Threading leaves

January 3, 2018

This must be one of the most popular woodland activities of all time – ideal for collecting colourful autumn leaves to use back at base, or to make amazing leaf mobiles.

Author: Muddy Faces

Age Range: all ages

Duration: less than an hour

Location: woods/forest

Time Of Day: any time

Season: autumn

Tags: autumn, dexterity, leaf, stick, threading

Category: art & creating sustainability & nature


Find a small (match-sized) stick and a slightly larger stick.
Cut a length of thin string approx 60-70cms long.

Step 1

Tie the match-sized stick to one end of the string – try to make the knot as tight and low profile as possible.

This stick will become the needle, threading through the leaves.

Step 2

Tie the slightly larger stick to the other end of the string.

This will be the stopper that prevents the leaves falling off the string (a clove hitch is good for this).

You have now created a Super Leaf Threader!


Sometimes it can be difficult to tie this little stick on or it may slip off. An alternative is to use a chunky needle.

Tie a knot in the string to stop the needle slipping off.

Another alternative is to tightly Sellotape one end of a piece of string to make it rigid.

Step 3

Take a walk through the woods, gathering and threading lots of colourful and different-shaped fallen leaves.

Use the small stick to thread through the leaves, one by one.

… or use the needle for threading through the leaves.

Step 4

Continue threading leaves onto the string until you have collected as many as you want, or are satisfied with your creation.