Make a beautiful collection of leaves and use them to create some simple & fun art!

Nature and art meet in this easy and fun leaf rubbing project!

Leaf rubbings are both fun and simple, and are sure to keep any craft or art-loving kids engaged.

Leaf crafts like this one are perfect for the kids! Even if they aren’t confident at drawing, the rubbing technique is so easy that even the youngest or least confident can join in!

What is leaf rubbing art?

Leaf rubbing is a form of art where a leaf is used to create a pattern and design on paper. It’s a fun leaf crafts activity that both kids and adults find enjoyable.

What materials do you need?

The only art materials you need to transform leaves and make them into beautiful and colorful leaf art are:


Search and collect leaves of varying sizes.

We recommend using real leaves with different leaf shapes as this will also show the texture when rubbed.

One interesting leaf shape is autumn leaves or fall leaves.

Coloring Materials

Bring life into your leaf rubbings by using crayons, colored pencils, or even watercolor.

You can also use oil pastels, chalk, or even bits of charcoal for a more textured look!


You’re free to use any type of paper, but we find that lightweight ones works the best.

Now that you’ve gathered all the materials, it’s time to start leaf rubbing!


How do you make leaf rubbing art?

Leaf rubbing crafts are fun and straightforward for kids of all ages to do.

Here’s a quick video to take you through the process of leaf rubbing:

Below, you’ll also find a complete step-by-step guide:

1. Take a leaf and place it under your piece of paper wherever you’d like to make the image. Make sure your paper is on a firm surface that won’t stain if you’re rubbing leaves against it.

2. Gently color over the paper in the area where the leaf is and watch your leaf rubbing image appear! If you hold the crayon at an angle it will be less likely to damage or tear the paper. 

This art activity is a great opportunity to learn about nature and the different parts of leaves – the stem, veins, tip and blade (the edges of the leaf) in a fun way.

You can talk to your kids about how plants suck water and minerals up from the ground and transport them through their veins, and how the veins also take food from the leaf to the rest of the plant.

Fun Leaf Crafts Ideas

If you’re an artful parent, you can help your child create a cute craft or masterpiece by adding details to their leaf rubbing design.

One favorite of ours is to turn leaves into autumn colors. It’s colorful, beautiful, and perfect, especially for the fall season!


Here are a few ideas to get you started with your leaf rubbings:

1. Frame your leaf rubbings and hang them up as wall art. This is a great way to display your child’s artwork and add a personal touch to your home décor.

2. Turn your leaf rubbings into greeting cards by adding a message or image on the front. This is a great way to connect with grandparents or other family members and it also makes a great homemade gift.

3. Make a collage by cutting and glueing your leaf rubbings onto a piece of construction paper or cardstock. This project is perfect for kids who enjoy being creative and making things with their hands.

4. Use your leaf rubbings to decorate a notebook or journal. This is a great way to personalize your belongings and make them one-of-a-kind.

These are just some ideas to get you started – the possibilities are endless!

If you’re looking for more ideas to make it more challenging, try using multiple colors or even painting over the leaf rubbing art.


Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of paper is best for leaf rubbings?

It depends on what project you’re working on. However, we recommend using lightweight paper for the leaf details to be more visible.

Can I use wax paper for leaf rubbings?

Yes, you can use wax paper. However, we do not recommend this if you will be using paint on top of the leaf rubbings as it may cause the paper to tear.

Are crayons or colored pencils better for leaf rubbings?

It depends on what you’re looking for. Crayons will give you a more solid color, while colored pencils will provide more detail. Experiment with both and see what you prefer!

Do I need to use real leaves?

You can use any type of leaf you have on hand. However, we find that real leaves with different leaf shapes and textures create the best results.

What is the best leaf shape for leaf rubbings?

One interesting leaf shape to use is autumn leaves or fall leaves. However, any leaf will do as you can get creative with your crafts just by placing the leaf at different angles or adding different colors.



Leaf rubbings are a great way for both children and adults to have fun and create beautiful works of art at the same time!

So get outside, grab some leaves, and start rubbing!

With a little bit of creativity, the possibilities are endless! Play around with different colors, patterns, and designs to see what works best for you.

Let us know how your little ones get on with this fun autumn activity by tagging us @supastem and using the hashtag #supastemclub – it always makes our day!

Looking for more leaf crafts that your child can enjoy? Get your free leaf outline template here.