Combine leaves & cookie cutters for a fun and effective art project.
Age Range: all ages
Duration: 1-2 hours
Time Of Day: any time
Category: art & creating
Head out for an autumn walk through your park, woods or other outdoor space and collect lots of fallen leaves – all different shapes, sizes and colours. Use the opportunity to discuss whether or not you should pick leaves off live trees and plants, or only use the fallen ones.
Decorate some of the leaves using glue and glitter, or paints.
Cut some of the leaves with the cookie cutters.
In winter leaves tend to be a bit tougher because they have dried out. To get nice clean cuts through these leaves tap gently on the cutter with a hammer.
Glue the leaves and cut-out leaf-shapes together in layers of different shapes and sizes.
Paint over with glue to help preserve shapes and colours.
Use a hole punch to carefully punch a hole in your leaves, then lightly thread a thin ribbon through to create a lovely decoration.
Take it further
Try colour-clashing or colour-matching different leaves, or sticking different shapes together so they overlap in interesting ways.
Try cutting them with different-shaped cutters.
Use your decorated leaves to make a collage or leaf mobile.