Leaf Embossing

Leaf Embossing

Leaf Embossing is a good excuse for a walk in your local countryside.

Leaf embossing can be an activity for the full range of primary school ages. For older children it demonstrates the construction of leaves whilst for younger children the result is instant.

Colourful and satisfyingly quick!

Leaf Embossing


You will need:

  • Plain paper
  • Wax crayons
  • Leaves

 How to do it…

See steps in photos

  1. Collect a selection of leaves. Make sure they’re clean and dry.
  2. Place the leaves on a hard surface and the plain paper on top of it.
  3. Use a wax crayon to rub over the top of the leaf until the outline and pattern of the veins come through.
  4. Repeat with other leaves on your paper.


  • If the leaves are wet at all, just blot them dry between some kitchen towel.
  • You can use colouring pencils instead of wax crayons.
  • Use lots of different colours for a colourful picture or maybe selective colours (like the colours of autumn) or just different shades of green.

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