered one of the oldest form of printmaking.
Rubbings date back to 2nd century China where they were used to transfer Confucian texts from large stone carvings. In the United States, they were often used to transfer information from grave stones onto paper.
Make your own texture rubbings with our leaf rubbing craft below. Instead of the traditional paper, here we use aluminum foil as a fun alternative.
Also check out our leaf rubbings with crayon resist art!
LEAF RUBBING ACTIVITY
- Various leaves
- Card stock
- Aluminum foil
- Cotton swab
STEP 1: Collect several leaves of various shapes and sizes.
STEP 2: Glue them to your card stock.
STEP 3: Wrap the card stock and leaves in a sheet of aluminum foil, shiny side down. Tape in the back.
STEP 4: Rub the cotton swab on top of the foil, over the leaves. Rub gently but firmly until you see the
leaf designs begin to appear.
STEP 5: Once you have revealed all of the leaf designs, you can use markers to add color to your leaves. Gently rub the markers over the patterns.
MORE FUN LEAF ART
MAKE LEAF RUBBINGS FOR FALL ART
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