Leaf art with pens

November 30, 2017

A quick and easy activity to spruce up your leaves!

Painted leaves
Author: Muddy Faces

Age Range: all ages

Duration: less than an hour

Location: anywhere

Time Of Day: any time

Season: any

Tags: art, decoration, leaf, leaves, natural materials, paint

Category: art & creating


Gather a selection of pens that will write on your leaves.

We found acrylic pens and chalk pens work well – many cheaper markers work well too.

5 acrylic pens different colours

Environmental considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could the impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • Ideally collect leaves from the ground, but if picking leaves from a tree aim for minimal impact (seek permission when necessary )

Health & safety considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments. Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • collection of leaves

Step 1

Collect some leaves

Collection of leaves

Step 2

Find a flat surface

Child holding pen

Step 3

Get creative

sycamore leaf with pen pattern on