Leaf Printing

What You Need:

  • Tree cutting
  • A favorite poem
  • Tempera paint
  • Paint brush
  • 3 sheets of construction paper
  • Marker that matches your paint color
  • Glue stick
  • Tape

What You Do:

  1. Coat one side of your tree cutting with tempera paint. Make sure that both the branches and the leaves are covered.
  2. Press the wet, painted cutting onto a colored sheet of construction paper. Press it down firmly to make sure the print will show up.
  3. Remove the tree cutting and discard.
  4. Use your marker to write your selected poem in your best handwriting. Be creative with the placement of your poem!
  5. Set the other two sheets of construction paper flat on a table horizontally so they look like one giant sheet of paper. Tape the two pieces together at the seam. Flip the paper over to use as a background for your poetry print.
  6. Center your poetry print in the middle of the matte and glue it in place with a glue stick.  

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