Hapa zome decorations
Create natural prints on wood for inspiring decorations or accessories.
Age Range: all ages
Duration: less than an hour
Time Of Day: any time
Category: art & creating tool use & traditional crafts
This activity can be very effective but some types of leaves don’t seem to work so well – so we recommend doing some testing before you do it with a group.
If you don’t have drilled discs use a palm drill to make holes so you can make pendants or hanging decorations.
Place your disc or piece of wood onto a firm base and place a leaf on top.
Cover the leaf with a piece of fabric.
Although this is not totally necessary, if it’s not covered the leaf can stick to the hammer and come off the disc.
Plus you get the added bonus of creating a leaf print on the piece of fabric as well (two items out of one process!).
Start tapping the fabric with a hammer, ensuring you hit the whole area evenly.
Try to hit the hammer down with a flat face – if it’s not flat the edge of the hammer hits which can dent the wood and create a dappled pattern.
Continue hitting with the hammer until all the leaf shows through the material.
If you want to take a peek, pull the fabric up from one edge only so you can lay it back down in exactly the same position to continue.
Once you are finished peel off the fabric to reveal the leaf print.
The leaves in this photo are autumn leaves that gave amazing different natural colours.
Thread your discs on to string to hang as decorations or to use as pendants.
Take it further
Varnish over the print to create a sheen and to bring the colour of the wood alive.
Use your discs as name tags or welcome tags.
Use acrylic paint pens or felt tips to enhance/personalise.