Winter Craft for Kids: Make Leaf Art!

Anytime you can turn a brisk hike into a winter craft for kids – I’m game!

Winter Craft for Kids: Make Leaf Art!

It might look like 80’s splatter paint, but it’s actually leaf art! This weekend, my nephew and I did some poking around outside. Our goal was to track down anything green. Thinking that most everything is brown and gray during the winter, Jordan was pretty surprised to realize that some plants do in fact stay green during the winter. We found ivy, monkey grass and even a few sprigs of parsley from my garden. All green!

So what did we do with our finds? We painted them, pressed them onto a canvas and made something that looked a lot like 80’s splatter paint! This was a great education-craft combo and a perfect winter craft for kids. And the best part – we ended up painting our hands and stamping those too! What six year old (or 41-year old) doesn’t love that?!

Winter Craft for Kids: Make Leaf Art!

What you’ll need:

  • Small canvas
  • Craft paints
  • Foam brushes
  • Leaves and twigs

Winter Craft for Kids: Make Leaf Art!

How you put it together:

  1. First, go on an adventure. Jordan and I chose mostly leaves. But we did use a few twigs. Those actually worked really well!
  2. It’s winter, so the leaves might be a little wet. If that’s the case, let them dry on some paper towels.
  3. Paint the leaves and then press them onto your canvas. Be careful not to use too much paint.
  4. Use a variety of colors and place your impressions randomly on the canvas. Also, overlapping is important. That makes it look totally awesome!
  5. Once you’re happy with your “splatter” leaf paint, let it dry completely. Most craft paint should be dry within an hour or two.
  6. After it’s dry, paint the palm of your hands and fingers with a brightly-colored paint. It’s best to use a color that you haven’t used already so it stands out.
  7. Form a heart by bringing your  thumbs and index (pointer) fingers together. Then press them onto the canvas. You can do lots of small hearts, or just make one in the center.
  8. Let your artwork dry, and then give it to your mom or dad for Valentine’s Day!

Be sure to rinse your leaves after you’re done with this project. Most craft paint comes off pretty easily. Once the leaves are clean, they can go into your compost heap or simply toss them back outside to decompose.

Winter Craft for Kids: Make Leaf Art!

Written by Crunchy Scott

I'm a self-proclaimed eco-geek. I'm also a flexitarian foodie, a crunchy crafter and an eco-journalist. And if it's awesomely 80s, I'm into it. Oh, and I wrote a kids book too! Find me on and . Wow, I'm everywhere! So come find me.

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