Botanical Bookmarks

Why

Bring nature's designs indoors with these golden leaf-printed bookmarks. For gifts, make matching picture frames, gift wrap, note paper, and cards.


Steps

1. Collect one or more fallen leaves with adult supervision. Wash your hands when you return indoors. Do research to identify the leaves. From which tree or other plant did they fall?


2. With Crayola® Scissors, cut a bookmark-size piece of construction paper. Make it slightly wider and longer than your leaves.


3. Cover your art area with recycled newspaper. Cover the underside of each leaf with gold Crayola Premier™ Tempera and a Crayola Paint Brush. Press the painted side down on the bookmark. Lift. Repeat to form a pattern. Dry.


4. For a matted look and to make a sturdier bookmark, add a second piece of construction paper. Cut it slightly larger than your first piece. Gild the edges with gold or another color of tempera. Dry.


5. Attach the matting piece under your bookmark using Crayola Glue Sticks. Punch a hole at the top. Pull ribbon, raffia, string, or yarn through the hole and tie a knot.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.

Adaptations

  • Some children with special needs may request assistance when pressing their painted leaves.
  • Paint leaf imprints to create wrapping paper. Make note cards or book covers to match.
  • Create personalized, unique greeting cards using this pressed and painted leaf technique.
  • Paint cardboard and decorate it with leaf prints to form a picture frame. Add names and a date to personalize it.

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Premier™ Tempera Paint
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • leaves
  • hole punch
  • paper towels
  • water
  • container(s) of water
  • ribbon, string, or yarn

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes

benefits

  • Students increase their knowledge of botany as they collect, identify, and classify various leaves.

  • Students observe that each leaf has its own unique color, texture, design, and pattern.

  • Students create a pressed-leaf bookmark, accenting it with gold Crayola Premier™ Tempera.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards